Posted by philinnes, October 20th, 2014

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Calem Port Masterclass

It is the time of year where everyone is thinking about Port, and I am delighted to have the guys from Calem Port in Birmingham to host a masterclass on their ports. Calem are one of the most respected Portuguese owned houses and are thought of as the best house for “Portuguese Style” Port which is known as Tawny Port. They also make a cracking vintage port! You will be guided through these fantastic ports; from refreshing white port through the uber-complex Tawny ports, finishing on a classic cheese and port pairing of the two vintages.

The line up will be:

· Welcome drink of White Port & Tonic

· 10yr Tawny

· 20yr Tawny

· 30yr Tawny

· 40yr Tawny

· Colheita 1983 paired w/ Camembert

· Vintage 1985 paired w/ Stilton

Demand will be high as usual for these so don’t leave it too long!!

When: 27th November 2014 at 6:30pm

Where: Loki Wine Lounge

Price: £20 per person

 

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Posted by philinnes, October 10th, 2014

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Spanish Wine & Food tasting

We are hosting an educational (and fun) evening of Spanish wine tasting where we will be exploring wines from all around Spain, including legendary Rioja and Ribera as well as lesser known areas such as Monsant, Priorat, Tenerife and Mallorca. The tasting will also feature a  selection of cold Spanish products, including Cheese, Chorizo and Olives. This is a great opportunity to explore the world of Spanish wines, and learn what makes Spain such a unique area for wine production, and great products for food matching.

The format of this tasting will be an informative course and will last for approximately 2 hours, and is perfect for those wanting to learn and explore Spanish wines

When: Tuesday 18th November 2014 at 6:30pm

Where: Loki Wine Lounge

Price: £25 per person

Posted by philinnes, October 9th, 2014

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Introduction to wine course

Have you ever wanted to learn more about wine? After a number of people have been asking us to do wine courses, we have decided at last to start with an introduction to wine course. The 2 hour course will provide you with the basics for learning about wine, how to choose wine from a restaurant list, how best to serve and enjoy wine, and a brief introduction to the world of food and wine matching. Of course you will also get the chance to try some amazing wines in the process, as well as matching with cheeses and charcuterie.

When: 25th November 2014 at 6:30pm

Where: Loki Lounge

Price: £20 per person

SOLD OUT – E-mail hello@lokiwine.co.uk to join the waiting list for the New Year.

Posted by philinnes, September 18th, 2014

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Natural Wines Tasting

We have been given the opportunity to to a very last minute Natural Wine tasting (Next Thursday) 25th September at 6pm. We will be featuring 8 Natural Wines from some of the most dynamic young producers in the world at the moment. Don’t worry these wines are not the kind that give Natural Wines a bad press, these are genuinely great wines in there own right, they just happen to be made with very little human intervention and as naturally as possible, this includes low Sulphur, Organic practices, as well as limited fining and filtration. The tasting will be hosted by Alvaro Ribalta one of the leading advocates of Natural Wines. This is a great opportunity to try some of these fantastic wines, and they provide wines that are quite unique, and allegedly give you less of a hang over! As this is so last minute, we are setting a special price of £10 per person.

When: 25th September 2014 at 6pm

Where: Loki Wine Lounge

Price: £10 Per Person

Sold Out

*Tickets are non-refundable

Posted by philinnes, September 8th, 2014

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Bordeaux Wine Tasting Dinner at Annexe restaurant in Birmingham

We haven’t done a dinner for a while, and I have been threatening to do a Bordeaux dinner since Loki opened, so I am delighted to announce our first pairing with last year’s Trip Advisor Restaurant of the year in Birmingham, Annexe. We have created a four-course menu that will work perfectly with these great wines. We will be guided through the evening by Romain Montagnac from Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion & Montagnac Collection, where he will take you through a tour of the stunning wines of the region including the iconic Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion. The ticket price is £60 per person which includes a reception drinks, wine (more than one per course) with each course and a 4-course dinner.

Annexe has been one of the top rated restaurants on Trip Advisor consistently since opening, and as one of Birmingham’s hidden gems I thought it was a great fit for Loki. They excel in their French style cuisine in a relaxed yet sophisticated venue for those seeking the upmarket nostalgia of vintage café-society. A great venue to host a Bordeaux dinner!

Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a little-known neighbour of Châteaux Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion in the Pessac-Léognan region of Bordeaux, Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a jewel of a property, positioned on the same bank of gravel (graves) as its more famous namesakes.

When: Wednesday 29th October 2014 drinks reception from 6:30pm (Dinner at 7pm)

Where: Annexe Restaurant, 220 Corporation St, Birmingham, B4 6QB

Price: £60 per person

Sold Out!! – We may have more tickets to release at a later date e-mail: hello@lokiwine.co.uk for the waiting list.

*Tickets are strictly non-refundable

Posted by philinnes, August 20th, 2014

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Allegrini Wine Tasting

I am delighted to invite Anastasia from Allegrini vineyards, for a wine tasting in Birmingham. Allegrini have been one of the top family producers since the 16th century, and have been critical in turning the Valpolicella region into a world renowned wine region and they were instrumental in the improving of standards to create the now iconic Amarone wine.

Their wines have won more awards than I have space to mention, but their Amarone is particular is the jewel in the crown having got over 90 points in every year since 1995, all the other wines have always scored highly and have won collectively over 100 awards in the last decade. Their influence doesn’t just stop at Valpolicella, over the last decade they have developed multi-award winning estates in Tuscany and produces internationally renowned super-tuscans.

This is a rare opportunity to try one of the most iconic Italian producers.

When: 28th October 2014 at 6:30pm

Where: Loki wine lounge

Price: £20 per person

Sold Out. E-mail hello@lokiwine.co.uk for reserve list

*Tickets are non-refundable

 

Posted by philinnes, August 14th, 2014

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Langley’s Gin Tasting & History of Gin Masterclass

We have been promising to do another Spirits Masterclass after the success of the last one, and at last we have our first Gin Tasting hosted by Birmingham’s very own multi award-winning Langley’s Gin. The Gin is made in Birmingham, and has been one of the most talked about spirit launches of this year, and we are delighted to host them here at Loki for a tasting that will involve trying the Gin (of course), but also include a perfectly made Gin & Tonic and two other classic cocktails all made under the expert eye of Carl Hawkins, one of Birmingham’s most renowned cocktail makers. Carl will then take you through a masterclass on the history of Gin (yes it has a very interesting history) and also talk you through how to make a killer Gin cocktail.

This is last minute, but such is the demand for Gin at the moment I suspect this will sell out quickly, so don’t leave it too long to get a ticket.

When: Thursday 28th August 2014 at 6:30pm

Where: Loki Lounge

Price: £15 per person

SOLD OUT. E-mail: hello@lokiwine.co.uk for reserve list.

*Tickets are non-refundable

Posted by philinnes, July 29th, 2014

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Paringa Estate Wine Tasting

Paringa Estate were one of the highlights of our trip to Australia in January, they are one of the most iconic estates in Australia, and are real collectors items and rightly command high prices.

The Estate has something for everyone, soft Pinot Noir that is comparable to some of the finest in Burgundy, through to Shiraz which has the perfume and elegance of the great Northern Rhone wines. They are one of the most awarded boutique wineries in Australia, and their limited production makes it extra special that the owner & Winemaker Lindsay McCall is coming all the way here to talk through the fabulous wines, he is not a career winemaker and actually started off hos working life as a teacher, and I feel his down-to-earth and engaging way he talks about his wines really opens you up to his famous marvellous vineyard.

Paringa are one of the few vineyards to get a 5-Star rating overall in James Halliday’s Wine Companion:  http://www.paringaestate.com.au/Winery/Restaurant/James%20Halliday 

When: Monday 1st September 2014 at 6:30pm

Where: Loki Wine Lounge

Price: £20 per person

SOLD OUT!! – e-mail hello@lokiwine.co.uk for reserve list

*Tickets are non-refundable

Posted by philinnes, July 9th, 2014

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Idiom Vineyards Wine Tasting At Loki Wine

I am incredibly excited and delighted to have Roberto Bottega from Idiom vineyards here to host a wine tasting at Loki wine. A lot of you will know these wines as they are some of our most popular premium wines in the shop and we have developed a huge following for these wines. Not only are we one of the only places who stock this incredible wines in the UK, but the wines are some of the most interesting new world wines around, one customer even described the ‘Bordeaux Blend’ as “The wine equivalent of crack”. I think they produce wines that are up there with the worlds best, but also are true to their Italian roots by producing Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Barbera wines as well as international varieties. This will be the last time for many years that a member of the Bottega family come to visit the UK, and this is not a wine tasting to be missed.

When 21st July 2014 at 6:30pm

Where: Upstairs at Loki Wine Birmingham

Price £15 Per Person

Sold Out!

*Email hello@lokiwine.co.uk for the waiting list

Posted by philinnes, July 5th, 2014

Categories:   Blog

31 Days of German Riesling Focus

As many of you will know, Riesling is one of my favourite if not favourite grape varieties, so I thought I would get Loki involved in #31DaysofRiesling promotion run by wines of Germany. I thought it would be a great opportunity to promote the diversity and value offered by this fantastic grape variety, and also to show the diversity that not only Riesling as a variety can offer, but how Riesling interacts with different soils to produce vastly different tastes.

Throughout July we are going to be featuring 4 different German wines on tasting in the Enomatics, as well as offering free corkage on all German Rieslings. Can’t say fairer than that. so take the opportunity to try these wines, I think a lot of you will be surprised when you try them.