We aim to have the most interesting and exciting Wine Tastings. We run various styles: formal tutored style tastings and informal walkabout tastings, our wine-school, and even winemaker dinners.
Our upcoming tasting events are:
- Montalcino March – Brunello di Montalcino 2014 Pre-Release Tasting - March
- 25 South African Wines Under £25 - Wed 27 March
- 2009 Red Bordeaux Tasting - Tues 9th April
- Tuscan Tasting with James Handford MW - Mon 29th April
- Mature Rhone Tasting - Wed 1st May
- Handford Wines Summer Tasting - Wed 15th May
- Nial`s Tasting School - Sat 1st June
For more information on each tasting, see below.
Montalcino March – Brunello di Montalcino 2014 Pre-Release Tasting - March
Montalcino March – Brunello di Montalcino Tasting
Thurs 21 March
5.00pm to 8.30pm
£45.00 per person (redeemable against cases ordered on the night).
Our March Montalcino tasting is almost upon us. The demand for these exotic Tuscan wines remains as strong as ever with more and more selling out upon release.
We will be showing the 16 wines listed below. And hopefully, if the bottles arrive in time, we`ll add a couple more wines.
- 2014 Brunello di Montalcino (En Primeur) - Sesti, Gaja, Caparzo
- 2013 Brunello di Montalcino - Salvioni, Sesti, Salicutti, Brunelli, Caprili, Valdicava, Altesino Montosoli (single vineyard)
- 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - Caparzo 2013, Sesti Phenomena 2013, Salicutti 2013 (only on the offer, not available to taste)
- 2015 Rosso di Montalcino - Salicutti
- 2016 Rosso di Montalcino - Salicutti, Sesti, Poggio Antico
25 South African Wines Under £25 - Wed 27 March
25 South African Wines Under £25
Wednesday 27 March
5.00pm to 8.30pm
Come and try 25 of our favourite South African wines that cost £25 or less. Wine priced between £10 and £25 can represent a real sweet spot in terms of quality versus price. This will be a chance for you to try some of our biggest selling South African wines and a few other interesting wines that you might not normally try.
All of the wines selected represent great value and, at the end of the evening, you can redeem £5 of your tasting ticket for every £25 you spend on wine.
2009 Red Bordeaux Tasting - Tues 9th April
Tuesday 9th April
6.30pm - 8.30pm
with Richard Brazier
It is a warm welcome back to the "10 Year Red Bordeaux" tastings and what a whopper 2009 will be! A warm year, leading to a vintage with big fruit flavours and giving lush, rich and beautifully polished reds. It is considered one of the great vintages; in fact, at the time Robert Parker described it as "unquestionably the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have ever tasted."
We always think that 10 years is always a good time to truly evaluate how a vintage is behaving as, sometimes, too much credence is put on notes that are given to wines before they have even made it into bottle. We are aiming to taste the following: Domaine de Chevalier, Lynch Bages, Grand Puy Lacoste, Gruaud Larose, Leoville Barton, Pichon Lalande, Calon Segur, Leoville Poyferre, Ducru Beaucaillou, Smith Haut Lafite.
Tuscan Tasting with James Handford MW - Mon 29th April
Monday 29th April
6.15pm - 7.15pm
with James Handford MW
James will be on a tasting tour of Tuscany. He`ll be stopping off at Montalcino for some Brunello and Rosso. Heading to the coast, to Bolgheri, to sample some Cabernet Merlot blends. And he`ll be chatting about the wonderful 2015 and 2016 vintages in Chianti because not enough people appreciate that these are the best pair of vintages in recent times.
The tasting will include 10 wines and we will try to cover as many of the high quality wine producing regions as we can.
Mature Rhone Tasting - Wed 1st May
Wednesday 1st May ~ NEW DATE !
6.30pm to 8pm
with Richard Brazier
Over the years we have put on a number of mature red Rhone tastings and shown some real successes from both North and South. Featuring high-end, well-known producers, we have selected five northern and five southern Rhones and we will show wines across 21 years, from 1983 to 2004, which will highlight how well the wines of this region can age and develop. Don`t miss this opportunity to really get to the heart of this classic French region.
We will be showing…
- Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne (Chapoutier) 2004
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieux Télégraphe 2001
- Côte Rôtie (Burgaud) 2001
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos Mont Olivet Cuvée Papet 2000
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieux Télégraphe 1998
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve (Roger Sabon) 1995
- Côte Rôtie (Rene Rostaing) 1995
- Crozes Hermitage Domaine Thalabert (Jaboulet) 1990
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chateau Saint André 1985
- Côte Rôtie Les Jumelles (Jaboulet) 1983
Handford Wines Summer Tasting - Wed 15th May
Handford Wines Summer Tasting at Opera Holland Park
Wednesday 15th May
6.00pm - 8.30pm
We are delighted to be back in Holland Park again this summer courtesy of Opera Holland Park. This evening provides a fantastic opportunity to try 40+ wines cherry picked from our range. As always we will feature our favourite discoveries from the brightest new producers and exciting breakthrough regions and of course we will show some classic bestsellers, perennial Handford favourites and new vintages from our tried and tested producers. We guarantee plenty of new discoveries and something for all palates. With a special offer on all wines ordered on the night this is a perfect way to stock your cellar for the summer.
Nial`s Tasting School - Sat 1st June
Saturday 1st June
Nial has spent many years as a Sommelier and restaurant manager and enjoys nothing more than talking about wine! This makes him the perfect candidate to run our Intro to Wine courses. Nial will be hosting an informal and informative session in our cellar at 105 Old Brompton Road. Looking through a glass of wine, he`ll touch on the basics of tasting, grape varieties and geography. The aim of these sessions is to give you a better understanding of wine and allow you to make a more informed decision on your next wine purchase. We will taste 8 wines - no previous wine tasting experience needed!
To book tickets for any of these events, purchase online or call us on 020 7589 6113.