Gallery Wine Tastings

HOSTED ITALIAN WINE TASTINGS AT LEYDEN GALLERY

  Why not join us on an exciting journey around Italy in a tasting tour of Italian regional wines in a fine art setting at Leyden Gallery. Here you will discover some of the many high quality, delicious wines from regions of Italy that are less well known in the UK? Italy has around 1,000 different grape varieties, of which about 400 are used in commercial wine production - so the choice of wines is enormous!

Our relaxed, informal, convivial and entertaining Italian wine tasting sessions are arranged purely for your party in the vibrant and exclusive Leyden Art Gallery, based in Spitalfields on the border of the City of London. You will not only taste some unusual, flavourful, and exciting wines that are not normally available elsewhere in the UK, but also be given an interesting overview by our Italian wine expert and connoisseur, Gordon Stuteley MBA CEO of Rinascimento Wines, of the regions, grape varieties, vineyards (and in some cases, insights into the wineries) and wines of Italy featured.

 The wines that you will taste are of very high quality (well above the average quality you can get from the supermarket), mainly from family run wineries, typically made from hand-harvested grapes, often from organic vineyards: all are made by artisans who are passionate about their wines! The wines have all been personally selected by Rinascimento Wines for this wine tasting, because we believe that they can reveal the sheer joy and diversity of Italian regional wines. Our winemakers often take measures to reduce the volume of wine that they can make from their vines, so as to increase the quality and intensify the flavour. In contrast, for most supermarket wines, the winemaker tries to reduce costs, maximise yields and, by doing so, lowers the quality! We believe that you will taste the difference in our wines. To encourage participation we will also ask for some feedback from you on the wines. The group results will be compiled and feedback given for each attendee, after the event.

 To accompany these lovely wines, you will also be offered some delicious, rustic Italian bites - the perfect accompaniment for our superb wines!

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 About your host and speaker

 Gordon Stuteley has a background in IT and Management and has an MBA from Warwick University He developed his love of Italian wines, when travelling in southern Italy, over 10 years' ago, when he came across grapes and wines that he had never heard of before and started to study Italian grapes, regions and wines, through wine courses, formal wine tastings conducted by Italian sommeliers and personal academic research. In 2013, the business idea for importing exciting Italian wines was formulated and, during 2014 and 2015, he met many Italian winemakers both in the UK and Italy, gaining interesting insights into how they make their wines - and why they are so deliciously different! He has conducted many informal, well-received wine tastings in a variety of settings, from corporate events in board rooms, private member's clubs (e.g. East India Club, London), business premises, art gallery venues Leyden Gallery, to smaller scale gatherings of wine lovers at private residences and restaurants. Gordon is acknowledged to speak knowledgeably, yet entertainingly on the subject of Italian wines.

 

 There are currently two superb levels of wine-tasting events on offer

 

 SILVER TASTING £45 per person*

 Our Silver Tasting provides a great starting point for your adventure into the world of Italian wines and is suitable for anyone who loves wine and wants to know more about quality Italian wines. You will be offered a glass of each of 12 delicious and unusual Italian wines - some made from familiar grapes, others from grapes you probably have never heard of! You will almost certainly be surprised by the variety of tastes you experience and the depth and layers of flavours in the wines. These wines are made by passionate artisans, working typically in small, family owned and run wineries, tending their own grapes, harvesting them by hand and turning them into the most beautiful wines that they can.

 On arrival, you will be served a welcoming glass of sparkling wine and have an opportunity to take in the exciting art on display in the Gallery. Once all are assembled, you will be served 10 glasses of Rinascimento's wonderful Italian wines: these will be a selection of white, rose and red wines taken from our Regional Classics Range and our Premier Range. These wines will be accompanied by some delicious, authentic Italian bites - you might be amazed by how Italian wine and Italian food, combine to enhance the taste experience of both!

 To finish the session, you will be given a glass of luxurious dessert wine and a sweet Italian biscuit - what better way to end an evening!

 On top of this and to close every tasting session, we also hold a prize draw raffle, offering all attendees two wonderful prize draw opportunities to be the lucky recipient of a valuable and exclusive bottle of wine from our collection.

 *subject to a minimum of ten people or £450 per silver tasting booking

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 GOLD TASTING £60 per person*

 Our Gold Tasting is a seriously indulgent affair, aimed equally for those who just love wine and for the connoisseur who is already familiar with a wide range of wine styles. You will be offered a glass of each of 12 delicious and unusual Italian wines - some made from familiar grapes, others from grapes you probably have never heard of! You will almost certainly be surprised by the variety of tastes you experience and the depth and layers of flavours in the wines. These wines are made by passionate artisans, working typically in small, family owned and run wineries, tending their own grapes, harvesting them by hand and turning them into the most beautiful wines that they can.

 On arrival, you will be served a welcoming glass of sparkling wine and have an opportunity to take in the exciting art on display in the Gallery. Once all are assembled, you will be served 10 glasses of Rinascimento's wonderful Italian wines: these will be a selection of white, rose and red wines, some taken from our Regional Classics Range, but mainly from our Premier Range. There will be included some wines that are very expensive to produce and are sought after, such as Barolo, Brunello, Amarone, Sagrantino - we guarantee at least two from this set (note that these wine types are world-renowned). You will also be offered a couple of less well known wines that are of exceptional quality. These wines will be accompanied by some delicious, authentic Italian bites - you might be amazed by how Italian wine and Italian food, combine to enhance the taste experience of both!

 To finish the session, you will be given a glass of luxurious dessert wine and a sweet Italian biscuit - what better way to end an evening!

 On top of this and to close every tasting session, we also hold a prize draw raffle, offering all attendees two wonderful prize draw opportunities to be the lucky recipient of a valuable and exclusive bottle of wine from our collection.

  *subject to a minimum of ten people or £600 per gold tasting booking