We regularly host tastings in both of our stores, in addition to our biannual company tasting. If you would prefer we can come to you and host a private tasting.   

Private party tastings, please click here.

Corporate Events, please click here.

 

 

Upcoming in store events

 

 If you’d like to book, please call the appropriate shop (Hove - 01273 820320, Brighton - 01273 553353) to confirm availability and buy your tickets by credit card (Please note we cannot ‘hold’ tickets on unpaid reserve)

Cancellation with a full refund is available, up to 7 days before the event. After this date we cannot offer a refund unless there is a waiting list for the event.

 


Australia Tasting, Wednesday 15th March, 7.30pm, £12.50 a ticket At Quaff Hove, Portland Road 7 new wines from down under!

Quietly over the winter we've slowly revamped our offerings from down under. With new additions from the likes of Harewood Estate, Flametree and Calneggia Family Vineyards, we've decided to show off these new wines!

With a mixture of wines to taste, from Chardonnays from Margaret River to Shirazs to the heart of the Barossa Valley, it promises to be a great night.

Cork hats and terrible Australian accents are optional.

Book at either shop on 01273 820320 or 01273 553353. It's £12.50 per head.

 

 

Bodega Sottano, Mendoza, with Christian Magnenat

139-141 Portland Road, Tuesday 11th October 2016, 8-9.30pm. £12/head.

We're immensely proud of our Sottano range of wines, selected as they were with our friends the Vindependents. The 'Vindies' are a small group of the very best wine merchants around the country, and in cases such as this it allows us to buy directly from a producer we like who is not otherwise available in the UK.  We love the entire Sottano range, from the excellent entry level varietals through the unusual torrontes to the £40 super-malbec, Judas. This is an opportunity to learn about Argentina in general and Sottano in particular from Christian, who's in the UK on a rare visit, and will show us the wines and tell us the story behind his extraordinary family-owned winery. 01273820320, £12/head.

 

 

 

It's Here! The Quaff Summer Tasting. Wednesday 20th July, 6.30-9pm. £7.50 per head.

At All Saints' Church, Eaton Road, Hove.

Over 70 wines, sparklers, sweeties, Brighton Gin and craft beer!

Many of you have come to our Christmas tasting, which has become a huge success. This is great, but the only problem for us is that we'd like to show wines with a more summery focus too!  With this in mind we thought this year we'd try holding another tasting in the same vein, but in the summer this time. The basic format is the same; we have a number of suppliers coming, who will all have tables showing eight to ten wines each of all hues and styles for you to try.  We will also have several tables of our own. There will be a number of champagnes and sparklies, white wines, reds, and a first for us, Helen from Brighton Gin will be joining us along with a dedicated craft beer table.

Book at either shop on 01273 820320 or 01273 553353. It's £7.50 per head; don't be shy, despite 175 places being available, this still seems to sell out well in advance of the day.

Gin Tasting at Portland Road, Hove!

Thursday 23rd June, 7.30pm, £10/head.

To be held at Portland Road, Hove; call 01273 820 320 to book a place.

 

It seems like almost every day we hear of a new gin distillery opening.  With so many craft gins now available to buy, we thought it would be a good idea to host a gin tasting so you can explore this fascinating world.  We are joined by Gareth Lewis from Eaux de Vie, a specialist gin and spirits importer.  We will taste though 6 gins, including producers from London, America and the Netherlands.  Tickets will be just £10 per head and the event will be at the Portland Road store.

Don't miss out, spaces are limited.  Call 01273 820 320, e-mail sales@quaffwine.com or pop in-store to book a place today.

 

 

A Taste Across Italy!

Wednesday 8th June, 7.30pm, £7.50/head.

To be held at Portland Road, Hove; call 01273 820 320 to book a place.

There's more to Italy than just Chianti, cheap Pinot Grigio and hard hitting Barolos.  We're delighted to introduce Richard Ballantyne from our Italian wine supplier, Cantine Europa.  Richard will guide you through some of the more esoteric wines and varieties that Italy has to offer.  We will be tasting at least six wines from lesser known regions such as Franciacorta, Puglia and Sicily.  Tickets will be just £7.50 per head and the event will be at the Portland Road store.

Don't miss out, spaces are limited.  Call 01273 820 320, e-mail sales@quaffwine.com or pop in-store to book a place today.

Holden Manz, with Gerard Manz.

Wednesday 13th April, 7.30pm, £10/head.

To be held at Portland Road, Hove; call 01273 820 320 to book a place.

After a winter break (we trust your livers are nicely dried out by now), we launch into our 2016 programme of events with a tasting of an exciting new range of wines we have taken into the shop, from Holden Manz in the idyllic Franschhoek Valley in South Africa. We will be hosted by owner Gerard Manz who will talk us through not only his award-winning range but also his vision for the estate, which encompasses not only the winery but also a five star hotel and spa.  Tickets will be just £10 per head which will give us at least six wines, and the event will be at the Portland Road store.
Don't miss out, spaces are limited.  Call 01273 820 320, e-mail sales@quaffwine.com or pop in-store to book a place today. 

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It's Here! The Quaff Christmas Tasting. Friday 20th November, 6.30-9pm. £7.50 per head.

At All Saints' Church, Eaton Road, Hove.

75 wines, sparkles, and sweeties!

We are delighted to announce the date for our Christmas Tasting this year.  This is our biggest tasting of the year with over 75 wines available to try! The basic format is the same; we have a number of suppliers coming, who will all have tables showing eight to ten wines each of all hues and styles for you to try.  We will also have several tables of our own. There will be a number of champagnes and sparklies, white wines, reds, and of course the usual seasonal stickies. Book at either shop on 01273 820320 or 01273 553353. It's £7.50 per head; don't be shy, despite 200 places being available, this still seems to sell out well in advance of the day.

Quaff Fine Wine Merchants

 

Champagne Tasting! Hove, Wednesday 8th July, 7.30pm. £29.50

Wednesday 8th July, 7.30 pm, Portland Road, Hove. £29.50 a ticket, call 01273 820 320 to book a place.

Six great Champagnes to taste, including Dom Perignon 2004 and Pol Roger 2004

Always one of our most anticipated tastings of the year!  Join us as we explore the iconic region of Champagne.  We will be tasting six great cuvees, from Gallimard Brut Rosé to the much celebrated prestige cuvée, Dom Perignon.

This is a great opportunity to get under the skin of some of the World's great wines, and see how this became arguably the most celebrated - and celebratory - region of all.

Don't miss out, spaces are limited.  Call 01273 820 320, e-mail sales@quaffwine.com or pop in-store to book a place today.

 

 

 

Wines Of Portugal - Discover a World Of Difference

Hosted by Charles Metcalfe, one of the best and most entertaining wine presenters in the business.

Tuesday 5th May, 7.30pm @fiveways. Tickets £15 Call 01273 553353

We are very fortunate indeed to be welcoming Charles to our Fiveways store to talk (and drink) us through the wines of Portugal.  

Charles Metcalfe is an expert in this field , not only has he written numerous books on Portuguese wines, he writes regularly for Essencia do Vinho, The Telegraph, and has appeared on television programmes such as 'This Morning' and 'Taste Today'. He also founded  the 'International Wine Challenge' in 1984 and is honorary president of the association of wine educators..  

This is not to be missed, Charles will talk (and possibly even sing) us through the myriad of indigenous grape varieties, climates and regions in this most diverse and exciting country. 

 

 

Eight Great Grapes, Portland Road, Thursday 12th March, 7.30pm. £20 per head. 

 

Eight Great Grapes. £20/head.
An excellent ‘Introduction to Wine Tasting’ tasting! The purpose of this evening is to show eight major grape varieties, four white and four red, most of which that can be found on any restaurant list or in any shop. Hopefully in introducing these varietals, their histories, where they’re grown and why they’re grown there, it will be possible for you to come to some sort of idea about which you like and why! We’ll taste a benchmark example of each variety, find out what characterises them, and also talk about what might make a good food match with each wine. An old favourite at Quaff, we dust this tasting off each year as it's a perennial favourite for those getting into wine and wanting to know more.

 

 

New Season Tasting, Portland Road, Thursday 2nd April, 7.30pm. £12.50 per head. 

In January and February each year wine merchants do two things; recover from the Christmas frenzy, and attend wine tastings. Nice.  Seriously, we do most of our buying of new wines around now up at trade tastings in London, the result being that we have lots of lovely shiny products coming into the store over the next few weeks.  Come and taste eight highlighted wines new to us, which have only one thing in common; WE LOVE 'EM, and we're dying to show them off!

As usual, call us on 01273820320 to book, or reply to this email.
 

 

Past events 

 

Thursday 23rd October

 

Cheese and wine is fine, but cheese and beer is better!

Join the Quaff Fiveways team and Brighton-based food journalist and cheese writer Patrick McGuigan for a night of fermented frolics on Thursday 23 October. We'll be pairing some of the shop's best craft beers with a range of British and Continental cheeses as we explore a world beyond Port and Stilton.  

The informal tasting will see a range of different beer styles from Quaff's extensive range of traditional and modern craft ales matched with artisan cheeses from farmhouse and new wave cheesemakers. Expect short talks about the people behind the products, serving tips and why ale and curds are the ultimate match.

Tickets cost £15 and will include at least five cheeses and five beers.

Starts at 8pm on Thursday 23 October,. Please inform us if you are vegetarian as some of the cheeses may contain animal rennet. Alternatives can be provided.

 

 

WINEMAKER TASTING with Grant Phelps of 'Chilean Wine Producer of the Year 2013' Casas Del Bosque

THURSDAY 12th SEPTEMBER AT QUAFF FIVEWAYS, 8PM, TICKETS £10

 

We are delighted to announce the return of Grant Phelps from Chile's Casas del Bosque winery. It's been two years since he visited us down here in Brighton and now he is back to give us a chance to taste the wines of this superb, boutique wine producer.

Casas del Bosque was founded in 1993 and was one of the first wineries in the Casablanca Valley, today it is still family owned and managed. The Casas del Bosque philosophy is based on the constant search for excellence, quality instead of quantity is at the heart of their viticultural practices. 

Originally trained in oeneology and viticulture in his native New Zealand, chief winemaker, Grant Phelps first cut his teeth as a Pinot Noir specialist working between Oregon and New Zealand in the mid 1990's. This was followed by several intense years of working as a flying winemaker in the Loire Valley, Hungary, Australia, California and Argentina before finally arriving in Chile to make wine. That was in 2001 and now, 13 harvests later Grant has firmly established himself as one of Chile's leading cool climate winemakers. 

This tasting is a fantastic opportunity to sample the award winning wines alongside the winemaker and therefore offers excellent value for money so don't miss out!

Booking is essential TICKETS £10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Quaff Fiveways

 

Wines of Argentina Tasting

Hosted by Las Bodegas, the UK’s leading specialist importer

 

Argentina is known for the hugely popular Malbec grape, but why not come and discover more, about what the world’s fifth largest wine producer has to offer…

In the last ten years Argentina has become a significant player in the international wine market, and we are delighted to welcome Alistair Coulthurst from Las Bodegas to talk us through this fascinating part of the world.  We will be trying eight wines, including a Sparkly...

 

THURSDAY  17th JULY AT 8pm

TICKETS £10 or 2 for £15

 

Call 01273 553353 or email fiveways@quaffwine.com to book

 

 

 

 

Eight Great Grapes, Friday 28th March, 7.30pm, at Portland Road.  £20/head, call 01273 820320.
The purpose of this tasting is to show eight major grape varieties, four white and four red, most of which that can be found on any restaurant list or in any shop. Hopefully in introducing these varietals, their histories, where they’re grown and why they’re grown there, it will be possible for you to come to some sort of idea about which you like and why! We’ll taste a benchmark example of each variety, find out what characterises them, and also talk about what might make a good food match with each wine.

 

The Quaff Christmas Tasting. 50 wines, £5.

All Saints' Church, The Drive, Hove, 29th November 2013, 7.30pm.

 Six Suppliers tables, 50 award winning wines, lots of help choosing which you like!

Many of you know the drill by now.  Book early, bring friends, come and have a good night! We have six or seven tables of wines all hosted by our trusty suppliers who will tell you what's what.  Every style and most countries are represented, from sparkly and rosé through red and white to sweet wine. We'll take your Christmas orders on the night for a discount, and deliver them to you the following week, if you wish.  Book at either shop, 01273 553353 or 01273 820320, and please note that for this tasting we do not hold unpaid reservations of tickets. This tasting is held at the All Saints'  Church on the corner of Eaton Road and The Drive.

 

Where Cricket Meets….Beaujolais Nouveau!
 
Date: 21-Nov-2013
Come and celebrate the traditional release of Beaujolais Nouveau at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, Hove on Thursday 21st November.
 
This exciting lunch will be held in the Montefiore Hospital Boundary Rooms and you can enjoy three-course lunch with Beaujolais Nouveau, entertainment from top French Comedian Marcel Lucont, and as an added bonus, you can also see highlights from the 1st Ashes Test from Down Under.
 
‘Where Cricket Meets’ has become an exceptionally strong brand for Sussex Cricket over the past three years with some impressive names coming to Hove to speak about their experience from a range of sports. Paul Merson, Ray Wilkins and Howard Webb have spoke about their experiences in football whilst Lewis Moody, Lee Mears and Jason Leonard have talked about their life with the oval ball.
 
Cost of this event is £45 per person or £450 inc VAT for a table of ten. To book or for more information please call Mark Judges on 01273 827102 or e-mail mark.judges@sussexcricket.co.uk. 
 
For more information on our ‘Where Cricket Meets’ brand please call Tony Cottey on 01273 827101 or e-mail tony.cottey@sussexcricket.co.uk

 

Brighton’s Biggest Ever Tasting! 15 Top South African Wineries, 15 winemakers, 60 wines, all for £5.

Monday 3rd June, 6-8pm, All Saints Church, The Drive, Hove, BN3 3QE.

We are stupidly excited about this tasting. PIWOSA (Premium Wineries of South Africa) are a group of fifteen top producers, including several iconic names in South African wine. See here - www.PIWOSA.com - for the full list, but it includes Ken Forrester, Bruce Jack, Paul Cluver, the Jordans, and Bruwer Raats, to name but a few. All the above are coming. In fact, all fifteen producers are sending either owner or winemaker to the UK for a short series of high-profile consumer and trade tastings.  There will be no marketing flunkies at this one!

We will be hosting this event - the only one outside London - in conjunction with our friend Henry Butler.  The format is simple; book your place (call on 01273 820320 or 01273 553353), turn up, taste four wines which are the pride and joy of each producer (60 in total - if you dare), and talk to the actual winemaker or owner who will host his or her own table.  To have so many famous wine producers in one room is a first for Brighton, and doesn’t even happen at the London International Wine Trade Fair any more.  We’ve received the list of wines; the values range from £12-£50 a bottle and include some of the very finest bottles made in South Africa.  In many cases they are also available for orders on this night only, so this really is a unique opportunity. Bring friends! Tickets should be £50 but are only £5. Call us to book. The magnificent All Saints Church will accommodate 200-300, but this will still sell out fast.

 

 

A Taste of America. Friday 3rd May, from 7.30pm, at Quaff Hove. 
£15 per head.

In the world of wine the USA is, as with everything else, a nation of immense diversity and contrast.  With several regions now firmly established among the world’s finest, quality at the top end is, quite simply, stunning – and prodigiously expensive. Against this one can contrast mass market ‘products’ made on a truly spectacular scale; one well-known producer alone makes more wine than Australia.

We’ll be tasting a range of wines, from sparkling through fresh whites and sublimely elegant pinot noir, to enormous, 16 degree zinfandels. We’ll explore how this nation can make such a wide range of fantastic products, and how they came to be such a pivotal player in the world of wine.

In recognition of the upcoming Brighton Festival, we’ll also be delighted to welcome the well-known Canadian singer Debbie Bridge, who be performing a number of a number of songs from her Brighton Festival Fringe Show - 'Miss Givings'.
Playing at the Nightingale Theatre (Brighton) - May 7, 14, 21 and 28.  (http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/index.aspx?q=miss+givings)

 

Dog Point Tasting, with Matt Sutherland. Thursday 9th May, Quaff Fiveways, 7.45pm.  £8 per head.

Dog Point is the creation of Kiwi wine icons Ivan Sutherland and James Healy.  The pair played a crucial role in the evolution of Cloudy Bay; Ivan was Cloudy Bay's viticulturist for 18 years and in the latter years a Director, while James was the Company's Winemaker for 12 years. When they left together to make their own wine, the resulting liquids were always destined to be among New Zealand’s very finest, and this has proved to be the case at Dog Point. These wines are the very essence of Marlborough, and most of them are on tight allocations for purchase. Moreover, we are very fortunate to have bagged Ivan’s son, Matt, on one of his rare visits to the UK to talk us through their superlative range of two sauvignon blancs, a chardonnay and a pinot noir.

If you would like to hear the story and taste the wines of one of New Zealand’s most highly reputed wineries, this is one not to miss. £8, call 01273 553353 to book.

 

 

 

Quaff’s Christmas 2012 Tasting Schedule (and the January three week course)

Please find below details of everything we’re doing this Christmas and beyond. Enjoy! As usual, please book with the shop holding the tasting if you can – Hove is 01273 820320, Brighton is 01273 553353.

At Brighton

Brighton, Thursday November 1st, 8pm, £5/head. SOLD OUT
Domaine de Saumarez, with Robin Williamson.
Robin's is an extraordinary and inspirational story.  Educated locally in Sussex, Robin - and his kiwi wife, Liz - trained as accountants and met in their City-based jobs. However, Robin did not like the life that was panning out for them, so he persuaded his wife to pay the bills while he trained as a winemaker for two years at Plumpton College.  They sold up, raised some money, and purchased a fabulous plot of vines near Montpellier, complete with a ruined farmhouse and a caravan that was their home during the early years.
It turned out Robin is a highly talented winemaker, producing wines of lovely purity and finesse from his old vines of Grenache and Syrah, which are garnering acclaim and Michelin-starred restaurant listings by the hatful.  Come along to meet the man and taste his small but beautifully crafted range of five wines. 

Brighton, Saturday 1st December, 12pm onwards, £5/head.
Christmas tasting of Sussex specials – Sparkles, Wine and Beer.
This is an open-ended tasting, where we’ve invited a number of local producers to show their wares, with special pricing on the day to encourage you!  See the likes of Stopham, Nyetimber, Ridgeview, Limney, Harvey’s, Hepworth, Dark Star, and Arundel, with plenty of others on the day. We’ve also been promised a few winemakers, so you’ll get to meet the people in charge!  Pop in at any time from midday.  Please pre-book to give us an idea of numbers.

Brighton, Saturday 8th December, 12pm onwards, £5/head.
Christmas tasting – Ports, Sherries and Sweeties. 
We will open a large range of ports, sherries and sweet wines (not the d’Yquem, I’m afraid, but most others), for you to try at your leisure.  Be guided and advised by our staff and find out for yourself about the different styles of wines available!  If you like your wines rich, intense and sticky, this is one for you.  Please pre-book to give us an idea of numbers.

At Hove

Hove, Wednesday 14th November, 7.30pm, £10 per head.
Domaine Faiveley; the 2009 vintage, with Vincent Avenel, Export Director.
Domaine Faiveley are both one of the largest vineyard holders, and one of the oldest winemaking families, on the Cote d’Or. This gives them a unique ability to put the sensational 2009 vintage in a proper historical perspective.  ’09 is still in its infancy, but now is a great time to start trying this vintage.  This is a unique and fascinating opportunity to try a fabulous range of seven wines (of value £12-£40) from across Burgundy, to compare villages and styles, and to do it all in the guidance of Vincent Avenel, the Export Director from the Domaine.

 

Thursday 6th December, 7.30pm. £5 per head. Book via Hove.
AT ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH, THE DRIVE, HOVE BN3 3QE.
Annual Christmas Tasting.

Our biggest annual tasting. We invite six to seven suppliers who each have their own table, each showing 6-8 wines, so there’s around 50 wines to try in total. As always there will be all sorts of wines open, from sparkle and champagne through white and red to ports, sweet wines and spirits.  Taste your way to Christmas joy!  Please note the change of venue this year – it’s at All Saints Church on the intersection of the Drive and Eaton Road, one of Hove’s best kept architectural secrets (yes, in the Church itself, not the hall. It’s massive and will give us more space and lends a fitting grandeur). Book via Hove.

Hove, Wednesday 12th December, 7.30pm. £20 per head.
Port, Sherry and Sweet wines.
Always a favourite whenever we run it, but especially so at Christmas, when these wines are at the forefront of everyone’s mind.  Hosted by Toby, we’ll try examples of many classic sweet wine styles as well as port and sherry, so expect to see Sauternes, Tokaji, Vin de Constance, Eiswein, and Rutherglen Muscat.  These are often among the most significant wines of all from a historic and cultural perspective, each with a wonderful tale to tell.  If you’re interested in the backgrounds of wines, or even if you just like ‘em rich, intense and sticky, this is one for you.

Hove, January 9th, 16th and 23th , £30 per week or £80 for the course.
Three Week Course: Focus on France.
This year’s January course will do exactly what it says on the tin. Over the course of the three weeks we will visit each of France’s major wine regions, and in doing so will demystify each region, talk about the styles and grapes varieties used, and perhaps a little about how the region came to be famous.  Where appropriate, we’ll relate it to some of its more recent counterparts in the New World.  We’ll also trip around some lesser known but still great regions, to show some areas worth looking out for in future.  This course is designed as a three week event, perhaps as a Christmas present for a vinophile, but you can also buy individual weeks if you choose.

 

 

FREE Winemaker Tasting with Grant Phelps of Casas del Bosque.  SOLD OUT

Wednesday 12th September 8pm @Fiveways

The most awarded Chilean Winery of 2011

We are delighted to announce that the Winemaker from this outstanding producer will be visiting the Fiveways store next week.  Casas del Bosque was founded in 1993 and was one of the first wineries in the Casablanca valley, today it is still family owned and managed.  The Casas del Bosque philosophy is based on the constant search for excellence.  Quality instead of quantity is at the heart of their viticultural practices, as they strive to produce only the best wines possible.  We will be sampling six from their range, tickets are FREE but booking is essential.

 

 

Mitolo Winemaker Tasting with Andre Bondar, Thursday 13th September, Quaff Portland Road, 7.30pm.

Come and taste the wines from one of Australia's most awarded wineries! £12.50 per head to include a cheese platter and nibbles.

Hosted By Mitolo's Head Winemaker, Andre Bondar.

Founded in 1999, Mitolo is a relatively new venture that is a collaboration between star Barossa winemaker Ben Glaetzer, and Frank Mitolo, whose roots are Italian.  In a short period of time the combination of Frank's knowledge of the land around Mclaren Vale and business acumen, and Ben's winemaking knowledge, has resulted in a range of wines that has garnered awards aplenty and eulogistic praise from legions of international wine critics. From the highly approachable Jester range to the fantastic higher-end reds that wow the critics, all the wines show a beautiful purity of fruit combined with balanced power. This tasting is not to be missed if you wish to see the best of what Mclaren Vale (and indeed Australia) has to offer. We will alo offer a platter of cheese for general comsumption, to match and temper the wines.

 

 

 

CHAMPAGNE LOUIS ROEDERER TASTING, WITH SIMON HADDEN.

 

At Quaff Portland Road, Thursday 26th July, 7.30pm. £39 per head.

 

A unique opportunity to taste the full range from the makers of Cristal!

It occurred to us that Quaff has been here seven years now, but we've never tasted the range from Toby's former employers.  As Roederer are one of the few remaining family-owned 'Grande Marque' Houses, and can count among their products some of the very finest champagnes made at any level, this is a serious omission that wanted correcting.  We'll be hosted by Simon Hadden from Louis Roederer UK, to stop Toby from churning on too long, and the wines tasted will begin with Roederer's Californian estate, Quartet, itself widely viewed as the World's leading sparkling wine.  We will then taste Brut Premier, Brut Vintage, Brut Vintage Rose, the highly rare Vintage Blanc de Blancs, and finally the ultra-hyped Cristal itself.  This is a highly rare opportunity, not to be missed! 

£39 per ticket, call 01273 820320.

 

 

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO SPARKLING WINE

At Quaff Fiveways. Thursday 2nd August, 7.30 for 8pm. £15 pp

Taste a full range of sparkly styles, from Champagne and English, to Cava, Cremant, Rose, Prosecco and others!

The idea of this tasting is to show you what's out there in the world of bubbles, where it's from, how it's made, and why it tastes the way it does!  We will taste all sorts of sparklies from the US to the UK, and will also cover a champagne style or two, as well as a host of other fizzes in our quest for truth...sign up now.

This is a Fiveways event, so call 01273 553353 to confirm your booking.  Please book early!

 

 

 

Raimat Tasting, with Mark Nairn

At Quaff Fiveways, Thursday 5th July, 7.30 for 8pm. £6 per head.

Come and join us to taste the wines of one of our most popular suppliers, leading Spanish family producer, Raimat.

At 2,245 hectares, Raimat is the largest family-owned single vineyard estate in Europe and the only large-scale sustainable wine producer in Spain.  We will be joined by their Head Winemaker, Mark Nairn, who will talk us through their full range, from sparkling through enlightened white blends to modern red styles.  It should be a lovely evening. It's £6 per head; sign up with Quaff Fiveways on 01273 553353.

 

 

 

Jubilee Wine Tastings; English Sparkling Wines.

Bluebell Vineyard and Nyetimber.

£5/£7.50

We mark the Diamond Jubilee with two English sparkling tastings in a week.  No prizes for guessing what nationality of fizz you should be drinking to celebrate…

Bluebell Vineyard Estates.
Tuesday 29th May, Quaff BRIGHTON from 8pm, £5.00, call 01273 553353 to book.
A relatively young but hugely dynamic producer, Bluebell Vineyard (of Danehill) demonstrate all that is good about the expanding new generation of English sparkling producers. Their range of sparklies has quickly established itself as one of our most popular, and we’ve invited Iain MacLean down to talk us through their history and methods of production, while tasting their full range.

Nyetimber Estate.Thursday 24th May, Quaff HOVE from 7.30pm, £7.50, call 01273 820320 to book.
The multi-award winning Grandaddy of the English sparkling producers, and now also the largest private vineyard owner in the UK, Nyetimber has undergone a huge transformation in recent years to turn it from a niche English producer into our first major global player. David Marr of Nyetimber will tell us the story and we’ll show their full new range of wines, as well as an older vintage or two.

 

 

 

Wine Behind The Label

£12.50/head

BRIGHTON Thursday 26th April from 8pm call 01273 553353, or
HOVE Friday 27th April SOLD OUT

Grand Cru or Grande Marque? Reserve Selection or Gran Reserva? Champagne or Shampain? Good vintage or non vintage?
This tasting is all about untangling the info on the bottle; which terms have legal meaning, which are mere marketing bunkum, what’s supposed to be there and what’s not. 
We’ll also look beyond the legal stuff and enter the hugely subjective world of label design. Which bottles appeal to you, and why? Knowledge of how the marketing game is played can help you be more selective about what you choose; there are often clues about what’s in the bottle from what’s on it.
Of course this is also an excuse to open a pile of bottles we like, and we’ll be trying some Grand Cru (yes, that’s a good thing) champagne  as well as visiting Bordeaux, Chile, Spain, and Lord knows where else to make our point.

English Sparkling for the Diamond Jubilee. Nyetimber and Bluebell Vineyard Estates.
We mark the Diamond Jubilee with two English sparkling tastings in a week.  No prizes for guessing what nationality of fizz you should be drinking to celebrate…

Bluebell Vineyard Estates.
Tuesday 29th May, Quaff BRIGHTON from 8pm, £7.50, call 01273 553353 to book.
A relatively young but hugely dynamic producer, Bluebell Vineyard (of Danehill) demonstrate all that is good about the expanding new generation of English sparkling producers. Their range of sparklies has quickly established itself as one of our most popular, and we’ve invited Iain MacLean down to talk us through their history and methods of production, while tasting their full range.

Nyetimber Estate.Thursday 24th May, Quaff HOVE from 7.30pm, £7.50, call 01273 820320 to book.
The multi-award winning Grandaddy of the English sparkling producers, and now also the largest private vineyard owner in the UK, Nyetimber has undergone a huge transformation in recent years to turn it from a niche English producer into our first major global player. David Marr of Nyetimber will tell us the story and we’ll show their full new range of wines, as well as an older vintage or two.