Three-week wine masterclass: tutored tastings from the Old World to the New, with Will Lyons

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Join The Sunday Times wine columnist and vice president of The Sunday Times Wine Club, Will Lyons for this exclusive three-week course, as he shares more than 20 years of knowledge and vinous experience, taking you on a tutored journey from the classic wine regions of the northern hemisphere to some of its newest vineyards in the south. 

Run over three consecutive Wednesdays, numbers on this course are limited to allow you to interact with Will throughout, gaining an insight into his lifelong passion, as he takes you on a deep dive into three areas which he believes offer some of the most outstanding value and quality in the world of wine today: Bordeaux, South Africa and New Zealand.

Each week you will pull the cork on two bottles of carefully selected wine as Will guides you through the cellars and vineyards of the Old and New World, explaining how to taste wine like a pro, giving you the confidence to choose the right bottle and providing you with the essentials on what you need to know to open the doors on your journey to becoming a wine expert. 

This relaxed and informative course will be delivered via Zoom and you will be able to share your thoughts throughout. Will will be on hand to answer all your questions while bringing you the latest tips of where you should be looking next, sharing his own recommendations of what you should be buying, where you should be looking for quality, as well as the wine producers to look out for. 

The course will cover:

  • An overview of the principal regions, grape varieties and wines produced in Bordeaux, South Africa and New Zealand giving you the knowledge to understand and choose wines from the Southern and Northern Hemisphere with confidence.
  • Insider tips on the best wines and producers to look out for in each key region and country: what you should be buying, where you should be looking for quality and where to find value for money.
  • How to taste wine like a pro and develop your own sense of taste – giving you the knowledge to choose the right bottle.
  • Each week will cover the wine producing history of each country covering the cultural, economic, social and religious changes that helped shape the character of the wine regions today, giving you the context to understand winemaking in the 21st century.
  • Q&A in which you can ask our expert anything

‚ÄčThe ticket price includes six full (75cl) bottles of selected wine (RRP for half case with delivery: £262) supplied by the Sunday Times Wine Club which will be delivered to your home:


2016 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac-Leognan AOC Grand Cru Classe, Bordeaux 

2017 Les Pagodes de Cos, Saint-Estephe, Bordeaux

South Africa 

2018 Chardonnay, Boschendal, Elgin, South Africa

2016 Anwilka, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

New Zealand 

2019 Chardonnay, Hunter’s, Marlborough, New Zealand 

2018 Pinot Noir, Dog Point, Marlborough, New Zealand 

This course is aimed at anyone who loves wine, from beginners to those with a good understanding of wine. 

The course will be taught on zoom and you will be encouraged to have your cameras and microphones on. You will receive your wines before the first course date, and details of suggested food pairings.

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