Wine Tastings for 2015

Wine Tasting Evenings…….


Laura, our new face for our wine tasting evenings

Laura brings with her a wealth of wine trade experience and knowledge gained during her career with Carlsberg UK.  Here she advised a range of restaurants, hotels and bars on their wine offerings and helped train their staff, as well as running wine related events and tastings for customers.  She also supported the sales team she worked with in relation to wines and spirits. Laura is currently studying towards her Diploma in Wines and Spirits which is viewed universally as the stepping stone to the Master of Wine Qualification.   Laura will be fully responsible for the day to day running of The Wine Academy and the delivery of both WSET Training and events such as the Friday Wine and Food evenings at Chapters Hotel.

These Wine evenings offer our guests the chance to learn about wine in a relaxed and informal way, in the fantastic setting of Chapters Hotel.

These evenings are aimed at people who enjoy wine and would like to learn more. The evenings consist of a tutored tasting of at least 7 wines conducted by Laura Young, Director of The Wine Academy.

The evenings are relaxed and informal, we want to share our passion for wine and not bamboozle you with Jargon!

DATES for 2015

Friday 30th January

£49.95 per person

We are excited to welcome back Linda Fields, who runs the Auberge Du Vin in the Southern Rhône.  One of our favourite areas, we love the wines so much that we even to France to bring back some Chapters’ exclusives. This evening highlights there is more to the Southern Rhône that Chateauneuf Du Pape!


Friday 27th February – Italian Gems

£49.95 per person

There are more than 2000 indigenous grapes growing in Italy, many grown to be made into wines with the aspiration to pair with Italy’s equally rich and diverse cuisine.  We have picked out seven wine gems from this grape growing treasure trove for you to discover and enjoy


Friday 17th April – Sumaridge Estate Wine Evening

£49.95 per person

Sumaridge Estate Wines, proudly owned by the Bellingham Turner family, lies gracefully between two imposing mountain ranges in the Western Cape’s Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley – aptly named “Heaven and Earth” – with commanding views stretching to Walker Bay on the Atlantic Ocean.
This evening we dedicate our tasting to the wines from this breath taking estate.  We’ll taste through seven wines from their range and enjoy a South African inspired menu carefully designed and prepared by chef to help bring out the best in these wines.


Friday 1st May – California

£49.95 per person

If California were a country it would be the world’s 4th largest wine producer.  With over 1,200 wineries from small exclusive boutiques to large corporations shipping wines all around the world, it has a vinous history that dates back to the 18th century.  This evening we will have the opportunity to taste a variety of grapes from the ‘sunshine state’, fast gaining a reputation for the styles of wines they produce here.  The menu will be inspired by this west coast state to complement the wines it has produced.


Friday 10th & Saturday 11th July – Maltese Evenings at Chapters

£49.95 per person

Aaron Rizzo will be returning to present another Maltese wine experience by combining typical top quality wines with typical Maltese dishes. He will go through the climate, soils, grape varieties of the Maltese Islands together with the viticultural & vinification methods adopted on the winery to give quality to the wines. The wines are mainly single estate wines from Malta & Gozo islands which is surely a sign of quality in the grapes & the wine.

Friday will be two rooms – the Bistro and Restaurant .  On Saturday the Maltese Evening will be in the restaurant.


Friday 4th & Friday 11th September Two Evenings for New Zealand

£49.95 per person

Pure, intense and diverse….sums up the wines from New Zealand.  While winemakers here are responsible for the modern day classic that is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc they are also developing new and exciting wines from a variety of grapes, unhindered by the constraints of wine laws some classic old world winemakers may face.

Developing quality with a respect for the world they come from only confirms their world class reputation.  Let the wines speak for themselves at our New Zealand tasting where they will be paired with some gorgeous New Zealand inspired cuisine.


Friday 2nd  October – Cabernet Sauvignon & Friends

£49.95 per person

Cabernet Sauvignon is seen by many to be the king of the red wine grapes.  It produces wines which can be complex, powerful and intense.  World class wines are produced around the world using Cabernet Sauvignon by itself but many winemakers tend to blend it with another grape.  A practice originating in it’s homeland of Bordeaux France.

This evening we will have the opportunity to taste Cabernet Sauvignon by itself and with an array of it’s friends around the world.


Friday 6th November – Champagne Evening  – BLACK TIE EVENT –

£75.00 per person

An evening of luxury & indulgence when we focus exclusively on Champagne. We explore different styles, vineyards & vintages with dinner to match. An exceptional evening with a selection of the finest prestige cuvees including Krug, Bollinger & Grand Cru Growers Champagnes. Not to be missed!!


Friday 27th November – Bordeaux Evening  – BLACK TIE EVENT

£75.00 per person

Something of an institution our December event sells out months in advance. On previous evenings we have opened Chateau Margaux & Chateau Lafite as well as luscious Sauternes & fruity St Emilion.

Whatever we choose to open this year an exceptional evening & a fitting way to kick off the Christmas season is assured.


Guests to arrive at 7pm

Special Feature Friday Night evenings

You can actually take up our Gourmet Night Special promotion with our “Friday Wine Tasting” Evenings…

Sparkling Wine & Petit Fours in your room on arrival, The Feature Wine Tasting evening for 2 people, Accommodation and Full English Breakfast in the morning.

The prices for 2015 are

Executive Rooms £199.00    (Bordeaux & Champagne Tastings rate £239.00)

Double Rooms £189.00  (Bordeaux & Champagne Tastings rate £229.00)

Please inform the receptionist when booking that you want to attend the Feature evening with the Gourmet package


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