Wine & Spirits Tastings
Here at Hedonism Wines, we regularly host fantastic wine & spirit tastings with some of the world's greatest distilleries, Domaines & Châteaux. Previous events include Harlan Estate with Don Weaver, Screaming Eagle with Mary Margaret McCamic MW, Château Haut Brion with Prince Robert of Luxembourg, The Balvenie with Kirsten Grant, Dom Pérignon with Richard Geoffroy, Staglin with Garen & Shari Staglin & many more.
For further information on any of the upcoming events, please call +44 (0) 207 290 7871 or email [email protected].
Monday, 22nd January 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Amanda Garnham
Along with Cognac, Armagnac is one of the world's most famous brandies. Produced in a smaller area than its famous sibling & traditionally distilled only once, Armagnac is renowned for its concentration, robustness & complexity.
Hedonism Wines is pleased to welcome Amanda Garnham to the store to host this fabulous masterclass which will give guests an in-depth look at the history, production & character of this wonderful spirit. Amanda has lived in Gascony for over 17 years & represents the Bureau National Interprofessional de l'Armagnac who are responsible not only for the promotion of Armagnac as a spirit, but also educating brandy enthusiasts worldwide.
Guests at the tasting will sample seven different Armagnacs - Comte de Lauvia Reserve, Armagnac Castarède VSOP, Château du Tariquet Folle Blanche, Delord 25YO, Darroze 1981, Baron de Lustrac 25YO Cask Strength & a rare vintage Baron de Sigognac.
Tickets for this event are £25, redeemable against any purchase of Armagnac on the evening of the tasting.
Wednesday, 24th January 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Michel Friou
Founded in the mid-1990s as a joint project between Baron Philippe de Rothschild & Concha Y Toro, Almaviva is very much a continuation of other famous transatlantic collaborations such as Opus One, Dominus & Seña. Drawing on the French Château system, the winery focusses its attention on a single wine or "Grand Vin" & strives to showcase the unique & wonderful terroir of Puente Alto.
Initial vintages of Almaviva were made using a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère & Cabernet Franc, while more recent vintages have included small quantities of Merlot & Petit Verdot. After vinification, the wine spends between 16-18 months in new French oak barrels before bottling. The result is a dense, concentrated, fruit-forward style with superb ageing potential.
We are pleased to have Almaviva's head winemaker Michel Friou attend the store to host this fantastic evening. Michel will guide guests through a six vintage vertical of Almaviva including 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2013 & 2015.
Tickets for this event are £75, with £50 redeemable against any purchase of Almaviva on the evening of the tasting.
Pierre de Segonzac
Tuesday, 6th February 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Antony Regalado
The Ferrand family, who own & operate Pierre de Segonzac Cognac, have been distilling, ageing & blending eaux-de-vie for 10 generations, since 1702. Based in the heart of the Cognac region, the Ferrand family own 75 acres of vineyard & manage the vinification, distillation & ageing of their Cognac from grape to glass. The quality of the Cognacs speaks for themselves when one considers they are poured in some of France's finest hotels & Michelin-starred restaurants.
Pierre de Segonzac's-own Antony Regalado will host this fabulous tasting & pour five different Cognacs for guests to sample - VSOP, XO Reserve, XO Selection des Anges, Extra & their exceptional, long-aged Ancestrale.
Tickets for this event are £25, redeemable against any purchase of Pierre de Segonzac Cognac on the evening of the tasting.
The Drift Farm
Wednesday, 7th February 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Bruce Jack
Established in the mid-2000s, The Drift Farm is nestled in a valley in the lesser-known Overberg region of South Africa. With a climate a little cooler than many other vineyards in the Cape, the winery focusses on elegance & complexity & makes some of South Africa's most exciting new wines.
Drift Farm's owner Bruce Jack will present his wines for this superb tasting, guiding guests through a flight of different bottlings including 'Year of the Rooster' Rosé 2017, 'There Are Still Mysteries' Pinot Noir 2015, 'Home Truth No. 3 Gatekeeper' Shiraz 2015 & 'Gift Horse' Barbara 2015. Bruce will also be presenting two wines from other producers to compare with his own creations - a fine Burgundy to compare with 'There Are Still Mysteries' & an Italian Barbera to be served alongside 'Gift Horse'.
This is a fantastic opportunity to taste wines in the presence of a celebrated South African winemaker & is not to be missed.
Tickets for this event are £40, with £25 redeemable against any purchase of Drift Farm wines on the evening of the tasting.
Accendo Cellars & Trois Noix
Thursday, 8th February 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Jaime Araujo
Accendo Cellars is a new project from the Araujo family, of whom Bart & Daphne are the famous former custodians of the celebrated Eisele Vineyards & responsible for producing some of the Napa Valley's most highly prized wines. Trois Noix meanwhile is a new venture by Bart & Daphne's children Jaime & Greg. Both projects focus on the grape varieties which made the family famous - Cabernet Sauvignon & Sauvignon Blanc.
Hedonism Wines is thrilled to welcome Jaime Araujo to the store to host this exciting tasting & discuss the origins & the future of both Accendo Cellars & Trois Noix. Guests will be able to sample various wines from both estates, including Accendo Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2015 & Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, 2014 & 2015 alongside Trois Noix Sauvignon Blanc 2015 & Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 & 2014.
Tuesday, 20th March 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Annalisa Florian
Venissa Bianca is one of the most exciting new wines to emerge from the North East of Italy in the last decade. Produced using Dorona (a rare native crossing of the grapes Gargenega & Bermistia Bianca) from a small, single-hectare vineyard on the Venetian island of Mazzorbo, the wine is, unusually for a white, left to ferment with the grape skins present. The result is a full-bodied wine with great complexity, balance & a deep golden colour. A fantastic food wine, but equally enjoyable in its own right & surely a future classic of the Veneto region.
Hedonism Wines is delighted to welcome Venissa's-own Annalisa Florian to the store one of the first UK tastings of this spectacular wine. Guests will be guided through a flight of 5 different vintages of Venissa Bianca - the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Tickets for this event are £50, redeemable against any purchase of Venissa wines on the evening of the tasting.
Charles Heidsieck Champagne
Tuesday, 13th March 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Willem Pinçon
Charles Heidsieck founded his eponymous maison in 1851. With a background in wine production & a network of family connections in the trade, he soon found himself at the head of successful Champagne house exporting to both Europe & the United States. Nowadays, Charles Heidsieck are known their excellent non-vintage blends & their superb vintage wines with Blanc de Millénaires being one of the stand out bottlings.
Hedonism Wines welcomes Willem Pinçon to the store to host this superb tasting. Willem will discuss the past, present & future of Charles Heidsieck & guide guests through a flight of Champagnes including Brut NV, Rosé NV, Brut 2005, Rosé 2005, Blanc des Millénaires 2004 & two mystery vintages from the 1990s & 1980s.
This is set to be a superb tasting delving in the history & production of one of the world's greatest producers of fine Champagne.
Tickets for this event are £75, with £25 redeemable against any purchase of Charles Heidsieck Champagne on the evening of the tasting.