Wickhams’ Winter Wine Discovery Event

Wickhams’ Winter Wine Discovery EventSaturday 19th November 2022 at the Mercure Exeter Rougemont.

Join Wickhams at the Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel on Saturday 19th November from 12-6pm to discover their range of award-winning wines from around the world. A wide selection of wines from England, France, Spain, Italy, South Africa and beyond will be available to taste with many winemakers and producers available to meet on the day. There will also be five masterclasses hosted by leading industry experts including well-known wine writer Susy Atkins (telegraph.co.uk, delicious. mag.) .

Tickets are available from eventbrite.co.uk and cost £15 per person (until October 31st), after which tickets cost £30 per person. Masterclasses are £5 each and it is recommended they are purchased in advance. The Exeter Mercure Hotel is located opposite Central Station, in the very heart of Exeter. It is perfectly located should you wish to travel to this event using public transport and is wheelchair accessible. 

Wickhams’ tasting events are always fun and informal. You can try lots of wines, meet some of the winemakers and attend a masterclass. Whether you are an amateur with a love of wine or a seasoned professional, there will be something for you. This will also be the perfect opportunity to select your wines for the Festive Season. 


Throughout the day we will be showcasing a broad range of red, white, rosé, orange and sparkling wines including: Bodegas La Eralta from Rioja, Spain; Mario Giribaldi from Piedmont Italy; Peter Falke from Stellenbosch, South Africa; and winemakers from Champagne, Beaujolais and Burgundy in France. Flying the flag for England will be Sandridge Barton Wines and Huxbear Vineyard, both from Devon. 

Upon arrival you will be given a brochure with details of all the producers present and the wines that are available to taste. 


Priced at £5 per person, unless otherwise stated. For further information or to book please visit Eventbrite.

Masterclass 1 – Off the Beaten Track Wines Hosted by Stephen Barrett, wine writer and educator.

Join Stephen to explore some lesser-known grape varieties and countries in this intriguing masterclass. You may even discover a new favourite.

Masterclass 2 – Alternative Christmas Food and Wine Pairings Hosted by Pip Vanham AIWS DipWSET (please note this masterclass is £10 per person to cover food costs.)

Pip will be taking you through some alternative ideas to serve with your Christmas meal. There will be morsels of food served with each wine so you can really understand how wines change when enjoyed with the right pairing. Pip’s passion really shines through when she’s talking about wine and food so sign up and prepare to have your eyes opened to new flavour experiences.

Masterclass 3 – It’s Beaujolais, but not as you know it! Hosted by Susy Atkins, wine writer (telegraph.co.uk, delicious mag.)

Beaujolais has too often been thought of as only a summer wine; light, floral and good served chilled. In this masterclass Susy will show you what gems Beaujolais is hiding to prove it is a great all-round region. You’ll learn lots about the regions, the crus and the wines so open your mind to trying something new.

Susy writes for the Sunday Telegraph and Delicious magazine. She is also familiar to many wine & food lovers as a regular wine expert and presenter on BBC1’s flag-ship cookery show Saturday Kitchen. 

Masterclass 4 – A Vineyard Year Hosted by Lucy Hulland of Huxbear Vineyard, Devon.

Come along and learn what really happens in the vineyard all year round. Lucy Hulland is owner of Huxbear Vineyard, along with her husband Ben, and how she talks about the work required to plant and run a working vineyard is nothing short of fascinating. You’ll gain a greater understanding of what goes on “behind the scenes”, with blood, sweat, tears and an awful lot of hard work all contributing to the wines you’ll be tasting. 

Masterclass 5 – Classic Christmas Wines Hosted by Dan Farrell-Wright

Join Wickhams’ owner, Dan Farrell-Wright as he talks through what he will be drinking at the dinner table this Christmas. Dan’s easy delivery will leave you feeling like you’re part of the family as you taste 5 of Dan’s favourite, classic choices for the festive season.

Wickhams have had another hugely successful year beating Waitrose & Partners to win Specialist Merchant of the Year, England at the International Wine Challenge Awards and receiving three nominations at this year’s Decanter Retailer Awards. Their events schedule also continues to build with regular online tastings which are informative and a lot of fun. They are also very reasonably priced with one tasting pack, containing enough for two people, costing £10. These events are hosted by Dan Farrell-Wright and Pip Vanham (AIWS DipWSET) as well as other special guests and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own sofa! All information can be found at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wickhams-great-british-wine-merchant-33238984503

Wickhams is an independent wine merchant based in Devon. Sourcing the finest Estate bottled wines from around the world, Wickhams curate collections from the everyday to the classics, so there’s something to suit all tastes. They passionately believe in stocking wines, spirits and gift sets at a range of price points to ensure their products are accessible to all. To stay updated with all their events and new releases sign up to their mailing list at www.wickhamwine.co.uk

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