Northern England Wine Tasting School, Cumbria U.K. 

Lake District Wine Tastings and WINE OF COURSE.

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 Just about to begin the Champagne Tasting at Chateau Gonet in the Cote de Blanc, near Epernay.

Members of the Cumbria Wine Society on Vineyard Holiday Trip. We were travelling to Alsace for a week of wine Tasting in Alsace and the Baden region of South Germany so it was convenient to fit in a wine Tasting of fine Champagnes  en-route!. (and buy a few bottles to take away with us).

Vineyard Holiday Tour, Loire Valley, France

Visit to Chateau La Tour Gris, Loire Valley

Pictured above is a group of wine tasters from Cumbria about to enjoy the wines of the Chateau with a meal of local specialities at Chateau La Tour Gris, in Puy Notre Dame, near Saumur in the Loire Valley. During this wine and vineyard trip we visited several outstanding vineyards in Nante, Chinon, and Touraine

Our tour started by coach from Penrith to Portsmouth, overnight ferry to St Malo and on to our hotel in Chinon. On the return journey we paid a visit to a Cidre Farm in Brittany,before catching the overnight ferry from Roscoff to Plymouth.

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Wine Tasting. Cumbria Wine Tasters. Burgundy Vineyard

Vineyard Holidays

I grabbed my camera, just in time to capture their smiling faces, after a Vineyard and Wine Tasting visit in Burgundy. These  Cumbria Wine Society members appear not to mind queueing as they wait to collect their wine purchases from the wine tasting room at this vineyard in Rully, Cote Chalonnaise. (And why would they ? The wines here were delicious and reasonably priced)/

An Evening Dinner in Medoc, Bordeaux

My daughter Laura pours me a glass of a local wine (Claret) at the famous Lion D'Or on the Bordeaux Wine Trip for the Wine Appreciation Society of Penrith. It was a good match for the Confit de Canard!


One day I got talking to someone in Greystoke, (near Penrith).   who told me about a tour of the Bordeaux region that he and a friend had made many years earlier. One night they happened upon an amazing restaurant. (the name of which he couldn't remember) where the wines of the local vineyards were  kept in individual locked display cases all around the walls of the restaurant.  So, when vineyard owners were entertaining potential wine buyers, they could use their own special key to open up the display case and pour a sample!

As I was planning this Bordeaux trip at the time, I did some searching and managed to track it down in time to include a visit in our itinerary. Well worth a visit!