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.
Tuesday, 16th April 2019, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Kat Presley
Opened at the turn of the 20th century, Benromach, like many Scottish distilleries, has had a colourful history. The site was closed down after less than 12 months of production in 1900 & was moth-balled for more than a decade before being re-opened just before the first world war. The distillery finally closed its doors in the early 1980s & the stills again fell silent for nearly two decades until renowned independent bottlers Gordon & MacPhail purchased the operation & decided to restore Benromach to its former glory.
Unusually for a Speysider, Benromach is produced using a portion of peat-smoked malt, harking back to the pre-modern distilling practices of ages past. This subtle smokiness combined with the full bodied character of the distillate make Benromach one of the most distinctive Speyside drams & a must-try for fans of Scottish single malts.
Benromach's-own Kat Presley will host this superb single malt showcase & present five different drams from the distillery's portfolio. Guests will enjoy Benromach 10 year old, 15 year old, "Organic", "Sherried Peat Smoke" & Château Cissac barrel finish.
Tickets to this fantastic tasting are £25, redeemable against any purchase of Benromach whiskies on the event.
Thursday, 25th April 2019, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Honami Matsumoto
Here at Hedonism Wines, we carry over sixty different sakes from across Japan. From light, dry, fragrantly floral styles to sweet umeshu sake made with Japanese plums, this versatile & complex category offers a wealth of gastronomic delights to the intrepid taster. We are excited to announce a tasting showcasing a number of premium sakes from four renowned brands - Keigetsu, Tosatzuru, Shirakabegura & Fukukomachi.
We welcome back House of Sake's Honami Matsumoto. Honami has hosted numerous sake events at Hedonism Wines over the years & her wealth of knowledge & expertise never ceases to amaze us. Honami will present six different sake for tasting - Keigetsu Extra Dry Akitsuho 60, Keigetsu Tokubetsu Junmai, Keigetsu Junmai Daiginjo, Tosatzuru Azure, Shirakabegura Muroka Daiginjo Genshu & Fukukomachi Junmai Ginjo.
Tickets for this special tasting at £35 with £15 from each ticket redeemable against any purchase of sake on the evening.
Monday, 29th April 2019, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Ted Lemon
Littorai was founded in western Sonoma country in 1993 by husband & wife team Heidi & Ted Lemon. With a clear focus on world-class Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, the winery's reputation grew & grew over the years regular receiving plaudits from critics & connoisseurs alike.
Ted has worked at some of Burgundy's greatest wineries including Domaine Georges Roulot, Domaine Bruno Clair, Domaine Parent, Domaine De Villaine, Domaine Dujac & Domaine Guy Roulot. It was the experience gleaned from these oenological oracles which Ted brought back with him to California where he & his wife began searching for the perfect vineyards on the west coast of the USA.
We are delighted to welcome Ted himself to the store to host this fantastic tasting. Ted will present a selection of bottlings from Littorai & discuss his experience making some of the world's finest Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. Wines to be tasted include BA Thierot Vineyard Chardonnay 2016, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016, Wedling Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015, Hirsh Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016, Pivot Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016, The Haven Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016, Theiriot Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009 & The Haven Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009.
Tickets are £50, fully redeemable against any purchase of Littorai wines on the evening of the tasting.
Glendronach, BenRiach & Glenglassaugh Masterclass
Wednesday, 8th May 2019, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Matt Chambers
We are delighted to announce a superb tasting celebrating three of Scotland's finest distilleries - BenRiach, Glendronach & Glenglassaugh. Matt Chambers will present the whiskies on show & discuss the history of these three superb producers.
BenRiach distillery was founded in the late 1800s & was largely used in blended whiskies until 2004 when it was purchased by a consortium of whisky enthusiasts & quality sky-rocketed. Since then, a number of superb older age statements & interesting cask finishes have been released to great critical acclaim. This is truly a drinker's malt.
Located near Forgue in the Scottish Highlands, Glendronach was founded in the early 1800s by James Allardes. The distillery is nowadays famous for their superb sherried malts & has gained a formidable cult following.
Glenglassaugh distillery was founded in 1875 & has been variously bought & sold, demolished & rebuilt & mothballed & re-opened in its nearly 150 year history. Now on an even keel & building a reputation for superb, complex malts, the distillery is widely considered to be one of the rising stars of Scottish single malts.
Whiskies to be enjoyed at the tasting include BenRiach 21YO & 21YO Temporis, Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic Batch 2 & Peated Batch 2 & Glendronach 18YO & 21YO.
Tickets for this tasting are £25, fully redeemable against any purchase of Glendronach, Benriach & Glenglassaugh whiskies on the evening.
Monday, 13th May 2019, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Paul Roberts
Founded in 1992, Colgin Cellars is one of the great cult Californian wineries. Headed up by Ann Colgin & her husband Joe Wender, they are widely considered to make some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines in the world & regularly receive perfect or near-perfect scores from critics such as The Wine Spectator & The Wine Advocate.
We are thrilled to welcome Paul Roberts to the store to host this wonderful tasting. Paul is a Master Sommelier who has previously worked as wine director for Thomas Keller Restaurant Group before becoming estate director for Bill Harlan's BOND project in Napa. He began working with Colgin in 2013.
Guests will enjoy seven spectacular wines from the Colgin cellar including Cariad 2005, 2010 & 2013 & IX Estate Proprietary 2005, 2007, 2009 & 2014. We hope you can join us for what is set to a very special evening.
Tickets are £150, fully redeemable against any purchase of Colgin Cellars wines on the evening of the tasting.
Tuesday, 28th May 2019, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Hosted by Kevin McKee
We are delighted to welcome Champagne Taittinger back to Hedonism Wines to present a tasting of their superb portfolio - guests will enjoy a selection of vintage & non-vintage bottlings.
Tickets are £50, fully redeemable against any purchase of Taittinger on the evening of the tasting.