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Manchester Gin Tasting-Thomas Dakin

The first in our series of Craft Gin Video reviews features Thomas Dakin gin. Here we take a look at one of the first legally made gins in The UK. Bought by the brewers Greenalls, they revived the original name in 2015 inspired by the craft gin revolution. Find out more about our great Manchester […]

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Tasting a Pedro Ximénez 30+ Year Old Wine

John compares a non-aged Pedro Ximénez wine with one made from a blend of wines at least 30 years old

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What is Gin? Part 1- What is Gin Made From?

All gin starts out life as a pre-distilled neutral base spirit with little or no character. The majority are made from a base of grains, (ie, vodka!) but other raw materials can be used such as grapes or mead. This neutral spirit is then re-distilled with flavouring ingredients known as ‘botanicals,’ or natural or artificial […]

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Christmas Wine Suggestions

Christmas gatherings can be a bit of a nightmare to cater and select wines for, especially with lots of guests. The more people there are, inevitably the wider diversity of personal tastes and preferences. It’s first of all important to remember that you will never please everyone! However, here I’ll lay out some suggested Christmas […]

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Manchester WSET Level 3 Award, 2018

True Experts in their FieldThe Wine and Spirits Education Trust is proud to approve only educators who are true experts in their field. Watch out for the Certified Educator Logo, as seen below, which shows that John is best in class to deliver WSET programmes.Announcing our Manchester WSET Level 3 Award in Wines 2018Northern Wine […]

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