Private and Bespoke Tastings
Alongside our club activities, we are often asked to create special corporate tastings or to plan unique private occasions with a vinous note of difference. We are happy to assist with all manner of events, whether at a venue of your own choice, a local gallery or one of our two restaurants, Lutyens or Boundary, dependent on numbers. It may also be possible to host very exclusive events in one of the bedroom suites at Boundary. Formats can range from simple one-hour tastings to five-course gourmet experiences. Please contact the office on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Subject to the event requirements, we generally plan these tastings in partnership with award-winning wine educator and expert Ray O’Connor, together with Alex Gilbert-Petz, our head sommelier. While anything is possible, from a vertical of the greatest Grand Cru to a masterclass in summer rosé wines, we have prepared a list of ideas to whet your taste buds. Prices and exact content are available on request.
The Italian Job
The Ancient Greeks called it ‘Enotria’, Land of Vines, and today Italy is home to more than 2000 grape varieties. It is a country best known for its characterful reds, and this tasting highlights the qualities of Italy’s famous wine regions, as well as discovering a few hidden gems in the white and sweet corners.
Pinot Noir and Its Many Terroirs
Pinot Noir’s elegant and complex flavours are achieved only through the combination of a perfect vineyard location and requisite winemaking skill. Its styles vary from those with delicacy and finesse to silkier, smooth-textured wines. Savour the flavours of this beguiling grape as it exhibits the expressions of each of its represented regions around the world.
France – Where It All Began
Home to the best-known and most-beloved grape varieties in the world, France has created the template to which modern wineries aspire. Its many diverse regions produce a plethora of styles to satisfy every wine lover. Enjoy this tour of the world’s most famous wine regions.
Same Grape, Different Region
Have you ever wondered why a grape that you have come to love plays tricks on you with different flavours from time to time? In essence, grapes are a bit like chameleons, adapting to whatever Mother Nature throws at them just to blend in to their surroundings and climate. Witness the versatility of grapes across regions, and compare their styles in various corners of the globe.
Some of the world’s most interesting grape varieties are too often eclipsed by the more popular names so common in everyday life and expression. Remote vineyards and extreme conditions often combine to produce unrivalled styles of winemaking. This tasting is for wine enthusiasts who want to uncover some of the world’s best-kept wine secrets.
All Things Sparkling
Sparkling wine is always appreciated, there is no doubt, but these fascinating wines have many different guises. Discover the range of styles of fizz produced, from the fun and fresh Prosecco right through to the most exquisite vintage Champagne. Learn to understand the little things that make a big difference in making top-end sparkling wines.
A Brand New World
A collective of histories and upheavals has seen European winemakers venture overseas to other corners of the globe over the centuries, and we are reaping the rewards of their fruit today. Some of the most exciting and vibrant wines in the world are appearing on our shores from regions bursting with sunshine and fruit. Taste how old-fashioned styles of wines are turned on their respective heads when we sample ‘New World’ wines from California, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
The Wines of Iberia
Forget what you think you know about Portuguese and Spanish wines. A lot has changed on the Iberian Peninsula in the past decade, and it is now producing some of the finest wines in the world. Enjoy this tasting tour across the various up-and-coming regions and the elegant wines now being produced in this part of the winemaking world. And, of course, the tasting would not be complete without a rare old vintage port from the 1970s to round things off.