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Our Next Tasting: Musing on Malbec 28th September

Whether from Argentina, France, Chile, South Africa or Australia Malbec seems to be a perennial favourite. Here we will look at the grape in all its native glory. Comparing country, soil type and manufacturing method and prove does it really have to be oaked and from Mendoza Argentina?

8 Malbecs from around the World to be tasted. Now all that remains is to pick 8 from the 34 we sell!

               £15 a ticket, £10 refundable against orders placed on the night (minimum £100 value).                                         7pm Thursday 28th September in the De Mornay Room, Howbery Park Manor House.

                      Buy tickets here: September 28th Tasting at Howbery Park - Musing on Malbec

October 19th Tasting: Wines from Waterkloof, South Africa. 

This will be presented by Louis Boutinot, longtime global evangelist for this industry-leading, enviro-conscious and very classy winery.

Waterkloof is an independent, organic and regenerative wine estate owned by former sommelier, wine importer and French wine producer Paul Boutinot.

This stellar estate, situated a stones-throw from Cape Town and its wild, windswept Atlantic Ocean coastline, has somehow managed to attain the largest number of features of any wine producer, not only in Decanter's Weekday Wine Section (Decanter is the UK's most subscribed hard-copy wine publication), but also in Jancis Robinson MW's 'Wine of The Week' page on the UK's most subscribed wine website (Jancis is Financial Times wine writer and a wine advisor for The Royal Family).

Louis Boutinot (Paul's son) will be here with stories and insight a plenty, all served alongside a selection of fine, distinctive, food-friendly wines handcrafted in tiny quantities by talented young winemaker Nadia Langenegger and her team at Waterkloof. 

£15 a ticket, £10 refundable against orders placed on the night (minimum £100 value). 7pm Thursday 19th October in the De Mornay Room, The Manor House, Howbery Park.

Buy tickets here: October Tasting at Howbery Park: Waterkloof

Previous Tastings

Northern Spain 23rd August 

The wines of Northern Spain, showcased by our very own product manager and salesman in chief, Paul Fritz-Johnson, and based on highlights from his wine trip last year and all the pics he took.

Regions sampled will include Rioja, Rias Baixas, Utiel Requena, Rueda and Menade.

A selection of wines in the Boutinot portfolio from the Languedoc and the Rhone, South of France, presented by the wine maker John Sanderson.

Howbery Park, The Manor House, Thursday 13th July 7pm.

South of France 13th July

John is one of the illustrious winemaking team at our chief partner in wine, Boutinot, responsible for French own production. As such, his manor covers large chunks of southern French geography and some of the very best drinking at civilised prices.

He will be leading us through a small but well founded sample of their range and will leave no doubt of the wide ranging potential of this most significant region.

This tutored tasting led by John Sanderson will comprise 8 wines,  and the cost will be £15 a head. Space is limited so book your place quickly on this link:

Howbery Tasting 13th July

1. Rosé Côtes du Rhone, Les Cerisiers

2. Côtes du Rhône Blanc, 'La Fleur Solitaire'

3. Viognier, Domaine de Vedilhan

4. Macon-Charnay-les-Macon, Genetie 

5. Gamay, Uva Non Grata

6. Malbec, Les Volets, Limoux

7. Cairanne, Côtes du Rhone, La Côte           Sauvage

8. 'Les Six', Cairanne Côtes du Rhône