Fine Wine Tastings and Dinners

The fine wine tastings and dinners I run are an opportunity to try rarer and finer wines, accompanied by fine dining, whether at the Bacco Restaurant in Richmond, Le Salon Privé in St Margarets, or hosted by me at home. I often invite wine makers or suppliers to explain more about their wines.

Some knowledge of wine is helpful to enjoy one of these tastings to the full, but the atmosphere is relaxed and the emphasis is on celebrating the enoyment of wine, food and conviviality.

Groups are kept to fewer than 20, and the value of wines tasted can reach £100’s.

Upcoming Fine Wine Events

Feb
10
Mon
Fine Wine Tasting with Dinner – Parker Points @ Bacco
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Fine Wine Tasting with Dinner - Parker Points @ Bacco | England | United Kingdom

Parker Points are one of the most polarising concepts in wine appreciation. For some they give confidence in a wine, which could mean that quality is assured or a high price justified. For others they are a blight, that has fuelled the growth of over-ripe, over-alcoholic, over-oaked, over-priced wines that lack regional character and deter more nuanced discussion.

We will consider whether Robert Parker is being blamed for a trend that would have happened anyway (warmer climate + greater investment in vineyard and winery = riper grapes and bigger wines), and whether he should be celebrated as one of the first (and still very few) critics who always paid for his own wine, and who only judged wine on how it tastes (rather than the name on the label, or the appellation it came from).

Fine wine tasting dinners are an opportunity to try more expensive wines than at our regular tastings at Richmond and Teddington, and Bacco always produces a fabulous meal.

Tim Syrad has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, and also runs the monthly Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies.  He is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Mar
11
Wed
Fine Wine Tasting with Dinner – Napa Valley and the Corison Collection @ Le Salon Privé
Mar 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Fine Wine Tasting with Dinner - Napa Valley and the Corison Collection @ Le Salon Privé | Twickenham | United Kingdom

Napa Valley needs no introduction, but it is very rare indeed to have the chance to sample a vertical tasting of a top estate’s signature wine. We will remind ourselves of some of Napa’s key regions, and then focus on Corison wines with a tasting of six vintages.

Cathy Corison has been making wines in Napa since the 1970s, and since 1987 she has made wines under her own label from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown on the gravelly loams of the valley floor. She is one of the original female winemakers in Napa, and has focused on making wines from cooler sites and older vines with as little intervention as possible.

Fine wine tasting dinners are hosted by Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, and also runs the monthly Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies.  He is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Apr
6
Mon
Fine Wine Tasting with Dinner – Sangiovese @ Bacco
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Fine Wine Tasting with Dinner - Sangiovese @ Bacco | England | United Kingdom

I am setting myself a challenge here – to explore this grape variety, whose identity seems inextricably linked with Tuscany, yet is grown throughout Italy and indeed the world.

An opportunity for Bacco to pull out the stops, this will be a night of superb Italian gastronomy and some revelations about a surprisingly little known grape.

Fine wine tasting dinners are an opportunity to try more expensive wines than at our regular tastings at Richmond and Teddington, and Bacco always produces a fabulous meal.

Tim Syrad has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, and also runs the monthly Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies.  He is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Jun
24
Wed
Fine Wine Tasting with Dinner – Alsace vs Germany @ Le Salon Privé
Jun 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Fine Wine Tasting with Dinner - Alsace vs Germany @ Le Salon Privé | Twickenham | United Kingdom

Napa Valley needs no introduction, but it is very rare indeed to have the chance to sample a vertical tasting of a top estate’s signature wine. We will remind ourselves of some of Napa’s key regions, and then focus on Corison wines with a tasting of six vintages.

Cathy Corison has been making wines in Napa since the 1970s, and since 1987 she has made wines under her own label from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown on the gravelly loams of the valley floor. She is one of the original female winemakers in Napa, and has focused on making wines from cooler sites and older vines with as little intervention as possible.

Fine wine tasting dinners are hosted by Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, and also runs the monthly Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies.  He is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Aug
17
Mon
Summer Dinner ‘At Home’ @ Home
Aug 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Summer Dinner 'At Home' @ Home | England | United Kingdom
Apologies for any false impressions suggested by the photo – we don’t have a statue, nor a view of rolling vineyards, and we can’t even guarantee blue skies! But we can promise an evening at home of fine wine, good food and convivial company – a chance for me to do some cooking (possibly based on the cuisine we have experienced in the spring tours to Greece, Austria and Southern Burgundy), and open an eclectic collection of wine.

Fine wine tasting dinners are hosted by Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, and also runs the monthly Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies.  He is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery.

Aug
18
Tue
Summer Dinner ‘At Home’ @ Home
Aug 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Summer Dinner 'At Home' @ Home | England | United Kingdom
Apologies for any false impressions suggested by the photo – we don’t have a statue, nor a view of rolling vineyards, and we can’t even guarantee blue skies! But we can promise an evening at home of fine wine, good food and convivial company – a chance for me to do some cooking (possibly based on the cuisine we have experienced in the spring tours to Greece, Austria and Southern Burgundy), and open an eclectic collection of wine.

Fine wine tasting dinners are hosted by Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, and also runs the monthly Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies.  He is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery.

Aug
19
Wed
Summer Dinner ‘At Home’ @ Home
Aug 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Summer Dinner 'At Home' @ Home | England | United Kingdom
Apologies for any false impressions suggested by the photo – we don’t have a statue, nor a view of rolling vineyards, and we can’t even guarantee blue skies! But we can promise an evening at home of fine wine, good food and convivial company – a chance for me to do some cooking (possibly based on the cuisine we have experienced in the spring tours to Greece, Austria and Southern Burgundy), and open an eclectic collection of wine.

Fine wine tasting dinners are hosted by Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, and also runs the monthly Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies.  He is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery.

Sep
14
Mon
Fine Wine Tasting with Dinner – Chateau Musar 10 years on @ Bacco
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Fine Wine Tasting with Dinner - Chateau Musar 10 years on @ Bacco | England | United Kingdom

Our last tasting of Musar wines was in February 2010, and it’s safe to assume a lot has happened since then. The Hochar family have made wine under conditions of incredible adversity since 1930, in the Bekaa Valley where gravelly soil, altitude, and mountain shelter provide almost perfect conditions for the old Cabernet Sauvignon Cinsault and Carignan vines. We will taste a range of vintages, comparing flagship Musar to the more forward Hochar Père et Fils second wines, and getting to know the distinctive white, made from indigenous varieties.

Fine wine tasting dinners are an opportunity to try more expensive wines than at our regular tastings at Richmond and Teddington, and Bacco always produces a fabulous meal.

Tim Syrad has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, and also runs the monthly Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies.  He is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Oct
14
Wed
Fine Wine Tasting with Dinner – Modern Port @ Le Salon Privé
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Fine Wine Tasting with Dinner - Modern Port @ Le Salon Privé | Twickenham | United Kingdom

Port wine has an amazing history and tradition, inextricably linked to the fondness of British palates for sunshine preserved through winemaking and fortification. But unlike Sherry, whose history is very similar, Port has in the last few decades flourished and continues to be a popular and widely desired drink. In this tasting we will investigate how leading producers are continuing to keep Port relevant, incorporating modern vineyard and winemaking practices that ensure quality has never been higher.

We can look forward to a superb four course meal from the Salon Privé that will demonstrate Port’s versatility as a food wine as well as an aperitif or digestif.

Fine wine tasting dinners are hosted by Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, and also runs the monthly Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies.  He is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Dec
1
Tue
Christmas Masterclass Dinners @ Home
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Christmas Masterclass Dinners @ Home | England | United Kingdom

Masterclass dinners at home are the signal that the festive season is in full swing, but I make no compromises even if it’s Christmas. I will prepare a five course meal that is turkey free, sprout free and figgy pudding free, accompanied by a superb selection of wines.

Fine wine tasting dinners are hosted by Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, and also runs the monthly Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies.  He is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery.