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Discover English Wines Saturday course at Selwyn College

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Discover English Wines at this fun and informal tasting day! The wine industry in England is now winning global awards, and we'll discover fabulous wines made in and around the local Cambridge area. Discover new favourites!

We'll begin with the celebrated success of English Sparkling Wine before moving to taste and learn about a wide range of delicious still wines that are making waves and winning awards. We'll cover some of the strange-sounding grapes you've never heard of as well as English versions of grapes you have.

It is thanks to improved techniques in the vineyards, good site selection and the impact of global warming that there is now a full range of wine styles being made in England - from sparkling wines, white, red and rosé wines and even dessert wine!

We'll be hosted in beautiful Selwyn college, founded in 1882 and set amidst 7 acres of stunning grounds. Selwyn was one of the first all-male Cambridge University colleges to admit women.

Actors Hugh Laurie and Tom Hollander studied at Selwyn as well as some prominent MPs, writers and leading scientists. We'll be hosted in the spacious wood-panelled Harrison room.

Course outline

  • Compare two different English sparkling wines made locally
  • Taste different Bacchus wines made in nearby vineyards looking for which best suits your taste preferences 
  • Understand the importance of good vineyard selection for the English climate
  • Discover new grape varieties like Ortega and Siskin 
  • Learn what to expect from English versions of grapes you already know (such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio) 
  • Other grape varieties suitable for English red wine
  • Tutored Tasting through 13 wines
  • Food & Wine matching tips relevant to English wines

Halfway through the day we will take a break from the hard work of tasting wine to enjoy a delicious two-course lunch followed by a mini tour of the college grounds to appreciate its history.

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Selwyn College, Cambridge
Grange Road

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