Helen Savage Wine Education Autumn 2018

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



Helen has been putting together her programme for autumn, and hopes you'll find lots of things to delight and tempt you at a range of venues. She says: "I'm delighted that Jamie Harrison has agreed to share some of his favourite wines again and am so happy the our Tynemouth sessions are now fully back on the calendar as 'Holy Saviour's Wine Club'". She is particularly excited, too, at those tastings that feature the classics from Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhône Valley. She has some rather special bottles lined up for you.

To book events at Northern Counties and Tynemouth, 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.

Please book Lord Crewe Arms (01434 677100), Eslington Villa (0191 487 6017) and Matfen Hall (01661 886500) events directly with them.


Northern Counties Club, Hood Street, Newcastle upon Tyne

Helen's Burgundy - exciting new discoveries

Thursday 20 September, 6.30 pm
Northern Counties Club

Tickets: £45
includes fine two-course dinner and coffee

A celebration of great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as discovered by Helen, who has been ferreting around Burgundy, one of her favourite wine regions, in search of fresh delights and small family growers who are on top of their game.

Jamie Harrison's Racy Rieslings and Punchy Pinots

Tuesday 16 October, 6.30 pm
Northern Counties Club

Tickets: £45
includes fine two-course dinner and coffee

Jamie writes, "Vibrant new wave dry Rieslings along with increasingly complex Pinot Noirs - what's not to like?" So Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Alsace and Burgundy on show.

Ten Great Southern Hemisphere Reds

Tuesday 13 November, 6.30 pm
Northern Counties Club

Tickets: £45
includes fine two-course dinner and coffee

A rare opportunity to try a selection of some of the leading and exciting red wines of Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina - two from each country, and at least 8 different grape varieties. Prepare to be impressed!

The Three Best Rhône vintages - ever?

Thursday 29 November, 6.30 pm
Northern Counties Club

Tickets: £45
includes fine two-course dinner and coffee

There is general agreement that 2010 and 2015 were two of the finest vintages ever seen in the Rhône Valley. 2016 has also caused a lot of excitement - the wines are different in style to the amazing '15s, they are fresher and more elegant, but very fine indeed. We shall taste three wines from each of the three years, all from top producers, from both the north and south of the region.

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Tynemouth - Holy Saviour's Wine Club

A series of more informal tastings at Holy Saviour's Church Hall, Manor Road, Tynemouth, with a simple, home-made supper. Amazing value!

Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur

Friday 7 September, 7.30 pm
Tickets: £15.

A special opportunity, sponsored by Business France, to taste a wide range of wines, in an equally broad variety of styles from the world's biggest quality wine appellation: the emphasis really is firmly on quality. Think aromatic dry whites, elegant reds, flavoursome rosé and intensely fruity sweet whites.

Supper: a slow-cooked pork and apricot stew

Forgotten France

Friday 5 October, 7.30 pm
Tickets: £15.

There are lots of wines in France that rarely, if ever, make it to British dining tables. The locals drink most of them. This is your chance to taste some of them - an evening of rich variety and wonderful surprises, all expertly tracked down by Helen.

Supper: Cheese and ham tartiflette

Biodynamic Wines - folly or wisdom?

Friday 2 November, 7.30 pm
Tickets: £15.

Everyone has heard of organic wines, but biodynamic wines are significantly different. Helen will explain a little of their history and profile today and will introduce a fascinating range of high quality examples from around the world. Are they really better than organic or conventionally-produced wines? We'll not be able to give a definitive answer, but you'll be able to taste some very convincing efforts.

Supper: hearty, organic, vegetarian lasagne

Musical Wines

Friday 7 December, 7.30 pm
Tickets: £15.

Years ago, at Newcastle University, Helen had fun with a tasting of wines that each had a musical association. In a festive special, it's time for a reprise. There'll be champagne, of course, and Manzanilla from the Gondoliers, but others may be less familiar: how about Wagner's beloved Saint-Péray, for example?

Supper: Patatas a la Riojana (Spanish chorizo stew)

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Eslington Villa, Low Fell

Catalonia - Wine Dinner

Thursday 11 October, 7 for 7.30pm
Tickets: £42.50.

A fascinating mix of wine from both sides of the Pyrenees: three from France, three from Spain; from Cava to Maury, all accompanying a tempting, four-course dinner.

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

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Matfen Hall

The Secrets of the Loire

Friday 12 October, 7 for 7.30pm
Tickets: £45.

Helen will present a selection of her latest and most exciting discoveries from the Loire - a region she knows intimately - to accompany a superb four course dinner.

To book please contact Matfen Hall directly: on 01661 886500

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Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland

Two more dates for the diary - prices to be confirmed

Bordeaux: Sheer Class!

Friday 9 November, 7 for 7.30pm

Great wines from the greatest wine region in the world: an absolute treat, especially when paired with the Crewe's wonderful cooking.

What to drink this Christmas

Tuesday 18 December, 7 for 7.30pm.

Just what it says on the tin, with suitably seasonal dishes to complete a perfect evening

Please book these events directly with The Lord Crewe Arms: 01434 677 100 or email .