FIVE STAR WINE & GIN TASTING EXPERIENCES

Learn to taste wine and spirits like a pro – we offer a range of tasting courses, each one designed to give you lots of insight and be lots of fun.
They make great gifts too…

Tasting events at their best: book now!

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WSET Level 2 & 3 Wines Systematic Approach to Tasting Calibration Pack

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At home

A set of 6 x 50ml wine samples posted to you based on wines we use for teaching in class in the first lesson. Designed to be tasted together & help develop your professional tasting skills using the WSET’s Level 2 & 3 Wines Systematic Approach to Tasting. Includes detailed tasting notes and a guided video, led by John Callow DipWSET. Created to assist WSET Level 2 and 3 Wine students studying with any provider, but useful for anyone looking to develop their professional tasting skills or considering studying a WSET course.

£30.00

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Virtual Wine Tasting- Wines for Summer

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Your Home

A virtual version of our popular tastings. Enjoy from the comfort of your own home, Reserve will post the wines to you!
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From: £85.00

July 31, 2020

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Virtual Introduction to Sake

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Your Home

A virtual version of our Introduction to Sake tasting. Enjoy from the comfort of your own home, we post the samples to you! This course is great if you’re interested in the historic national beverage of Japan: Whether for your career or just curious. A gentle, but thorough introduction to the world of Sake. No prior knowledge or qualifications are required.
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From: £45.00

July 2, 2020

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French Wine and Cheese- Castlefield Hotel, Manchester

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Castlefield Hotel, Manchester

A match made in heaven – vin et fromage: parfait. Discover why.
“Superb night. Great Discussion. Lots of different gins to try…”

From: £35.00

October 16, 2020

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Cheese and Wine Tasting – Castlefield Hotel, Manchester

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Castlefield Hotel, Manchester

Learn the secrets of the perfect match, during a 2 hour guided tasting with your knowledgeable host and other like minded fromage-o-philes. Heavenly!
“Superb night. Great Discussion. Lots of different gins to try…”

From: £35.00

September 4, 2020

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Saturday 3 Course Lunch with Wine Tasting – Malmaison, Manchester

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Malmaison, Manchester

Get wined & dined on this special afternoon. Learn how to expertly pair food with wine. 10 wines plus a delicious 3 course Malmaison lunch
“Superb night. Great Discussion. Lots of different gins to try…”

From: £85.00

September 26, 2020

Really good tasting events

Our tasting experiences are designed for all levels of knowledge and are open to anyone aged 18 or over. We don’t sell alcohol and are not affiliated with any producers.

All courses are run by a qualified, knowledgeable and experienced host. Everything is set up before you arrive – you just turn up, relax and enjoy yourselves with a great afternoon or evening.

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Do

Do ask questions, meet new people, learn stuff, find new favourites, enjoy yourself.

Don't

Don’t spit your drink out, there’s no need. (Of course, you can if you like.) Don’t drive, you’ll be drinking.

Don't

Don’t smoke or vape or wear strong perfume if you can help it – those things could impair your ability to taste. And we want you to get the most out of your experience.

FAQs

No. Well, we do ask that you are dressed – obviously. All our events are informal.

Not at all. They are designed to be for everyone – if you are an expert, come along anyway, you might well learn something and your host will be up for the challenge of any questions you may have. 

Enough to make it an event, but not too many so you don’t get to make friends and ask your host questions. 

For Cheese and Wine, Gin, Burns Night Whisky Dinner and Discovery courses, there will be a maximum of 24 people.

For Steak and Red Wine, Gin and Afternoon Tea and the Saturday lunches, there will be a maximum of 18 people.

For private tastings there’s a minimum of ten people and up to one hundred. It depends entirely on what you want.

Cheese and Wine, standard Gin and Whisky tastings and Discovery courses are usually Thursday or Friday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. Steak and Red Wine is usually a Friday from 7pm to 9pm.

Gin and Afternoon Tea is on a Saturday from 2pm – 4pm and the Saturday lunches take place between 11am and 3pm.

Please arrive ten minutes before the start so we can get everyone settled and ready to start on time.

We rarely need to cancel events; we hate to disappoint our guests. However, we need a minimum number of attendees per event to make them viable, and for a great atmosphere. We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible to guests if this is necessary.

No just bring yourselves and a sense of fun and adventure. We supply the wine, glasses, nibbles, pens and your own copy of tasting notes to take home with you as a memento. You don’t need to bring the tickets or confirmation either, we have a list of attendees we check off as you arrive.

Of course – we won’t split anyone up. (Unless you request that we do!) Tables are normally for four or six people – if you’ve booked separately, then let us know and we’ll put you together. If all the tickets are in one name, you’ll be together anyway.

If there are more than ten of you, you might be interested in a private tasting.

For the wine events, it’s around ⅔ of a bottle per person: a welcome glass of fizz, then six 50ml samples (nine if you’re at the Saturday afternoon lunch)

For spirits, you get six standard measures of 25ml plus mixers and garnish for the gin events. 

Sometimes we have guest appearances from producers too, who may have some extra exciting things for you to try!

You can change your booking to a later date anytime up to two weeks before the event. Any later than this is at our discretion because we have to let the venues know how many guests are attending and organise enough wine/spirits and your meals/cheese in advance. Please get in touch if you need to talk to us about changing your date.

We’re really into wine, into spirits & into sake. We love all of them. Luckily.

Accelerate Places
101 Princess Street,
Manchester M1 6DD

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