STOP PRESS – Kiwi star!

(by peter & susie)

We are thrilled to announce the guest star appearance, for one night only, of the quite brilliant Helen Masters, winemaker at fabled New Zealand wine producer Ata Rangi.

We were lucky enough to visit Ata Rangi during our trip in February. Not only did we enjoy a brilliant, not to mention highly instructive visit and tasting but we also got to savour a fantastically convivial supper at Helen’s home.

(You can read Susie’s report of our visit and dinner here. And below is the video of our thoroughly enjoyable dinner, with Helen setting the scene…)

Ata Rangi is one of New Zealand’s great producers. It enjoys an enviable reputation as one of this country’s established greats – in recognition of which it was recently named one of New Zealand’s best two Pinot Noir producers, along with Felton Road, at the Pinot Noir symposium in Wellington.

Helen has kindly agreed to make a guest appearance at our Back to Basics Plus (formerly Intermediate) course on Sunday 26th September, 7-8.30pm, at the Hotel du Vin, Winchester. She’ll be bringing along a couple of bottles and giving us an insight into one of New Zealand’s – if not the world’s – finest wine estates.

We can’t tell you how excited we are. Places are limited and will no doubt sell fast, so please do book early.

Alongside Helen’s appearance we’ll also be running our normal B2B Plus course which is ideal for those who know a little but would like to know more. By way of testimonial, Sean came along to our spring course and said the following:

‘Excellent evening: very much enjoyed it. I can safely say that I learnt more from you both on that evening, than on all my previous wine tasting events put together.’

As an extra incentive, the Hotel du Vin is kindly offering Winchester Wine School tasters two-for-one on glasses of wine and bottles of beer before the event, as well as dessert on the house if you pre-book a three-course dinner.

And if you’d like to have a look at the other courses we’re running this autumn, please click here.