Share a glass with ‘grape guru’ Joe Wadsack

He’s the robust red of the wine world, and in December TV celebrity Joe Wadsack of BBC’s Food & Drink, brings his unique brand of wine talk to a tasting dinner at Wynyard Hall in partnership with Guest Wines and Luxe magazine.

Joe, an award-winning broadcaster and wine writer, will take you on a witty wine journey through a life lived in the world of food and drink on Thursday December 1.

It promises to be fun, entertaining and uncomplicated as Joe shares his refreshing take on wines of the world and guides you through a tasting of exceptional bottles.

The wines will be paired with a menu especially devised by Wynyard Hall’s head chef Mehdi Amiri and Ruth and Kelvyn of Guest Wines will be showcasing some outstanding wines for the evening in conjunction with Joe Wadsack. 

The wine evening will be held in the sumptuous Mirror Room at Wynyard Hall and the hotel has arranged a special room rate of £99 (normally £195) for guests.

In addition, each couple will receive a bottle of wine from Guest Wines at the end of the evening.

Luxe will be covering the event in full and it will be featured in the November edition of the magazine. 

BOOKINGS TAKEN BY WYNYARD HALL


Here’s a first look at the fine wine and food pairing prepared by ourselves, Joe Wadsack and executive chef Mehdi Amiri especially for you.

Wine with Wadsack

Opposites Attract: The Magic of Food & Wine Unveiled

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Chef’s Amuse-Bouche

Exton Park Blanc de Noirs, Hampshire, England

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Hay Smoked Venison, Chestnut, Apple

The King’s Favour Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba, Barossa Valley, South Australia

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Stone Bass, Curried Cauliflower, Samphire 

The Ned Pinot Noir, Southern Valleys, New Zealand

Domaine Treloar One Block Grenache, Roussillon, France

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Blackberry Panna Cotta, Spiced Granola

A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Moscato D’Asti, Alba, Italy

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Coffee & Treats


More about Joe:

Joe grew up in his parent’s gastropub and after a career in the  RAF Joe took a turn and went off to study and make wine in Bordeaux, attaining a winemaking diploma in 1991.

He’s worked with  Oddbins, Sainsburys and was Waitrose wine buyer for 5 years. 

 In 2001, Joe left Waitrose to set up the marketing company Cube Communications, which still thrives today, winning Wine PR Company of the Year at the Drinks Business Awards 3 years in a row, and recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary.

He has co-presented Great Wine Walks, with Kitty Johnson the daughter of the famous Hugh Johnson taking him to South Africa, Australia, and the fine wines districts of France.

Joe became the wine columnist for The Sunday Express, also writing for magazines such as Waitrose Food Illustrated, Red, Marie Claire, and regular articles in the trade press. 

His TV career has seen him a regular on shows such as Great Food Live, Saturday Kitchen, Ladette to Lady and Richard and Judy – where he co-authored their hugely successful Richard and Judy Wine Guide.

Joe is currently following in Oz Clarke’s footsteps as the co-presenter of award winning TV show BBC Food & Drink with the ebullient two Michelin star chef, Tom Kerridge.  

The other activity which perhaps Joe is most renowned for is being a wine judge for various international wine competitions. He is and has been a Senior Judge and Panel Chair for twenty years at The International Wine Challenge, the world’s largest blind wine tasting, and is a regular international guest judge on the Royal Australian Wine Show Circuit. 

Discover the History of Wine with Oz Clarke,

The Assembly Rooms, Newcastle, Friday 27th November 2015

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Oz Clarke 2015 -Credit Gary Moyes

Fancy a night out with a difference this Christmas? Dinner with friends, family, work mates? Looking for a different gift idea? This is a great excuse to get your party outfits on and get ready for Christmas!

Indulge in great food and great wine with our Discovery dinner.

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SPECIAL OFFER DISCOUNT 15% OFF BOOKINGS OF 4 OR MORE PEOPLE!!!

Enter Coupon Code SPECIALOFFER when you check out 

Bringing wine to life our guest host is renowned wine guru, TV personality, writer, actor and broadcaster Oz Clarke. Oz’s down to earth approach to the enjoyment of wine brings it to life.

“Geordie Duo” Ruth & Kelvyn Guest of Guest Wines are proud to announce this discovery dinner,

“We love Oz’s no nonsense, down to earth approach to enjoying wine, he brings it to life and makes it entertaining. Exactly what we want to inspire in our customers.”

What better way to celebrate the run up to Christmas than be captivated and entertained by Britain’s most popular wine writer and one of the world’s leading wine experts, with great wine and great food too.

Discover the History of Wine with Oz Clarke on Friday 27th November 2015, in the beautiful Chandelier Suite of the historic Assembly Rooms, one of Newcastle’s oldest and grandest Georgian buildings. Who better to take you on a journey through the history of wine than expert Oz Clarke. From its beginnings in 6000BC in Georgia up to present day controversies which have rocked the whole wine world! Be inspired with tales from Oz’s new book on the History of Wine in 100 Bottles as Oz wines and dines you through history for just £99.

Oz Clarke Dinner Menu 2015

On arrival, you will receive a sparkling English wine that rivals Champagne to get your tastebuds tingling. Followed by a five course dinner with carefully paired wines, our guest speaker Oz, will introduce to you The History of Wine whilst also sharing some of his escapades in wine.

The menu for the evening will be prepared by Assembly Rooms dedicated team and dietary requirements will be catered for. The dishes will be created especially for this evenings dinner, inspired by the countries and regions that each wine hails from. The 5 wines to match will be specifically chosen by Oz himself.

Corporate bookings for tables of 10 are welcome. Please contact us directly to enquire.

Oz’s formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach. His tasting skills have won him an international reputation and he is acknowledged as having one of the finest palates of anyone writing about wine today. He brings a refreshingly unorthodox wit and directness to the subject and has won all the major wine writing awards both in the UK and the USA many times over.

Oz’s frequent TV and radio appearances are broadcast internationally. Oz is well known for presenting on the long running series Food & Drink and more recently he has made three successful BBC Two series with co-presenter James May and appeared as a guest in episodes of James May’s Toy Stories, as well as two series with Hugh Dennis. Not just a TV star, Oz is an actor and singer, appearing in the West End in shows such as Evita playing General Peron and he famously appeared in Superman and Superman II, being the first villain apprehended by Superman in 1978.

Oz’s best-selling books include Let me tell you about wine (2014), Wine Atlas, Grapes & Wines (2014 with Margaret Rand), and Bordeaux. His popular annual guides: Pocket Wine Book and 250 Best Wines Wine Buying Guide are published by Pavilion Books.

Oz can regularly be seen at wine and food events around the world and is also currently touring the UK as one of the Three Wine Men.

So book your ticket now to ensure you don’t miss Oz’s exclusive visit to the North East.

Ticket price just £99! Scroll down to book.

Exclusive offer! 20% discount on Oz’s new book The History of Wine in 100 Bottles (normal retail £20), only available when you book to attend this event! Order here and quote coupon code history offerSimply pick the book up on the night, which Oz will be more than happy to sign for you!

Read more about Oz’s visit to Newcastle last year here.

NEWS – WE HAVE A WINNER!

Congratulations to our competition winner Julie Fletcher who has won TWO PLACES at our Discover the History of Wine with Oz Clarke Dinner plus Sunday lunch at Bonbar plus a signed copy of Oz’s new book.

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Would you like to learn more about what it’s like being a professional wine taster? Learn more about your own wines tastes and what foods work well with which wines? Click here to read more about our special How to Taste Wine with Oz Clarke Masterclass on Saturday 28th November, just £55 including at least 6 wines and food.

Join us at one of our popular VinArchy! wine tasting experiences, so jump on board!

We have several boarding options with tickets starting at just £15!

Treat yourself to one of our Wine Passports starting with our Rover, where you can call at all stops around the globe in an exploration of all things wine, accompanied by wonderful tapas from one of our partner restaurants.

We also pop-up with our bar in unusual places, such as taking over shops and office space, turning the place into a pop-up wine for an occasion, before returning it back to its more usual form of function once the party’s over!

Our bar can also be hired for corporate and private events as well!

Guest Wines’ pop-up wine bar was a great attraction at ‘Shipley Lates: Christmas Crafting’. Ruth and Kelvyn provided a very knowledgeable, accessible and non-snobby wine tasting experience, and guests commented on how friendly and informative they were. Being so friendly and well organised also made them a pleasure to deal with when managing a busy public event”
Hannah, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Keep a look out in our Newsletter for where we might be popping up next! And! If you fancy hiring us and have a location in mind that you would like to transform into a wine bar, then let us know!

If it’s sparkle you’re after, then our first class Corker is just the thing for you! Here, we will take you on a journey crossing the borders of vintage, tradition and all things modern in the world of sparkling wines.

And if that isn’t enough, then let us whet your appetite by jumping on board our Diner, where we shall tantalise you with our wine and dine experiences!

Fancy a night out with a difference? Got something to celebrate? Looking for that perfect gift idea? Or simply enjoy drinking wine but want to know a bit more about what is in your glass? Then why not join us on a journey of discovery!

You can purchase one of our Wine Passports from our Shop, great as gift or just for yourself, unless you have booked on a specific date then you will need to let us know which tasting you wish to attend so we can book you on.

All 2015 VinArchy! events are now available in our Events Calendar. To ensure that you are kept up to date with all the latest in wine, sign up to our Newsletter!

Advance tickets can be purchased for any journey prior to schedule. Then at your leisure, check out our timetable of events and secure your seat.

* PLEASE NOTE! Whilst our VinArchy! Wine & Dines and Pop-up Bar are still available, the ticket options stated in the blog no longer are. Please either visit our Shop or get in touch for more details.

Terms & Conditions

Please inform us of any dietary requirements when booking.

Tickets are valid for up to 12 months from date of purchase.

A full refund of purchases can be given on Wine Passports 48 hours prior to a booked event, in the case of cancellation after 48 hours no refund will be available. Alternatively, you can transfer you your ticket to another event as long as you notify us more than 48 hours before a booked event. We cannot offer a refund for any no-shows on a booked event without prior notification (min 48 hours).

* Guest Wines reserve the right to change the date of any of their tasting events if and when unforeseen circumstances arise, however, we will endeavour to ensure that we notify our customers of any date changes at the earliest opportunity. Wine Passports bought for an event where the date may change can be transferred to the rescheduled date.

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