Tasting Diary

Please see below for a list of forthcoming tastings. These are consumer events that are held in an educational but fun and informal manner for all customers. Please note that these are separate to WSET qualifications and whilst students may be interested in them they are not intended to cover any syllabuses or SATs.

To book online please click on the tasting title. Our tastings are rated according to the level of starting knowledge required; the more glass icons the higher the level of starting knowledge. Before proceeding with a booking please read our rating and booking information. If there’s a topic that you’d particularly like to see, please make a suggestion. All of these tastings (except where stated) take place at the London Wine & Spirit School, 39-45 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF between 6.30pm & 8.00pm.

Why not bring a friend? Book two places for the same session and receive 50% off your second ticket! To take advantage of this discount please contact Student Services on 020 7089 3841 to book.

If you would like to hear about these events via email, please join our Wine Club. For more information on the Wine Club, please click here.

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September

Unlock Your Sense of Smell – Wednesday 17th September – £30/person

To book please phone student services on 020 7089 3841.

Whether you’re a wine expert or a beginner, The Aroma Academy can provide you with sensory skills and educate your nose. The Aroma Academy’s team are world leading experts with vast experience in the Science of Aromas, Fragrances and The Sense of Smell. Kim Lahiri will present this session that will lead you through a myriad of wine aromas, help you to recognise the smell, and then to put a name to the smell. The talk will awaken your whole perception to nosing a wine and increase your appreciation of aromas.

 

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Wine Faults Workshop - Wednesday 24th September – £15/person

To book please phone student services on 020 7089 3841.

REDUCTION – less flavour, fewer fans….

It’s often hard to put a finger on why a wine loses it’s ‘zing’….. difficult to identify reductive aromas, the tell-tale sign that what’s in the bottle has dulled.  But what is ‘reduction?  How is it caused? And how can you spot it – at different stages?  Dr Paulo Lopez, from cork producer Amorim will be examining the problem of reduction, and also oxidation,  both scientifically – and practically with wines in the glass.

Dr Lopez  is a scientist and wine specialist with a strong technical background and equally strong focus on packaging.  Together with colleagues from Bordeaux and Porto Universities  he has made vital contributions to  research into areas such as oxygen permeation of different wines closures,  and its impact on bottled wines. He has been Research & Technical Manager at  Amorim & Irmãos since 2006, involved in all R&D projects, and product development.

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The Spirit Aroma Series - Tuesday 30th September & Thursday 9th October – £50/person

Kim Lahiri of the Aroma Academy presents two tastings: Gin Aromas and Whisy Aromas, which will break down and identify the different aroma components of these two famous spirits. Please see the individual evening’s description for more details. Book the series and save £10.

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Gin Aromas - Tuesday 30th September – £30/person

Kim Lahiri presents this session for the Aroma Academy, world leading experts in the Science of Aromas, Fragrances and The Sense of Smell. Whether you are a Gin enthusiast or expert, this tasting will help you to identify and isolate the myriad of different aromas present in Gin, from Juniper to Coriander, and then build these up to create a complex aroma profile that you find in different brands. It will enhance your appreciation of both the aromas and flavours of this historic drink. Book the Series and save £10.

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October

Marques de Caceres Masterclass – Wednesday 1st October – £25/person 

Marques de Caceres was founded in 1970 and is a family-owned and run company situated in Rioja Alta. Today, the company is a top ambassador for Spain and their wines are available in over 120 markets world-wide. They offer a full range of wines (reds, whites and rosés) and will show-case 8 at this tasting. Hosted by Anne Vallejo, who is in charge of Marketing and PR at the bodega and has been there since 1981, she will explain the company’s history, philosophy and their wines.

Example Wine List:   RRP
Marques de Caceres White 2013
Deusa Nei Albarino 2013
Antea Barrel-fermented White 2013
Marques de Caceres Excellens Rosé 2013
Marques de Caceres Crianza 2010
Marques de Caceres Reserva 2009
Marques de Caceres Excellens Cuvee Especial 2011
Gaudium Gran Vino 2008

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The Spanish Series - Tuesday 7th, 14th & 28th October – £120/person

This series includes the three different Spanish tastings held by members of the Gran Orden de Cabelleros. Please see the individual evening’s description for further information. Save £25 by booking this course as a series instead of each individual session.

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Spain 1: Green Spain - Tuesday 7th October – £35/person

Sarah Jane Evans MW, a member of the exclusive Gran Orden de Cabelleros del Vinos, will host the first of three Spanish tastings and will explore the vineyard regions of North West Spain. The tasting will look at a selection of red and white wines produced here, including the grape varieties Godello, Albarino and Mencia. Book the series and save £25. Wine list to follow…

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Whisky Aromas – Thursday 9th October – £30/person

This session is presented by Kim Lahiri of the Aroma Academy, world leading experts in in the Science of Aromas, Fragrances and The Sense of Smell. Join them on a journey to discover your sense of smell! You will learn how not to deconstruct a whisky aroma profile but rather how to re-construct the key aromas in well-known brands to create the complex aroma profile that influences your palate. The talk will awaken your whole perception to nosing a whisky, why you prefer certain whiskies to others, and how to select the profile of whisky that you will truly enjoy in flavour terms. Suitable for whisky enthusiast and experts. Book the Series and save £10.

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Spain 2: Rioja and Navarra - Tuesday 14th October – £55/person

The second tasting of our 3 part Spanish Series is hosted by Charles Metclalfe, a member of the Gran Orden de Cabelleros del Vinos and will explore the neighbouring regions of Rioja and Navarra. Compare and contrast the wines being produced in these two quality regions, and taste the variety and quality available. Book the series and save £25. Wine list to follow…

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Spain 3: Wines of the River Duero - Tuesday 28th October – £55/person

The last tasting in our Spanish Series is hosted by Philip Rowles, a member of the Gran Orden de Cabelleros del Vinos. It will explore the vineyard areas along the River Duero, which produce a variety of quality red wines, from a host of different grape varieties. Come and try something different! Book the series and save £25. Wine list to follow…

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