Twice the Price Blind Wine Tasting 4 Week course
"How much should I really be spending to get a decent bottle of wine?" "Why is that wine so much more expensive than the others if they all come from the same place/are made from the same grape?" "Would I really be able to tell the difference if I splash out on a more expensive bottle, or should I just stick to my favourite which I know I like?"
Do any of these questions sound familiar? Well they do to me! Every week I hear questions just like this at Sussex Wine School. People are fascinated, perhaps quite confused, and certainly a little cynical when it comes to understanding the different prices of wine.
This 4 week course will address this issue head on, in the best way we know how - by tasting all of our wine BLIND without knowing the price. Each week we'll pick a popular white and red wine and taste three examples of each. One wine will cost £5, one wine will cost £10 and one will cost at least £20. But here's the killer question- WILL YOU BE ABLE TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE? And equally importantly- will you actually prefer the most expensive one? Some weeks possibly not.
Of course you'll be given plenty of guidance along the way. Every wine is a unique story, so before tasting we'll go through an overview of the wine in question, learning what the main considerations are when it comes to costing in each case. But the real excitement in the evening comes with the blind tasting; the opportunity to set aside prejudices that people might have once they know the cost of the wine, and just trust your own senses!
Like all our 4 week courses, this is the perfect fit for someone who has been to a Sussex Wine School course before- perhaps you've done the 8 Week World of Wine Course and you're wondering what to do next? But even if you're a complete beginner, you'll find the fun and relaxed approach to these evenings mean that all opinions are welcome! So if you're interested in learning a little more about blind tasting, or you're one of those people that puzzles over one bottle should cost £7.50 and another is £15, this is definitely the course for you!
Week 1: Italian Soave and Valpolicella. Two Italian classics which have had their reputations tarnished by over-production of cheap versions; you'll be amazed at the difference when you taste the top stuff!
Week 2: Burgundy Chardonnay and Southern Rhone reds. Two popular options from France; Burgundy is the land of expensive wines, how will they fair at the cheaper price? Cotes du Rhone has a sort of dependable and safe reputation, but what do the top Southern Rhone wines have to offer?
Week 3: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Argentinian Malbec. Need we say more. This session gets under the skin of two of the most popular wine styles on the planet today. Will you be able to tell the difference as we move up the price levels?
Week 4: German Riesling and Australian Shiraz. The much maligned German Riesling: the spectre of Blue Nun and Black Tower rises up to stop many wine drinkers from ever giving it a try. This wine is ripe for a re-examination and we're going to take another look! As German wine was falling out of favour, we all suddenly fell in love with Australia's 'sunshine in a glass' offering in the 1990's, so how is their flagship grape variety holding up in 2016?
Our 4 week courses offer all wine lovers the opportunity to taste wine in a sociable and relaxed environment, you can meet new friends who share your interest in food and wine, so please sign up and join us!
Important Information: Please note, in addition to the £60 booking fee there is a further cost of £10 per night, usually paid in cash on the evening, allowing you to spread the cost of the course.
As always our courses are completely flexible, meaning that if you can't attend one evening you are welcome to send someone else in your place or let us know in advance and you can collect a 'credit' to use against the cost of any other wine school tasting.
The course programme
(all Wednesdays 7-9pm and IF YOU NEED TO SKIP ANY we can credit you so you can pick them up when they repeat or use your credit for any other tasting):
- 6th Feb - Italian Soave and Valpolicella
- 13th Feb - Burgundy Chardonnay and Southern Rhone reds
- 20th Feb - New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Argentinian Malbec
- 27th Feb - German Riesling and Australian Shiraz
This is a fantastic opportunity to taste 24 exciting wines and discover those you like best. Challenge the way you think about wine - forever!
Professional ISO tasting glasses, comprehensive tasting notes and nibbles provided.
Please Note: £60 course fee excludes cost of wine - bring £10 per evening. We are not selling individual nights. This course can only be booked as a 4 week course.
Our venue will be the Hotel du Vin, Brighton (see Our Venues page).
This course makes a great gift idea.
Places remaining: 12
Course Date/Time: Wed 6th Feb 2019 at 7pm - 9pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Hotel du Vin, 2 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AD