Masterclasses & Thematic Tastings at The Wine School

MASTERCLASS - PAIRING A WINTER MENU
28th January - 11:00
With: 2 Michelin Star Chef Ricardo Costa

As the winter season rolls on, all we can think about is the typical dishes and the memories of the comfort food of this cold day and nights, and with that, we can of course not forget the best wine pairing.

Winter gastronomy arrives at the Wine School through a very special showcooking session by the hands of two Michelin starred chef Ricardo Costa.

Four food tastings will be prepared in a winter menu, perfectly paired with a two-wine selection for each dish. Of these two wines, one will be a proposal from Chef Ricardo Costa, the other a suggestion from the Wine School team.

It will be a memorable experience of sharing and completely exclusive. 

FOR WHOM

For fans of fine food and lovers of wine suggestions for special moments; for those who are looking for exclusive and special moments and want to explore the winter seasonal products and their gastronomy. 

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE

A welcome drink with a surprise from Chef Ricardo, as well as the tasting of four small gastronomic experiences of the winter season, accompanied by two wines per moment.

 
PRICE  75€
Session 1
Saké - Styles, Culture and Tradition
18th February, 11:00am
With Tony Yip, WSET Certified Saké Educator
 

Session 1 Intro

 

Saké, Japan's national beverage, is rising in popularity in the West. This rice-based drink of around 15% abv can now be found on the menus of various Michelin-starred restaurants thanks to the drink's versatility and diversity.

This session will explore how saké is made; the meaning behind saké quality grades and styles, and the unique customs and traditions associated with drinking saké. We will also explore how food pairings can complement or change your perception of a saké’s flavour. Lastly, we will explore the proper way to taste saké and how to choose bottles that best suit your taste.

 

SESSION IN ENGLISH

 

FOR WHOM

For those curious to learn everything about Saké and the culture around this iconic beverage from a qualified Saké educator.

 

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE

A welcome drink and a tasting of 5 different saké styles. This unique tasting will be led by Tony Yip, holder of various saké qualifications (e.g. WSET L3 Saké, SSI International Kikisake-shi, SSA Advanced Saké Sommelier, SEC Certified Saké Professional, SSC Certified Saké Scholar) and Saké Educator qualified by Saké Sommelier Association.

Participants will receive a certificate of participation, as well as, a Wine School notebook and pencil.

Session 2
Saké - Exploring the Concept of “Terroir”
18th February, 3:00pm
With Tony Yip, WSET Certified Saké Educator

Session 2 Intro

 Japan is an island country stretching from North to South, and East to West. Similar to the concept of "terroir" in wine, Saké in different regions differs in style as the natural features, climate and local savoir-faire greatly influence the food and drinks culture in each region. In this workshop, you'll learn about the main regional styles, and taste several samples of Saké that highlight those regional differences. We'll even include a surprise Saké made outside of Japan to further demonstrate the notion of regionality.

SESSION IN ENGLISH

 

FOR WHOM
For all those curious to advance in the Saké world, learning from a qualified Saké educator about regionality in Saké.

 

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE
A welcome drink and a tasting of 5 different Saké styles, plus a surprise one from outside of Japan. This unique tasting will be led by Tony Yip, holder of various Ské qualifications (e.g. WSET L3 Saké, SSI International Kikisake-shi, SSA Advanced Saké Sommelier, SEC Certified Saké Professional, SSC Certified Saké Scholar) and Saké Educator qualified by Saké Sommelier Association.

Participants will receive a certificate of participation, as well as, a Wine School notebook and pencil.

Old Vines Planted in Granit, Douro Superior
February 23rd at 7pm
With Rita Marques, Head of Winemaking at Conceito

INTRO
The "old vineyard" is increasingly synonymous with quality, remaining the undisputed choice of oenology and the consumer.

In this Thematic Tasting we will delve into this theme with the help of winemaker Rita Marques, who argues that vines better adapted to the location, such as old vines, give rise to more balanced and structured wines.

These vines are made up of an enormous genetic variety, with different castes that bring great complexity to the wines. By creating an ecosystem in the vineyard that is better prepared to respond to today's environmental challenges, old vines, together with the soil, may be a key to reducing the impact of climate change on the world of wine.

This thematic tasting will focus specifically on granite soils, which are cooler than schist soils, due to their composition and also their tonality, not absorbing so much heat, protecting the roots of the vine and thus contributing to freshness and complexity. But is this really an irrefutable truth?!

 

FOR WHOM
For all those curious to understand the role of the Vinha Velha in white wines and its impact on the Douro region. For lovers of wines with greater freshness and complexity.

 

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE
A sparkling wine from this warm Douro region on arrival to the Thematic Tasting. A fantastic vertical tasting journey of 5 white wines from CONCEITO, still at the end we promise a unique wine to close the tasting.