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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Unusual Wine Producing Countries – Monday 10th March – £45/person
Many countries are famous for wine, France and Italy perhaps the two that most people first think of, but there are lots more countries out there who produce wine beyond the famous household names. Come and learn about some lesser known wine regions and taste a selection of wines that don’t usually appear on supermarket shelves or your local restaurant wine list. Presented by Gareth Lawrence.
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|Grace, Koshu Private Reserve, Japan|
|Sula Sauvignon Blanc, India|
|Merry Mole “Sauvignon Blanc”, Moldova|
|Fratelli Classic White, India|
|Monsoon Valley Shiraz Rosé, Thailand|
|Zorah, Karasi Areni Noir, Armenia|
|Changyu Cabernet D’Est, China|
|Kayra Vintage Series Reserve Cab Sav. – Merlot – Boğazkere, Turkey|
|Monsoon Valley Chenin Blanc Dessert Wine, Thailand, 37.5cl|
The Italian Series - Tuesday 18th & 25th March and 1st and 8th April – £230/person
This series includes Italian tastings 1-4 and gives detailed insight into the different wines and regions of Italy. Please see the individual evening’s description for further information. Save £30 by booking the course as a series instead of each individual session. Presented by Nina Cerullo.
Italy 1: North Eastern Italy - Tuesday 18th March – £55/person
In this session Nina Cerullo looks at the regions of Veneto, Friuli and Alto-Adige which encompass some of the famous wine regions of Valpolicella and Soave while also producing some lesser known varieties. Taste some top examples of the whites, reds and dessert wines produced here and learn about the different, and sometimes unusual, production methods. Book the series and save £30.
Italy 2: Piedmont - Tuesday 25th March – £75/person
This region in the North West of Italy is home to some of Italy’s most famous wine regions: Barolo, Barbaresco and Gavi, as well as making wines from other grape varieties such as Dolcetto and Barbera. Come and discover the variety of styles produced in the ‘foot of the mountains’. Presented by Nina Cerullo. Book the series and save £30.
Chablis Masterclass – Wednesday 26th March – £25/person
This Chablis masterclass, organised by the Chablis Commission of the Bourgogne Wine Board, will guide participants through all four of the Chablis appellations from Petit Chablis to Grand Cru Chablis. The masterclass, hosted by Bourgogne Wines Ambassador Alastair Peebles, will present a selection of Chablis wines and the Chablis region in an informative and insightful tasting.
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|Petit Chablis, William Fèvre||2012|
|Chablis, Domaine de Chantemerle||2012|
|Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons, Lamblin & Fils||2012|
|Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume, Simmonet-Fèbvre||2012|
|Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir, Domaine Roland Lavantureux||2011|
|Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses, La Chablisienne||2011|
For more information on Chablis wines visit www.chablis-wines.com
Exploring Argentina – Monday 31st March – £35/person
Matias Chiesa will present this tasting which will introduce the Argentinean wine industry and then take a detailed look at the varying terroirs throughout the different wine regions. A tasting of 12 wines will reflect the variety of conditions and also the quality and diversity available.
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|Primogénito Blend (Cab. S., Malbec & Merlot) Bodega Patritti, Patagonia||2011||£25.00|
|Terrazas de los Andes Single Vineyard Malbec, Mendoza||2009||£35.00|
|Algodon Reserve, Malbec – Bonarda||£30.00|
|Laborum Single Vineyard Torrontes||£15.00|
|Achaval Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec||£80.00|
|Zuccardi Aluvional ‘El Peral’ Malbec||£55.00|
|Alfredo Roca Family Reserve Malbec||£25.00|
|Sophenia Synthesis Blend||£35.00|
Italy 3: Tuscany - Tuesday 1st April – £75/person
Home of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany is Italy’s most famous wine producing region. The picturesque landscape here produces a host of wines in varying styles, from traditional to modern, and predominantly red in colour. Nina Cerullo will take you through some classic examples of the wines produced here. Book the series and save £30.
Italy 4: Southern Italy - Tuesday 8th April – £55/person
The wine regions in the South of Italy have witnessed dramatic investment and improvement in recent times with a host of quality wines emerging, many made from more unusual indigenous grape varieties that were previously underappreciated. Discover lesser known regions such as Campania and Puglia and wines that represent great value for money.
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.
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.
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|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 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.
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.