Champagne Tastings begin 2011 with a pop or 12!

Our first Champagne Tasting of the year was held on Saturday at Bacchanalia, our venue on the banks of the Thames.  There were over 30 guests and they tasted some lovely varieties of champagne, together with a substantial buffet.     By the end of the afternoon, all guests were very happy indeed.   Chris Hambleton our Champagne expert was on top form, and was bombarded with questions throughout.  He coped very well indeed.


The other dates for champagne tastings this year so far are:

19 Feb; 26 March; 16 April; 21 May; 25 June – but hurry as dates are getting full now.   Usual price is £125, but if you email with the name of the 7th champagne on the list below – you’ll get £50 off the price!


Gastronimic Delights in Carcassonne

Fantastic 3-day gastronomic weekends available in the South of France.  Minimum group is 10, but ideal for Christmas or New Year breaks, or to reward hard working staff or entertain clients.   To include wine tastings, gourmet meals and a cookery session where you learn to prepare classic dishes from the region.   Absolutely lovely location.    595 euros per person, not including flights (Easy Jet to Toulouse).  Typical example below – many dates available.    

Know Your Wine Course

‘Know Your Wine’ : Beginners’ Evening Course

This is a 5-week introductory course. The course is aimed at beginners who want to learn about the basics of wine tasting:

Week 1: Evaluation of Wine  
Week 2: Sparkling Wines & Champagne  
Week 3: White Wines from around the world
Week 4: Red Wines from around the world
Week 5: Major Grape Varieties

You’ll learn how to taste wine together with food as a substantial supper will be served each evening. The course will help you determine which wines suit your palate best, what you should be buying for quaffing or for drinking with food. You’ll also learn how to talk about wines in a relaxed and informal way.
All dietary requirements are catered for.

Autumn Term 2010

Tuesday 2 Nov – Tuesday 30 Nov  

The course runs on Tuesday nights 7.30 – 9.30 at
SFX College, Malwood Road, Clapham South, SW12.


I have had a long held interest in Wines, however, I have lacked the knowledge required to make confident decisions when selecting what to buy. The ‘Know your Wine’ course provided a great, relaxed learning environment in which to develop my appreciation of wine, and ultimately, make better decisions.
Kenneth Harry Putt is a superb tutor, with a vast amount of knowledge and a clear love for his subject matter. His passion for wine (and food) really benefits the course and he brings the subject to life with charm and witty anecdotes to support the core teachings.

Introduction to wine brings together people with a shared interest and allows knowledge to be gained, shared and enjoyed by the whole group. I have developed a real knowledge of all the major grape varieties and a new found ability to accurately describe and interpret a wine. Most importantly I have learnt how to match wines with food.
Whether selecting a wine to enjoy at home or for a business lunch, I now have the confidence to make the best possible choice. The format of the course allows for group discussions enabling you to learn from your fellow pupils as well as from Harry, this leads to an appreciation that everyone’s palates are unique, but that there are solid rules you can follow to find brilliant wines. Most importantly the course is not at all elitist; it is accessible, informative, and most importantly great fun! I can now say I ‘Know my Wine’.

Al Will


William Shakespeare once wrote “Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used; exclaim no more against it.”     I have never doubted that good wine is a good familiar creature, but to be honest, I never really put much thought into whether I was using it well – until now that is!
Having received a gift voucher for the ‘Know Your Wine’ tasting course run through the
Wine & Food Academy, I attended the first class wondering whether there was indeed much more I could actually learn about wine. Harry, the straight-talking oenophile that was our teacher had me eating my words!

The class is a great opportunity to learn about different grape varieties, match wine with different foods (it actually does taste different with food!) and generally explore the wonderful world of the vine whilst picking up some interesting tit-bits from Harry’s extensive experience of wine tasting. All this in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that gives everyone the opportunity to taste reds, whites and champagne and compare and discuss just how they differ and more importantly why.

Sadly the course has now finished and whilst my head is slightly cloudy today following on from last night’s final class, I know I can now order wine with confidence and spot the difference between a Sauvignon and a Chenin. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to improve their knowledge and confidence with wine, I look forward to attending the ‘Country Comparisons’ class, the next step in my quest to make good use of the ‘good familiar creature’!

Deborah Watson


Colour, Bouquet, Taste – this has now become my mantra! After scanning a list of wine courses, I am really pleased that I chose the Wine and Food Academy one. After the first evening, my friend and I both agreed that this was going to be a fun and interesting few weeks.

We weren’t disappointed. The format is very informal – a group of 20 or so (with different levels of knowledge) sitting around a table with our teacher, Harry. Now I couldn’t go any further without mentioning Harry. He imparts his impressive knowledge in an interactive and often very amusing way (we are in stitches most evenings!). Harry doesn’t ‘teach’ about wines in an old-fashioned sense (there are plenty of books which do this very well) but instead gets his audience thinking about their own interpretation of the wines and champagnes. This is either done as a whole group or in break-out seminars. The method of learning really inspired me to go off and learn more about the subject, I even ventured to a British vineyard after the first session!

And finally, the food. Really good quality ingredients which have been carefully selected to complement the wines. It was fascinating to experience the transformation of wines with certain foods – I will certainly be impressing my friends with some quaffing and cooking soirees!

Overall a brilliant 5 weeks, culminating in a 9-wine, 4-course food extravaganza on the last week! Informative, entertaining, sociable and great value for money. I would recommend it to any beginner and will be booking the Country Comparisons one myself straight away!   Amita Vaux

Fantastic Charity Dinner: 26 May Tickets still available

Fund Raising Charity Dinner in support of LEPRA (patron Her Majesty The Queen)

Wednesday 26 May at t.a.s.t.e. (Barons Court/Hammersmith tubes)

Only £50 to include all wines too

Few places left.   Mark Russell from West End theatreland to entertain. 

Auction/Raffle during the event.


Great French Bistrot theme with award winning chefs in attendance.  

Please email and say you’ve come via Château Harry



Un bistrot de Paris – Spring Affair


Pour votre plaisir canapés


Terrine of smoked, poached and roast salmon with brioche & sauce gribiche Terrine de fumé, saumon poché et rôti avec brioche et sauce gribiche

Terrine of smoked, poached and roast salmon with brioche & sauce gribiche


Rôti de volaille Guinée, avec sa propre pastille, fricassée de champignons, pommes puree, légumes de saison & Guinée cogens volailles

Roast guinea fowl, mushroom fricassee, pommes puree, seasonal vegetables & Guinea fowl jus



Ossau Iraty Grand Cru et pastille de basilic, une fricassée de champignons, pommes purée

légumes de saisonniers et hollandaise poivre rôtis

Ossau Iraty Grand Cru & basil pastille, mushroom fricassee,

pommes puree, seasonal vegetables & roast pepper hollandaise


Le paradis du chocolat

Au caramel noisette, mousse au café et praliné aux noisettes

Chocolate paradise with hazelnut caramel, coffee mousse & hazelnut praline



Petit fours

Aussie Rules Wine Tasting 15 May


Connoisseur Wine Day: Tutor

Chris Hambleton

Saturday 15 May 2010

Bacchanalia, Broken Wharf, EC4


Aussie Rules


2.30pm            Introduction:

How to taste wines: quick revision of techniques

2.45pm            Wine Tasting

4.00                 Buffet

5.30                 End

Information:  Guests will receive full tuition and supervision. All glasses and tasting notes are provided by WFA.   Buffet lunch will be provided by North Bank.  Any other queries, please contact or call 020 8675 6172.


Fine Burgundy Tasting 24 April


Connoisseur Wine Day: Tutor Chris Hambleton

Saturday 24 April 2009 £195 per person

Bacchanalia, Broken Wharf, EC4

Beautiful Burgundy


Come and enjoy a day tasting wonderful wines from Burgundy, in the company of our star tutor Chris Hambleton.  Don’t worry, it’s informal, so you can wear what you want, and we take care not to overload you with too much information.   The idea is to taste all the wines and check out the various producers.    Some real rareties so don’t miss!  

A great day out.     

Contact us if you want to attend – only a few places left now. 




10.00am          Introduction:How to taste wines: quick revision of technique

10.30               Wine Tasting

1.30                 Lunch with wine tasting

4.00                  End 




Cocktails and Champagne for 2010

If you want something different for your event this year, how about a Champagne Bar or a Cocktail Bar?  We can set up either (or both) at any venue, or at your own offices which saves money on hire fees.

Our fun tutors can break the ice (no pun intended) at your event, making sure your guests have a very enjoyable time.  We can ‘theme’ the cocktails to suit the occasion as well, and show a variety of Champagnes to fit the bill.   

Ask us to quote for you and let’s celebrate 2010 in style!

Happy & Healthy Drinking