Up for a fizz challenge?

Two glasses of white wine in vineyard

Fancy yourself as a bit of a fizz expert?

There is an event to test your taste buds on Thursday, September 24, at 6.30pm at Connolly Wine’s shop in Livery Street in the city centre.

The long-established independent wine merchant is holding a blind bubbly tasting, with 15 different bottles of fizz with no labels.
Chris Connolly, owner of the company, said: “Does the reputation match the taste? The bubbles, the bling? Or is it all just hot air (or more accurately, bubbles forming on imperfections in the glass facilitating nucleation)?”

The event is part of a packed programme of tastings being hosted by Connolly’s.

Tickets are £20 per person

Waterkloof vineyards

At 6.30pm on Thursday, October 8, Louis Boutinot, from Waterkloof vineyards in South Africa, will be at the shop in Livery Street. Waterkloof is one of the ‘new wave’ of South African wineries, which lead Chris to describe the country as ‘the most exciting in the southern hemisphere.’

Connolly’s store manager Ed Orchard is currently in discussions with Carl Finn of Peel and Stone who are preparing some suitable nibbles for the occasion.

Tickets for the tasting cost £10

Jordan Wines

Another South African winemaker, Thea Van-Der-Merwe, from award-winning Jordan Wines in Stellenbosch, will host a food and wine matching evening at Connolly’s store in Dovehouse Parade, Solihull, at between 7-9pm at Tuesday,October 13.
Specially chosen nibbles will accompany the wines which will include their iconic Cobbler’s Hill Bordeaux Blend and Nine Yards Chardonnay.

Tickets cost £10

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