Wine Tasting events
Join us for a sunset wine-tasting cruise with full buffet dinner and drinks included, in the delightful environment of Seafin. Enjoy learning in the company of our sommelier to taste wine like a professional. Discover new favourites and learn more about the wines you already love. This event is £75 per person. We will help you to squeeze just a drop more enjoyment out of every glass of wine – cheers!
Enjoy learning in the company of Cecile Bergart, WSET-certified Sommelier and Proprietor of the Hampshire Wine School to taste wine like a professional. Discover new favourites and learn more about the wines you already love.
In addition to an evening cruise on Seafin with full buffet dinner and drinks, the price includes wine-tasting of a minimum of six wines with a professional sommelier to teach you a little more about the wines you are sipping.
These evenings can make original and interesting gifts – purchase a place as a Gift Voucher, or buy an open gift voucher and let your loved one choose from any of the events that we offer at their leisure.
Click on the date for more details about the wines to be featured:
Saturday 8th July – Wines from Italy
Saturday 5th August – Wines from Spain
Saturday 2nd September June – Wines from Australia & New Zealand
Saturday 14th October – A evening of Red Wine
Saturday 9th December – Sparkling Wines
Saturday 8th July 6.30pm – THEME: Wines from Italy
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Wine tasting on Italy. Time for some tasty traditional classics!
‘A country famed for its delicious food, versatile reds and delicate whites. You simply can’t go wrong with Italy!’ – Cecile
A country that defines food and wine matching with many exciting wines produced from the big three regions; Tuscany, Piedmont and Veneto. BAROLO, BARBARESCO, AMARONE, MONTEPULCIANO and CHIANTI are just a few famous wine names you’ll discover from these classic regions.
In addition we’ll investigate why the TWO biggest phenomenon in the UK have been two Italian whites, PINOT GRIGIO and PROSECCO, and where these easy-drinking wines have surfaced from, and why they tick our boxes.
We also love introducing you to wines and grape varieties you might have never heard of, but which have become our very own favourites and may become yours too after this tasting! GAVI DI GAVI, SOAVE for the whites and PRIMITIVO from Puglia and NERO D’AVOLA from Sicily for the reds, will definitely be worth trying, trust us.
Saturday 5th August 6.30pm – THEME: Wines from Spain
Join us as we taste a selection of fantastic wines of Spain that are the buzz-words in the wine industry at the moment. At the core of this area we find the classic Rioja joined by the youthful Navarra. To the South we find the mountainous and high-class Ribera del Duero (commanding the highest prices in Spain!) district, with the racy Toro and aromatic Rueda areas in close proximity. On the Galician coast we find Rias Baixas were some of Spain’s most distinguished whites are found.
The tasting kicks off with the great whites we can find in this great wine country. Albarino, Spain’s high quality white grape variety from Rias Baixas, is the ideal place to begin developing the tasting further with Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc whites from Rueda and fruit-bomb Roses from Navarra. The final part of the tasting pitches the old-firm classic region of Rioja against the region of Ribera del Duero which is close to knocking Rioja of the podium for first place – we’ll discover if it in fact it does rule the roost. Rioja versus Ribera – both made from Tempranillo and Garnacha – the showdown commences … so join a tasting to discover the delights are found in Spain! So much emphasis is given to Rioja in the UK, however regions such as Penedes, Valencia and Costers del Segre are now supplying us with fascinating wines that are high quality but also mainly affordable.
Saturday 2nd September 6.30pm – THEME: Wines from Australia and New Zealand
Australia is home to an amazing array of diverse climates and these are reflected in its many unique and regionally distinct wine regions, from cooler wine regions such as Adelaide Hills and Margaret River, to super hot ones, such as Barossa Valley. Let’s discover each regions and what they are now famous for, in terms of wine styles, grape varieties and award-winning producers. Ample sunshine and favoured climatic conditions mean Australia can often produce quality on a regular basis. This consistency guarantee delivers assurance to many wine drinkers across the world and has been pivotal in Australia’s rise to international stardom. From the big, spicy and powerful Shiraz to the full and ripe Cabernet Sauvignon to the more mellow and aromatic Grenache, their reds offer great value for money whilst their whites, such as Chardonnay, are rich, ripe and rounded and Viognier is perfumed and aromatic.
Whereas, Marlborough in New Zealand is a small region conquering the wine world by storm. The punchy and complex Sauvignon Blanc from here always delivers and has won the hearts of many a wine enthusiast. But the best kept secrets are their own expressions of (especially) Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. In this session we dive into these newcomers on the UK market in order to understand what makes New Zealand such an attractive proposition.
Saturday 14th October 6.30pm – THEME: an evening of red wines
This evening we will be concentrating on ripe, rich, soft and spicy reds which are packed full of juicy fruit flavours. Come along to taste beautifully chocolatey Argentinian Malbec, in-your-face Zinfandel, robust Chianti Classico, versatile Bordeaux blend and peppery Australian Shiraz amongst others. We will also be looking at how to bring the best out of your red wines with a short, practical guide on what foods will compliment these full bodied wines. A great course for anyone who wants a simple, enjoyable introductory look at these lovely heart warmers.
THIS IS YOUR IDEAL WINTER WINE TASTING! And you will LOVE it if:
- You go for the intense flavours of dark chocolate, red meat and black coffee
- You enjoy a juicy, charred steak
- You appreciate the classics
Some of the grape varieties tasted on the night:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Petite Sirah
Saturday 9th December 6.30pm – A special Sparkling Wine Tasting for the occasion
The French arguably make the best sparkling wine in the world – Champagne, but their counterparts in the New World are catching up fast with their own versions … England included!
We will taste 1 Champagne against its equivalent in Italy, Spain, South Africa, Brazil and our very own, local, Hampshire-based sparkling wine, and decide for ourselves once and for all which one deserves to be our favourite! This is an opportunity to taste high quality Champagne and compare it to some of the best sparkling wines coming from great locations around the World! PERFECT FOR THE FESTIVE PERIOD 😉
‘My name is Cecile Bergart, and as a Champagne Expert (born amongst the vineyards of the Champagne Region, France), I will be presenting you with the very best bubbles the World has to offer and will run this tasting in the most entertaining and educational way!
‘This is my favourite tasting by far, so come and join me for a truly decadent evening, which I will start off by sabring a bottle of Champagne for your eyes only! I was trained by the Confrerie des Sabreurs and will be delighted to show off my skills, opening up a bottle of champagne with a sword, just like Napoleon used to do!
‘I am a published Champagne and Wine Educator, a guest champagne expert for Champagne World Magazine and for Channel 4 ‘SuperScrimpers’, a regular guest speaker on BBC Radio Solent, as well as being an approved staff educator for Marks and Spencer. I am also a Ruinart Champagne Ambassador in the UK.
This tasting includes: 6 SPARKLING WINES (including 1 Champagne, 1 Prosecco, 1 Cava, 1 from South Africa, 1 from Brazil (yes, Brazil !!!) and 1 from Hampshire itself).