- New World 2015 Vintage Masterclass at Christos' HouseCloister House, London£39.50
The 2015 Vintage produced excellent wines in many wine regions in the 'New World'. The weather gods smiled and the vines responded! This tasting will focus on a range of high quality red wines from the 2015 vintage and the line-up will include Argentina, Australia, California, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa, Uruguay and Virginia. There will be some 'Bordeaux blends', a Syrah, two Malbecs, and a Petit Verdot. Producers will include Gaia, Rupert & Rothschild, Ata Rangi and more
We'll start with a welcome drink of a couple of bottles of fragrant Gewurztraminer from New Zealand, also from the 2015 vintage, and then there will be 8 different reds.
Numbers will be limited to 12 people seated round one table, so almost a bottle of fine wine per person. During the tasting a selection of fine cheeses, pates,and other food will be served. And all this for just £39.50!
Please note that Meetup have started to charge an additional fee to attendees on top of the price which the Organiser sets. This fee is paid direct to Meetup and is beyond our control.
WAITLIST: If the event is fully booked and you would like to join the ‘waitlist’, post a comment to let me know
REFUNDS: The 'ticket price' for this event is £39.50 including £2.50 for paypal/meetup fees. If you cancel by Tuesday 17th latest AND there is someone on the waitlist who pays for your place you will get a refund of £37.
- Errazuriz Food & Wine Matching Dinner at FredericksFrederick's, London£99.00
A food and wine matching dinner with Errazuriz wines from Chile presented by the winery's UK ambassador Olivier Gasselin!
Errazuriz Estate was founded in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley in Chile. Don Maximiano Errazuriz, the founder, planted the first French vines in this region and it is widely considered as the premier family wine estate of Chile.
Aconcagua valley where the winery is based has cool ocean breezes, hot sunshine and rocky soils which provide the ideal conditions for growing high-quality grapes such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines have intense flavours and a perfect balance of acidity and tannins.
We will be tasting 6 of their wines including their premium selections from a variety of grapes and vintages over a three course matched tasting dinner in Frederick’s private room.
Draft Menu and Wines for the evening:
Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs NV
With starter - Goats cheese Arancini
Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2021
With main course - Steak with Chimichuri sauce
Max Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 vintage in magnum
Don Maximiano Founders Reserve 2018
With dessert - Tarte Tatin and Zabaglione ice cream
Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2019
The ticket price for this event is £99 to include the 3 course tasting menu with 6 wines and meetup/paypal fees.
Please note that Meetup now charge an additional fee to attendees on top of the price which the Organiser sets, and this is beyond our control.
DIETARY ISSUES: This event is suited to 'flexible' diners, however if you have any allergies or dietary requirements please mention these when you RSVP so that I can let the venue know.
REFUND POLICY: If you cancel your place by 12:00 noon, Monday 30th October latest you will get a refund of £99 but, IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE, only if there is someone on the 'waitlist' who books and pays for your place.
WAITLIST: If this event is fully booked and you would like to attend if someone cancels, post a comment in the event to let me know that you are interested.
POSTSCRIPT: The last wine dinner at Fredericks earlier this year was outstanding and the elegant, private dining room is the perfect menu for an evening of gastronomy and fine wines. If you're not able to join the wine tour to Chile next March this is a great opportunity to taste some fine Chilean wines closer to home! Or if you will be joining the tour come along and prepare your palate!
- Wine Tour to Chile! 1st - 10th or 13th March 2024Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, Pudahuel£2,850.00
WINE TOUR TO CHILE! A trip of a lifetime! Chile is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and I have organised 2 previous tours there. If you have ever wanted to experience first-hand the wines, gastronomy and culture of Chile then read on....
Experience the majestic scenery of the Andes mountains; visit Chile’s major wine producing regions including Maipo, Casablanca, San Antonio and Colchagua; enjoy fine dining with local specialities; stay in boutique hotels; see a rodeo demonstration and much more….And even better, join the extension to Elqui Valley and be wowed by the extraordinary landscape and crystal clear skies; visit more wineries, a pisco distillery, craft brewery and an Observatory for star-gazing! Join us for a ‘trip of a lifetime’
The tour will start in Santiago where we will have a City tour and welcome dinner with a tutored tasting of wines from one of Chile’s best-known wineries. Over the next few days we’ll visit wineries in Maipo Valley, the premium red wine area; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys known for their elegant cool-climate styles of wine; and Colchagua home to several high-quality boutique wineries. After Santiago we’ll stay for 2 nights in the wonderfully quirky city of Valparaiso where we’ll have a private guided walking tour; 4 nights in Santa Cruz, the capital of Colchagua Valley; and one last night back in Santiago. Our last visit of the main tour will include a rodeo demonstration and more!
We have organised 2 previous tours to Chile and have lots of great contacts. Join this fabulous wine tour and the memories will last a lifetime. You can see the full itinerary and price of the tour on the Criterion Wine Tours website https://criterionwinetours.com/product/chile-wine-tour/
The visits to the wineries have almost all been finalised and are available on request. You won’t find a better value wine tour of Chile anywhere.
COST and INCLUSIONS
£2850 sharing a double or twin room
£3350 sole occupancy of a double room
· Transport by air-conditioned coach throughout
· 9 Nights’ Accommodation in ensuite rooms with breakfast
· 9 Group lunches or dinners with wine at wineries or restaurants
· Tastings at 12 different wineries
· Private guided walking tour in Valparaiso
· Services of Christos Ioannou as Tour Leader and Wine Guide
EXTENSION to ELQUI
£800 sharing a double or twin room
£950 sole occupancy of a double room
· Transfers between Santiago hotel and Santiago airport
· Transport by air-conditioned minibus in Elqui Valley
· 3 Nights’ Accommodation with breakfast (2 nights in Vicuna + 1 night in Santiago)
· 3 Group lunches or dinners with wine at wineries or local restaurants
· Tastings at 2 different wineries, a Pisco distillery, and a brewery
· Entrance ticket and tour at an Observatory
· Services of Christos Ioannou as Tour Leader and Wine Guide
FLIGHTS: Please note that travel to/from Chile is not included and you will need to book your own flights. See the ‘Travel’ tab in the itinerary.
Fore more information call Christos Ioannou on 07765-596850
Tour Leader: Christos is a member of the Association of Wine Educators and of the Circle of Wine Writers. He holds the WSET Diploma and has been a Judge at the International Wine Challenge since 2003. Through his company, Criterion Wine Tours, he has been organising group wine tours all over the world for the last 15 years.
BOOKING/REGISTER INTEREST: The tour will be open for bookings in the next 1-2 weeks. In the meantime if you would like to join the tour you can RSVP and then 'Register Interest' here https://criterionwinetours.com/product/chile-wine-tour/