Posted by Phil Innes, February 4th, 2016

WSET Level 2 Wine Course

Why do WSET Level 2 with Loki?

We are the only wine merchant in Birmingham to offer WSET Level 2 wine courses which means we can offer the customer a more complete experience than any other provider:

  • As we buy wine direct we can cut out the middle man and offer more premium wines for tasting during the course than any other provider, offering better value.
  • The staff are all WSET qualified which means you can drop in at any time and ask for advice or help in person.
  • We have a purpose designed wine lounge with plenty of natural light; perfect for wine tasting.
  • Loki is available for you to study in free of charge at any time during our opening hours, with our staff on hand to help you during that time.
  • As we already have a purpose made venue for wine tasting we have fewer overheads which means we can pass these savings on to the customer.
  • We have small class sizes and keep them to a maximum of 12 people.
  • Our dedicated wine educator currently has 100% pass rate for WSET courses, and is one of only a handful of Master of Wine Students in the world.
  • We believe that wine tasting shouldn’t be stuffy, so we have a modern and relaxed approach to WSET Level 1 making the course fun as well as informative.

Exclusive Promotions:

  • We have 40 wines on tasting in our Enomatic wine machines meaning you can practice your tasting inexpensively. Throughout the duration of your course we will give you 10% off tasting cards* to help you get more tasting experience for less money.
  • 10% off wine throughout the duration of your course so you can practice tasting at home.
  • In the drinks trade? Talk to us about our trade discounts.**
  • Group discount of 10% for group bookings of 10+ people. ***

Course Duration: The WSET Level 2 course is run over three consecutive Mondays and is inclusive of a 50 question multiple choice test at the end of the last day. A mark of 55% is required to pass the course and receive the WSET Level 2  certificate and lapel pin.

The WSET level 2 course is aimed at wine enthusiasts and wine industry employees alike. It is slightly
more in depth than the WSET Level 1 course and is aimed at those who really love wine and want to
learn more.  The Level 2 also differs from the Level 1 course in that it also covers some spirits as well as
sparkling wines.

Course Dates: Over three full Mondays

  •  25th April, 2nd May and 9th May

  • 8th, 15th and 22nd August

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Posted by philinnes, January 21st, 2016

WSET Level 1 wine course in Birmingham

The WSET Level 1 wine course is a great starting point for those interested in exploring (and tasting) different styles of wine. This course is perfect for wine lovers as well as first time employees in the wine industry. 

Why do WSET Level 1 with Loki?

We are the only wine merchant in Birmingham to offer WSET Level 1 wine courses which means we can offer the customer a more complete experience than any other provider:

  • As we buy wine direct we can cut out the middle man and offer more premium wines for tasting during the course than any other provider, offering better value.
  • The staff are all WSET qualified which means you can drop in at any time and ask for advice or help in person.
  • We have a purpose designed wine lounge with plenty of natural light; perfect for wine tasting.
  • Loki is available for you to study in free of charge at any time during our opening hours, with our staff on hand to help you during that time.
  • As we already have a purpose made venue for wine tasting we have fewer overheads which means we can pass these savings on to the customer.
  • We have small class sizes and keep them to a maximum of 12 people.
  • Our dedicated wine educator currently has 100% pass rate for WSET courses, and is one of only a handful of Master of Wine Students in the world.
  • We believe that wine tasting shouldn’t be stuffy, so we have a modern and relaxed approach to WSET Level 1 making the course fun as well as informative.

Exclusive Promotions:

  • We have 40 wines on tasting in our Enomatic wine machines meaning you can practice your tasting inexpensively. Throughout the duration of your course we will give you 10% off tasting cards* to help you get more tasting experience for less money.
  • 10% off wine throughout the duration of your course so you can practice tasting at home.
  • In the drinks trade? Talk to us about our trade discounts.**
  • Group discount of 10% for group bookings of 10+ people. ***

Course Duration: The WSET Level 1 course is one day in duration inclusive of a 30 question multiple choice test at the end of the day. A mark of 70% is required to pass the course and receive the WSET Level 1 certificate and lapel pin.

£130 per person (inclusive of VAT)

Monday 4th April 2016 10am-5pm

Monday 13th June 2016 10am-5pm

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Posted by philinnes, January 5th, 2016

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Au Bon Climat Wine Tasting

I am incredibly excited and honoured to be hosting not only Au Bon Climat, but also their legendary charismatic Winemaker/Owner Jim Clendenen for our first ever Californian Winemaker tasting, and what a vineyard to start with!

For those of you who don’t know Au Bon Climat they have been at the forefront of cool climate Pinot and Chardonnay production in California, and have built a reputation for having some of the finest vineyard sites and also the highest quality wines available from California. Jim very much looks towards Burgundy for his inspiration, and the style is classic as well as having it’s own unique personality.

Jim ‘Wild Boy’ Clendenen (as he is sometimes referred as) will take you on a journey through his wines in his typically relaxed and entertaining style. Jim although a legend is very much a down-to-earth winemaker and you will really experience his passion for the wines. This is a tasting not to be missed!!!

When: Wednesday 24th February at 6:30pm

Where: Loki Lounge

Price: £25 per person

Order Food for the event:

Cheese Plate (£7):

Charcuterie Plate (£6):

*Once Purchased tickets are non-refundable

Posted by philinnes, December 3rd, 2015

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

World tour of Gin Tasting

Due to the popularity of our #Ginuary Courses, we have extended the tastings in to May. The perfect tasting to see out the winter months, this course is dedicated to the tastes, smells and pleasures of gin in the intimate surroundings of our upstairs lounge. Hosted by our very own Gin’tleman, Carl Hawkins founder of the Jekyll & Hyde and brand ambassador for the famous Martin Millers, enjoy a hilarious, entertaining and informative 2 hour session from 12:30pm

Carl will convince you that Gins the ultimate health drink, weaving gins historical journey within British society whilst demystifying the 650+ gins currently on the market. Sampling 6 super-premium unique gins from 6 different countries, these are complimented by the latest boutique tonics not currently available on the high street and special touch garnishes direct from the home of the Gin-tonic, Barcelona. Great for the Gin lover!

Price is £35 per person – Gift cards available  - Enquire in store

Session runs from 12.30-2.30pm

Location: Loki Lounge

Limited spaces

Saturday 13th February at 12:30 – Sold Out

Saturday 12th March at 12:30 – Sold Out

Saturday 9th April at 12:30 – Sold Out

Saturday 14th May at 12:30 – Sold Out

Saturday 11th June at 12:30

Saturday 9th July at 12:30

*Once purchased tickets are non-refundable, but can be transferred up-to 14 days prior to the event.

Posted by philinnes, December 1st, 2015

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow 2016

After the tremendous success of last years tasting we are honoured to be hosting  Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian wine tasting again. Matthew Jukes is one of the world’s leading and most charismatic wine critics, and his Australian 100 best wines is one of the most influential wine publications for Australian wines. Once again Matthew will be personally attending and will be there to answer any questions you may have for him.

Like last year we will showcase a large quantity of the 100 best wines in a free pour session so you can try as many or as few as you wish. The wines will be different to last year and the selection this year has been described as  ”The best 100 Best selection yet” Peter Mitchell MW.

The event will be within the Gallery space at Birmingham’s prestigious Museum and Art Gallery, where you will have the opportunity to browse the masterpieces whilst enjoying your wine. The gallery will also be catering the event where for £10 you will get unlimited access to a cheese buffet throughout the evening, as well as access to the seated cafe area to enjoy your cheese and wine.

I’m really excited about this tasting again and it promises to be bigger and better than last year, and I hope you agree a bargain for so many wines.

The event starts at 6pm, but to ovoid the queue we would recommend arriving after this time (there is plenty of wine!)

When: Friday 11th March 2016 arrive from 6pm finish at 9pm

Where: Birmingham Museum and Art gallery

Price: £17.50 Per Person – Gift Cards Available, enquire in store for details

Food: £10 Per person

*Once Purchased Tickets are non-refundable, but can be transferred up to 30 days prior to the event.

Posted by philinnes, November 30th, 2015

Gin Connoisseur course

With Gins continued resurgence and new brands coming onto the market every week, which is the right Gin for you? This advanced course will demystify the marketing and allow you to distinguish the difference in the brands and styles to enjoy your gin to the full.

For the Gin Connoisseur, hosted by The Gin’tleman Carl Hawkins, who established the Jekyll & Hydes Gin Parlour and is Brand Ambassador for the famous Martin Millers.

You will enjoy an immersive tasting experience of gins flavour spectrum, sampling Dry – Floral – Savoury & Spiced Gins, then Citrus – Sweet & Aged, finishing with the worlds only Gin liqueur, sipping neat, with a variety of tonics and unique garnishes accompanied with samples of classic Gin cocktails.

Whilst trying the gins you will learn about botanical’s, aroma recognition, production processes of Gin, its colourful history, styles of Gin and ideas for making top class cocktails at home.
We will also provide you with your very own flavour profile analysis which tells you which flavours your palate prefers and which gins – from across the world – might suit you best. Enjoy a 10% discount off all the Gins featured to buy at Loki after your class, plus additional recipes for making home-made English vermouth and Tonic syrup at home to take away.

When: Multiple Dates (See Below)

Saturday 27th February 2016 at 12:30 – Sold Out

Saturday 26th March 2016 at 12:30 – Sold Out

Saturday 23rd April at 12:30 – Sold Out

Saturday 28th May at 12:30

Where: Loki Wine Lounge

Price: £40 Per Person

*Tickets are non-refundable, transferable 14 days prior to the event.

Posted by philinnes, November 23rd, 2015

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Loki Ginuary Gin Tastings

The perfect Christmas gift to beat the January blues, a whole month dedicated to the tastes, smells and pleasures of gin in the intimate surroundings of our upstairs lounge. Hosted by our very own Gin’tleman, Carl Hawkins founder of the Jekyll & Hyde and brand ambassador for Birmingham’s own Langley’s Gin, enjoy a hilarious, entertaining and informative 2 hour session every Saturday in January from 12.30pm.

Carl will convince you that Gins the ultimate health drink, weaving gins historical journey within British society whilst demystifying the 650+ gins currently on the market. Sampling 6 unique gins from the cross spectrum that exist these are complimented by the latest boutique tonics not currently available on the high street and Special touch garnishes direct from the home of the Gintonic, Barcelona. A great stocking filler for the Gin lover

Price is £35 per person – Gift cards available  -enquire in store

Session runs from 12.30-2.30pm Saturdays during January

Location: Loki Lounge

Limited spaces

Saturday 9th January at 12:30 -Sold Out

Saturday 16th January at 12:30 – Sold Out

Saturday 23rd January at 12:30 – Sold Out

Saturday 30th January at 12:30 – sold out

*Once purchased tickets are non-refundable, but can be transferred up-to 14 days prior to the event.

Posted by philinnes, November 8th, 2015

Introduction to Wine Course – Level 2

Our slightly more advanced introduction to wine course is the perfect follow on to level 1, however can always be attended without having being to the level 1 course.

The format of the course is to help guide you through the world of wine and give you the basic knowledge to be able to explore the world of wine and gain more appreciation for wine.

The course will last 2 hours and the format is, as usual, informal, and very relaxed whilst also being informative and fun. The wines on tasting will show seven of our favourite premium wines, and will also include a small food & wine tasting element.

When: Saturday 20th February 2016. 12.30-14.30

Where: Loki Lounge

Price: £20 per person

Sold Out

*Tickets are non-refundable

Posted by philinnes, November 7th, 2015

Beginners Guide to Wine Course

Have you ever wanted to learn more about wine? Our highly popular Beginners Guide to wine course gives you the basics to start exploring the world of wine. The 2 hour wine 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 from our premium range of wine at Loki, where we offer the most premium selection of wines for a beginners course in Birmingham. You will also have a small food matching element, where we will explain why certain foods work with certain wines.

The wine course is hosted by our own wine educator, who is currently one of a select number of people in the world sitting their Master of Wine Exams, which makes him the only educator in the Midlands studying towards the highest level of wine in the world.

Most importantly the course will be done in our usual informal light hearted approach, with none of the stuffiness of courses at

When: Multiple Dates (See Below) £30 per person

Where: Loki Lounge

Wednesday 13th Jan, 6pm -8pm – Sold Out

Wednesday 27th Jan, 6pm-8pm – Sold Out

Saturday 6th Feb, 12:30 -14.30 – Sold Out

Saturday 19th March 12:30-14:30

Wednesday 20th April, 6pm-8pm

*Once Purchased tickets are non-refundable

 

 

Posted by philinnes, November 6th, 2015

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Vinteloper Australian Wine Tasting

Vinteloper are perhaps the coolest vineyard in Australia at the moment, they are at the very top of a new wave of wine designed to be unpretentious, small batch, but most importantly world class.

We are delighted to host David Bowley the young(ish) winemaker for Vinteloper to take you on a tour through the unique and stunning wines he has made, but also to show how wine can be unstuffy and relaxed, but still have fantastic effects. The aim of the wines is to break the normal constraints to winemaking, and be experimental, in doing this they create wine that is not only stunning, but unique. David is a very chilled out guy, but will give you fascinating insight into this new wave of young winemakers in Australia.

Also as there isn’t much time until the tasting (we have been pretty disorganised) we are doing the tickets at a discounted price of £15 per person.

When: Thursday 28th January 2016 at 6:30pm

Where: Loki Lounge

Price £15 per person – Sold Out

Order Food for the event:

Cheese Plate (£7):

Charcuterie Plate (£6):

*Once purchased tickets are non-refundable