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Saturday France vs New World at Madingley Hall

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Join us for a friendly and informal day of tasting and learning about wine at Madingley Hall. Part of the University of Cambridge, the 16th-century hall is set in 8 acres of beautiful parkland.

The hall was once rented by Queen Victoria for her son Edward Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) to reside while he studied at Cambridge.

Our day is hosted in a beautiful room with French doors opening onto the terrace.  Starting with Champagne, we'll compare wines made using the same grape, but in different countries (no previous experience needed). A delicious two-course lunch is included. 

On this fascinating course we will compare wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and other grapes.

We'll sample the classic French versions and compare them blind with New World countries like Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa and USA.

You will learn the basics about the different grape varieties and how to taste wine like a professional. No previous experience is necessary.

Plus - watch and learn how to open a bottle of sparkling wine using a sword! 

Madingley Hall is just a 15-minute taxi ride from Cambridge rail station or you can park in the grounds. You can also book in advance to say overnight in double rooms from £99 bed and breakfast (special 10% discount to wine school guests - email us asking for the code after you have booked).

Course outline

  • Burgundy vs New World (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir)
  • Bordeaux vs New World (Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot blends)
  • Rhone vs New World (Grenache & Shiraz)
  • Loire & Alsace vs New World (Sauvignon Blanc & Riesling)
  • How to taste wine like a professional – aroma, flavours, describing wines
  • Improve your senses
  • Tutored Tasting of 13 wines
  • Food & Wine matching tips & advice

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 hall to appreciate its history.

All our courses can be purchased as a Gift either as a dated or undated voucher.

How to get there

Madingley Hall, Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

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