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. 


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


Chef’s Amuse-Bouche

Exton Park Blanc de Noirs, Hampshire, England


Hay Smoked Venison, Chestnut, Apple

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

Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba, Barossa Valley, South Australia


Stone Bass, Curried Cauliflower, Samphire 

The Ned Pinot Noir, Southern Valleys, New Zealand

Domaine Treloar One Block Grenache, Roussillon, France


Blackberry Panna Cotta, Spiced Granola

A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Moscato D’Asti, Alba, Italy


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


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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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.


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.

* Picture taken from recent Oz Clarke event – Oz will not be appearing at our VinArchy Christmas Crackers wine tasting

VinArchy! Christmas Crackers! Wine Tasting in Newcastle – Book now for £25 or two tickets at £45

Disenchanted with the night time wine scene? It’s time to take action!

Without premises of our own, we occupy and take over those that belong to others. Share our passion for good wine and let us inspire you to try something different. Experience new wines, new themes, offered by the glass and by the bottle.

Join Guest Wines for an alternative night out at the Mezzanine, McKenna’s Bistro, Northern Stage.

£25 in advance or £45 for two tickets, limited numbers! Welcome cocktail on arrival.

On Friday 5th December, from 8 until 9pm, allow us to tantilise your senses by showing a selection of English Sparkling wines. Pick up tips on getting more from what’s in your glass and how to taste wine. Test your taste buds with a selection of tapas dishes and explore with us.

Afterwards, our pop up bar will be open where you can buy selected wines by the glass, by the bottle and to take away.

Enjoyed the tapas? You can buy more … McKennas menu will be available during our occupation!

All wines have been sourced directly by ourselves.

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