Have you ever wondered which wine to serve during your Christmas lunch or what goes well with cold turkey on Boxing Day? – well this is the tasting for you!

The evening is aimed at demonstrating which wines go well with different types of food - ESPECIALLY WITH CHRISTMAS FOOD IN MIND! Our detailed food and wine matching workshop will help you understand which wines to pair with a wide variety of meat, poultry (turkey included!), fish vegetarian dishes as well as desserts (mince pies too!) and cheese. 

The matching of food and wine is a matter of personal taste. There are no hard and fast rules, but just remember it is easiest to think of wine as a sauce and match the strength of flavours and weight of the dish with the wine. To learn more, join us on our mouth-watering workshop!

We start with a refreshing, crisp Sauvignon Blanc, and move on to more complex combinations with a Chenin Blanc with delicious smoked salmon. Lighter, elegant reds (Pinot Noir) to accompany simple but tasty rich meat pate or turkey with stuffing, and heavier, spicier reds (Shiraz/Grenache) that match perfectly with complex-flavoured meat dishes with herbs and garlic as well as plates of charcuterie. We will conclude with an eye-opening red sweet wine that surprisingly go as well with blue cheeses (eg Stilton and Roquefort) as they do with chocolate puddings.

After the workshop you will have a good basis of knowledge that will help you combine wines with food and enhance your eating pleasure! All the tasting food & wine is included in the price. It is THE ideal occasion to learn about how to pair Christmas food & wine a few weeks before the real event! And with sommelier Cecile at the rescue, all your questions shall be answered in a professional way, thanks to her many years of 'food & wine pairing' expertise. 

All tastings include: minimum of 8 types of nibbles and 6 wines sourced locally so you can find them easily if you like them, PowerPoint presentation, full tasting notes, use of ISO professional tastings glasses.

This tasting would make an original and interesting gift! You can purchase a place on any course as a Gift Voucher or you can buy an open Gift Voucher and let them choose an event at their leisure - our Vouchers have no expiry date!

PLEASE NOTE: We can confirm that we have complied with the government’s ‘COVID-19 Secure’ guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace. Due to the constantly changing nature of this guidance and advice, our internal operating practices and protocols will be continuously reviewed and immediately updated. The information detailed here may therefore change without notice. The measures our venues are enforcing will make your experience with us as seamless as possible and will allow us to minimise numbers of people in the venue at any time. Therefore, we will be running at reduced capacity. Only 12 people will ever be allowed to join me at a tasting at St James' Tavern in Winchester, whereas our function room at the Mercure Dolphin Hotel in Southampton is significantly bigger and can accommodate 20 people whilst still enforcing social distancing restrictions.

The situation is fluid still and we are hoping to gradually build back up towards normal proceedings and we are appreciative of your continued patience and support.

Places remaining: 20

Course Date/Time: Fri 4th Dec 2020 at 7pm

Duration: 2 hours

Venue: Dolphin Hotel (Mercure), 34-35 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2HN

Event Price: £35.00







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