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Eastern Promises online course (6-part)

Eastern Promises online course (6-part)

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Explore Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Croatia and Greece - try grape varieties and wine styles not made anywhere else on the planet!

This online course runs every Weds evening for 6 weeks and saves 10% against individual sessions.

If you want ONE place, please use the code below to reduce the price to £86. Both prices save 10% against 6 evenings booked separately for one or two.

Eastern Europe has archaeological evidence of winemaking going back 7,000 years and many of the ancient grapes used are still grown today.

Soviet rule nationalized agriculture in the last century and small family wineries were forced to join cooperatives with the accent on quantity over quality and individual effort discouraged. It has only been since 1990 that these wine businesses have been able to recover.

We'll add new grape varieties to your tasting belt (Zelen, Pinlela, Feteasca Regala. Kratoshija, Vranec and many more), we'll try examples of highly sought-after wines (e.g. a top Tokaji - wine of Kings) and taste wines aged in unusual ways e.g. in amphorae. 

James Thorne has put together an 18-bottle case of delicious wines at an exclusive 15% discount with free delivery in sustainable, recyclable packaging. The discount saves you £50.


You buy the wines separately and we'll try 3 wines each session. You need only consume a tasting sample of each wine during the tutorial and you can follow our preservation tips to keep any leftovers for another day.

To book ONE space please use the code 'EasternONE' at checkout, which reduces the price to £86. (For three or more people using one video feed there is no additional charge beyond the price for two). 

After you book your spaces, we'll send a link for ordering the wines. We will also send instructions for joining Zoom calls from a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Zoom is proving to be a very sociable medium for wine tasting, so we can guarantee you'll have fun! Each session will last just over an hour.

OR the best value way to access our online tastings is by joining our monthly subscription club (20% discount). This gives you the best value access to our weekly classes and if you need to skip sessions we give you credits (use these to pay for other events, give free spaces to friends or arrange a private party we'll host for you). Plus you get free access to our WineBrain tutorials included! 

Click here to read more about our Wednesday Wine Club membership programme (just £50/month for one, £80/month for two).

The Wines (in serving order):

  • 23 Jun - Hungary

    Mád, Dry Furmint 2016 £14.99
    Holass, Sopron Kékfrankos 2017 £25.99
    Tokaj Classic Winery, Tokaji Aszu, 5 Puttonyos 2013 25cl, £22.99

  • 30 Jun - Slovenia (Guerila)

    Guerila, Zelen 2020 Vipava Valley £17.99
    Guerila, Pinela 2018 Vipava Valley £17.99
    Guerila, Cabernet Franc Selection 2018 Vipava Valley £24.99

  • 07 Jul - Slovenia (Matic)

    Matic, Mea Pet Nat NV Stajerska £22.99
    Matic, Sipon 2020 Stajerska £14.99
    Matic, ‘Get the party started’ Amphora Riesling 2020 Stajerska £20.99

  • 14 Jul - Romania
    Cramele Recas, Solara Orange Wine 2020 £10.49
    Cramele Recas, Solevari Reserve Feteasca Regala 2018 £10.49
    Cramele Recas, Solevari Reserve Feteasca Neagra 2017 £10.49
  • 21 Jul - Croatia, Bulgaria, Macedonia
    Kozlovic, Malvazija 2019 Istria £15.99
    Domaine Bessa Valley, Enira 2016 Bessa Valley £15.99
    Tikves Winery, Barovo, Single vineyard 2018 Tikves £21.99
  • 28 Jul - Greece

    Domaine Lyrarakis, Assyrtiko, 2019 Crete£12.99
    Markovitis, Xinomavro 2012 Naoussa £20.99
    Markovitis, Xinomavro 1997 Naoussa £29.99

Special case price is £283.32 (normal price £333.32 - 15% off). You only need to buy one case to share between two people. Delivery is free.

NOTE - cut off for national wine deliveries is Mon 21 June.

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