Wine Tastings

Daygustation Wines (stolen from the French dégustation ‘to taste’) is owned by Matt Day who has over 20 years of experience working in every area of the wine trade. Matt has been hosting wine events and courses for over 15 years and has developed a teaching style that is expert, yet fun and engaging. His courses are designed to always demystify and never intimidate inspiring a thirst for knowledge and ever better wine. And since you are being taught by the owner you might rightly expect that the wines will be tip top – not the plonk you will be served on most budget conscious wine courses! Tastings take place in the room behind the shop.

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Introduction to Wine Tasting £200 (4 weeks)

7pm – 9pm  Starts 1st Tuesday of every month

Week 1 – The building blocks

Using carefully selected wines that have opposing characteristics we will teach you the building blocks of taste including sweetness, acidity, body, alcohol and tannins. You will be taught the correct terms and wine vocabulary – the words ‘nice’ and ‘fruity’ are not allowed – all wines served a will be ‘nice’ and all wines have a ‘fruity’ character! You will also be introduced to the systematic approach – breaking the wine down into its constituent parts (look, smell, taste) and then putting these back together to form a conclusion.

 

Week 2 – White 

In week two we look at eight white wines made from different grape varieties. Each grape variety always has the same core flavours and physical characteristics wherever it is grown in the world. For instance, Sauvignon Blanc, whether grown in Marlborough or the Loire is always redolent of elderflower and gooseberry with high levels of acidity. We will use physical props (fruits, herbs, spices) to bring alive the aromas of some of the wines that we taste.

We will also cover:

  • How white wines are made
  • The effect of oak
  • The difference between cheap and expensive wines
  • Serving temperature and storage
  • Food pairing with white wines

 

Week 3 – Red 

In week three we look at seven red wines (and one rosé the lightest of all reds) made from different grape varieties. Each grape variety always has the same core flavours and physical characteristics wherever it is grown in the world. For instance, Cabernet Sauvignon is always redolent of black currant with medium weight and tannins. We will use physical props (fruits, herbs, spices) to bring alive the aromas of some of the wines that we taste.

We will also cover:

  • How red wines are made
  • What is the point of aging red wines and how do you do it
  • Serving temperature and storage
  • Food pairing with red wines

 

Week 4 – Sparkling 

In week four we look at eight sparkling wines. There are many different ways to get bubbles into wine – at the lowest level you could use a soda stream! The method will have a serious impact on bubble size, taste and price tag. We will look at Moscato, Prosecco, Cava, Cremant and Champagne, Rosé Champagne, Blanc de Blancs Champagne and Vintage Champagne.

We will also cover:

  • The different methods of sparkling wine production
  • Serving temperature and storage
  • Food pairing with sparkling wines

 

Masterclasses

 

Wine & Cheese Masterclass (£50) – Every Saturday 1-3pm

Contrary to popular opinion some cheeses actually taste bad with certain styles of wine. Red wine is to blame for most unsuccessful pairings as cream, soft, goat and blue cheese simply don’t work with red wine and may work better with white, sweet or fortified wines or even beers and ciders. But when you get it right then the combination can be lip smacking – Port and Stilton works because the sweetness of the wine harmonises with the sharpness of the cheese. But this isn’t the only match made in heaven, as you will discover on our Wine & Cheese Masterclass, which includes six fine wines matched to six artisanal cheeses from La Fromagerie

Not only will you learn to match different wine styles to the right cheese, this short course will teach you about the fundamentals of food and wine pairing. Matt (who amongst other things was a Cheese Ambassador) will guide you through six perfect wine and cheese pairings. Following his simple guidelines you will be able to repeat the experience at your next dinner party and wow your friends! The class covers white, rosé, red, sweet and fortified wines and goat, cow and sheep cheeses (soft, hard and blue). There will be plenty of opportunity to ask Matt your questions.