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Saturday France vs New World at Selwyn College

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Event Description

Come and enjoy a friendly, informal and fun wine journey through Old World and New World wines in a beautiful Cambridge college.

Starting with Champagne, we'll taste wines from all around the world comparing them with wines made in France using the same grape. No previous tasting experience is 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 classic French versions and contrast them with New World countries like Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa and USA.

You will learn the basics about the main grape varieties of the world and how to taste wine like a professional. 

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

We'll be hosted in a stunning and beautiful college founded in 1882 set amidst 7 acres of beautiful 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

  • 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 college to appreciate its history.

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

How to get there

Selwyn College, Cambridge
Grange Road

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