Wine Tasting Evenings
Taste Great Wines From Around The World
Our wine tasting evenings are designed to appeal to people who appreciate fine wine.
They are relaxed and informal in style. The tutor will give some background information and then simply introduce each wine and encourage discussion. A wine tasting sheet and, where appropriate, maps will be provided but not detailed notes.
Unless otherwise indicated, 8 wines will be tasted. There will be mineral water and water biscuits to refresh your palate between the wines.
PROGRAMME FOR JANUARY TO APRIL 2017
We have been buying wine from the Jacob family in the village of Echevronne just north of Beaune for over thirty years. We think they produce classic red and white Burgundy at affordable prices. Jean-Michel Jacob and his wife Christine will be in the UK for a few days over Easter. We have managed to persuade them to take a few hours out of their busy schedule to show us selection of their wines. And, if you like what you taste, they can arrange delivery, at cellar door prices. Tutor - Jean-Michel Jacob with Christine Jacob.
Famous of course for Port production but also home to exceptional table wines. Our tasting will feature four Douro wines - two white and two red - and a range of Ports including Dry White, Tawny, Late Bottled Vintage, and Single Quinta Vintage. Tutor - Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.
Another chance to taste a range of mature wines from this world famous Lebanese property. This time, we will taste the ’09, ’02. ’01, ’99, ’98, ’96, ‘’95 and ‘94 of the Hochar family’s warm, spicy, Rhône-like red. Tutor - Sandy Leckie with Pippa Hayward.
A selection of red, rosé, dry white and sweet white Bordeaux wines served with charcuterie, cheeses and other regional specialities. Tutor - Sandy Leckie.
One of the most widely planted red varieties in the world, Grenache Noir is a major contributor to red and rosé wines made across a swaithe of southern Europe that stretches from Rioja and Navarra, through Cataluña, across the South of France and up into the southern part of the Rhône Valley. It is also found in North America, South Africa and Australia. We will taste examples from around the world. Tutor – Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.
A must for lovers of Rioja…..a comparative tasting of wines from some of the best of the traditional and "new wave" Bodegas, including Contino, Marqués de Murrieta, Muga, Lopez de Heredia and Roda. Tutor – Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.
At number 24 in the world league, Switzerland produces more than twice as much wine as New Zealand, but exports little. However, what it does export is of high quality. You will taste wines made from Chasselas (the most widely planted grape variety in Switzerland) and regional specialities Amigne and Petite Arvine as well as international varieties like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot.
There are more DOCG’s in Piemonte than any other region of Italy. We will taste 3 whites - a Gavi di Gavi, a Roero Arneis and a Moscato d’Asti - and 5 reds - a Barbera, a Dolcetto, a Barbaresco and 2 Barolos, the region’s and Italy’s greatest wines. Tutor – Vivienne Franks with Macolm Franks.
A tasting of four pairs of wines made from the "noble" varieties of Alsace - Muscat, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. Each pair will include a well made 'village' wine and a special cuvée or grand cru example. And, this time, instead of just tormenting you with talk of classic Alsace food matches, we will have morsels of poached salmon, quiche, pâté and the regional speciality cheese, Munster, for you to try! Tutor Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie
An opportunity to taste some of the USA's finest wines including examples from such star producers as Barboursville, L'Ecole 41, Mondavi, Rochioli, Châ Saite Michelle and Stags' Leap. Tutor – Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks.
The Greek wine industry is undergoing a renaissance. As in other Southern European countries, the re-planting of vineyards and investment in stainless steel and refrigeration has enabled the production of modern wines with international appeal. We will taste a selection of fine white and red wines made from traditional as well as international grape varieties. Tutor - Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.
A tasting of white, rosé and red wines from the French Mediterranean island of Corsica and its neighbour, the Italian island of Sardinia. Tutor – Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.
A comparative tasting of wines from two great Chablis producers, Jean-Marc Brocard with 200ha. under vine and Domaine Moreau-Naudet with only 20ha. Tutor - Sandy Leckie.
A selection of wines from leading South African producers such as Boekenhoutskloof, Bouchard-Finlayson, Meerlust, Kanonkop, Morgenhof, Rustenberg, and Vergelegen. Tutor - Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks.
Fine red Bordeaux from the classic 2006 vintage. Tutor Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks.
Eight cult wines from Australia - the line-up will include such treasures as 'Polish Hill' Riesling, 'Petaluma' Chardonnay, 'Amberley' Semillon, 'Kooyong' Pinot Noir, 'Mazza' Tempranillo, 'Clonkilla' Shiraz and 'Noble 1' Botrytis Semillon. Tutor- Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks,
In this tasting, we will focus on the wines which many people think are the greatest of the region – complex, dry whites from Savennières, fruity reds from Chinon and Bourgueil and clean, crisply sweet whites from the Coteaux du Layon. Tutor Pippa hayward with Sandy Leckie.
This increasingly fashionable variety produces wines with greater complexity and more colour and weight than many other whites. We will taste leading examples from Alsace, Germany, Northern Italy and New Zealand. Tutor – Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.
A comparative tasting of Champagnes and other sparkling wines made from the same grape varieties and in exactly the same way as Champagne. Can you taste the difference and is it worth paying more for the real thing? Tutor – Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.
You will need to bring 6 wine glasses to each session. If you really want to sharpen up your taste buds, a set of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) glasses used by the professionals is recommended (the tutor will have boxed sets of 6 crystal ISO tasting glasses for sale at £15).
The tastings will normally be introduced by Vivienne Franks, John Ducker, Pippa Hayward or Sandy Leckie. All have extensive lecturing experience, are members of The Association of Wine Educators and/or Circle of Wine Writers and travel widely to keep up to date.