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The Spectator Wine School 2019

The Spectator Wine School 2019
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To buy tickets, head to the Spectator Shop.

We are delighted to announce that the Spectator Wine School’s eight week autumn term will start at 6.30pm on Wednesday 25 September in our boardroom at 22 Old Queen Street.

Drawing on the unrivalled expertise of our merchant partners (namely Corney & Barrow, FromVineyardsDirect, Mr Wheeler, Private Cellar and Yapp Bros) who will take turns to host the classes, we will begin with an introduction to wine, how it’s made and how to taste it and then, over successive Wednesdays, will look at all the major grape varieties and how and why they taste the way they do in their various major regions – both Old World and New.

Each class will last two hours (6.30pm-8.30pm) and eight wines will be tasted at each session. There will also be classes on fortified and dessert wines and a very special Pol Roger Champagne masterclass hosted by James Simpson MW. The term will end with a masterclass on spirits hosted by our drinks editor, Jonathan Ray whose new book on the subject – That’s the Spirit! – was published last autumn.

All the major grape varieties, wine regions and wine styles will be discussed and, by term’s end, students should know everything they need to know about this wonderful subject, having also drunk their fill of fine wine (spittoons are discouraged) and met and mingled with fellow Speccie readers.



Wednesday 25 September

Introduction to wine and how to taste

Wednesday 2 October

Pol Roger Champagne Masterclass

Wednesday 9 October

Sauvignon Blanc/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

Wednesday 16 October

Chardonnay/Pinot Noir

Wednesday 23 October

Mediterranean Grape Varieties

Wednesday 30 October

Viognier/Chenin Blanc/Riesling/Syrah

Wednesday 6 November

Fortified and Sweet Wines

Wednesday 13 November

Spirits Masterclass

To buy tickets, head to the Spectator Shop.