Taste Of The Grape can offer a range of short courses either as individual modules, or as a full series over consecutive weeks or months. Relaxed, interactive and educational, these courses are ideal for societies, clubs, companies, or for a group of friends who want to further their interest in wine.
We will come to your meeting place, office or home so you can undertake the courses in a familiar and convenient location. Each module lasts two and a half hours, and can take place in daytime or evening. We'll bring wines relevant to each module so you can participate in tutored tastings that will enhance your learning, and there will be elements of blind tasting and sensory development that will both highlight your newly gained knowledge, and add an enjoyable and entertaining flavour to the session. Professional tasting glasses and all accessories required for the courses will be supplied, as well as information packs, laminates, and self-check multiple choice tests for you to monitor your own progress in a private and unpressurised fashion.
An Introduction To The World Of Wine - tasting and evaluating wine; style, quality and price; wine and food matching; classic grape varieties; wine regions of the world; climatic factors; the label; six wines to taste.
Champagne And Sparkling Wine - methods of manufacture; grape varieties; climates and regions; food matching; differences/similarities between champagne and sparkling; vintage or non vintage; six wines to taste.
Fortified Wines And Sweet Wines - methods of manufacture; port, sherry, vin doux naturel, madeira; climates and regions; food matching; aperitif or digestif; grape varieties; six wines to taste.
Old World vs New World - main countries and regions; climates and styles; compare classic grape varieties; the label; legislation and controls; eight wines to taste.
Details and costs
- Two and a half hours of small group tuition with a qualified and experienced wine consultant
- information packs, laminates, multiple choice self-check sheets.
- relevant wines for tutored tasting, with blind tastings and sensory challenges
- sessions at a location and time convenient to you
A minimum of eight people attending is required. Fees per module: 8 - 10 people £45 per person; 11 - 14 people £35 per person; 15 - 20 people £30 per person. A discounted overall fee can be negotiated for groups taking all four modules. There may be some travel costs outside London.