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Tom's Choice: Fri night miniTASTING

Ive closed the advance booking, but you can still come along and pay £15 cash at the door.  See you tonight!

This month's tasting theme is:

Tom Tom, German Tom, AKA Teddy (bear) has been raving about his recent trip along the Mosel and the fantastic Rieslings he tasted. So much so, he's offered to supply the wine for the night to ensure that you taste the best on his wine tour. Isn't that sweet???? Well rest assure, these wines won't be.  A DRY Riesling, yes, you heard it right.  Did I mention he was German?  We'll also throw in a New World wine to compare!!

As usual... At this tasting you'll learn the difference between three classic regions, and a few tips on how to pick a dry vs sweet white, plus you'll learn a few interesting facts to share at your next dinner party.

Please note: this is an all WHITE wine tasting, however, it's less about what wines are there and more about opening your mind.  It's only an hour and the people that come are really great!


The new miniTASTINGS format is a huge success.  More quality wine... more food and wine pairing... more laughter and more great people to meet.

It's a new venue, so come show your support (and get silly with us... he he he).

Event details:

Each month is a new learning theme... If you're confusing your Pinot Grigio with your Pinot Gris? Get a quick fix and learn a thing or two about wine with Tastour.

Around 50 wine lovers gather at this event – it’s more informal than a guided Tastour tasting and it's just as much fun.

If you're coming alone for the first time, don't worry - I'll be there with a big welcoming smile and make sure are introduced to a fun group of people.

Venue: The Red Herring, 49 Gresham Street  City of London, EC2V 7EH

Time: The doors open for check-in at 6:45 pm, however we are there from 6, if you would like to have a pre-tasting drink.  The  tasting starts at 7:00pm and ends at 8pm.  However, most people stay on for a bit of social and drink after the tasting.

Nearest Tube: St Paul's

Also nearby, Bank, Moorgate, Mansion House

Cost: only £12 if pre-paid on-line 24 hours in advance

£15 cash on the door

FREE for Bon Vivant members, why not join today?

What’s included:

You’ll enjoy a 1 hour guided side-by-side tasting comparison of 3 expensive wines

some food pairings

Each month is a different learning theme, giving you tips and tricks to help you learn what you like and why you like it so that you can shop smarter and save money.


Attending on your own?  Don't worry!!  Most attendees will be on their own and our events are designed to make you feel like your one of the regulars as soon as you arrive.


If you would like to pre-pay and receive the advance price, this link will redirect you to the Tastour website, where your money will be collected via paypal or credit card. It is quick and easy!

Special offer! You can come for free if you get 3 of your friends to book too!
(Pay for all tickets in advance, then we'll give you cash back on the night, email [masked] for details)

About Tastour

Tastour, UK Wine Educator of the Year*, makes meeting people and learning about food and drink fun, easy and engaging. With a diverse range of events, priced from £5, there is really something for everyone – from epicurean tastings and exclusive dinners, recipe swaps and walking tours to day trips and social networking nights. Our signature speedTASTING events, filled with one-liners and quirky facts, are all served alongside quality food and drink. Bring a date, your mates or come along on your own, we hope to see you at a Tastour soon!

To buy tickets or for more information about Tastour and our award-winning weekly epicurean events and private parties visit or phone[masked]
* Awarded by the International Wine Challenge 2010

miniTASTING Experience...

Written by
Sarah, Tastourian

Last Tuesday, I spent the evening meeting and talking to grapes…am I crazy? Was I trolleyed?!

Well, definitely not nuts, nor were the 50 others who were there.

It was Tastour’s monthly social drinks - as we went in, we all chose a grape personality and got a sticker. I plumped for ‘Pinot Grigio - I'm TRENDY - I'm in all the bars, not always cheap, but I am EASY…drinking’. It was hilarious! I met so many grape people!!! I also met up with a few old friends in the guise of Malbec ‘Rich and chococately, I am every girl’s dream’ and Marsanne ‘Some consider me to be the finest in the world. Learning about the grape styles was fun. I even met my match - I mean, I met a chap who’d also chosen Pinot Grigio. Did this mean we were soul-mates – Mr and Miss Pinot Grigio - both trendy and playful?! We’ll see!

Although it was a social drinks night, there was also a mini-wine tasting – rather aptly named a Tastour Tease! So not just a great night with some fun people, but I learned something as well! At the start of the evening, in small groups, you were guided through your first glass of wine – this glass of wine was free when you arrived. We learnt a few tricks of trade about aromas. The guide said that we’ll be tackling a different subject every month. But it’s whet my appetite – they’re running a Champagne tasting on 24th April and I’m going to sign up tonight. The tasting was only hour, so there was plenty of time to get mingling, and test out my new-found smelling skills! All in all, a grape night!!

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  • Deepankar

    Great selection of wines and good trivia... Tom and Kelly kudos to you both

    October 20, 2013

  • Tina

    great event :-) for those of you interested in the amazing science behind food check out food, brains & us ....

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Roopa

    Really enjoyed learning about Rieslings, one of my most favourite wines. Company, Rieslings and cheese were fab too. Thanks hosts!

    October 19, 2013

  • winnie

    nice and relax Friday night, thank u Kelly and Tom

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Clare P

    Running slightly late, hopefully not more than 10 mins

    October 18, 2013

  • Deepankar

    Where in the Red Herring are we premeeting?

    October 18, 2013

  • Julian

    More into red than white!

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry ...hoping till the last minute but work to finish before the weekend. Some other time :-(

    October 18, 2013

  • brian r.

    Hi Tom sorry I now cant make tonight wont get back in time..Hope you have a great evening will miss those special wine you have chosen
    Happy tasting Brian

    October 18, 2013

  • Kelly

    Ive closed the advance booking, but you can still come along and pay £15 cash at the door. See you tonight!

    October 18, 2013

  • Peter T

    I hope to join you but I can be delayed at work on Friday and I am travelling from Sutton.

    October 17, 2013

    • Peter T

      Sorry but I have to cancel as I am not going to get away from work in time. Hopefully next time.

      October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really sorry Tom and Kelly but due to client meeting, don't think I can come now. This sounds like a cool event, so a shame. Have a good Friday night.

    October 16, 2013

    • Thomas

      Well Justin I would say take your clients with you to the wine tasting.

      October 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That is a very good point. However, I am seeing them in Tunbridge Wells. Of course if you re jigged the wine tasting there.....:)-

      October 17, 2013

  • Thierry


    Have a lot of fun with our lovely Tom, and I am sure you will!
    Unfortunately I can't join you, I will be in my wine temple this weekend... Burgundy. See you soon

    October 17, 2013

    • Thomas

      We will miss u. When will u invite us in ur wine temple? I can understand that you are these weekend in France. Remember 200 years ago. :)))))

      October 17, 2013

  • Gary L

    Defo coming for the supper you on the night?

    September 28, 2013

    • Kelly

      Hi Gary, sorry there is no supper club, at the moment, hopefully we'll start back in the new year.

      October 17, 2013

  • Thomas

    I am happy to see you all.
    A short summary what you can expect:
    A German Riesling from the river Saar.
    A Riesling from Luxemburg from the Moselle. Yes Luxemburg is not only famous for his status as tax heaven.
    A Riesling from d'Alsace-Lorraine.

    And for Bon-Vivants I will bring an Icewine or spelled right (EISWEIN). The special on this wine the grapes are hand-picked when they are frozen. That would be definitly not a job for me, wake up in the night and collecting at -7°C and lower.

    October 14, 2013

    • Kelly

      Thanks Tom for all the info!!! Really looking forward to it!

      October 16, 2013

  • Mark G.

    Sorry. Sounds great but shall be in Marrakesh

    October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't come to this unfortunately

    September 29, 2013

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