I regularly conduct tutored tastings for interested parties, including students studying for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma and Master of Wine students.
Please contact me through this website if you are interested in me organisng an event for you. I have space to hold an event for up to 50 people at my office, a converted Grade II listed barn located in the Peak District National Park between Bakewell and Buxton in North Derbyshire, within easy reach of both Sheffield and Manchester.
The silence on my website has been deafening over the past few weeks, at least to me. I have been busy finishing the third edition of my book Port and the Douro which is due to be published in the autumn. With nearly all the i's dotted and t's crossed I can go back to posting tasting notes on my website.
Location: Haddon Hall, nr Bakewell, Derbyshire
Taylors & Grahams Port Masterclass
Thursday 21st October
New Bond Street
A comparative tasting of wines from the Old World (France, Gerrnany, Spain, Italy, Portugal) against wines made from similar grapes or blends of grapes form the New World (Australia, New Zealand, South America and South Africa). For Sheffield University Alumni.
Location: Ranmoor Student Village, University of Sheffield
A tutored tasting of ports from Wiese and Krohn including some of the amazing Colheitas for which this house is famed. More information to follow.
Location: Portuguese Embassy, The Hague, Netherlands
An informal tutored tasting of the wines of Spain and Portugal for members of The Wine Society Dining Club.
A tailor-made training session for the marketing team of Gonzalez Byass UK, agents for Quinta do Noval .
An informal comparative tasting of the wines of Spain and Portugal to include Cava, Sherry and Madeira for the clients of Adam & Co. bank in Manchester.
A day's lecture for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma students in Bristol including a comprehensive tasting of different styles of Port and Madeira.
Tutored tasting for Bakewell Wine Appreciation Society taking in the whole of Portugal. Highlights include: Cálem Colheita 1990, Dow's Quinta Nossa Senhora da Ribeira 1998 and Blandy's 10 Year Old Verdelho
A tutorted tasting of different wines from Portugal including medal winners from the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards and the first showing of a cask sample of Pedra Basta 2008.
19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)
17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)
15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)
13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)
10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)
8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)
Below 8 Faulty