Life Drawing Wednesdays with @creativewho

Life Drawing Wednesdays with @creativewho

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We are delighted to be hosting LIfe Drawing in our cellar room every 2nd & 4th Wednesday with the amazing @creativewho or Helen as we know her by. There are two tickets available, one with a glass of wine (£12.50) and one without (£9.50). Simple. So choose your ticket, come on down and have a great night with us and Helen as she guides your hand over the paper! Read more below and click the button to get tickets!

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Dust off those stale notions of what drawing should be, how a drawing should be made and what makes a drawing good, and join us for a night of fun, creativity and Life Drawing.  All levels of ability and interest are welcome to this evening which is designed to challenge and develop each individual based on their unique starting point and sense of aesthetic. Our price includes materials, however, if you wish to bring your own goodies please bear in mind that we will be working to a A3 format and our drawing boards are restricted to this scale.

Helen van Hoogstraten, a former Art Teacher and aspiring Artist will be presenting these classes every second Wednesday of each month. She has worked within Art Education for over Fifteen years and has taught a range of students, age groups and backgrounds, from : young Adult Orphans in Africa with visual impairments, to Art Students with Speech and Language difficulties. 

Get your tickets here:

2nd Wednesdays:

https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/classes/life-drawing-batch

4th Wednesdays

https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/classes/life-drawing-batch-1

August Supper Club with The Pickled Fork

Tickets/ £60pp with: Canapés & Fizz on Arrival. A 4-course meal with paired wines included.

Hola! Our August Supper Club menu is here!! I think you'll agree it's looking pretty delectable! Take a peek below...

On this special night of Spanish themed gastronomy you’ll be greeted with a delicious glass of bubbles on arrival along with some lovely canapés in our library area. You'll then be seated downstairs in our cool cellar tasting room and be served 4 tip-top courses, each course will be paired with wine specially chosen to complement the dish. One of our team will introduce each course and take you through the pairing, sharing the story behind the wine. We pull out all the stops to put on some interesting wines across multiple styles with a focus on wines from one of Europe’s most exciting wine region, Spain!

If you like the sound of all of this then email alex@thepickledfork.com to book your tickets.

Be quick these are always popular!

Food and wine pairing supper club
Snacks + fizz + 4 courses + paired wines = £60

1st
Smoked Ham & Monte Enebro Croquetas
Crab apple slaw & pickled chicory


2nd
BBQ Langoustine
Charred lemon, fried garlic & parsley salad


3rd
Norfolk Black Chicken & Yorkshire Chorizo Pie
Olive oil pastry, young leaf salad, beer mustard


4th
Churro Waffle
Raspberry syrup & dark chocolate ice cream

Sunday Movie Nights : La Haine

Sunday Movie Nights : La Haine

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La Haine (The Hate) is one of the most striking and vital films to come out of France in the last 40 years. If you have not seen this film multiple times you are missing out on an outstanding, enriching piece of cinema.

Spanning 24 hours in the lives of three ethnically diverse friends from the Parisian projects, following violent riots that have decimated their neighbourhood. One of the trio, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), has found a police revolver during the riots and vows to kill a cop if their friend Abdel, who is intensive care after a police beating, dies.

From the off the film is like a ticking time bomb that you cannot take your eyes off. Brutally real performances and dialogue combine with stunning cinematography and an incredible soundtrack to make a true classic of its genre.

Not to be missed!

Enter our subterranean Cinema Room, kick back with some lovely drinks, a pizza (with our free Forkage offer) and watch the film unfold in a delightfully cosy atmosphere. Tickets will guarantee you a seat and are only a £5 deposit which are refunded on the day. Simple!

Doors are from 5pm and we recommend arriving earlier to grab your drinks and/or food from us, or even to order a pizza from elsewhere. Our staff are on hand to bring drinks to your table during the movie, so we've got you covered!

Book now on to one or more of our movies and we look forward to welcoming you!

Meet the Winemaker - Donovan Rall, Rall Wines, Swartland, South Africa

Meet the Winemaker - Donovan Rall, Rall Wines, Swartland, South Africa

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We invite you to an evening with winemaker Donovan Rall, the gentle giant of the Swartland.

Donovan is a very well traveled winemaker who found his inspiration using Mediterranean varietals in one of South Africa’s most dynamic & exciting regions, the Swartland. Donovan will take you through his journey in wine and you’ll get to taste 6 of his excellent, limited production wines including a very rare white made from the red grape variety Cinsault!

The wine making is simple, with each parcel allowed to ferment and mature naturally before blending. The wines are full of character and complexity, mark our words these are future classics and this is a tasting not to be missed.

Donovan will be a hanging out for a glass or two after the tasting, giving you the opportunity to ask any further questions and enjoy a glass of one of his stunning wines.

Wines of Rioja

Wines of Rioja

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Discover the wines of Rioja with South London Wine School.

Join us at the Streatham Wine House for a vinious tour of Rioja, tasting modern and traditionally made wines from this famous region

Rioja is the most famous wine region in Spain and not without justification. It is home to many great classic names that have been making wonderful, classic Rioja, both red and white, for generations. It is many people's favourite region and you will easily see why!

There has been a movement in the last few years for more modern winemaking techniques to be used, with more fruit-forward styles, influenced by New World wine making, using less time in oak to create a fresher style.

It's time to decide which style you like best - (OK it's fine to love both! - We do!)

Click the button below to book your ticket via the South London Wine School website.

OktoberFeast!

OktoberFeast!

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OktoberFeast!

A tasting of classic Oktoberfest beers from the best Bavarian breweries of Munich with a selection of Genuine German hot dogs. What’s not to love?!

Join Beer Sommelier (and South London Wine School co-owner) Jonny Tyson as we go German for the Oktober-festivities!

What you can expect on the night:

A flight of 6 beers specially brewed for Oktoberfest

A tutored tasting, and a look behind this classic beer fest.

3 different genuine German sausage hot dog sliders with sauerkraut paired with three of the beers.

Click the button below to book your ticket via the South London Wine School website! Prost!

Jimmy’s Best of Spain Tasting

Jimmy’s Best of Spain Tasting

West London Wine School head honcho and Chief taster Jimmy Smith will be showcasing his favorite Spanish wine discoveries in this unmissable tasting!

Jimmy has spent much of the year immersing himself, (sometimes literally!) in the wines of Spain and is about to launch the U. K’s first Spanish Wine Scholar course, details of which you can find here. Having spent much of the summer exploring Spain’s top vineyards in his iconic orange campervan he will be brimming with information and fun facts to share with you in what is guaranteed to be a tour de force of a tasting.

World of Wine: Burgundy & Loire

World of Wine: Burgundy & Loire

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Welcome to South London Wine School’s World of Wine tasting on Burgundy and the Loire Valley. A truly great place to start a season of tastings!

There is also a 15 minute Introduction to Wine Tasting at the start of this tasting.

Part 1 - The Loire Valley
In the wettest part of France, the North West, they call it 'The Garden of France' as it is the most green and lush. Here lies the Loire Valley, a grapegrowing area famous as the home of Sauvignon Blanc, a trendy grape variety currently receiving ample air-time in the world of wine. We'll look at Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé and talk about why so many people love this classic French grape, then head to Tours for the birthplace of the versatile Chenin Blanc in Vouvray. On the estuary of the Loire lies Nantes, famous for the seafood-matching classic, Muscadet.

Part 2 - Burgundy
Nestling in the centre of France, Burgundy is a wine region locked in any wine aficionado's heart. It is steeped in tradition and home to classic grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Gamay and the expressive and elegant Pinot Noir. It's also where you'll find some of the most prestigious wines on the planet, from areas such as Puligny-Montrachet, Chablis and Nuits-St-Georges. We shall explore the up-and-coming Côte Chalonnaise, the delicate wines from the Maconnais and the fruit-driven and simple wines from Beaujolais. A delightful region to taste your way through.

All tastings include; minimum of 6 wines, tasting sheet, use of professional tastings glasses and nibbles.

Click the button below to book your ticket via the South London Wine School website.

8-Week Introduction to the World of Wine Course

8-Week Introduction to the World of Wine Course

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The ever popular South London Wine School 8 week World of Wine Course is back in a new location - Streatham Wine House!!

The course is designed specifically for people who enjoy wine and would like to learn more about it! You do not need any previous experience, the emphasis is on learning by tasting different varieties of wine with friendly people. It is also a great way to meet new friends who share your love of wine.

By the end of the 8 evenings:

  • You will have gained a good understanding of the world's major grape varieties and the wine styles they produce.

  • You will have been taught to assess & taste wine like a true professional and be able to identify any faults found in wine (e.g. a corked wine).

  • During the 8 evenings we will have tasted wines from most of the worlds major wine regions (tasting approx 50 wines)

  • Food & wine matching will also have given you a lot of confidence to try new wine pairings with your favourite foods.

  • You will also have developed your sense of smell and wine vocabulary & met some new friends

Course Dates (all Tuesdays 7-9pm):

22nd Oct: France I - Burgundy & Loire with Intro to Wine Tasting
29th Oct: France II - Bordeaux, Rhone & South France
  5th Nov: Europe I - Alsace, Germany, UK & Austria
12th Nov: Europe II - Italy, Spain & Portugal
19th Nov: New World I - Australia & New Zealand
26th Nov: New World II - Chile & Argentina
  3rd Dec: New World III - USA & South Africa
10th Dec: Sparkling & Sweet Wines

Professional ISO tasting glasses, comprehensive tasting notes and some food are all provided.


WHAT IF I HAVE TO MISS ANY EVENINGS?

No problem - As long as we receive at least 3 days advanced notice of your absence, you can pick up the missed session on the next World of Wine Course, or get a credit you can use for any of our wine courses or wine tastings (excluding Streatham Wine House Wine Fair & Supper Club tickets).

Full Course Fee: £199 per person

World of Wine: Bordeaux & Rhone

World of Wine: Bordeaux & Rhone

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Welcome to South London Wine School’s World of Wine tasting on Bordeaux and the Rhône valley. Time for some blockbuster reds and aromatic whites!

Part 1 – Bordeaux

Bordeaux is probably the World's most famous wine region - renowned for cult wines such as Chateau Margaux and Mouton-Rothschild which can retail for £1000s a bottle. But there is much more to this warm, south-westerly part of France. It is here that the climate and soils are perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and deliciously vibrant & complex whites from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. If you thought that Bordeaux was just expensive red wines, this tasting will reveal how much variety is really available - delicious food-friendly reds & whites to suit every budget.

Part 2– the Rhône valley

In the South East of France lies the Rhône valley, where wine making predates even the Romans - the Gauls made good wine in the northern Rhone, perhaps even from the same wonderful grape, Syrah (Shiraz), which produces iconic wines such as Hermitage today. We explore this region and its warmer counterpart to the south where the spicy Grenache grape thrives in stony soils. Find out what defines classics such as Côtes du Rhône and Chateauneuf-du-Pape and compare them to their counterparts in the northern Rhône.

All tastings include: minimum of 6 wines, tasting sheet, use of professional tastings glasses and nibbles.

Click the button below to book your ticket via the South London Wine School website.

World of Wine: Alsace, Austria & England

World of Wine: Alsace, Austria & England

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Welcome to the South London World of Wines tasting on Alsace, Austria and England. Time to discover some of the most aromatic and interesting white wines of Europe! If you have an interest in diverse styles of wine or have ever wondered what wine to match with more spicy foods, then look no further.

Part 1 – Alsace
Riesling and Gewurztraminer are found here side-by-side with Pinot Blanc and Gris, all adding to a small-but-complex wine-producing region offering the most aromatic and different styles in comparison to the rest of France. These wines can vary from dry to sweet, but all have a fantastically complex quality, and are great wines to match to intense and spicy foods!

Part 2 – England & Austria
Both regions not so well known for their wines as some other countries in Europe, but both worth investigating further! Many of you may know that English wines have improved phenomenally in recent years, but few have probably had the chance to taste, until now! Cool climate varieties such as Bacchus and Auxerrios thrive here, as well as the odd bit of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. And then Austria – a long history of winemaking here, but very little of it actually gets seen in this country, although this doesn’t mean it should get overlooked. We will have Gruner Veltliner to taste (perhaps the most famous wine to be exported from Austria) as well as something less well known.

All tastings include; minimum of 6 wines, tasting sheet, use of professional tastings glasses and delicious nibbles to go with.

Click the button below to book your ticket via the South London Wine School website.

World of Wine: South Africa & USA

World of Wine: South Africa & USA

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Join us at South London Wine School for an evening of spectacular New World showstoppers!

Part 1: South Africa
With a long and distinguished history of wine production going back over 350 years, it is potentially the oldest 'New World' wine producing country! Famous as a holiday destination for its beautiful wine regions, we will discover the wines that make this region famous and consistenly entice people back. Chunky, chocolatey reds, both made as Bordeaux-style blends and using their very own grape, Pinotage, and elegant European-style whites from Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc (once thought to be an inferior, workhorse variety) are now catching the world’s attention.

Part 2: USA
This is a country which is now demanding we take another look. From its viticultural engine room, California, two seemingly contradictory wine images emerge. Firstly there’s the cheap, sweet, soft, pink wines, served by the container-load in the supermarket. Then there’s the super-premium, super-expensive world of boutique Napa Valley wineries, as shown on the film Sideways. So what is the 'real' Californian wine? Tonight we will dodge the stereotypes and discover rich, strawberry-scented Zinfandel (the red wine, not the pink stuff!), earthy Pinot Noir and creamy soft Chardonnay. Californian wines are elusive and often expensive, but they are able to compete with some of the best in the world - come along and taste for yourself.

All tastings include; minimum of 6 wines sourced locally so you can find them easily if you like them, full tasting notes,use of professional tastings glasses, and nibbles.

Click the button below to book your ticket via the South London Wine School website.

World of Wine: Sparkling & Sweet Wines

World of Wine: Sparkling & Sweet Wines

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Come along and enjoy a decadent evening of fine sparkling and dessert wines with South London Wine School!

For many people, the fizz at the start of the meal and the dessert wine at the end are the most enjoyable drinks of the evening, so we thought - let’s have a whole tasting devoted to them!

These are wines where the craft of the wine maker is paramount: those bubbles and brioche flavours in a sparkling wine or the rich dried fruit and orange peel flavours in a sweet wine are not just the result of natural processes; they require a huge amount of effort and patience on the part of the wine maker. We will try different Champagne look-a-likes from the New World, alongside a glass of the real thing! We will also taste a selection of sweet wines and learn about the five key ways of creating that sweeter style. It is sure to be a fascinating and delicious evening!

Part 1: Sparkling wines
Champagne is one of the most iconic wines in the world - tonight we will learn about the historical method which gives us this beautiful bubbly. We will touch on the input of figures such as Dom Perignon and Veuve Clicquot, whose Champagnes are now so familiar to us. We will also discuss the technical terms behind the labels such as 'NV', 'Brut' and 'Blanc de Blanc': what do these actually tell us about the drink inside the bottle? But the world of sparkling wine is far more diverse than Champagne alone; we will examine other wines, made in the image of Champagne, and ask 'are they as good?' and 'are the really so different from the real thing?'. We will also talk about the rise of Prosecco; this sparkling Italian wine is made in a very different way to Champagne but its popularity has exploded in recent years - why is it so popular? Plenty to learn about, taste and discuss in this line-up!

Part 2: Sweet and fortified wines
The British have a proud history of enjoying a glass of Port or Sauternes after a good meal, but this is a category of wine which has been increasingly overlooked in recent times. Sweet wines can be seen as out of touch or old fashioned, not helped by labels which are hard to read for today's consumers. We’ll re-introduce you to sweet wines in a big way! From Rutherglen Muscat to Beerenauslese Riesling to Tokaji, this is a varied and exciting new world of wine! We will show you the key methods for producing dessert wines, allow you to taste examples of each including a full-bodied Port and cap it all off with the ultra-sweet Sherry, Pedro Ximenez, tasted then poured over vanilla ice-cream…delicious!

All tastings include; minimum of 6 wines, use of professional tastings glasses and nibbles.

Click the button below to book your ticket via the South London Wine School website.