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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Wines of Germany Wine Tasting Manchester

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Portland Street

Germany makes fine wines in many styles in the 13 regions, ‘Anbaugebiete.’ Come and discover a selection and taste the terroir with us.

From: £37.50

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Rediscover Rioja Wine Tasting Manchester

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Potland Street, Manchester

Rioja is well known for its fine, barrel & bottle aged red wines. There’s a whole lot more to the region’s wines though, come and discover them with Certified Rioja Wines Educator, John Callow DipWSET. We’ll taste whites, reds, rose & maybe some sparkling wines too!

From: £45.00

October 28, 2022

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Whisky Tasting

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The Castlefield Hotel

We guide you through the wonderful world of Whisky. Tasting six different styles from around the world. Classic Scotch whisky pitted against other world contenders. Who will come out the favourite? You decide!

From: £45.00

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Burns Night Blind Whisky Tasting Dinner – Castlefield Hotel, Manchester

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Castlefield Hotel

A delicious 3 course Scottish themed menu to enjoy, paired with a blind tasting of 6 whiskies- One Scotch, and one contender from another region. Which is best? You decide!

From: £89.00

January 27, 2023

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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. 6 regional wines matched with 6 cheeses.
“Superb night. Great Discussion. Lots of different gins to try…”

From: £45.00

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Cheese and Wine Tasting – Manchester

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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: £45.00

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 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.

Suite 4b

113-115 Portland Street

Manchester

M1 6DW

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