Events

  • 1 Sep 2014
  • Fromagerie Course
  • 15:00 to 17:00
  • Premier Cheese

    The 1st of 4 masterclasses that will take you from a beginner to apprentice fromager. The courses are designed so that your knowledge will grow session after session, multiple choice tests will enable you and your staff to expand your knowledge and certificates will be issued for those who attend all of the courses. For those who join all 4 sessions and have the highest scores a trip to one of Premier Cheese’s farms will bring all of the knowledge together.

    The course costs £75 per person to attend or £25 if you’d like to attend just one of the sessions.

    Dorothee Dalmas, Head Trainer at Premier Cheese will guide you through:

    1. How cheese is made
    2. Cheese Families
    3. Cheese and Terroir
    4. Perfect cheese trolley

    The masterclasses are designed to give you and your staff a fundamental understanding of cheeses. This will enhance your offer, maximize shelf life and ultimately drive sales.

    All of the masterclasses will be held at The Cavendish Hotel, 81 Jermyn St, London SW1Y 6JF.

    From 15:00 to 17:00

    Monday 1st September, Session 1: How cheese is made

    Introduction to the key steps in the conversion of milk to cheese and comparison cheese process.

    Monday 15th September, Session 2: Cheese Families

    Identify and understand the difference between varieties from blue, soft to hard.

    Monday 6th October, Session 3: Cheese and Terroir

    Quality of the milk, seasonality, Protected Designation of Origin PDO

    Monday 20th October, Session 4: Perfect cheese trolley

    Bringing all of the collected knowledge together, the final event will work on presentation techniques that will wow the customer, and how to efficiently cut and store to maximise profits and shelf life.

    To book

    Please email Daniel@afws.co.uk with your full name, company and job title. I can then invoice you or take a credit card payment over the phone.

  • 22 Sep 2014
  • Medoc Masterclass London
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    Join us for a taste of wines from the Médoc, explore a diverse range of Bordeaux from one of the worlds most famous wine growing regions.

    The renowned appellations of Médoc and Haut-Médoc, Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Moulis en Médoc, Listrac-Médoc, Margaux will all be explored.

    The masterclass will cover all the Médoc appellations as well as Grands Crus Classés, Crus Bourgeois and Crus Artisans.

    The masterclass is supported by Conseil des vins du Médoc www.medoc-wines.com and one not to miss!

    Venue details
    The Cavendish London, 81 Jermyn Street, St. James’s, London, SW1Y 6JF

    Timings
    15:00 to 16:30

    Booking
    To book please email Daniel@afws.co.uk with your full name, company and job title.

  • 29 Sep 2014
  • Georg J. Riedel Tutored Tasting
  • 12:00 to 14:00
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    Georg J. Riedel, the team at Riedel UK and their partners are delighted to invite you to the first tutored tasting of the new Riedel glassware range Veritas, being held exclusively for hoteliers and restaurants, which will demonstrate the remarkable difference a Riedel glass can make to the taste, smell and enjoyment of wine.

    It was Georg J. Riedel’s father, Claus, who first had the vision to shun traditional decorative crystal and to design functional glasses which are plain, unadorned, thin blown and long stemmed.

    Riedel has been leading the way in stemware ever since and the ambition for innovation is still the driving force that leads to spectacular new ranges such as Veritas. The new Riedel range is a machine made lead crystal glass of unsurpassed thinness and lightness. Veritas combines the charm of handmade glass with the consistent accuracy only a machine made glass can achieve. This series includes Riedel’s signature varietal-specific shapes, with glasses for new world and Old world Syrah/Shiraz and Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Viognier/Chardonnay. Combining the best of Riedel’s glassware designs with the most up to date technology, this new series further endorses Riedel’s hallmark leadership in performance driven consumer crystal drinkware.

    Every Riedel wine glass is designed together with the winemakers and experts to show a particular grape varietal at its very best. And, when a wine tastes and smells as good as it does in a Riedel glass, your customers enjoy their experience more and spend more.

    The event is being held at Westminster Kingsway College on Monday 29th September 2014, doors open at 12.00pm and the tasting will start promptly at 12.30pm. We do hope that you will be able to join us. All participants will take home a set of Riedel glasses.

    Click Here to Register Now

  • 13 Oct 2014
  • South West France Wines
  • South West France Wines Masterclass

    DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

    Join David Williams, wine correspondent for The Observer and member of The Wine Gang, to discover an extraordinary diversity of wine styles and flavours from the South West of France.

    “It’s the sheer diversity of indigenous varieties and flavours that you really don’t get anywhere else.”- David Williams, The Wine Gang

    The masterclass will showcase 10 different South West French wines from denominations including, Landes, Côtes de Gascogne, Pacherenc du Vic Bilh, Gaillac, Côtes du Tarn, Fronton, Cahors, Madiran and made with indigenous grapes varieties including Tannat, Braucol, Négrette, Petit Courbu, Loin de l’œil, Gros and Petit Manseng, Colombard and Ugni Blanc.

    David has chosen each wine as a worthy alternative to more familiar names, and the tasting will seek to demonstrate their quality, food-matching credentials, and also what makes them dare to be different.

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    The class is free of charge but the spaces are limited.

    To find out more about the region please visit http://southwestfrancewines.com

    Venue & Bookings

    13th October
    The Palace Hotel Oxford Street, Manchester, M60 7HA
    15:00 to 17:00

    The event is free to attend if you’d like to book email Daniel@afws.co.uk with your full name, company name and job title. Please state how many places you require for your team.

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  • 27 Oct 2014
  • Rías Baixas Masterclass
  • 15:00 to 17:00
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    THE RÍAS BAIXAS MASTERCLASS – ALL ABOUT ALBARIÑO

    Rías Baixas is well known for arguably Spain’s top white grape variety - Albariño.

    Described by The Times last November as ‘The new tipple of choice’, Albariño sales continue to gather momentum as more wine lovers fall prey to its Galician charms.

    Come and join Peter McCombie MW for a special masterclass on Monday 27 October to explore the heartland of Albariño – Rías Baixas.

    To book please email Daniel@afws.co.uk with your name, company and job title.

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  • 3 Nov 2014
  • South West France Wines Masterclass
  • South West France Wines Masterclass

    DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

    Join Joanna Simon, wine & food editor’s chair at House & Garden magazine, to discover an extraordinary diversity of wine styles and flavours from the South West of France.

    The masterclass will showcase 10 different South West French wines from denominations including Comté Tolosan, Côtes de Gascogne, Gaillac, Fronton, Saint Mont, Cahors, Madiran, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh , made with indigenous grapes varieties including Tannat, Pinenc, Négrette, Mauzac, Colombard, Gros and Petit Manseng and Petit Courbu.

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    Joanna has chosen each wine as a worthy alternative to more familiar names, and the tasting will seek to demonstrate their quality, food-matching credentials, and also what makes them dare to be different.

    The class is free of charge but the spaces are limited.

    To find out more about the region please visit http://southwestfrancewines.com

    Bookings

    3rd November
    London (venue to be confirmed)

    15:00 to 17:00

    The event is free to attend if you’d like to book email Daniel@afws.co.uk with your full name, company name and job title. Please state how many places you require for your team.

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  • 24 Nov 2014
  • Sake Sommelier of The Year
  • Sake Sommelier of The YearIn the first of its kind to be held outside Japan, the Sake Sommelier of the Year competition is jointly organised by the Academy of Food & Wine Service and the Sake Sommelier Association.

    Returning for its second year, the competition aims to find the most skilful Sake Sommeliers bringing them to the attention of their customers and employers and raising the profile of their profession along with their establishments. An enormous amount of learning and confidence-building takes place by taking part in the competition.

    The Sake Sommelier of the Year is open to any professionals involved in the service of sake. Once you have registered, you will be sent a first-round questionnaire. Successful candidates will get through to the semi-final where they will be judged on a blind tasting and a practical skill. The top candidate will then compete for the title where, in front of a live audience, candidates will be tested both practically and orally on errors on a sake list, food and sake matching, service skills and a blind tasting.

    2014 Sake Sommelier of The Year Entry Form

    To register, please complete and send the entry form to: manager@sakesommelierassociation.com

    Deadline for entry 30th August

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