Take a look below at our range of virtual events to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Simply purchase the relevant case and details to access the virtual content which will be emailed to you shortly afterwards to view at your convenience.
Wed, 29th September, 7pm
Champions Vs. Challengers ... with our Personal Wine Advisors
Right now, New Zealand Sauvignon and Aussie Shiraz are two of the most popular styles with UK wine drinkers. For good reason, of course. But demand is soaring … and so are prices. Our aim with this virtual tasting tour is to help you discover some delicious alternatives to these two wine titans … a Champion Vs. Challenger showdown! Order the mix, then join our in-house wine expert Grant Hedley, alongside some of our top Personal Wine Advisors, as they guide you through the six flavour-packed selection. Fabulously rich reds plus lip-smacking whites … all tasty enough to challenge the big guns. Your mix comes with great savings too!
Create your very own Tasting Experience at home. Enjoy 12 delicious wines specially selected for the Festival with your very own virtual host to guide you through the tasting notes for each one.
Think of this Collection as your personal tour, guided by your virtual host where you can discover more about these wines and the passionate producers who make them. Sip along at your convenience, learn all about the grape varieties, regions, and producer for each wine from the comfort of your own home.
Amelia Singer is joined by Will Lyons and a panel of experts to unbox The Festival Sparkling Six Selection. This is an excellent opportunity to experience the many styles of sparkling wine.
In part one, our hosts will be looking at the Il Papavero Rose Prosecco Brut, Oriol Rossell Cava Brut, McPherson’s Full Fifteen Sparkling Red. Part two will focus on the Wyfold Vineyard Bru, Hunter’s Miru Miru and Roche Lacour Cuvee de Reserve.
The first bottle from our Champagne Mini Trio, to be considered for a personal tasting by Ethan Boroian and Will Lyons is the Ruinart Blanc de Blancs from the oldest house in Champagne so it’s easy to understand why it’s pale-yellow colour and dry, nuanced flavours embody the sophistication wine lovers have come to expect from this region. Next up is the classic Moët & Chandon Brut, an expert blend of three luscious Champagne grapes – Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, that’s renowned for its bright fruity palate and elegant finish. Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label whose iconic label, rich, complex flavour and satisfying bubbles have been guarantees of quality for centuries.
It’s our privilege to host Olivier Bernard, owner and manager of the Grand Cru Classé Domaine de Chevalier, who will present three of his finest wines, live from his estate in Pessac-Léognan, France, where he produces red and white wine of the highest quality. Ably abetted by our host Will Lyons, you’ll get the opportunity to taste two of the estate’s second wines, which are made from young vines with a different structure and focus from the grand wines. These are the Esprit de Chevalier Blanc 2016, which has notes of intense white peach, nectarine and herbs rounded with a slatey finish and the Esprit de Chevalier 2017 a rich and complex, barrel-aged red with very pure aromas. Then comes the grand finale of the event – Domaine de Chevalier 2018, Olivier’s top wine, from the exceptional 2018 vintage.
Virtual Gin & Vodka Tasting and Cocktail Masterclass
For this masterclass Amelia Singer will be concentrating on two leading lights of the spirit world. The first of these is Sipsmith Gin, made by a pioneer of the current British Gin renaissance. This London Dry gin uses 10 carefully chosen botanicals to deliver a gin that is bold, complex and super smooth. Chase English Potato Vodka comes from a distillery that’s based in a family farm in Herefordshire. It was once voted ‘World’s Best Vodka’, so you can see why we’re so excited about this event. Have those cocktail shakers at the ready for a masterclass in creating the classic Dry Martini with Sipsmith Gin and a Honey and Ginger Collins from Chase.
George S. Grant is John Grant’s great, great, great grandson, and he will be joining us live from the distillery to walk us through the five whiskies in the Glenfarclas Single Malt Whisky Tasting Set. Explaining the unique flavour profiles of the five whiskies, which range in age from ten years old to twenty-five years old, and includes the 105 Cask Strength whisky. Though strong, this last whisky holds all the flavours of the Glenfarclas whiskies in one glass and it’s pure smoothness makes it extremely drinkable. If you’ve ever wanted to tour a distillery, or increase your knowledge of whisky and its production, then this is an event you cannot afford to miss.