December 5th, 8PM live, or catch up on video afterwards
Ships at the end of November.
The Rhône produces some of the most distinctive and famous blends in the world, from villages like Saint Maurice through to Châteuneuf-du-Pape. Unlike so many of the famous wines in the world, these use many different varieties of grapes to add character to the wine.
We explore what these different grapes add to the final wine, so you can understand how the winemakers create these blends. To do this, we travel the entire world, to regions that share similar conditions with the Rhône valley. You will taste four wines made only with one grape so you can understand, in isolation, what flavours that brings to the mix. Then... to finish off, we taste the champion - one of the most highly-rated Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines: Domaine de la Solitude, who have been making wine in the region since the 15th century!
If you keep a bit behind of each wine, you can even try blending your own wine and see how the flavours come together to create something new!
Cut-off for joining the next tasting is mid-day on the 27th of November (to give us time to send it to you).
The Adventurer Series
Five exceptional wines like these, dropping through your letterbox every month, with a fun, expert-guided tasting – live or on catch-up.
Our Adventurer Series is perfect for people who feel they know their way around a wine shop, but want to take the next step and explore the differences a great winemaker can have on a wine, learn about lesser-known grapes and find the hidden value around the world.
You'll probably already know the common grape varieties and have some favourite regions, but this remains a great fun, approachable course. We'll explain what the different terms you'll find on a label are, how to taste like a pro, and learn how to master a restaurant wine list! We'll also teach you about food pairings and why things work so well together (or don't!)
Based at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust's Level 2 point, this is a great way to take your appreciation of wine to the next level, to demystify wine, to build confidence in choosing wines and to discover some incredible new wines that you may never have even considered before.
We'll teach you all about how these wines are made, what makes them special and we'll highlight a few of the things to watch out for in the wine world and you will have a great time too as it's a mix of entertainment and education!
On this advanced level course, we also introduce a winemaking or grape-growing concept every month and talk about it for 5 minutes.
Either join our LIVE and interactive online tasting (around 90 minutes) where you can ask your own questions, or watch the recording at your own pace, whenever and wherever is convenient for you.
Half a glass (62.5ml) or one small glass (125ml) of each wine. We recommend the larger portion for couples.