This year’s Glasgow Festival of Wine in June is now completely sold out, but there’s still time to book your tickets and secure one of the few remaining masterclasses places in London in October and Edinburgh in November. With international winemakers and experts joining us to present the world’s best, rarest and most expensive wines, we firmly believe these 45-minute masterclasses are the best value fine wine tastings in the UK.
London, October 13th 2018
The capital’s lucky wine lovers can experience some of the world’s finest wines in three outstanding sessions, tutored by our visiting winemakers from Champagne and Rioja, and by Tom Cannavan.
12:30pm: Champagne Deutz – the Pinot Noir Heritage
Kicking off the sessions is a Champagne lover’s dream date: eight wines being presented by Jean Marc Lalliere Deutz from the house of Deutz. Founded in the village of Aÿ in 1838, Deutz is one of the most illustrious Grand Marques, the house style all about finesse and precision with wines of beautiful purity. We’ll taste Deutz’s superb range, but for many the highlight will be the inclusion of a three-vintage vertical tasting of the deluxe cuvée ‘William Deutz’ of the world’s greatest Champagnes. Tickets £20.
2:00pm: Bodegas Roda of Rioja, Vertical Tasting of Roda I
From Rioja in Spain we are joined by Victor Charcán of bodegas Roda. Roda has just celebrated its 30th anniversary with a series of tastings around the world, comparing pairs of vintages of the flagship wine, Roda I. The tastings were confined to the world’s top wine journalists, but the Festival has persuaded Roda to repeat the session just for us. We’ll be comparing pairs of the top vintages, some from Atlantic influenced years, and some from Mediterranean influenced years, to see the profound difference climate can make to these superb wines. Which is your favourite? Tickets. £17.50.
3:30pm: Cheese and Wine Matching, Dos, Don’ts and Maybes
Our final masterclass sees Tom Cannavan repeating his sell-out session from Edinburgh last year. Tom has chosen eight top quality wines from the Portfolio of Rude Wines, from Champagne to Australian sweet Muscat, and will be presenting these in pairs along with four specially selected cheeses. The idea will be to match one traditional, or more expected wine style to the cheese, but also a wine that’s something of an unexpected choice: risky perhaps, but our Edinburgh audience loved the chance to compare and there was plenty of strong opinion on which matches worked best. Tickets £12.50.
Edinburgh, November 3rd 2018
We’re just thrilled by the three equally brilliant sessions lined-up for Auld Reekie.
12:30pm: Champagne PIPER-HEIDSIECK ‘Meet the Maison’
Once again, Champagne lovers are in for a treat as we kick off by getting to know the house of PIPER-HEIDSIECK with Champagne ambassador, the hugely knowledgeable and entertaining, Simon Stockton. Winemaker Régis Camus is widely regarded as among Champagne’s most talented cellar-masters. This tasting will encompass the 2008 Vintage and the superb ‘Essentiel’, given extra ageing in bottle and rated 94/100 by Tom Cannavan, but highlight for many will be Simon’s introduction to the 2002 vintage of ‘Rare’, the deluxe cuvée that is one of the world’s greatest, most expensive and, yes, rarest Champagnes. Tickets £17.50
2:00pm: The Liquid Tuscan Tour
A Chianti Classico vs super-Tuscan showdown with Alessandro Gallo, Chief Wine Maker of Castello d’Albola in Chianti, and sister winery, Rocca di Montemassi in the Maremma. Though Chianti Classico is historically the most famous wine of Tuscany, the last couple of decades saw the phenomenon of the ‘super-Tuscans’. Led by labels like Sassicaia and Ornellaia, these wines made towards the coastal zones of the region took the wine world by storm, their prices soon rocketing ahead of Chianti. But debate rages on about which are the best expression of Sangiovese and the Tuscan terroir. Tickets £12.50
3:30pm: The Extraordinary Ports of Quinta do Noval
The wines of Quinta do Noval from Portugal’s Douro Valley will need little introduction to Port fans. Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest of Port houses, Noval’s meticulous approach in vineyard and winery yields wines, including superb aged tawnies and single-vintage Colheitas, as well as Vintage Ports of course. But it is probably the extraordinary ‘Naçional’, the world’s most expensive Port at £500 per bottle that is the star attraction here: from a century-old single vineyard, with only a few hundred cases made only in exceptional years, it is the dream of many Port-lovers to have a chance to taste this wine. Tickets £15.00