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Our exciting wine school programme will leave you wanting more!
Each Wine School - £30 per person
Wine school plus two courses in our California Bar- £55 per person.
For an additional £144.50 per person, stay the night with breakfast *
This evening is quite simple. A collection of bottles suitable for the festive lunch and some tips on what to match with, serving ideas, plus a host of tips on making the most important lunch of the year stress-free!
Wednesday 3rd February - How To Assess Wine, How To Taste
Learning to taste wine can often look tricky and unnecessary but learning to appreciate tasting wine can transform your enjoyment of wine in general. Through looking, smelling and tasting wine, you can conclude quite a bit. For example, the way a wine looks, the aromas and the various levels of smells, the flavour profile and structure and how this develops over time on your palate, can all point to how old a wine is, how it was stored, the type of soil, the grape variety and more. Surprise yourself!
Wednesday 9th March - Germany versus Austria
Most of Germany’s wines and a large proportion of Austria’s wines are made from the Riesling grape, and produce some of the underestimated and quality-driven wines in the world. German wines took a popularity dip in the late 20th Century, but due to stellar craftsmanship and what is arguably the most versatile and robust white grape in the world, Riesling, this is one of the most exciting and on-trend wine regions. With marked differences in aromatics, weight, sweetness and acidity between Austrian and German wine, you will discover just how appealing and food-friendly these wines are.
Wednesday 6th April - South of France
The unique wines of the South of France are increasingly sought after both in France and overseas. Their Mediterranean colours and aromas are super appealing and have lots of character. From the Côtes de Provence, through Languedoc- Roussillon and to Gascony, the wines are winning in the quality and drinkability stakes. It helps that some famous celebrities as well as historic producers from Bordeaux and Burgundy have become involved in producing wine here, raising its profile, but also for quality and value, these bottles are hard to beat.
Wednesday 1st June - Barbecue and Rosé pairing
Historically, rosés were seen as fun, and often not taken very seriously. Fast forward a few years and pink, blush or rosé wine – whatever your preferred name- is now seen as a serious industry and the quality has skyrocketed. This is thanks in part to historic Old World producers crafting some serious bottles, with the notoriety to raise them on to the big stage.
One thing has remained true throughout – these wines are ideal served chilled outside with, or without, food in the summer sun. Subtle and aromatic, or bolder and fruit-driven, their flavours can be rich and varied -this variety makes them the perfect partner to stand alongside blockbuster reds for summer entertaining.
*Based on two people sharing a Luxury Double room.