Autumn Wine Courses: Know Your Wine & Harry’s Wine & Supper Club

Know Your Wine: an ideal course to introduce you to wines from all over the globe.  Great fun and very interactive. We get you talking about wines, what you like, dislike, what you’d want to purchase yourself and what you would serve to dinner guests.   Not only will we teach you the foundations of wine knowledge, we will encourage you to articulate your feelings about the wines, using all manner of adjectives!    You’ll soon be entertaining your friends and family with your new powers of description.     

You will enjoy at least 6 wines each week (9 wines on final week) served with a tasty substantial supper.    This allows your palate to become familiar with how food harmonises with wine.   The atmosphere on the course is highly sociable and informal, and ideal for forming lasting friendships with like-minded people of both sexes and wide age ranges.  

The course is led by Harry, who has educated many hundreds of palates to the wonders of food and wine.    He writes regular wine columns and was FHM magazine’s ‘Bon Viveur Dad’ contributing articles and bon mots as required!   Check him out at or

The fee is £175 per course of 5 weeks, running each Tuesday evening 7 – 9pm. Discounts apply for bookings of 2 or more.

Week 1            Evaluation of Wine

Week 2            Sparkling wines and champagne

Week 3            White wines from around the world

Week 4            Red wines from around the world

Week 5            Major grape varieties (9 different wines and 4 x course meal this week!)

 All dietary requirements are taken care of.

There are 2 sessions per term, the same course is repeated, so as long as you tell us in advance, if you miss one week you can always catch it next time round.    

Autumn Term 2013

Know Your Wine Session 1:   Tuesday 24 September – 22 October

Know Your Wine Session 2:   Tuesday 5 November – 3 December

Wine & Supper Club: an ideal course for those more experienced imbibers.  A chance to eat food and drink wines from various wine producing regions, develop your taste buds further and discover the secrets of harmonising wines and foods.   It’s a great chance to meet like-minded people and taste some lovely culinary delights from Harry’s kitchen.  Very friendly and informal and an opportunity for you to give you opinions on some unusual wines – and you’ll taste at least 6 wines each week.
The course is led by Harry, 

The fee is £175 per course of 5 weeks, running each Thursday evening 7 – 9pm

Discounts apply for bookings of 2 or more.

Each week is different.   Here is a typical programme for each 5 week session.

Week 1:


Week 2:

Sunday Roast – wines to accompany meat

Week 3:


Week 4:

Far Eastern food and wines to accompany (Thai, China, Japan)

Week 5:

South America


Week 1:


Week 2:

Riesling – time to re-evaluate this much maligned grape

Week 3:

Spicy foods and wines to accompany

Week 4:

France – one of the main regions

Week 5:

Middle Eastern foods and wine to accompany

There are 2 sessions per term, if you have to miss one week, you can always catch up next time round.   Format is repeated in spring and summer terms, but with variations on the themes taking account of seasonality.

Autumn Term 2014

Supper Club Session 1:          Thursday 26 September – 24 October

Supper Club Session 2:          Thursday 7 November – 5 December

Know Your Grapes : Tasting of 9 wines with lunch

Due to popular demand, Chateau Harry is running another series of Know Your Grapes tastings. We will show 9 different wines concentrating on the major grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Semillon,Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz.

More than a simple wine tasting, you’ll see how the wines match with food as a 4 course lunch is provided too.  The idea is to get to know these grapes, see which is your favourite and see how the wine harmonises with the food – you may change your opinions!

Timing is 2.30 – 5.30pm and our venue is the fantastic Rydges Hotel in Gloucester Road, Kensington.   Great for visits to the museums and shops.   We get preferential rates at the hotel if you want to stay overnight.   A great opportunity to entertain family and friends, or treat yourself!

Prices are usually £135 per person, but for readers of our blog, twitter, facebook, the price is now only £65 which is tremendous value for money.   Dates coming up:

16 March; 20 April; 22 June and 20 July


Smoked chicken and pulled ham hock terrine with rustic bread and remoulade  Or

Grilled Asparagus spears with soft poached Hen’s egg, balsamic glaze parmesan and land cress


Slow braised brisket of beef with roasted root vegetables,salsa verde and horseradish cream

Or Tagliatelle with wild mushrooms and truffle cream


Blue cheese and Homemade Lemon Tart


Good Reviews

It’s always rewarding to get good feedback on our events.   Here are some pics and reviews.

Please pass on my compliments to the folks at Chateau Harry for a great event yesterday. It was the “right size” event for our team and was professionally delivered, as well as being informative, safe and very enjoyable.      Client:  Shell

We all had a wonderful experience at the Taste cooking event and were particularly impressed with the professionalism, knowledge and skills of Mikhail, Mark and their team.  We found the food delicious even though we  had cooked it ourselves which is a tribute to the Chefs’ tuition and indeed it was on a par with the best restaurants. All in all a very enjoyable time was had by all especially our guests and we have no hesitation in recommending.     Client: NCOC

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Thanks Louise, We had a fantastic time on our event a couple of weekends ago. A top day was had by all I think!!   I thoroughly enjoyed the cooking experience.  The chefs were great, very informative, easy to chat to and happy to answer any questions we had.  Best regards to you and your team.    Client: Credit Suisse

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We had a fab time.  Everyone enjoyed the experience.  This morning they were saying that the staff on board did an excellent job cooking with a swaying boat!  Will definitely be recommending Chateau Harry so I can assure you, will be seeing more of us!  Please pass on my thanks to Harry, and the team for the outstanding service and the unique experience –  my team were in a word –  chuffed!  Client: AMEX

Saturday Sparklers: Champagne and Sparkling Wines in time for Christmas

Lots of lovely new tastings to book up for, including Saturday Sparklers where you’ll taste a mixture of 6 Champagne and 6 Sparkling wines – can you tell the difference?    Remember you get a substantial lunch or buffet as well, as we firmly believe in matching wines and food together.    Timing is always Saturday afternoons 2.30 – 5.30.    Get your diaries out now!    Only £69 instead of usual £135 per person.

Premium Wine Tasting for Real Connoisseurs

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We held a fantastic tasting for one of our finance clients last week, they only wanted the very best, so we provided some great wines to suit the occasion.   They were experienced wine imbibers and we had a very lively question and answer session.    We also had a food and wine matching session and a competition to guess a mystery wine…….only 1 of 40 guests got the answer!     We’ll keep it a secret, as we’ll drop it into the next tasting we do!    If you have some important Directors to impress what about a premium wine tasting with dinner?   Here is what was on offer:


Champagne Maison Autréau Grand Cru Vintage

Riesling Cuvée Frederic Emilie Domain Trimbach 2002

Batard Montrachet 2008 Fontaine Gagnard

Leuwin Art Series Chardonnay 2007

Aloxe Corton Louis Latour 1978

Barolo Borgogno Riserva 1979

Rubicon Estate Rubicon 2004 Napa Valley, USA

         Chateau Lascombes 2eme Margaux 1990

         Chateau d’Yquem 1998


Cocktails and Canapés – new event idea for staff or clients

Clients have been asking us for an ‘inbetween’ type of event – not a wine tasting or a full on cooking event, but something in the middle where guests can get involved and have fun, but at a very reasonable cost.   So here is Cocktail and Canapés – a fun idea for summer events.    Costs depend on numbers e.g. group of 30 would cost £70 plus VAT per person, which includes our EC4 venue as well.    We can come to your offices if you’ve got suitable space, if you prefer.   Reaction from clients who have chosen this have been very positive indeed.   Contact us for more information.