Wine Table Dates for Autumn 2016

The new dates for the Autumn Wine Table dates have been set and are as follows September 30th, October 21st, November 18th and December 9th. Full details of the themes are to be found of the Events section of the site. The evenings promise to show an interesting range of wines from around the globe with some light bites to help us along.

The Wine Tables have taken the concept of casual dining and applied it to wine tasting. The evenings are an opportunity to taste good to great wine in a relaxed ‘non-formal’ environment. Information about the wines will be given but the aim is to enjoy the wine, food and company.

Details regarding the themes, timings, prices and booking can be found on the Events page.



Press Wine events for the coming year

I hope that you are well and enjoyed a jolly and Merry Christmas. Possibly you are planning for the coming year so I thought you might be interested to learn about some wine activities. Press Wine Services has arranged a number of events for the coming Spring season. There are the Wine Tables (see below for details) and, in co-operation with Canterbury Wine School, a number of One Day Wine Courses and Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses.

We will soon send out details of the wine dinners that are run in local establishments. Hopefully, they will give you something to look forward to in late January, February and March, or whenever the various diets get over the excesses of Christmas diets end. We hope to put on events at The Sportsman, and The Duck Inn. In addition we will be working with Café du Soleil to run some Cheese and Wine workshops.

So please read on below about the Wine Tables, and don’t forget we can always arrange a bespoke tasting at the Goods Shed or your home for a special occasion.

The Wine Table

Once a month Press Wine Services will be running a ‘Wine Table’ evening at which a selection of 8 wines will be opened and tasted. Corks will be drawn and the first wine poured at 7 pm; we aim to serve the final wine at 8.30pm. There will also be a range of tapas style dishes during the evening.

The dates are as follows

Friday 29th  January: a chance to taste a range of Italian reds and whites from the north to south of this extraordinarily vinous rich country. We will sample wines from Sardinia and Puglia, Sicily and Tuscany plus others from Piedmont and Friuli.

Friday 26th  February: SOLD OUT an opportunity to explore the two great varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. So, as well as the famous wines of Burgundy we will experience examples from around the world including New Zealand, the USA and Chile.

Friday 25th  March: a Spring Selection! The wines for this evening will be chosen to fit the lightening mood of Spring with light semi-aromatic whites and medium bodied reds. The wines will include examples of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Tempranillo and Gamay from around the globe.

Places are limited to so please book as soon as possible. The cost is £ 20 per person, payable with your booking.

Wine Dinners

The Duck Inn, Pett Bottom

Date  Friday March 18th 2016

TIme Arrivals from 7.15 pm , to table 7.30 pm

Ticket Price £ 60.00

Jim Shave and his team   have gained a reputation for delivering great quality food and tremendous value at the Duck Inn, Pett Bottom. The ingredients are sourced as locally and seasonally as possible and Jim’s culinary skills transform them into wonderful, balanced dishes exemplifying the best of British cuisine. The Italian dinner was a complete sell out and those attending have vowed to come back for the next dinner. So, beat the rush and book early to avoid disappointment. The theme for the dinner will be Spanish Wines with Iberian dishes (doubtless with Jim’s own touches).

Book through The Duck Inn 01227 830354

Wine Tables and Dinners: October to December 2013.

Wine tables:

Once a month Press Wine Services runs a “Wine Table” evening at the Goods Shed, Canterbury, at which a selection of 8 wines are opened and tasted. Corks are drawn and the first wine is poured at 7pm; we aim to serve the final wine at 8:30pm. There are also a range of tapas-style dishes during the evening.

25th October Non Sulphited wines

We will taste a range of wines which have had little or no Sulphur Dioxide added to them. SO2 is widely used as a preservative and antiseptic in wines around the world. To maintain wines without this chemical takes great care and skill, and the wines can take on a different character. This tasting will give you an opportunity to experience wines without SO2.

29th November Viognier and Syrah

This is a superb chance to taste these two fine varieties from the northern Rhone which are now spread around the globe. So we will taste examples from the homeland such as St Joseph and Condrieu as well as wines from Australia and the USA.

13th December Wines for the Christmas Table

There will be a collection of interesting, well made and characterful wines to see us through the Christmas period. Bubbles, classics, sweet and fortified will all feature in this hamper of vinous joy.

Places are limited to a dozen guests so please book as soon as possible. The cost is £ 15 per person, payable with your booking.

More details about the wines to be tasted will posted on as we approach the dates so do keep looking on line.

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Rafael’s Restaurant

Thursday 21st November

Rafa Lopez, of Rafael’s Restaurant, The Goods Shed, and Clive Barlow MW of Press Wine Services will present a gastronomic evening to celebrate the produce of the season with matching wines. Tickets are £55 per person and include a four course dinner with aperitif and wines to partner each course. Book your place with Press Wine Services.

The planned menu is as follows

 Warm salad of seasonal fruits, walnut and goat’s curd

Shoulder of Iberico , with Russet apples and  parsnip mash

Baked Vacherin with braised celery

Poached quince, cobnut biscuit and vanilla ice cream

Includes an aperitif and wines with each course, and tea and coffee. Service is not included. The aperitif will be served from 7.15 pm and we aim to go to the table at 7.30pm. Carriages should be arranged for 10. 45 pm.


The Sportsman, Seasalter

Thursday 28th November

There are still a few places left for the November Wine and Dine at the Sportsman. The theme for the evening is the wine of Piedmont and the north west of Italy.

Chef Stephen Harris will create a number of dishes according to the season and, if he thinks it appropriate, to match the wines of the region. The evening will consist of an aperitif with a selection of snacks followed by a four course dinner with two wines served with each course, and an additional two wines of special interest will be introduced during the meal. Coffee and tea is served at the end of the dinner. Carriages best booked for 10.45 p.m.

Tickets £ 87.50/head. Aperitif from 7 pm to sit down at the table for 7.30 pm.

Book through Press Wine Services, by email or on 07778 640 381

Friday 20th September: Grenache Day Wine Table

Friday 20th Grenache Day Wine Table

This Friday is Global Grenache Day and we will be running a special ‘Pop Up’ Wine table tasting Grenache based wines from around the world including Chateauneuf du Pape, the iconic Chene Bleu wines, and white, rose, sweet and dry from other regions.
Places are limited to 12 lucky people, we pull corks and pour at 7 pm, pouring until 8.30 pm. Tickets are £15.00 per person. So please book soon to avoid missing a superb evening of the world’s most unsung grape.

To book contact Clive on or telephone 07778 640381.

The Canterbury Wine School: Autumn Wine courses

I am delighted to announce that this Autumn I will be teaching at the new Canterbury Wine School, offering the opportunity to study WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) courses, as well as enjoy bespoke events and training.

There will be two WSET Level 2 courses in Canterbury. The evening course will commence on Tuesday, September 24th. It will comprise 9 two hour sessions, including examination.  Canterbury on the following dates: September 24th, October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, November 5th, 12th, 19th. From 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The course will be held at the Main Campus, Canterbury Christ Church University.

And there will also be a WSET Level 2 tought as six 1/2 day sessions on Mondays on the following dates: September 30th, October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, November 4th. From 9am to 1pm. This course will be held at the Hall Place, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury.

The cost of each course, including course material, tasting wines, use of glasses and examination fees and marking is £365.00. If you have any questions regarding the course or would like to request an application form please contact Ann Morris by email on

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Wine Supper at Rafael’s Restaurant at the Goods Shed, 19th June

Rafa has put together a late spring, early summer, almost solstice supper, for us. It promises to be flavoursome yet light, perfect for those late warm evenings.

We will start with a glass of English sparkling wine and proceed with wines to partner each course. The full menu, with matching wines, is below. The meal, wines and tea and coffee are all included in the cost of £55/person. Places are limited so please, to avoid disappointment, please book as early as possible.  

As usual we will go to the table at 7.30 pm, with the bubbles being poured from 7.15 pm. Carriages, taxis and departure from 10.45 pm.

So if you would like to enjoy the flavours of the season please do get touch and book your place(s). You can book by emailing me at or calling 07778 640381.



Ambriel Sparkling Wine, Redfold Vineyard

 Confit Loch Duart salmon
spring vegetables, crisp skin

J B Adams Riesling, ‘Nature’, Alsace 2011

Garden of England asparagus
duck egg, Kelly’s goats cheese

Domaine Villargeau, Coteaux du Giennois 2011

Rump of Romney Marsh lamb in hay
courgette & mint

Chateau du Pey, Cru Bourgeois, Medoc, 2010

Dante Robino Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, 2006

Buttermilk pudding
poached fruits & berries, ice cream

Quady’s Black Muscat ‘Elysium’


An English Wine Table: Tasting notes

Tasting notes from the English Wine Table at the Goods Shed, Canterbury, 31st of May 2013.

Limney ‘Blanc de Blanc’, Kent 2007, £19.75

The Limney Blanc de Blanc, sadly one of the few remaining bottles, showed a lean, green apple fruit lifted by some yeasty notes, very clean and fresh, despite its age. The palate was still youthful, with a vibrant mousse, and fresh character. The apple notes came through on the palate , the wine has a clean, light character with a medium finish. It is certainly one of the better ‘non-champagne varietal fizzes produced.


Ambriel, Redfold Vineyard, Sussex, £27.50

Ambriel has a fine brioche nose with ripe citrus characters which follow through onto a dry, crisp, flavoursome palate. The mousse is fine and persistent , the lemon notes are  pure and ripe, and lead to a citrus fresh finish. There is a maturing character to the wine which can be drunk with great pleasure now but will round out marvelously over the next 2 to 4 years.

Pilgrim’s Harvest, Barnsole Vineyard, Kent 2010, £10.50

Made from Huxelrebbe this wine showed intense aromatics of muscat and ripe peach with a catty edge. Many on the table loved its fresh character with the touch of sweetness balancing the crisp acidity. Certainly an English wine for warm summer days in the garden.

Throwley Reserve, Faversham, Kent 2008, £10.80

This is a mature Ortega wine and has a fairly neutral character but showed some pear and cobnut aromas. On the palate it is dry and broad, not too old, but clean and crisp. Its more neutral character puts one in mind of a Chablis; mineral and pure, a perfect foil for white fish.

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Darnibole Bacchus, Camel Valley, Cornwall, 2010, £17.00

Bob Lindo’s single vineyard Bacchus is still vibrant, showing that herbal, grassy note so typical of Bacchus. The palate is flavoursome and long with a linear style. The slate soils of the vineyard show through in the crystalline manner of the wine.

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Gribble Bridge Rose, Biddenden, Kent 2011, £9.90

The Biddenden rosé was well received at the Table with red cherry and berry fruits, a light, moreish palate, and its clean and fresh style. Sometimes a well made simple wine, well balanced and sapid is all that one requires and this wine achieves these objectives well.

Gribble Bridge Red, Biddenden, Kent, £9.90

The two reds were both from the dornfelder grape. But each showed a different style. The Biddenden wine was light, with flavours of wild strawberry and a touch of spice. The tannins were light and it had a Beaujolais freshness and style.

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Canterbury Choice Red Reserve, Barnsole Vineyard, Kent 2010, £12.50

The Dornfelder from Barnsole has more weight and heft. The fruit more in line with cranberry and dark spices. The body feels slightly fuller and the tannins offer texture and grip. And the closest French style would be that of Cabernet Franc from the Loire. The table was split, some prefer the lighter Biddenden others the grip of Barnsole, especially after the second mouthful and some fine Ashmore Cheese.