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Grape Expectations – Merlot / Riesling

May 3 @ 19:00 - 21:00


Join us in Manchester City Centrefor this wine tasting which forms part of our “Grape Expectations” course. Each month we will look at some of the world’s most famous and interesting Red and White grape varieties and taste the diverse selection of the varied flavours and styles of wines these grapes produce. Showcasing some of our favourites. In May we will be tasting the classic red – Merlot and the diversly delicious white – Riesling

Merlot is much misunderstood! Regarded as something of the underdog to Cabernet Sauvignon in the classic Bordeaux blend, Merlot can stand on its own very well as a “single varietal“. Because cheap commercial Merlot has given the varietal a bad reputation. It’s time to set the record straight: Merlot wine is first class. Not only does it command the highest respect in the wine world, Merlot also tastes great with food. On the night we will taste several Merlot wines form the old and new world and hopefully challenge any preconceptions you have about this classic grape.

Riesling, another misunderstood grape! Scared by our memories of poor German wine in the 1980’s Riesling wine has a colourful German heritage. Today, it has emerged as one of the most collectible white wines among top connoisseurs around the world. Often intensely aromatic Riesling can be dry or sweet and makes a great food match to spicy dishes. 

On the night we will taste 6 wines accompanied by full tasting notes and some cheese and ham to nibble on. 

Perfect for those who love wine and want to know more. A great gift idea too!

This tasting takes place in the atmospheric Royal Exchange Theatre. We are delighted to offer those booking a 20% off drinks voucher which can be redeemed at The Rivals bar/restaurant.


May 3
19:00 - 21:00
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Manchester Wine School


Royal Exchange Theatre
St Annes Square
Manchester, M2 7DH
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