Northern England Wine Tasting School, Cumbria U.K.
Lake District Wine Tastings and WINE OF COURSE.
A retrospective look at the ....
Burgundy Wine Workshop held on Saturday 8th February 2020
THE WINE LIST
Wine 1 Cremant de Bourgogne (Sparkling)
Made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Aligote grapes by the Caves de Haut Cote
A good value for money sparkler from M & S Carlisle £10.00
Wines 2 and 3, both white wines, were revealed after they had been tasted 'blind' (Such fun?
Wine 2 was a Muscadet from the Loire Valley (£8.50 Booths Penrith)
Wine 3 was a St Bris, Sauvignon Blanc from Burgundy (£13.75 Booths Penrith)
(Muscadet is a nick-name for Melon de Bourgogne, a grape variety imported from Burgundy.
Most people much preferred the Muscadet, thought the Muscadet was the Burgundy wine and that it was the more expensive of the two wines (who would have guessed!)
As Librarians know only too well "Never judge a book by its cover!"
The same applies to wine bottle labels!
Wine 4 is a Classic White Burgundy 'Vire-Clesse' 2016 made by Bouchard Aine et Fils.
A typical white Burgundy from Tesco, Carlisle £10.00
Wine 5 Red Burgundy 'Les Ursulines' 2017, Made by Jean-Claud Boisset in Nuit St Georges, Cote D'Or from Cranston's Food Hall, Penrith
An excellent simple Vin de Bourgogne, delicious and characterful £18.75
Wine 6. Fleurie, Beaujolais Cru 2018
A very popular award -winning Beaujolais from Morrisons, Penrith £9.00
Wine 7. Morgon, Old Vines, Beaujolais Cru 2016
a superb example of a very distinctive Beaujolais from Grahams, Penrith
Wine 8. Savigny les Beaune A. Bichot 2015
Often over shadowed and over-looked, this very elegant wine is a superb example of a Cote D'Or red at a 'relatively' affordable price.
Purchased from Grahams, Penrith £25.00
Next Wine Workshop will be ...
Saturday 6th June 2020 at the LANGWATHBY STATION CAFE-RESTAURANT
on the Settle-Carlisle Railway
THE WINES OF SOUTHERN ITALY,
including Sardinia and Sicily
Tutored Tasting of 8 wines
followed by a suitably themed two course seasonal lunch
£45.00 per person
Limited places; booking essential.
The tutored wine tasting will start at 11-30 am and lunch will be from 1-30 pm until 3-00 pm -ish!
Starting and finish times will fall in with train arrival and departure times
Departure time from Carlisle Station is 10-49 am arr. Langwathby 11.18 am
Departure time from Langwathby 3.28 pm arr Carlisle 4.01 pm
TICKETS LIMITED (min 12) Maximum 24
BOOK EARLY To AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!
Free Car Parking at Langwathby Station.
Telephone Peter 01768 889101 or email: [email protected]
or Janet on 07767602687 or email [email protected]
LANGWATHBY STATION CAFE/ RESTAURANT on the north-bound platform at the Langwathby working Train Station on the famous Settle Carlisle Railway. Free Car Park
Starting on Saturday 19th October; a series of WONDERFUL WINE WORKSHOPS is being planned, showcasing wines of Europe, especially from those regions and counties with a Mediterranean climate And the further good news is that these events are being held in conjunction with Janet, at the renowned LANGWATHBY STATION CAFE, on the SETTLE - CARLISLE RAILWAY.LINE
These 'stand-alone' single event wine courses are for people who love wine but want to know more, and prefer a Saturday lunch-time session rather than an evening or a weekend event. For visitors, it could be part, or indeed the highlight, of a day out, a week-end or even an extended holiday visit to the area; giving plenty of extra time, to participate in some of the many activities and visit some of the famous attractions that the Lake District and Cumbria have to offer.
On many occasions I have enjoyed meals at the Langwathby Station Cafe and I have to say that the food is excellent and the ambiance is just perfect for a wine tasting session; bright and characterful, but tasteful and elegant, too. Before long, there will be a gallery page..
Another good reason for choosing this venue is the fact that the Cafe/Restaurant is in the former ticket office of the Langwathby Railway Station. (which has a warm and welcoming open fire) which is also a part of a working station on the Settle - Carlisle railway line where a regular daily railway service operates between Carlisle and Leeds and vice-versa. Furthermore, the times of the wine workshop and lunch have been carefully chosen to coincide with both arrival and departure times, so that wine tasters can arrive by train from Carlisle, Armathwaite or Lazonby/Kirkoswald stations in good time for the wine workshop, and depart shortly after lunch, and so too, can wine tasters travelling from Leeds, Shiply, Bingley, Keightley, Skipton, Settle, Kirkby Stephen and Appleby stations. ( see time schedule below.)
For wine tasters arriving by car, there is free car-parking in the station car park. Langwathby is within a ten minute drive from Penrith and the M6 motorway on the A686, the main road from Penrith to Hexham which, incidentally, is classified by the AA as being one of the top-ten scenic drives in the world. This road ascends the Hartside Pass from the summit of which, at just under 2,000 feet, there is a spectacular vista of the Solway Firth and Scotland beyond.
For those requiring overnight accommodation in Langwathby the nearby SHEPHERDS INN has 5 letting bedrooms. (WEB SITE: www.shepherds-inn.co.uk/ email [email protected]/ Telephone 01768 881335 ) and more accommodation is available at the EDENHALL HOTEL (1.5 miles).
For designated drivers there are three options:
1. Swirl, Sniff, Slurp and then SPIT OUT THE WINE SAMPLE !
2. Bring along a box of wine glasses and a roll of cling film. Swirl, Sniff ,,,, STOP now, cover the glass with cling film and place it in the box. You will have a fairly good impression of the wine, which you will be able to corroborate later; at your leisure!
3, Abstain from the wine and have soft drinks instead. (£5.00 reduction off the ticket price and three free soft drinks)
The first session of the Saturday Wine Workshops was devoted to the theme of PORTUGAL
19 people attended this event, which was a great success. 11 people came from Carlisle (2 people having travelled up to Carlisle by train from Macclesfield! The second event was a great success also and this time 22 people attended. One couple came up from Kendal and stayed the night at the SHEPHERDS INN, Langwathby.
Book early for the next wine workshop on 6th June. It will be summer time, and there will be many visitors in the area. So; if we reach the maximum 24 bookings early, we will keep a reserve waiting list in case of cancellations.
The next Wine Workshop session will be Saturday 6th June 2020
Please note: The cost of the tickets for the tutored wine workshop sessions at which eight specially selected wines will be tasted and evaluated, together with a two course theme inspired lunch, with a choice of starters and mains, will be £45.00 per person. Tickets will be strictly limited to preserve the right balance between a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 24 to ensure a friendly, comfortable atmosphere.
Those who attend will have a great day to remember, enjoying their leisure while learning with pleasure! So too,will those who arrive and depart by train. They will have a day out on the world famous scenic Settle-Carlisle railway which, after a special wine tasting and a lovely lunch,and a return train trip, will provide a complete, fabulous, experience!
PS Possibilities. There is nothing to stop car drivers parking their cars at Carlisle Train Station, if it isn't too far out of your way, and travelling down to Langwathby and return on the Carlisle-Settle line, just for fun, and to enhance their day-out experience. (Better yet, if convenient, leave your car at home and take a taxi to Carlisle Train Station! ). Also, there is nothing to stop passengers on the Settle-Carlisle returning on the Sunday if they wished to convert a day out to a weekend away! just a thought!
One of the highlights of the Settle-Carlisle experience is crossing the mighty Ribblehead Viaduct between Horton in Ribblesdale and Dent
I have crossed the viaduct many times on the regular diesel service and once on a chartered steam train outing on Union of South Africa, sister engine to Mallard, holder of the land speed record for steam engines (126 mph) Crossing the viaduct was memorable, not least because one of the many steam train enthusiasts hanging out of the carriage window, suddenly withdrew his head from outside, and began fumbling in his jacket, then pulled a large white handkerchief from his pocket, beamed with delight, and shouted 'I've got a smut in my eye! (what bliss eh!) Currently there are three steam engine hauled trains per week on the line, but if you are attending the Saturday Wine Workshop events, be glad that you are on a diesel train. Steam Trains thunder through Langwathby station without stopping!