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Spectator Wine School - Master Classes

Autumn 2022 

We are delighted to announce the Spectator Wine School’s autumn series of master classes, held in the boardroom at 22 Old Queen Street in association with Private Cellar. 

Hosted by drinks editor, Jonathan Ray, and Private Cellar’s marketing director, Laura Taylor, the classes will run from 6.30pm-8pm on Thursday 29 Sept, Thursday 6 Oct, Thursday 13 Oct and Thursday 20 Oct. 

Sign up for all four, a selection or a single class and come and mingle with your fellow Speccie readers as you drink your fill of fine wine (spittoons are discouraged) and learn all manner of things about this wonderful subject. 


Alternatives to the Classics 

Thursday 29 September, 6.30pm-8pm 

Fine Bordeaux and Burgundy is beyond many of us these days so join us to discover what approachable treats made from such classic grapes as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon lie beyond these two great regions. 


Off the Beaten Track 

Thursday 6 October, 6.30pm-8pm 

There is so much to enjoy off the beaten track, be it Grenache from Sardinia, Assyrtiko from Greece or Gruner Veltliner from Austria. Come and discover the hot new grapes and regions and what’s currently getting the wine trade excited . 


The Tricks of the Trade 

Thursday 13 October, 6.30pm-8pm 

Discover which reds to chill and which go well with fish. Learn how to uncork a tricky bottle, how to decant and whether wines really do taste better having aged and find out how best to store, serve and enjoy your wine and the key to matching it with food. 


The Battle of the Bubbles 

Thursday 20 October, 6.30pm-8pm 

Learn everything there is to know about sparkling wine, its different methods of production and its varied styles with a tasting of champagne, French crémant; English fizz, South African Method Cap Classique and – of course – prosecco. 


£100 per class or £350 per four. 


Numbers are strictly limited so early booking is recommended. 

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