Savour the taste of local wines at a tasting evening in the beautiful surroundings of Ashford, Kent.
Crack out a bottle! Local wine tasting events at
July 11, 2012  //  By:   //  Events, Wine tasting
Victoria Poolman

Bio: Having written for a range of trade and consumer publications, Victoria brings her love of all things local to the role of HugoFox News Editor.

Victoria Poolman

Savour the taste of local wines at a tasting evening in the beautiful surroundings of Ashford, Kent.

Mad for Merlot? Pining for Pinot Noir? Smitten with Semillon? We know how it is – sometimes all you want to do is sit back and enjoy a glass of the good stuff. Well, wine lovers are in luck when it comes to, as our listings feature some truly delectable local events that will appeal to fans of fine vintages. HugoFox News lets you know what’s on in the world of wine…

1) First up is The Glynde & English Wine Festival, taking place on the weekend of 14th-15th July. Held at a magnificent Elizabethan manor – Glynde Place, home of the VIIth Viscount and Viscountess Hampden – and featuring the best local traders and producers, this East Sussex event is a must for lovers of fine food, choice vintages, and stunning surroundings.

Tutored wine tastings will run throughout the weekend in the historic Marble Hall, where attendees will earn all about a selection of English wines from Master of Wine Stephen Skelton and wine writer and expert Ewan Lacey. The tastings have limited spaces, so early booking is recommended. What’s more, those who book their places online will also nab themselves a free wine tasting glass along with their ticket!

2) On 6th September, the wines of Kent will be in the spotlight at a Wine Tasting Evening in Ashford, where local sommelier Julian Barnes will be imparting his wisdom about the area’s output. Organised by the Kent Wildlife Trust, the event will be held at the home of Amanda Cotterell OBE, a Trustree of the charity. Prepare for your palate to be educated and stimulated in equal measure!

Good food, good wine – what could be more delightful! With many great events taking place around the south, it’s a great opportunity to not only sample some delectable wine, but also to learn a little more about their different flavours…

3) Got a thing for horses as well as wine? Then fortune is on your side – for on Saturday 8th September the Ascot Food and Wine Festival will be held in the Grandstand Admission area of Ascot racetrack. 2012 is the first year that wine tasting will be on the agenda, brought to the Festival in association with connoisseurs Bibendum. Visitors will be able to sample delicious wines from around the world… all before popping back their seats for the next race! In addition, there will be an amazing array of local produce on offer, presented by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes, and Oxfordshire Food Groups and Hampshire Fare.

4) By late September you might start to feel the summer waning, but what better way to fend off the chills of autumn than with a relaxing evening of wine and cooking? The Autumn Seasonal Demonstration Evening at Rick Stein’s Seafood School in Padstow will offer just that – so book yourself a place to avoid disappointment!

Guests will turn up at 6pm to be greeted with a glass of wine. They will then be invited to sit back and relax as one of the School’s talented chefs demonstrates three delicious dishes and talks them through tips and techniques. Food tastings will also be in store, with the deli open until 8pm and a 10% discount on purchases throughout the evening.

5) If you can’t make it to Cornwall, the Berkshire Food and Craft Fair is a fantastic alternative for those yearning for enticing eatables. During the weekend of 29th-30th September, Stubbings Nursery in Maidenhead will play host to this new show, where unique arts, craft, and gift products will be on offer amongst a huge range of food and drink. With cookery demonstrations as well as wine and beer tasting sessions, the Fair will have something for everyone – from the amateur enthusiast through to the most sophisticated gastronome.

So… anyone up for a glass of the ole’ grape juice?

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