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[London] Wine tasting classes / experiences?

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I'm hoping to treat a friend to an 'introduction to wine' class or experience. Obviously the first place that comes to mind is the Vinopolis but has anyone actually been to one of their tours? Are they good or a bit touristy?

I'm looking for a one-off type thing rather than a full-on course and I'm not fussed whether it's in a restaurant, a bar, a hotel or a dedicated wine haven.

All ideas greatly appreciated.

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  1. I've been to a couple of the wine-tasting evenings at RSJ restaurant near the South Bank and really enjoyed them. It's not really tutored as such - you get to try 9 or 10 different wines (they specialise in the Loire region) along with a delicious 3-course dinner. All for the bargain price of £45. Check their website for details.

    1. Divertimenti offers wine classes.

      http://www.divertimenti.co.uk/epages/...

      1. Vinoteca also has classes which I have always been meaning to go to - http://www.vinoteca.co.uk

        www.gourmet-chick.com

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        1. re: Gourmet Chick

          I was considering Vinoteca or even Vivat Bacchus, given that they're both so close to my office. I'm embarrassed to admit I've not yet been to Vinoteca!

          Will definitely investigate as it's always so busy and the classes look reasonable.

          1. re: DollyDagger

            Berry Bros & Rudd also do tastings - have not had personal experience of them, but it is another possibilty
            http://www.bbr.com/GB/producer-1561

        2. My local Oddbins (The Highway, E1) has regular tutored tastings so I assume that their other branches do the same thing. It's one of their larger "fine wine" outlets and has a dedicated tasting room. Been to a couple and they are good fun, they do have introduction to tasting sessions.

          1. I used to teach a practically inclined wine tasting class at the YMCA, Tottenham Court Road. You might like to contact them to see if they are still running something like this? (info@ymca.co.uk)

            www.intoxicatingprose.co.uk