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 information on any of the upcoming events, please call +44 (0) 207 290 7871 or email [email protected].

When purchasing tasting tickets, please select "Collection from Hedonism Wines" as all tickets are available for collection on the night of the event.

Bruichladdich

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Tuesday, 23rd October 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Abigail Clephane

Like many Scottish distilleries, Bruichladdich has had a somewhat tumultuous existence. The distillery was mothballed four times in the 20th century & it seemed like it would close for good in the mid-1990s when it was deemed "surplus to requirements" by its owners. Thankfully, it remained open & was purchased by a group of passionate investors in the year 2000 who took the distillery to new heights, bottling superb aged malts from the cask library & distilling a whole host of exciting new drams.

The distillery's-own Abigail Clephane will host this superb tasting, which brings together the best of "old" & "new" Bruichladdich, discussing the distillery's varied past & delving into the production techniques behind each dram poured on the evening.

Guests will enjoy a selection of bottlings including Black Art 6.1 1990, Octomore 8.1, Octomore 9.3, Port Charlotte MRC:01, Port Charlotte 10YO & Bruichladdich Rare Cask 1984.

Tickets for this tasting are £50, fully redeemable against any purchase of Bruichladdich whisky on the evening.

Ornellaia

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Friday, 26th October 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Matteo Zanardello

Originally founded as Marchese Antinori's answer to Sassicaia & Solaia, Ornellaia has risen to become one of the world's great red wines. A Bordeaux-style blend made on the Tuscan coast, the estate's first vintage was produced in 1985 & released to critical acclaim a few years later. The estate now produce a total of six wines - two white wines, three reds & a sweet wine &, as of 2005, have collaborated with a world renowned artist as part of their Vendemmia d'Artista series.
We welcome Ornallaia's Matteo Zanardello to the store to host this special tasting. Matteo will be presenting six different wines including Poggio Alle Gazze 2016, Le Volte 2016, Le Serre Nuove 2015, Ornellaia 2005 & 2015 & Ornus 2014. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a very special evening.

Tickets for this wonderful event are £100 with £30 redeemable against any Ornellaia wines purchased on the evening of the tasting.

Keigetsu Sake Dinner at Hide

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NB, this tasting will be held at Hide restaurant. You will be contacted before the tasting to confirm arrangements & your reservation.

Thursday, 25th October 2018, 7.00 - 10.00pm
Hosted by Muneki Matsumoto

We are delighted to announce a very exciting tasting & dinner in collaboration with our sister project Hide - a private dinner with Mukeki Matsumoto, the head brewer & owner of Keigetsu sake.

Guests will enjoy a superb nine course tasting menu which includes a selection of highly seasonal dishes such as cured wild salmon with crème cru & Exmoor caviar, gently cooked gilt head bream with a smoked saffron sauce, barbequed organic Herdwich lamb, charred runner beans & savory nut praline finishing with a jasmine & wild peaflower Religieuse with coldbrew jasmine tea.

Keigetsu's superb sparkling sake will be served as an aperitif before seven more fine brews are paired with dishes as the evening progresses. Guests will sample Gin-no-Yume Junmair-Daiginjo 40 & 45, Gin-no-Yume Junmai Ginjo 55, Aikawahomare Yamahai-Junmai 58 & Tokubetsu-Junmai & Sake Nature 2017 releasebefore enjoying Keigetsu's fantastic sweet Yuzu sake with their dessert.

Tickets for this very special tasting are £175.

Hine

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Tuesday, 30th October 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Olympe Courage

Established over 250 years ago, Hine is one of the oldest Cognac houses still in operation. Despite their venerable age, Hine have always stayed ahead of the curve, innovating & experimenting across the ages. From pioneering "early landed" Cognac aged in barrel in the UK to a recent focus on vintage-dated & terroir-centric bottlings, combining the ancient & the modern is de rigeur for this titan of fine brandy.

This tasting & the fascinating journey from grape to glass will be presented by Hine's-own ambassador Olympe Courage. Olympe will discuss what makes Cognac unique in the world of spirits & guide guests through a flight of superb brandies from the Hine cellar.

Olympe will pour an array of Cognacs including H by Hine VSOP, Hine Rare VSOP. Domaine Hine Bonneuil 2005, 2006 & 2008, Hine Homage XO & Hine Antique XO.

Tickets for this tasting are £25, redeemable against any purchase of Hine Cognac on the evening of the tasting.

Charles Heidsieck Dinner at Hide

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NB, this tasting will be held at Hide restaurant. You will be contacted before the tasting to confirm arrangements & your reservation.

Thursday, 1st November 2018, 7.00 - 10.00pm
Hosted by Willem Pinçon

We are please to announce yet another fine wine dinner at our Michelin-starred sister project HIDE. This event is a collaboration with one of our favourite Champagne houses - Charles Heidsieck. Established in 1851, the house currently own around 60 hectares of prime vineyard across the Marne & Aube departments & produces some of the finest Champagne in the region.

Charles Heidsieck ambassador Willem Pinçon joins us to host this wonderful dinner, guiding guests through a flight of oenotheque bottlings from the houses' estimable reserves. Guests will enjoy Brut Millesime 2005, Blanc des Millenaires 2004, Blanc des Millenaires 1995, 1990, 1985, 1983, Blanc de Blancs 1982 & Brut Milesime 1983 from magnum

A special menu has been devised to accompany these fantastic Champagnes please see below for details...

A selection of home-cured & pickled vegetables
Freshly baked bread with seasonal broth
Hand-cured charcuterie
Warm hay custard with Jerusalem artichoke
Barbequed lobster, sage, honey & pickled elderberries
Veal with black truffle
Baked Alaska

This is a unique opportunity to taste an array of spectacular vintage Champagnes in an intimate, private dining setting alongside a fabulous Michelin-starred fine dining tasting menu devised by one of the country's top chefs - not to be missed!

Tickets for this very special event are £335.

Il Poggione

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Monday, 12th November 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Alessandro Bindocci

The name Il Poggione has been woven into the history of Brunello di Montalcino since the early 1900s. They were one of the first wineries to market their wine specifically as Brunello di Montalcino & were one of the founding members of the Brunello di Montalcino Consortium, an organisation established to promote these now iconic wines.

While the winery is steeped in tradition, they continually work to combine the best of the old & the new - Sangiovese grapes are still hand-harvested, while vinification takes place in their state-of-the-art winery built in 2004.

We welcome Il Poggione's winemaker Alessandro Bindocci to Hedonism Wines to present a number of different bottlings from the winery's cellar & discuss the trials & tribulations of being responsible for producing one of Tuscany's most famous wines.

Guests will enjoy a superb vertical tasting of Il Poggione Brunello including 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 & 2013. Also to be tasted on the night is Il Poggione's fantastic Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2012, which is only made in the very finest vintages & uses grapes from a single vineyard planted in mid-1960s.

Tickets for this event are £50, fully redeemable against any purchase of Il Poggione on the evening of the event.

Glenrothes

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Wednesday, 14th November 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Douglas McIvor

Established in the late 1800s, Glenrothes has experienced its fair share of misfortune over the years. The distillery was severely damaged by no fewer than four large fires in its early years & was nearly never even built in the first place after funds ran short during the initial construction. Luckily for single malt connoisseurs, these setbacks were overcome & Glenrothes established itself as a key player in world famous blends such as Cutty Sark & The Famous Grouse.

Douglas McIvor will be pouring the whiskies at this tasting which will feature five superb drams - Glenrothes 12 Year Old, Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve, Whisky Makers Cut, 18 Year Old & 25 Year Old.

Tickets for this tasting are £25, fully redeemable against any purchase of Glenrothes on the evening.

Mount Gay

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Monday, 26th November 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Miguel Smith

Mount Gay are one of the oldest & most well-respected names in the world of rum. First established on the island of Barbados in 1703, the distillery has recently garnered a reputation for the quality of its innovative limited edition releases.

This tasting will be hosted by Mount Gay ambassador Miguel Smith. Miguel will talk about the fascinating history of the distillery & present guests with a flight of fantastic Mount Gay rums.

Rums to be tasted include Origins Series Volume 2; Black Barrel, which is aged in heavily charred ex-Bourbon barrels; XO, a blend of 8 - 15 year old rums; 1703 Master Select, a blended rum including some of up to 30 years of age & XO Peat Smoke, a huge 57% ABV rum finished in barrels formally used to age smoky Islay Scotch.

Tickets for this tasting are £25, fully redeemable against any purchase of Mount Gay rum on the evening.

Seresin

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Wednesday, 28th November 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Douglas McIvor

The Seresin winery was founded by cinematographer Michael Seresin in the 1990s with a clear vision to create wines in the most natural way possible. Using biodynamic practices in the vineyard & letting wild yeast do the work in the winery help Seresin to create some of New Zealand's most sought-after & highly regarded wines.

We are delighted to have Michael Seresin himself at the store to present this very special tasting. Michael will discuss what led him from the world of cinema to the world of winemaking & explain the journey from establishing the winery to the move to organic viticulture before finally embracing biodynamics. This is set to be a fascinating tasting with one of the leading lights of fine winemaking in New Zealand.

Guests will sample a variety of wines from the Seresin estate including Mārama Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Chardonnay 2015, Viognier 2012, Syrah 2016, Raupo Creek Pinot Noir 2013, Zosia Pinot Noir 2011 & Sun & Moon Pinot Noir 2013.

Tickets for this tasting are £35, fully redeemable against any purchase of Seresin wines on the evening.