Celebrate Valentine's Day with a 'speed tasting', hosted by South West Wine School and Susy Atkins at Kingston Estate

 

On behalf of South West Wine School, Devon-based Sunday Telegraph wine writer Susy Atkins will be heading up a team of wine experts to host the most entertaining of evenings this Valentine’s Day at the stunning Kingston Estate near Staverton, Totnes. Tickets cost £60 per person and are available from www.southwestwineschool.co.uk

 

Susy is one of the most popular and personable figures on the national drinks scene and shares her incredible knowledge in a vibrant and fun way.  She will be familiar from her many years as one of the wine experts on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen.  In addition, Susy will be joined by the brilliant Stephen Barrett, Devon Life’s wine writer Rebecca Mitchell DipWSET and co-founders of this new wine school Jonathan and Hayley Reynolds.

 

The stand-out element of the evening will be the ‘Speed Tasting’ where guests will move around tables to sample, with one of the wine experts on each, wines from Alsace, Napa Valley, Loire and other regions from around the world.  To accompany the selection of wines, delicious dishes, created by the talented Westcountry chef Chris Sherville, will be served before and after the ‘Speed Tasting’ in a relaxed and informal way.  

 

This unique event will be as appealing for singles as for couples.  Partnering with Exeter based Pi Society, the singles amongst the guests will move around tables together whilst couples will move around in groups of other couples. 

 

Co-founder of South West Wine School, Jonathan Reynolds says: “This won’t be like any other Valentine’s evening previously experienced.  It will be a heady mix of incredible knowledge, wonderful wines, excellent food, lively music and fantastic company all in the beautiful setting of Kingston Estate.”

 

To add to the romance of the evening and to take full advantage of the wines on offer, guests have the option of booking a room at the exquisite Kingston Estate (www.kingston-estate.co.uk).  Kingston Estate is a truly magnificent Georgian Mansion set in the heart of the South Hams, based just outside Totnes near Staverton. 

 

Another date for the diary, on Thursday 13th June (7pm onwards) South West Wine School will be hosting ‘First of the Summer Wine’ at the Deer Park Country House near Honiton.  South West Wine School is also holding Wine & Spirit Education Trust courses at the Kenton Park Estate & Vineyard and soon to be at other venues across the South West.  For further information, visit www.southwestwineschool.co.uk

 

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South West Wine School has been co-founded by Jonathan and Hayley Reynolds.  Hayley holds a WSET Diploma (DipWSET) and Jonathan is also WSET Level 2 qualified.  The couple have spent the last 20 years associated with the food and drink industries, and the wine industry in particular.