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

Prosecco Masterclass – Wednesday 10th September – £45/person

Prosecco is not all about cheap fizz! This is one of the most exciting wine regions in the world at the moment with huge interest from the trade and the consumer. The passion of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene wine makers is contagious. Catch the bug, experience and understand the variations between the areas, the quality and styles available, with Nina Cerullo.

Example Wine List:   RRP
Riva dei Frati Prosecco DOC N.V. £9.50
Casa Coste Piane Frizzante Naturamente Follador Loris N.V. £12.66
Drusian Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut N.V. £14.84
Carpene Malvolti Prosecco di Conegliano Cuvee Extra Dry £12.90
Prosecco Ruggeri Riserva Giustino Bisol DOCG 2012 £19.95
Mionetto Valdobbiadene Prosecco ‘Rive di San Pietro di Barbozza’ 2011 £18.33
Ruggeri Santo Stefano Prosecco Dry N.V. £14.99
Bisol Cartizze Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore 2011 £25.79

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Wine Faults Workshop - Wednesday 24th September – £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 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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