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Wine Tutorials - The Italian Series


Join our sommelier, Howie Sayers, for a series of wine tutorials. Having lived in Italy for many years, and part-owning a vine or two of his own, Howie is incredibly knowledgeable about the wines from this magnificent country. He will run a series of three tutorials on Central & Southern Italy, Piedmont & Sicily, and will share some interesting and unique wines that celebrate the best of each region.

  • Learn about growers & wines from Southern & Central Italy, Piedmont & Sicily
  • Try 6-8 wines from the region
  • Opportunity to buy the wines you taste at preferential rates
  • £35 per tutorial, or £100 for the full series of 3
  • 7.00pm – 8.30pm Thursday Evenings
  • 19th September, 24th October, 21st November, 28th November

Call 01525 290692 to book. £35 per head, or £100 for the full series. Prices are for the wine tutorial only, but you can of course book a table for dinner afterwards.

19th September – Southern & Central Italy

There is far more to central Italy than Chianti Classico & Brunello. We’ll try Sangiovese from the amazing hilltop town of Montepulciano or the wild rolling hills of the Maremma near the Tuscan coast where goats and cattle are still herded like they were in years gone by. Then there are the hidden gems of the verdant green fields of Umbria & the Marche. The latter is home to Verdicchio and Pecorino, which also grows in the neighbouring region of Abruzzo, (giving rise to countless arguments over whose is the best version!!). Abruzzo is also home to one of Italy’s most popular and easy drinking reds, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, & is one of the few places in Italy where you can hike a up a mountain, ski down it and then relax on a beach all in a the same day.

Head a bit further south to discover the wonderful reds such as Negroamaro, Primitivo & Malvasia Nera of the Salento and the Gargano peninsular in Puglia (the heel of the boot of the country, and possibly home to Italy’s best value reds). And finally, we’ll hop across to the other side of the country to discover the wonderful whites such as Falanghina & Fiano di Avellino from the volcanic soils around Naples, rated some of the country’s best white wines, along with the deep, rich red Aglianico that is cultivated on the slopes of the two volcanoes, Vesuvius & Vulture, and is known as the “Barolo of the South”.

Call 01525 290692 to book. £35 per head, or £100 for the full series.

24th October – Piemonte

Piemonte/Piedmont… quite possibly Italy’s top wine region, and one of the best gastronomic regions in the world. Home of Barolo and Barbaresco, two of Italy’s greatest red wines. Home of the Slow Food movement. An evocative place of vine-covered rolling hills, dotted with countless picturesque hilltop villages that stretch across the Langhe and Roero valleys. Where the fog that clings to the hillsides during harvest time lingers hauntingly (and lends its name to the Nebbiolo grape) and the air fills with the fragrance of the truffle harvest during late October and November.

But Piemonte is not just about Nebbiolo and Barolo. There are unique white varieties such as Arneis, Favorita and Timorasso, as well as the more famous Gavi, along with other red grapes such as Dolcetto, Barbera, Freisa plus other expressions of Nebbiolo from under the radar areas of Piemonte. So, dip your toe in the water and see what one of the greatest wine regions in the world can tempt your palate with during the game and truffle season. It is no coincidence that its wines match these hearty foods!

Call 01525 290692 to book. £35 per head, or £100 for the full series.

21st November & 28th November – Sicily

Sicily… the mystical, magical isle… a conundrum, Italian, but not Italian. A melting place of cultures. A beautiful place, pulsating with colours, flavours, sea and sand, plus of course the odd volcanic eruption. A long history of winemaking, stretching back over many centuries benefiting from the fertile land. A land of many amazing native grape varieties, as well as the more international ones that prosper in its suitable climate. Intriguingly named varieties such as Frappato, Zibibbo, Carricante and Nerello Mascalese.

So why not come along and find out what lays hidden inland of the incredible salt flats of Marsala, on the mountainous interior, on the flat plains surrounding the ceramic city of Caltagirone, as well as the world class wines that are produced from century old vines on the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna, which are some of the most beguiling wines you will have come across. See what enticed the Greeks and others to this enchanting land many moons ago, and find out why Sicily is rapidly gaining a grip on the Italian and world wine map.

Call 01525 290692 to book. £35 per head, or £100 for the full series.