First masterclasses confirmed

I am delighted to announce two superb masterclasses are already confirmed, an essential part of June 17th’s wine celebrations.

Please note: both of these masterclass completely sold out – sorry!

The cool climate wines of Iona Estate, South Africa

andrew-gunnWhen Andrew Gunn (right) set up Iona estate in the cool apple-growing Elgin Valley not far from Cape Town, little could he have known how phenomenally successful his wines would become – and so quickly. Acknowledged as producing some of South Africa’s greatest white wines (though the reds are not half bad!) Andrew has gone on to win multiple gold medals in major wine competitions.

Iona ChardonnaySub-titled “The relevance of non interventionist winemaking,” Iona’s winemaker Werner Muller will joins us, direct from what is truly one of the Cape’s most exciting estates, situated on a misty mountain-top overlooking the Atlantic ocean, where it benefits from cooling fog and ocean breezes. Werner will lead us in a tasting through six of their top wines, two examples each of his award-winning Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and range-topping ‘One Man Band’, a white Bordeaux blend. We’ll discover together the importance of wine growing in a cool climate, and a ‘hands-off’ approach to winemaking let the wines speak for themselves.
Masterclass runs 2:00pm – 2:45pm and tickets cost £9.50.

An Exploration of Pinot Noir with Riverby Estate

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Travelling all the way from Malrborough in New Zealand to join us in Glasgow, owner and winemaker Kevin Courtney will guide us in an in-depth exploration of the world’s most charismatic wine grape, Pinot Noir. Famously difficult to get right outside of its Burgundy homeland, only a few places around the world have become true Pinot hotspots – and Marlbrough is one of them.

riverby-tall-logoWe’ll tasted no less than nine vintages with Kevin, four of his regular Pinot stretching a decade back to 2007. He’ll be opening some of the few remaining bottles of his 2008 vintage, the wine which was voted #1 out of 300 Pinots assessed by the influential Wine State magazine, and which inspired Kevin to create a Reserve level Pinot Noir – and we’ll be tasting all five vintages of that produced so far.

This is going to be an absolute must-do session for lovers of the world’s most capricious, yet arguably greatest grape variety, with Kevin’s lifetime of experience making this the perfect place to learn more.

Masterclass runs 3:30pm – 4:20pm and tickets cost £9.50.

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