From English fizz in a gallery to dinner with Joe Fattorini

DO you know your Chardonnay from your Chablis, your Malbec from your Merlot, or your Pinot from your…oh, you get the gist. If you want to educate yourself further in the mysteries of the grape, eat some excellent food, and have a jolly good laugh with some very nice people, one of these upcoming wine events might just tickle your Tempranillo.

The Last Supper - Hanging Ditch - Thurs 10 May (£27.50 pp)

Multi award-winning Lake District bakers, Lovingly Artisan, have teamed up with Hanging Ditch to offer this tasting experience centred on historically significant yet simple ingredients, chiefly the breaking of bread and serving of wine. 

Guests will be able to savour five specially selected wines - from Domaine Jeanne Prestige Rouge to Tawny Port - paired with a range of freshly baked artisan breads and toppings, all specially curated by wine merchant Richard Long and artisan baker Aidan Monks. Tickets are available here,

Hanging Ditch, Britannic Buildings, 42-44 Victoria St, Manchester M3 1ST

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Bread and wine - life's essentials at Hanging Ditch

Dinner with Joe Fattorini - Manchester House - Thurs 24 May (£100pp)

The first of Manchester House’s 2018 Wine Series dinners involves a five-course collaboration between chef Nathaniel Tofan and wine expert Joe "Obi Wine Kenobi" Fattorini. Joe has more recently been guiding 250 million viewers in 107 countries through Channel 5’s The Wine Show, so this will be a relatively intimate gig.

Guests will be treated to a welcome drink and nibbles followed by a selection of courses - from poached trout and caviar to shorthorn sirloin and cheek - all accompanied by a series of specially chosen wines to match. Joe will talk guests through each wine in his characteristically accomplished style, hopefully revealing a few behind the scenes secrets. Enquire about tickets here.

Manchester House, 18-22 Bridge St, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3BZ

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Joe Fattorini from The Wine Show

English wine tasting - Manchester Art Gallery - Thurs 24 May (£25pp)

To compliment the first retrospective for nearly a century of the Manchester-born painter Annie Swynnerton, a pioneering professional artist who challenged convention in art and life, Manchester Art Gallery will host a tasting of six English white wines and fizzes in conjunction with wine merchants Hanging Ditch. The tasting will be held alongside the exhibition, where Curator Rebecca Milner will give a talk about the works of the Manchester-born artist. Tickets are available here.

Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL

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Head to Manchester Art Gallery for English fizz

Spring wine dinner - Grafene - Weds 30 May (£60pp)

Celebrate contemporary British cuisine and exclusive wines at this modern King Street restaurant. This will be the first collaboration between Master of Wine, Miles Corish, and Grafene’s new head chef Ben Mounsey. The special event will incorporate a five-course fine dining menu matched with a number of limited edition and exclusive wines chosen specifically to bring out the very best flavours. Tickets are available here.

Grafene, 55 King Street, Manchester, M2 4LQ

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Grafene's head chef Ben Mounsey (pictured) will collaborate with wine master Miles Corish

Corks Out - The Castlefield Rooms, Dukes92 - Thurs 7 June (£20pp)

Popular North West wine merchants Corks Out will be showing around 100 wines, Champagnes and spirits, as well as a few beers that you can try before you buy. There will be expert knowledge at each table to give you as little or as much information as you wish. It’s a very casual affair… Simply come in, choose your favourites (or explore a few new ones), pick up a glass, a product sheet and taste away. Prices range from £8-£70, but you’re not expected to work your way through all of them. Buy tickets here.

The Castlefield Rooms, 18-20 Castle Street, Manchester, M3 3LZ

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Corks Out will be showing around 100 wines at The Castlefield Rooms in Dukes92

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