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

OktoberFeast!

OktoberFeast!

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OktoberFeast!

£25/pp

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.

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Jimmy’s Best of Spain Tasting

Jimmy’s Best of Spain Tasting

£30/PP

West London Wine School head honcho and Chief taster Jimmy Smith will be showcasing his favourite 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.

You will try 8 wines and enjoy some regional cheeses and meats during this fun and tasty evening!

World of Wine: Burgundy & Loire Wine Tasting

World of Wine: Burgundy & Loire Wine Tasting

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£29/pp

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 grape-growing 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.

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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

  • Enjoy a selection of meats and cheeses at each session

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 & South France Wine Tasting

World of Wine: Bordeaux, Rhone & South France Wine Tasting

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£29/pp

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.

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World of Wine: Alsace, Austria & England Wine Tasting

World of Wine: Alsace, Austria & England Wine Tasting

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£29/pp

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.

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World of Wine: Italy, Spain & Portugal Wine Tasting

World of Wine: Italy, Spain & Portugal Wine Tasting

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£29/pp

Welcome to an evening of Southern European delights! Both Spain and Italy have long produced outstanding wines with classics such as Rioja, Cava, Chianti and Barolo gracing our tables for many years. This evening our tasting will touch on these favourites and explore their enduring popularity, but we shall also be buckling up for a thrilling taste of the new pretenders from up and coming areas such as Priorat, Galicia and parts of southern Italy. For many centuries Portugal has been synonymous with its famous fortified tipple of Port; but tonight we shall be exploring how wine makers in the Douro Valley have been exploiting the same grape varieties to make robust, ripe, chocolatey table wines, often some of Europe's best value reds!

Part 1 Spain & Portugal
It's time to take a closer look at Iberian wine-making! The famous Tempranillo from Rioja, old-vine Garnacha from Priorat, a wine with leathery, spicy, dark fruity depths to rival anything made over the border in Chateauneuf du Pape (where the French harvest the same grape, which they call Grenache). Fragrant Albarino from Galicia, with a peachy soft juiciness reminiscent of Chardonnay, balanced by the crisp finish of a Sauvignon Blanc. Over the border in Portugal we will taste Touriga Nacional, the finest of the grape varieties used for Port, as a regular table wine. With its warming spice and velvety and rich texture, this is a grape variety you will want to return to again and again!

Part 2 Italy
With its myriad regional specialities and indigenous grape varieties, Italy can be at once fascinating, daunting and confusing to the wine drinker. Too many people take sanctuary in the reassuring words 'Pinot Grigio' on the label - but Italy has so much more to offer! We will taste the fragrantly spicy whites from the volcanic soils of Campania, made from ancient varieties such as Greco di Tufo. We will discover the majestic Nebbiolo grape, responsible for powerhouse wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco. Finally, we untangle the meanings of the label terminology - Riserva, Classico and DOC, what do these words or letters actually tell you about the juice in the bottle? Tonight, we find out!

World Of Wine: Chile and Argentina

World Of Wine: Chile and Argentina

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£29/pp

Welcome to the exciting World of Wine tasting on Chile & Argentina! It may be only relatively recently that these countries have started building their reputation in the wine world, but there are some great wines coming from these countries in a variety of styles, with new wines always emerging!

Part 1: Chile

What makes Chile such an attractive ‘safe bet’ for a consumer? We’ll look at the facts, looking at the climate through to the diverse country that is Chile. White grape varieties such as the crisp Sauvignon Blanc, balanced Chardonnay and soft and smooth reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot rule the roost and not forgetting the highly-acclaimed Carmenere, resurrected in Chilean vinyards after its destruction in Bordeaux over 160 years ago. And new, cooler sub-regions such as Bio Bio and Limari are making waves, where aromatic varieties such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer are thriving: Chile really can do it all!

Part 2: Argentina

Although production (5th in the world) has been dropping, quality is rising. With a focus on the famed wine region Mendoza, Malbec has carved a reputation of high quality often notably higher than its French origins; when grown up in the foothills of the Andes, it's capable of producing inky black wine with sweet damson fruit and spicy mocha notes. It is currently one of the buzz grapes in the UK market. But it doesn’t stop there; there’s plenty of Viognier, Torrontes and Shiraz to discover too, all the more for us to taste our way through.

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

World Of Wine Australia & New Zealand

World Of Wine Australia & New Zealand

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£29/pp

A great night of wine tasting from Down Under: if you thought Australian viticulture was all about big brands and jammy, over-alcoholic wines, then come along and find out how it is all changing! Peppery Coonawarra Cabernets and sleek, elegant Clare Valley Rieslings are the new face of Australian wine. Meanwhile, New Zealand's Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has come from nowhere to suddenly become a staple choice in British supermarkets. Its vibrancy, gooseberry aromatics and tropical flavours have made it a firm favourite. So buckle up and get ready for an evening of blockbuster wines!

Part 1: New Zealand

The growth of New Zealand wine in recent times has been enormous, especially in comparison to its diminutive size. That success has been spearheaded by some beautiful Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, but is there more to this story? Other fragrant whites from Pinot Gris to Riesling have started to appear with increasing promise. Pinot Noir has caused a buzz in recent times, especially from Martinborough, but is it good enough to challenge Burgundy and perhaps cement New Zealand's place as a producer of wines worthy of comparison to the very finest? Tonight, you decide....

Part 2: Australia

Plentiful sunshine and a comparative lack of red tape have allowed the Australians to develop a signature of accessible, fruit-driven, competitively priced wines. But a new wave of independent winemakers who are preaching the values of balanced acidity and alcohol, along with a toning down of the use of oak, are making their presence felt. We will be tasting Barossa's intensely rich Shiraz and the Hunter Valley's uniquely long-lived Semillon. Along the way we will discuss the more food friendly aspects to these wines. It promises to be a lively and interesting evening.

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

World of Wine: South Africa & USA Wine Tasting

World of Wine: South Africa & USA Wine Tasting

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£29/pp

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 consistently 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.

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World of Wine: Sparkling & Sweet Wines Wine Tasting

World of Wine: Sparkling & Sweet Wines Wine Tasting

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£32/pp

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.

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