Saturday 'Introduction to Wine' Course with lunch and champagne (WINCHESTER)

Saturday 'Introduction to Wine' Course with lunch and champagne (WINCHESTER)

Join us on an 'Introduction to Wine' day from 11.00am to 4.00pm including a glass of Champagne and a delicious 2-course lunch at St James Tavern in Winchester. Our setting will be their beautiful function room in this cosy local pub.

This wonderful day out (lunch and a glass of Champagne included!) can be bought as a Gift Voucher, perhaps for a special birthday present or an anniversary treat?

Passionate or interested about wine & want to learn more? Do you want to discover fascinating and delicious new wines & grape varieties? Do you want to taste a wide variety of wines and understand what makes them so different ? Do you want to know which wine to drink with what food? Then these are the courses for you and is a fascinating Introduction to the wonderful world of wine! It is also a great way to meet new friends who share your love of wine. This course also includes a glass of award-winning Champagne and a mouth-watering 2-course lunch, freshly prepared by St James Tavern's Chef.

Your tutor, Cecile Bergart, 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 for which she runs all their in-store tastings. She also used to train food & beverage staff at both Claridge's and The Dorchester. She i a judge at the International 'Glass of Bubbly' Competition and passed the world-acclaimed Champagne Master-Level Certificate. Trust us when we say that you will be in good hands! 


  • Introduction to the world’s major wine regions
  • New World Wines (Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, California) vs Old World Classics (France, Italy and Spain)
  • Major Red Grape Varieties – Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and others.
  • Major White Grape Varieties – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and others
  • How wine is made – grapes, fermentation, ageing and influence of oak
  • How to taste wines – Colour, aromas and flavours
  • Recognising elements of wine - tannin, acidity, oak
  • Tutored tasting of 11 Wines - 5 whites and 6 reds
  • The effect of climate on the taste of wine
  • Which wines to buy, where to obtain the best value for money, storing and serving wine and understanding wine labels
  • Food and wine matching: tips, hints and advice.

Tempted? Book now!

All tastings include: minimum of 11 wines sourced locally so you can find them easily if you like them, full tasting notes, PowerPoint presentation, tasting sheet, use of professional ISO tastings glasses; a delicious two-course meal with a glass of Champagne.

This course is perfect for people who are new to wine tasting and just want to learn more in a relaxed environment. This evening makes a great present and can be bought as a Gift Voucher for £99

Places remaining: 11

Course Date/Time: Sat 22nd May 2021 at 11am - 4pm

Duration: 5 hours

Venue: St James Tavern, 3 Romsey Street, Winchester, SO22 5BE

Event Price: £99.00







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