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Wish me luck!!! We've been shortlisted again :) BIG THANKS!

From: Kelly
Sent on: Friday, July 29, 2011 3:57 AM

Hello Tastourians!

To all of you wine aficionados out there: gather your finest Riedels (or your Ikea best) and raise a toast to the crusaders of the fermented grape; the heralds of a new aromatic era - Tastour! Winner of 2010’s International Wine Challenge, Educator of the Year award, we've been nominated by the likes of Oz Clarke (and a panel of reputable wino's) yet again!

I wanted to say a BIG thanks for your interest in the events and inpiration.

The awards ceremony is held on the 6th September, at the Hilton Park Lane hotel.  Last year, we were shortlisted for both Wine Educator of the Year and Wine Club of the Year.   My eyes grew as big as as extra large scallops, when I heard them talking about our meetup on stage.  I accepted the award in front of 700 leading wine makers, journalist, and generally professional wine drinkers.   Here's the video:

On the 2nd of August we’ll be celebrating with a glass of bubbly at our miniTASTING & Social Drinks.  And you’re invited! So come along and wish me luck!


Event Details:

Confusing your Pinot Grigio with your Pinot Gris? Get a quick fix and learn a thing or two about wine with Tastour.

If you do anything this month, do this!

On the first Tuesday of every month, join us to brush up on your wine knowledge as well as share ideas and tastes with people who have the same passions - food, drink, travel and other cutural

Around 50 wine lovers gather at this event – it’s more informal than a guided Tastour tasting but we go to a lot of effort to ensure that the venue is easy to get to, the right environment is created and everyone mingles. This event is perfect for the Tastour virgins, but also attracts many of our seasoned tasters!

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 poeople.

About the Venue:
If you haven't been to a Davy's wine bar, you’re missing a treat! Davy's is well known throughout London as one of the best wine suppliers and has many modern & traditional wine bars at very convenient locations throughout London. For more information about Davy's visit

Date: 1st Tuesday of every month

Time: 7:30 pm til late

Location: Varies

Nearest Tube: Central / Northern

Cost:   £15

only £10 if pre-paid on-line 24 hours in advance

FREE for Bon Vivant members, why not join today?

What’s included:

  • You’ll enjoy a 20 minute guided side-by-side tasting comparison of 2 very expensive wines
  • plus a glass of wine to kick-start your night out. 

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 be nervous.  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. 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 [address removed] for details)

Buy your ticket now to secure your place on this award-winning event and you'll save 50% off the door price.

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!

Join for free at
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


What's A Tastour Tease?
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 5 minutes, so there was plenty of time to get mingling, buy some more wine at the bar and test out my new-found smelling skills! All in all, a grape night!!

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