The Great British Grape Off

The Wine School of Cheshire will host a showcase event for English Wine Week 2017 at
Restaurant 1539, Chester Racecourse on Saturday 3rd June.

“English Wine Week is a national campaign, designed to raise awareness of English wine
across the country. There are a wide range of activities which take place across the
country to celebrate English Wine Week, involving both retail and leisure outlets, and at
the vineyards themselves.

English Wine Week starts over Spring Bank Holiday which is also half term holiday for
most schools. It marks the start of the tourist season, and the vineyards themselves are
waking up to the new growing season – there is plenty to see and enjoy.” – The English
Wine Producers, April 2017.

This year, The Wine School of Cheshire is embracing Chester’s proximity to the Welsh
border to include Welsh wines within their annual feature event for English Wine Week by
hosting The Great British Grape Off at Restaurant 1539 at Chester’s historic racecourse
on Saturday 3rd June.

Richard Smith, founder of the wine school said, “I was thrilled to work with the English
Wine Producers at RHS Tatton Park last summer where I met Colin and Charlotte Bennett
of Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard where they featured their first release of wines from their own
vineyard in North Wales. Afterwards, I thought was a fantastic idea it would be to introduce
these wines to Cheshire and what better way than to include them in English Wine Week,
enabling my guests to enjoy a complete taste of British wine in one enjoyable afternoon

There are around 500 vineyards in England and Wales and a selection of the best will be
on tasting at this entertaining event in Chester, expected to include The Ridgeview Estate,
supplier to both Buckingham Palace and Downing Street, Chapel Down and The
Gusbourne Estate.

The Wine School of Cheshire’s signature Saturday wine tasting afternoons in Chester
always include a four-course gourmet lunch by Restaurant 1539’s Executive Chef Daniel
Speak, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy the very best of wine and food pairing in a
relaxed atmosphere. Dining events are usually limited to just 14 guests with the feeling of
an intimate dinner party with good friends.

The Great British Grape Off is £80 per person and tickets can be purchased at The Wine
School of Cheshire’s Chester web page at

Image courtesy of Gusbourne

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