Joy and Gluttony

How to choose wine

May 14, 2015

How to choose wine-01

As you can see, I need help. Which is why I’m being sent on a masterclass. Yup! A blimmin’ masterclass!

You can come too. The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (an internationally recognised pack of wine geniuses) are just gagging for the opportunity to slosh some superior wine knowledge into your skull and it’s happening next week. Here are the deets:

Where: Hixter Bankside, 16 Great Guildford Street, London SE1 0HS
When: Monday 18th May & Tuesday 19th May, 18.30 – 19.45
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Price: Β£20

I’m going on Monday night, join me and we can go from wine bluff to wine buff in just over an hour. Because we’re just that talented, you and I.

If you can’t make either of those dates, there’s another one:

Where: Vinoteca Farringdon, 53-55 Beak Street, London W1F 9SH
When: Thursday 21st May, 18.30 – 21.00
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Price: Β£45

This one is about pairing food and wine and is aimed at the semi-knowledgeable (ie, you and me after the first round).

If you wanna book your space (and why wouldn’t you) visit or call 020 7089 3800.

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  • Ashley

    Ermagahhd. I work literally next door to Hixter. Would seem rude not to come.

  • I shop for wine by seeing what the most popular half price one is! Maybe I need to join you and educate myself a little.

    • This could be the start of something big for us x

    • adales8

      I do this too. *hides face in semi-shame but also still loves a good discount*

      • Sometimes cheap wine just gets you through πŸ˜‰

  • You’re so funny, when I was at uni we used to chose wine based on the best price: alcohol content ratio. 3.99 for 14.5% was a score πŸ˜‰

    • YOU ARE SUCH A PARTY GIRL! I’m more of a non-mathematical lush πŸ˜‰

  • Brilliant brilliant idea! Next time I’m out with you, I shall fully expect wine wankery speak from you πŸ™‚

    • I’m already halfway there. After Monday there’ll be nothing stopping me!

  • I love it! I wish I was in the same city, sounds like a riot!

    • Hehe, thanks. Should be good to learn all about what I’m doing wrong!

  • I really know what wine I like and what food it goes , a wine snob would probably disagree but everything is down to taste. This sounds like a fun event to learn more and of course sample Lucy x

    • I know nothing. I just drink wine, and I generally like the wine I drink. I am starting from scratch here!

  • It looks fabulous. And after the event, you’ll have to tell me everything you’ve been taught!

  • Hahahaha! I laughed hard at the cartoon at the top. I have actually become the snobby first girl in recent years…but your approach sounds much more fun. Hook me up for a wine date next time I’m back please!

    Polly xx

    • Currently hungover. The first girl has it right. I have it very, very wrong. xx

  • Also I think you were just on my Instagram while I was reading through your blog posts. DOooo dooo dooo!!! X

  • Gabrielle

    ”We can put a candle in it. Because interior design”, this is just hilarious. I don’t drink, but if I did, I would most definitely hunt down a wine bottle sporting an image of a cat PURELY because of this fabulous blog post!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


    • There’s a NZ sauvignon blanc called “Cat’s pee on a gooseberry bush”. That’s a good place to start!

  • hehe, I love the idea of the decor idea when choosing wine, I’d so do that myself πŸ˜€

    Serene | I Am Serene L

    • Haha, I never actually light candles. It’s more that I like the idea too πŸ˜‰

  • Brilliant,Frankie – hope you have fun. I passed WET level 1, but that’s probably because it was multiple choice and I made some lucky guesses πŸ˜‰

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Haha, good old multiple choice. I know sod all about wine now, so I’m bound to learn something!

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