Top 10 Best Drink classes, courses, learnings kits and gifts in the UK

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1. Wine Appreciation
Think you know your Nebbiolo from your Counoise grape variety? What year would be the best Riesling to sip on? Making the right choice in a supermarket aisle or looking at a wine menu during a date can be a daunting experience. For many of us, ordering wine in a restaurant is like shooting darts with our eyes closed. We set the bar quite low for ourselves when it comes to defining success, and often we’re content just to hit the board. We may aim for a delicious wine (and strive not to embarrass ourselves in the process), but how can we expect to consistently nail our target when we’re shooting blind? In this unique introductory online course, Amelia Singer combines a rigorously thorough understanding of wine with a witty and charming ambience – you will finish the course energized and confident about your own abilities to order wine in restaurants. If you choose the expert version of the course, Amelia will advise you personally to meet your own objectives for the course. You will come away with the confidence to choose the right wine for you, for the right occasion. The course is filmed in the esteemed London based winery ‘London Cru’ alongside winemaker Alex Hurley. Alex is a Master of Enology and Viticulture, and a key member of the London Cru Winery team. Alex worked as a Geologist through Australia and Asia before deciding to follow his passion for wine. Having previously made wines in Australia, Burgundy, and Barolo, the seduction of working with quality English grapes brought him to the UK Since their launch, London Cru’s wines have won prestigious IWC awards and are listed in numerous Michelin star restaurants in London and beyond. Alex’s insights into the industry are invaluable, and will ensure that you really appreciate what it is that you’re drinking - from grape to glass. We will also explore how to pair wine with food, with Leith’s School of Food and Drink’s resident chef, Dan Cameron. The course will cover wines from California, Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina and many more. If you wish to buy any of the wines featured, to accompany this course (recommended) you can do so from http://londoncru.co.uk/wine
£35
00
3. An Introduction to Craft Beer with Expert Tuition
We’ve historically heard it a LOT: “Wine is serious...beer is fun!” This was the prevailing wisdom for centuries...until recently… What people are realizing now, though, is that gourmet craft beer can be as serious a beverage as wine, and even more complex, with infinite style variations and a broad food-pairing range. What people are now asking is, “What beer should I have with X, Y or Z food?” This course is designed to give you the confidence to help you answer that question knowledgeably This course is a guide to craft beer. It will give you the pointers you need on a day to day basis. Consider it the “Cliff’s Notes” of craft beer creation and food pairing. We discuss ingredients, the brewing process and other peripherals. By the end of the course you’ll understand the creation process for beer (after all, you should know what it’s made of and how it’s made), craft beer styles, craft beer tasting (appearance, aroma, flavor and mouthfeel), glassware (no plastic cups here, folks) and importantly food and beer combinations. You’ll understand various meals, chocolate, cheese, desserts, and how to pair them with appropriate beers. Matt Simpson has been involved with craft beer, in one regard or another, for well over two decades. He taught Beer Education 101 at Emory University, is a BJCP (www.bjcp.org) Certified Judge, Siebel/Doemens Bier Sommelier Certified, has been invited to judge the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) five years and counting, was an Administrator for RateBeer.com (arguably, the largest beer website in the world, with over 450,000 members and growing - having created their trading site policy and sanctions for negligent traders), was co-founder and Managing Editor of TheBeerCellar.com (now defunct), was the President of Ale Atlanta (once one of the largest, organized groups of craft beer aficionados in the U.S.), is an award-winning homebrewer, with multiple ribbons won (including two in the AHA’s National Homebrew Competition), and owner of one of the largest, most robust and comprehensive beer cellars in the world...all starting long before there was such a thing as the "Craft Beer Revolution."
£125
00
4. Wine Appreciation with Expert Tuition
Think you know your Nebbiolo from your Counoise grape variety? What year would be the best Riesling to sip on? Making the right choice in a supermarket aisle or looking at a wine menu during a date can be a daunting experience. For many of us, ordering wine in a restaurant is like shooting darts with our eyes closed. We set the bar quite low for ourselves when it comes to defining success, and often we’re content just to hit the board. We may aim for a delicious wine (and strive not to embarrass ourselves in the process), but how can we expect to consistently nail our target when we’re shooting blind? In this unique introductory online course, Amelia Singer combines a rigorously thorough understanding of wine with a witty and charming ambience – you will finish the course energized and confident about your own abilities to order wine in restaurants. If you choose the expert version of the course, Amelia will advise you personally to meet your own objectives for the course. You will come away with the confidence to choose the right wine for you, for the right occasion. The course is filmed in the esteemed London based winery ‘London Cru’ alongside winemaker Alex Hurley. Alex is a Master of Enology and Viticulture, and a key member of the London Cru Winery team. Alex worked as a Geologist through Australia and Asia before deciding to follow his passion for wine. Having previously made wines in Australia, Burgundy, and Barolo, the seduction of working with quality English grapes brought him to the UK Since their launch, London Cru’s wines have won prestigious IWC awards and are listed in numerous Michelin star restaurants in London and beyond. Alex’s insights into the industry are invaluable, and will ensure that you really appreciate what it is that you’re drinking - from grape to glass. We will also explore how to pair wine with food, with Leith’s School of Food and Drink’s resident chef, Dan Cameron. The course will cover wines from California, Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina and many more. If you wish to buy any of the wines featured, to accompany this course (recommended) you can do so from http://londoncru.co.uk/wine Amelia Singer is a TV presenter on The Wine Show, Wine Writer for Waitrose Food Magazine, UK Ambassador for the California Wine Institute and Founder of Amelia’s Wine – an event business which offers a range of authentic, fun, helpful and ultimately accessible wine tastings. Amelia has been in the wine industry for the last nine years and has completed the prestigious WSET Wine Diploma. She studied at Trinity College in Dublin, was brought up in England but has lived and worked in Europe and South America. Having worked in wineries all around the world (Bordeaux, Rioja and Chile) as well as with well known retailers, importers, online Fine Wine merchants and exciting new wine start ups, she has gained a holistic appreciation of the wine industry.
£125
00
12. Fine Wine and Perfume – Scents and Sensibility!
Want to know what sorts of perfumes you'd like based on your favourite wine? Intrigued in learning more about how particular molecules make things taste and smell the way they do? Or what wine and roses have in common? At our “scents and sensibility” fine wine and perfume tasting, we will indulge in two of life’s great pleasures simultaneously. Please note that we recommend that you drink the wines and not the perfumes, even if they smell nice... THE FORMAT IS... – We will taste four fine wines with specially chosen perfumes that heighten your experience – Lizzie will share an isolated compound that contributes its aroma to a wine and will explain how that material can be harnessed in fragrances – The event lasts approximately two hours – We can accommodate eight seated guests or up to 40 for a standing reception WHAT'S INCLUDED ​Our visitors get a great fine wine experience: – An expert host and speaker – Access to a private Mayfair venue – Plenty of fine wine, served in beautiful Zalto glassware – Delicious cheeses from our friends at Cows and Co – Above all, we have a lot of fun by enjoying fine wines, perfumes, Lizzie’s insights, the venue, and each other’s company WHO'S LIZZIE OSTROM? Lizzie is one of the country's leading experts on all matters scent. The author of "Perfume: A Century of Scents", she often appears on broadcast media to share the history and psychology of fragrance. Recently she was one of the experts interviewed by Bridget Kendall for the Radio 4 program "The Forum: The Story of Perfume". She has hosted all manner of creative events and explorations, from recreations of ancient scent rituals in masonic temples to a staging of a Victorian Egyptian mummy "unrolling" party complete with aromas and embalming materials, as well as “The Scent of Space” with the Royal Observatory Greenwich in the historic Faraday Lecture Theatre at the Royal Institution. In 2017 Lizzie co-curated the hit summer exhibition at Somerset House "Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent".
Book this class as a private group!
£50
50
13. Cocktail Masterclass: Group Class
Hands on cocktail making, amazing mixology expertise and finish up with a fun cocktail competition. This is one cocktail masterclass you seriously can't miss - whether you are a group of friends just having fun or colleagues looking to blow off steam, this is the perfect event for it! In the masterclass Hands on cocktail making, amazing mixology expertise and finish up with a fun cocktail competition. This is one cocktail masterclass you seriously can't miss. This cocktail masterclass is fully hands-on and every guest uses a variety of fine spirits, fresh ingredients and specialist equipment to make your own cocktails. Even more fun is that you get your own area behind one of our custom-built cocktail bars, you can really be a mixologist for an evening! Just to get you excited, this is what you can expect from the evening: Reception Cocktail - before you get started, enjoy a complimentary classic cocktail of your choice, just to get the tastebuds going! Introduction of Cocktail Class - this is where you will get to explore the evolution of spirits and cocktails, from the origins right through to today! Make 4 Cocktails - with the aid of your expert tutor, you will make four timeless cocktails. Mocktail (non-alcoholic) versions of each cocktail are available for non-drinkers. Cocktail Making Competition - then, to the main event, you get to go head to head with the other participants and use the knowledge you've learnt to fashion your own cocktail masterpiece.
Book this class as a private group!
£60
50
14. Gin Cocktail Masterclass: Group Class
Looking for an alternative to the humble G&T? Come try our dedicated gin cocktail making class in Shoreditch London to learn how to make it yourself. Our hosts, TT Liquor, are the best in the business and will make sure that you leave knowing how to make the perfect Gimlets and Tom Collins! Whether you are a group of friends just having fun or colleagues looking to blow off steam, this is the perfect event for it! In this masterclass In this amazing masterclass you'll learn all about Gin, a quintessentially English spirit, and then go on to explore the evolution of the gin cocktail over time. You will learn everything from its close associations with Her Majesty's Naval Service to its prominence in the classy gin bars of the golden era in London and New York. This gin cocktail masterclass is fully hands-on and every guest uses a variety of fine gins, fresh ingredients and specialist equipment to make your own cocktails. Even more fun is that you get your own area behind one of our custom-built cocktail bars, you can really be a mixologist for an evening! Just to get you excited, this is what you can expect from the evening: Reception Cocktail - before you get started, enjoy a complimentary classic gin cocktail, just to get the tastebuds going! Introduction of Cocktail Class - this is where you will get to explore the evolution of the gin cocktail, from gin's origins right through to today! Make 4 Cocktails - with the aid of your expert tutor, you will make four timeless gin cocktails. Mocktail (non-alcoholic) versions of each cocktail are available for non-drinkers. Cocktail Making Competition - then, to the main event, you get to go head to head with the other participants and use the knowledge you've learnt to fashion your own gin masterpiece.
Book this class as a private group!
£60
50
15. Pumpkin Carving with English Cheese and Cider Tasting for Grown Ups!
Not everyone wants a goofy toothless face adorning their front porch, however charming your eight year olds' efforts might be! Come and spend a couple of hours with us in wonderful surroundings and allow yourself some uninterrupted creativity! We will equip you with a pumpkin, tools, some inspiration and a delicious Somerset Cheeses and Cider. Bring a friend and make an evening of it - and go home with your very own masterpiece! Bring along some inspiration for your pumpkin, or copy some of our ideas. This is not a competition ... just an opportunity to get your hands sticky and have some spooky fun! The workshop will begin at 6.30 with a glass of chilled Somerset Cider, and some time to plot out your design before you get carving. Bear in mind it can get messy; so don't wear your favourite white silk shirt ;) Don't worry though - we will provide aprons! Once you have finished your masterpiece your reward will be a carefully curated plate of delicious Somerset cheeses; the perfect autumn accompaniment to a tasting of English Ciders. Don't worry - if you are not a cider drinker; there will be soft drinks, wine or beer also available to purchase on the night. Note 1: This class and tasting session will take place in Rise & Vine wine Store at 30 Station Terrace, Kensal Green, London NW10 5RP. A very short walking distance of multiple public transport options (see instructions section). Note 2: Heirlooms & Wooden Spoons events are always great opportunities to switch off and get immersed. Feel free to turn off your phone, and escape the world for a couple of hours! You do not need to bring anything with you, other than perhaps a sense of humour and the willingness to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in! Note 3: Still and Sparkling water will be available throughout the class, and a full bar is available on site to purchase any other drinks. Note 4: By purchasing this class you are confirming that you understand that you will be working with potentially dangerous kitchen equipment and that you waive any and all rights to make claims for any injury or accident sustained. Note 5: Please ensure you arrive on time (but not too early as we will be setting up)! I can highly recommend grabbing a coffee at one of our lovely nearby cafes , such as L’Angolo, Urban Soul, Cable Co. or Messapica if you arrive early! Note 6: Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns or process refunds at this time. If you are unable to make your class please feel free to give your slot to a friend ;)
Book this class as a private group!
£65
50
16. Rum Cocktail Making Masterclass
Learn about the evolution of the rum cocktail all the way up to today with our dedicated rum cocktail making classes in Shoreditch, London to learn how to make it yourself. Our hosts, TT Liquor, are the best in the business and will make sure that you leave knowing how to make the perfect rum cocktail! In this amazing masterclass you'll learn all about Rum, and then go on to explore the evolution of the rum cocktail over time. The history of rum is as raucous as the pirates that consumed it by the barrel. This rum cocktail masterclass is fully hands-on and every guest uses a variety of fine rums, fresh ingredients and specialist equipment to make your own cocktails. Even more fun is that you get your own area behind one of our custom-built cocktail bars, you can really be a mixologist for an evening! Just to get you excited, this is what you can expect from the evening: Reception Cocktail - before you get started, enjoy a complimentary classic rum cocktail, just to get the tastebuds going! Introduction of Cocktail Class - this is where you will get to explore the evolution of the rum cocktail, from it's origins right through to today! Make 4 Cocktails - with the aid of your expert tutor, you will make four timeless rum cocktails. Mocktail (non-alcoholic) versions of each cocktail are available for non-drinkers. Cocktail Making Competition - then, to the main event, you get to go head to head with the other participants and use the knowledge you've learnt to fashion your own rum masterpiece. Now you can Confidently make classic rum cocktails Design and make your own rum cocktails Learn all about the history of rum and wow your friends with your knowledge!
Book this class as a private group!
£70
50
17. Rum Cocktail Masterclass: Group Class
Learn about the evolution of the rum cocktail all the way up to today with our dedicated rum cocktail making classes in Shoreditch, London to learn how to make it yourself. Our hosts, TT Liquor, are the best in the business and will make sure that you leave knowing how to make the perfect rum cocktail! Whether you are a group of friends just having fun or colleagues looking to blow off steam, this is the perfect event for it! In this masterclass In this amazing masterclass you'll learn all about Rum, and then go on to explore the evolution of the rum cocktail over time. The history of rum is as raucous as the pirates that consumed it by the barrel. This rum cocktail masterclass is fully hands-on and every guest uses a variety of fine rums, fresh ingredients and specialist equipment to make your own cocktails. Even more fun is that you get your own area behind one of our custom-built cocktail bars, you can really be a mixologist for an evening! Just to get you excited, this is what you can expect from the evening: Reception Cocktail - before you get started, enjoy a complimentary classic rum cocktail, just to get the tastebuds going! Introduction of Cocktail Class - this is where you will get to explore the evolution of the rum cocktail, from it's origins right through to today! Make 4 Cocktails - with the aid of your expert tutor, you will make four timeless rum cocktails. Mocktail (non-alcoholic) versions of each cocktail are available for non-drinkers. Cocktail Making Competition - then, to the main event, you get to go head to head with the other participants and use the knowledge you've learnt to fashion your own rum masterpiece.
Book this class as a private group!
£90
50
19. Gin Cocktail Making Masterclass
Looking for an alternative to the humble G&T? Come try our dedicated gin cocktail making class in Shoreditch London to learn how to make it yourself. Our hosts, TT Liquor, are the best in the business and will make sure that you leave knowing how to make the perfect Gimlets and Tom Collins! In this masterclass In this amazing masterclass you'll learn all about Gin, a quintessentially English spirit, and then go on to explore the evolution of the gin cocktail over time. You will learn everything from its close associations with Her Majesty's Naval Service to its prominence in the classy gin bars of the golden era in London and New York. This gin cocktail masterclass is fully hands-on and every guest uses a variety of fine gins, fresh ingredients and specialist equipment to make your own cocktails. Even more fun is that you get your own area behind one of our custom-built cocktail bars, you can really be a mixologist for an evening! Just to get you excited, this is what you can expect from the evening: Reception Cocktail - before you get started, enjoy a complimentary classic gin cocktail, just to get the tastebuds going! Introduction of Cocktail Class - this is where you will get to explore the evolution of the gin cocktail, from gin's origins right through to today! Make 4 Cocktails - with the aid of your expert tutor, you will make four timeless gin cocktails. Mocktail (non-alcoholic) versions of each cocktail are available for non-drinkers. Cocktail Making Competition - then, to the main event, you get to go head to head with the other participants and use the knowledge you've learnt to fashion your own gin masterpiece. Now you can Confidently make classic Gin cocktails Design and make your own gin cocktails Learn all about the history of gin and wow your friends with your knowledge!
Book this class as a private group!
£90
50

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