'Weird & Wonderful' Wine Producing Countries, from China to India (SOUTHAMPTON)
If I drink one more glass of Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand, I will scream! It's everywhere, from restaurants' wine lists to supermarkets shelves, to my own fridge (guilty). But today I feel like having something different! So if you feel like rebelling too, then come and join me for a fabulous tour of the World for 'weird and wonderful' wine-producing countries.
Let's discover wines from Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Georgia, Slovenia, Macedonia, India, China and Thailand. Yes, you've heard me right, YOU WILL TASTE AT LEAST 7 WINES, and you're in for a treat as we experience their own versions of Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz or Bordeaux-style wines. Yes, you've heard me say that grapes like the sun but they do not like the heat, so how will they cope under the extremely harsh sun of Thailand or Brazil?
Climate change and global warming do mean that our "old" wine producing regions are now changing beyond recognition and that we will very soon have to find new areas to plant our vines. Hampshire is a very good example of this fast change as we now see higher temperatures and more hours of sunshine over here than ever before. Simply try a Sparkling Wine from Hampshire to taste the difference between today and 10 years ago ... and imagine now how much better things are going to get in the forthcoming years, hence why even Champagne growers such as Taittinger and Vranken-Pommery are coming to the South of England to plant vines and soon make wine! The World of Wine is therefore fast changing and we need to adapt to climate change. Therefore, get ready for an eye-opening experience ... your world of wine will never be the same again!
Especially when you find out that China is now the 9th largest wine producer and 6th wine consumer in the world!!! So let's see what makes them stand out from the crowd ... and could they possibly be producing your next favourite New World wine? Let's find out together ...
This tasting includes: a minimum of 6 wines sourced locally so you can find them easily if you like them, full tasting notes, PowerPoint presentation and use of professional ISO tastings glasses.
This course is perfect for people who are into their wines but want to learn more about wine in a relaxed environment, as this tasting is sure to open your eyes to a whole new world! This evening makes a great present and can be bought as a Gift Voucher for just £29.
Your tutor, Cecile Bergart, is from the Old World producing country that is France. However, she loves a wine-related challenge and adores running this particular tasting! She is a published Champagne and Wine Educator, a guest champagne expert for Champagne World Magazine, for Channel 4 'Superscrimpers', a regular guest speaker on BBC Radio Solent, as well as being an approved staff educator for Marks and Spencer. Trust us when we say that you will be in good hands!
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.
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Course Date/Time: Fri 4th Sep 2020 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Dolphin Hotel (Mercure), 34-35 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2HN