• Northern Wine School Gift Guide

    ​Welcome to The Northern Wine School Gift Guide! Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are done and dusted & you still haven't got those important presents for special people? We have some inspiration for you. Here are some ideas we've gathered together to make buying for your loved ones so much easier.

    Experiences are remembered long after The Festivities are over.

    Manchester Wine Tasting Gifts

    Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers

    Great for budding wine enthusiasts to start them out on their wine tasting journey. One of our most popular gift ideas and a sure fire winner.

    ​The classic match made in heaven What could be a better gift for wine and cheese lovers? There are several versions of this delicious event for them to choose from-all using the same voucher!

    ​Super treat for steak and red wine lovers. Rounded off with a cheese board in Malmaison's private dining room-The Ember Lounge.

    ​The ultimate wine tasting, 10 fantastic wines with three delicious courses. Followed by tea and coffee in Malmaison's private dining room. An indulgent day learning about wine and food matching.

    Gift Ideas for Gin Lovers

    ​The drink of the moment! A chance to taste six craft gins and experiment with mixers, botanicals and garnishes. Always a lively fun evening.

    ​New for 2019 we've added a taste of luxury to our famous gin tasting by including a delicious afternoon tea at Malmaison. An indulgent treat for gin lovers!

    Gift​ Idea-Let Them Choose

    ​This option offers the choice of a wide range of events. Currently these include:

    • All wine and cheese options
    • Gin Tastings
    • Whisky Tasting
    • Charcuterie and Wine Tasting

    In fact any £30 event from our calendar

  • Meet the Gin Makers – Four Sisters Distillery

    ​We Welcomed Lucy & Hayley last Friday ​

    Two of the famous sisters from Sis4er's Distillery, Salford came along to our packed gin tasting on November 9th. They gave an entertaining presentation about the eleven siblings and their transformation into brewers and distillers. A model of the distillery's copper still, called Arabella was on display. "Frederica" the still used to make all their gin is named after their parents ​and was specially built in Portugal.

    4 Sisters Gin Manchester Telling their Story

    4 Sisters Gin Manchester Telling their Story

    Strawberry Gin "Star of the Show"

    Their Strawberry Gin went down a storm as the star of the show. The guests explored the botanicals used to make  the drink and samples were passed round. The signature ingredients are blueberries, strawberries and mastiche. Then everyone enjoyed a full measure with fresh strawberries, a slice of lime and premium tonic.

    This treat was followed by the tasting of five contrasting gins with lots of mixers and garnishes to experiment with.

    Gin Lineup 4 Sisters Gin

    Gin Lineup 4 Sisters Gin

    A Taste of What's to Come

    Guests were given the opportunity to taste their original gin and the new Lemon and Thyme flavour. The Lemon and Thyme was really popular. The sisters also announced they have a new Passion Fruit flavour coming later this year. Unfortunately it wasn't quite ready for tasting yet.

    4 Sisters Gin - Lucy Explains the Workings of a Gin Still

    4 Sisters Gin - Lucy Explains the Workings of a Gin Still

    ​Thanks Hayley & Lucy

    Everyone loved the evening so we look forward  to seeing you again at one of our tastings in the new year! Maybe they'll have more surprises in store for us?

  • Gins of the North West UK

    Updated September 2018

    The North West has a proud history of innovation and enterprise. It's no surprise that there has been a huge growth of gin making in the region. From makers who can trace their roots back to the 1700's to the new breed of independent craft gin makers. All place great importance on using the finest ingredients, often foraged from the local countryside.

    There is something to suit every palate with a fantastic range of flavours based on a multitude of different botanicals and herbs. The imagination and creativity showcases the best The North West  has to offer. Try any from our list and you won't be disappointed.

    Manchester and North West UK Gin Makers

    Manchester and North West UK Gin Makers

    Is your favourite on the list? Let us know and we'll include it

    Gin
    Gin Maker
    ​Website

    Batch Gin

    Batch Brew 

    Berkeley Square 

    Greenall's, Warrington

    Bloom

    Greenall's, Warrington

    Cuckoo

    Brindle Distillery, Chorley

    ​Defiance 

    ​Defiance Gin, Lancashire

    Forest Gin

    Forest Gin Ltd., Macclesfield

    Greenall's

    Greenall's, Warrington

    Manchester Gin

    Manchester Gin, Manchester

    Opihr

    Greenall's, Warrington

    The Original Manchester Gin

    Zymurgorium, Irlam

    Thomas Dakin

    Greenall's, Warrington

    ​Three Rivers

    ​Three Rivers, Manchester

    ​Whitley Neill

    ​Whitley Neill, Huyton

    Worsley

    Worsley Gin, Greater Manchester

    Try a Northern Wine School Manchester Gin Tasting

    We always feature local gins at our famous popular tastings. Come along and enjoy six gins with other enthusiasts:

    Gin Tasting Events page

  • Manchester Gin Festival 2018

    ​It's that time of year again. Manchester Gin Festival 2018 is here at Victoria Baths Hathersage Rd, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester M13 0FE. From Friday 23rd. of March 'til Sunday 25th. March

    A Gin Festival is defined by top craft gins, tasty food, fantastic music, entertainment and you lot! We love meeting you at our events, magnificent people that you are. To make our events extra special, we also bring gin companies with samples for you to try and the distillers to answer all your questions. Plus we have exclusive gins from the UK and around the world. Get a sneak peek with our short video and book your ticket today!

    ​Video summary of last year's event:

    Setting up for Gin Tasting at The Castlefield Hotel, Manchester

    Setting up for Gin Tasting at The Castlefield Hotel, Manchester

  • The Netherlands comes to Manchester to Taste Gin

    A Group of Dutch Friends

    were in Manchester for a long weekend. Ruud van Otterdijk and friends from Rotterdam booked their Northern Wine School gin event before travelling. They joined us for a gin tasting at The Castlefield Hotel on Saturday March 17th. We gave them a taste of local gins including Thomas Dakin, Zymurgorium Manchester ​Gin and Whitley Neill's Rhubarb and Ginger Gin.

    We made sure that they enjoyed some other local delicacies with their drinks including Eccles Cakes and Butler's Crumbly Lancashire Cheese.

    ​As an extra John surprised them with a traditional protected spirit called Genever, distilled in Amsterdam since 1675. This is the national liquor of Holland and Belgium. It is juniper flavoured and is the drink from which gin originally evolved. Amusingly this was the one they liked least. Apparently it is regarded as an Old Person's tipple in Holland! Craft Gin is considered a much trendier drink. Seems like young people in the UK and Holland have similar tastes when it comes to their drinks.

    Other highlights of their trip included jazz events and beer tasting. Luckily the early Spring snow and wind did not spoil their enjoyment of Manchester.

    Netherlands Gin Tasting Group Manchester

    Netherlands Gin Tasting Group Manchester

    Assessing the Gin Aromas Manchester

    Assessing the Gin Aromas Manchester