Helen Savage Wine Education Autumn 2017

Helen, hard at work tasting French wines at London's National Theatre

Helen, third from the left, hard at work tasting French wines at London's National Theatre



Here, at last, is Helen's Autumn programme of wine events. We are very excited by it and hope you will be too. Just two events are still to be confirmed: those with Eric and Richard Chevalier in December. We also hope to arrange another Slaley tasting later in the autumn.

On a sadder note, Elizabeth is unwell and unable to continue as bookings secretary. She has been a fantastic support since the inception of Vine Visit. Helen says "I'm sure you'll want to join me in sending Elizabeth every good wish; she is very special."

We are grateful to Olwen who has agreed to handle future bookings for Helen's own events (Northern Counties, Tynemouth and Slaley).

To book events at Northern Counties, Tynemouth and Slaley, please now contact Olwen by email: or by phone on 01434 676852. For other events, please book with the venue. Full details are given under each event.


Champagne Masterclass

Tynemouth Club: Friday 6 October, 7.30 pm
at Holy Saviour's Church Hall, Manor Road, Tynemouth

Tickets: £15.

This is a very special opportunity to learn about the many different styles of Champagne: Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Rosé, Brut Non-Vintage, Vintage, Extra Brut, Demi-Sec and so on. We will be tasting eight different wines. The evening is generously sponsored by the Champagne Bureau, hence the remarkable price, but please note, we won't be serving food at this event.

Loire Valley

Thursday 12 October, 7.30pm
Gosforth: Carruthers & Kent

Tickets: £25

A gentle exploration of a wide range of wine styles that typify Loire valley wines. Helen will explore the latest trends and bring news of the 2017 harvest.

Please book this event directly with Carruthers & Kent: 0191 213 1818

A Rhine Wine Journey

Thursday 19 October, 7.30pm
Eslington Villa, Low Fell

Tickets: £42.50

Another exciting evening of matching wine with fine food. This time we'll taste six remarkable wines from Germany and France (Alsace) including red wines from both countries, whose wines made along the Rhine Valley are united by amazingly vivid, mouth-watering freshness and great elegance.

Please book this event directly with Eslington Villa: 0191 487 6017 or e-mail: .

Bordeaux's Right Bank: Splendour and diversity
an exploration of two superb vintages

Tuesday 24 October, 6.00 pm
Northern Counties Club

Tickets: £42.50

(Masterclass and fine, two course dinner followed by coffee.)

Helen went to Bordeaux early in September to re-assess the 2014 and 2015 vintages and was thrilled by what she found.

2014 is classic claret, 2015 is extraordinarily lush, but balanced by a fine acid and tannic structure. She was very surprised about how well both wines are developing. Though they will continue to develop for many years, they are already hugely enjoyable - especially the Merlot-dominated wines of the Right Bank.

Our tasting will feature a range of appellations to show the quality and character of different sites - ten wines. Highlights are the 2014 and newly bottled 2015 of Château de la Dauphine, one of the star wines of Fronsac, now biodynamic and surely of classed growth quality, and the 2014 from Château Côte de Baleau St Emilion Grand Cru Classé, now owned and managed by the team from the superb Clos Fourtet. Other featured appellations will be Montagne, Lussac and Puisseguin St Emilion and the Côte de Bourg.

Chile: what makes the difference?

Friday 3 November, 7.30pm
at Holy Saviour's Church Hall, Manor Road, Tynemouth

Tickets: £15

Another look at the fascinating diversity of Chilean wine, with a special focus on the ways in which site and soil affect the style the wine. The tasting is generously sponsored by Wines of Chile and tickets are limited.

The supper will Helen's home-made enchiladas with a Chilean-style salad.

The Rhône in Autumn

Saturday 4 November, 7.30pm
Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland

Tickets: £42.50

The rich, savoury wines of the Rhône Valley really come into their own as the nights draw in and there's a nip in the air. Louise and Helen will introduce eight of the best, from both the North and South of the region - a riot of rich, warm flavours to savour alongside some highly inventive cuisine from the Lord Crewe chefs. This will be a rather intimate event taking place in the wonderful, newly converted Gatehouse. Tickets are strictly limited.

Please book this event directly with The Lord Crewe Arms: 01434 677 100 or email .

Jamie's Italy: Highlands and Islands

Tuesday 14 November, 6.00 pm
Northern Counties Club

Tickets: £42.50

(Tasting and Fine, two course dinner followed by coffee.)

Jamie Harrison returns to Italy to bring a fascinating election of wines from the Alpine foothills of Piedmont and the contrasting island cultures of Sardinia and Sicily. Not to be missed!

A World of Viognier and Syrah

Thursday 30 November, 6.00 pm

Tickets: £Northern Counties Club

Tickets: £42.50

(Tasting and Fine, two course dinner followed by coffee.)

The two great grapes of the Northern Rhône embark on a mini world tour - four or five version of each will illustrate just how good each can be at home and abroad - and sometimes together.

Chevalier Brothers

Friday 8 December, 7.30pm
at Holy Saviour's Church Hall, Manor Road, Tynemouth

Tickets: £15

Richard and Eric are back with a stunning selection of wines, including some gems from the fine 2014 vintage and stellar 2015s. If you like Bordeaux wines and also fancy the opportunity to buy some for later delivery at cellar door prices, it will be an evening of fun and delicious discoveries.

The supper will be Helen's authentic Pot au Feu (French country stew. First take a cow ...)

Chevalier Brothers

Saturday 9 December, 7.30pm
Slaley, Commemoration Hall

Tickets: £15

As at Tynemouth, Richard and Eric return with a stunning selection of wines, including some gems from the fine 2014 vintage and stellar 2015s. If you like Bordeaux wines and also fancy the opportunity to buy some for later delivery at cellar door prices, it will be an evening of fun and delicious discoveries.

The supper will again be Helen's authentic Pot au Feu (French country stew.)

Wine and food for Christmas

Thursday 14 December, 7.30pm
The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland

Tickets: £42.50

Louise and Helen survey some of the most exciting discoveries on the wine shelves this Christmas - all you need from fizz to a glass of something to sip by the fireside, as well as Christmas Day specials and something for the glorious cold cuts of Boxing Day. Once again we'll be in the intimate surroundings of the Lord Crewe Arms' Gatehouse, with some great food to partner our wine selection.

Please book this event directly with The Lord Crewe Arms: 01434 677 100 or email .