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.

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Wines of Alsace - Thursday 17th April – £55/person

Alsace is often forgotten when naming the great wine regions of France. However, it is often described as having near perfect grape growing conditions and can produce wines of excellent quality. Explore the diversity of the region with a look at how climate affects wine style and what makes a Grand Cru so special. Presented by Gregory Bowden.

Example Wine List:   RRP
Auxerrois H, Josmeyer 2011 £18.00
Muscat Grand Cru Kirchberg, Andre Kientzler 2010 £19.00
Riesling Jubilee, Hugel 2007 £23.00
Riesling Frederic Emile, Trimbach 2007 £35.00
Pinot Noir de Rodern, Rolly-Gassmann 2011 £24.00
Pinot Gris Comtes d’Eguisheim, Leon Beyer 2007 £29.00
Gewurztraminer Reserve, Albert Boxler 2009 £22.00
Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive, Hugel 2007 £35.00


Vine to Glass – Wednesday 23rd April – £30/person

Want to know more about wine but don’t know where to start? This introductory tasting provides you with the necessary skills to taste wines like a true professional – from appearance to palate. In addition, we’ll teach you how wine is made and what makes them different, both in the vineyard and the winery. Perfect for the enthusiast eager to learn more! Presented by Virgilio Gennaro.

Example Wine List: RRP
Jackson Estate Stich Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2010 £11.99
Chapel Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, Australia 2005 £12.99
Reichsgraf von Kessellstatt Josephshofer Riesling Auslese 2001 £18.99
Domaine du Murinais Crozes-Hermitage, Cuvée des Amandiers 2009 £13.99
Château Reynella Basket Pressed Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia 2008 £14.99
Raimat Chardonnay, Vina 27, Costers del Segre, Spain 2009 £7.99
Enate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Somontano, Spain 2007 £16.99


The Bordeaux Series - Thursday 24th April & 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd May – £300/person

This series includes the Bordeaux tastings 1 – 5 giving insight into why this iconic wine region merits it’s esteemed reputation. Please see the individual evening’s description for further information. Save £60 by booking the course as a series instead of each individual session.


Bordeaux 1: Modern Bordeaux - Thursday 24th April – £40/person

This tasting is an opportunity to taste highly rated wines from the lesser known regions of Bordeaux. Discover how this region continues to lead in modern production whilst ensuring traditional styles remain tantamount. Book the series and save £60.

Example Wine List – From last year:   RRP
Chateau Haut-Rian Clairet 2011 £7.99
Rosé de Giscours 2012 £11.50
The Wine Society’s Claret £5.99
Château Pey de la Tour 2006 £13.99
Château d’Aiguille 2004 £19.99
Château de Reignac 2005 £24.99
Château la Peyre 2001 £17.95
Goulee 2005 £25.99



Bordeaux 2: White & Sweet Bordeaux – Thursday 1st May – £55/person

This evening is a great opportunity to taste dry-whites from exceptional Chateaux and a selection of sweet wines from around Bordeaux. Learn what makes these wines so special, and what factors contribute to their distinctive styles. Book the series save £60.

Example Wine List – From last year:   RRP
Château Les Charmes-Godard (Cotes de Bordeaux Francs) £12.49
Calvet Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Bordeaux) 2012 £6.29
Château Rochemorin (Pessac-Leognan) 2007 £17.69
Domaine Chevalier Cru Classé (Pessac-Leognan) £94.00
Château Loupiac-Gaudiet (Loupiac) 2006 £14.79
Château La Rame (Sainte-Croix-du-Mont) 2003 £18.99
Château La Tour Blanche 1er Grand Cru Classé (Sauternes) 2007 £43.00
Château Coutet 1er Grand Cru Classé (Barsac) 2001 £39.00


The Rhone Series – Wednesday 7th and 14th May – £115/person

This series includes Rhone tastings 1 & 2 and gives insight into the wines and regions of the Northern and Southern Rhone. Please see the individual evening’s description for further information. Save £15 by booking the course as a series instead of each individual session.


Rhone 1: The Northern Rhone - Wednesday 7th May – £75/person

The Northern Rhone is the natural home of Syrah in France, with wines of exceptional quality meriting very high prices. By looking from North to South this tasting explores the difference in style, quality and ultimately price of Syrah across the Northern Rhone. Presented by Gregory Bowden. Book the series and save £15.

Example Wine List:   RRP
The Society’s Exhibition Hermitage Blanc, Chave 2007 £37.00
St. Joseph Offerus Selection, J-L Chave 2008 £19.00
Cornas les Eygats, Domaine Courbis 2005 £32.00
Crozes-Hermitage, Domaine Thalabert 2007 £24.00
Cote-Rotie Blonde de Seigneur, Vernay 2009 £52.00
Hermitage, Domaine Colombier 2005 £61.50
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Bordeaux 3: The Left Bank – Thursday 8th May – £75/person

What contributes to the fact that the wines of the Left Bank are considered some of the finest light reds? What makes a Pauillac different from a Margaux? Find out with this comparative tasting of Grand Cru Classé wines. Book the series and save £60.

Example Wine List – From last year:   RRP
Château Rousseau de Sipian (Médoc) 2004 £12.95
Château Potensac Cru Bourgeois (Médoc) 1999 £24.99
Château Malescasse Cru Bourgeois (Haut-Médoc) 2004 £15.39
Château d’Issan Grand Cru Classé (3rd Margaux) 2001 £42.00
Château Gruaud Larose Grand Cru Classé (2nd Saint-Julien) 2001 £43.00
Château Pontet Canet Grand Cru Classé (5th Pauillac) 2001 £60.00
Château Montrose Grand Cru Classé (2nd Saint-Estephe) 2001 £69.00
Château Pape-Clement Grand Cru Classé (Pessac-Leognan) 2001 £93.00


Rhone 2: The Southern Rhone - Wednesday 14th May – £55/person

Wines of the warm Southern Rhone are often formed of elaborate blends of grape varieties with the most famous being Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Discover the smaller numerous regions of the southern Rhone and discover similar wine styles at all quality levels. Presented by Gregory Bowden. Book the series and save £15.

Example Wine List:   RRP
Chateauneuf du Pape Clos des Papes Blanc 2008 £62.00
Lirac La Reine des Bois, Domaine La Mordoree 2011 £21.95
Vacqueyras Cuvee Azelias, Domaine le Sang des Cailloux 2009 £20.45
Gigondas La Buissiere 2005 £24.30
Gigondas Tardieu Laurent 2000 £38.46
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Clos des Papes 2004 £47.46
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieux Telegraphe 2001 £44.46
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieux Telegraphe 1995 £52.25


Bordeaux 4: The Right Bank – Thursday 15th May – £75/person

The Right Bank produces some of the world’s most iconic red wines. This evening looks at what makes these wines so highly prized and includes a comparative tasting of a top Pomerol and St-Emilion. Book the series and save £60.

Example Wine List – From last year:   RRP
Château Bois Pertuis 2009 £8.99
Château Haut-Lariveau (Fronsac) 2005 £24.99
Château La Fleur de Bouard (Lalande de Pomerol) 2005 £27.50
Château du Courlat (Lussac Saint-Émilion) 2006 £11.50
Château Carteau Grand Cru (Saint-Émilion) 2006 £16.00
Château Canon La Gaffeliere Grand Cru Classé (Saint-Émilion) 2004 £50.00
Château Figeac Premier Grand Cru Classé (Saint-Émilion) 2001 £80.00
Château Gazin (Pomerol) 2001 £65.00


Wine Faults Workshop – Wednesday 21st May – £15/person

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 Lopes, 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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Bordeaux 5: Cult Wines & Second Labels – Thursday 22nd May - £115/person

With the prices of top Bordeaux creeping ever higher, consumers are increasingly looking towards Chateau’s second wines. Take this rare chance to taste a selection of super-premium wines from the Left Bank, Pomerol and St-Emilion against their second labels. Book the series and save £60.

Example Wine List – From last year:   RRP
Clos du Marquis 2004 £35.00
La Réserve de la Comtesse 2004 £30.00
Château Leoville Lascases Grand Cru Classé (2nd Saint-Julien) 1998 £168.00
Châeau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Grand Cru Classé   (2nd Pauillac) 1998 £130.00
Château L’Eglise-Clinet (Pomerol) 2006 £145.00
La Petit Eglise 2006 £29.00
Château Magdelaine Premier Grand Cru Classé 2006 £39.99
Les Songes de Magdelaine 2006 £33.00


Vinho Verde Masterclass – Wednesday 28th May – £25/person

Come and discover the wines produced in the Vinho Verde region in North West Portugal. It is Portugal’s largest DOC and produces a range of wines from lesser known grape varieties such as Loureiro, Trajadura and Arinto. Rachel Brown from the WSET will take you through an in depth look at the region, its developments and the variety of wines on offer.