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Contenders: Champions who refused to give up

A wine lovers know the profiles of the historical wine regions of Europe: Bordeaux for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Burgundy for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Germany for Riesling, the Rhône for Syrah.


These are the well-established benchmarks, but there are challengers which now compete for quality on the same level as those which come from the classic regions.

We have decided it is time to reassess the status quo with a new series of tastings we’re calling “The Contenders”. Members will be able to taste the very best examples from different countries against an original benchmark, and so that members cannot be swayed by their preconceived ideas, the wines will be served blind.

Will you be served a glass of New World or a classic? Or will you be surprised and perhaps not even be able to tell? Either way, discoveries are guaranteed and on Friday 17th January, we invite you to the first in the series: Chardonnay.

Chardonnay is the world’s most popular white wine, and for very good reason. The grapes adapt easily to different climates and produces wine at varying price points, covering a spectrum of taste profiles. Do join our sommeliers for the first episode of this eye-opening series.

Friday 17th January
St James’s Room
18:30 – welcome drink on arrival
19:00 – Masterclass to begin
£75.00 per ticket

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