Posted by philinnes, July 22nd, 2015

Categories:   Blog

Visit to Camel Valley Vineyard

City boy, winemaking and close encounters of the cow kind. – 12/06/2015

Myself, a young wine enthusiast jumped at the idea of working in a vineyard for a week over summer and experiencing the glamorous lifestyle that had been portrayed. I then set about applying to some of the worlds most famous wineries with little to no experience, ambitious I know. When I then discovered all emails that were even replied to were in French, there was a bigger issue- I spoke no other language than English, although I understood ‘non!’.

I then got in touch with Camel Valley in Cornwall, named as the United Kingdom’s number one winery by Matthew Jukes. The founding winemaker Bob Lindo kindly said yes to a weeks work experience. Naturally I jumped at the chance to work with Bob and Sam and replied with a swift, ‘yes, I’ll be there!’.

Arriving into the winery meeting Bob and Sam ready for a morning briefing with the rest of the team I instantly felt like a part of the team. The atmosphere focused yet relaxed, clear goals for the day ahead and then seeing the strong father-son relationship between Sam and Bob really shows why they are one of the best wineries in the UK and you can really see this in the standard of the wine!

Several days had passed of which I had done nothing like I would have expected, from helping to build a fence, learning how to fix a water tank, fending off cows (who sensed I was a city boy) and then being introduced to all of the high tech equipment in the winery. The variety of work was unexpected but opened up my eyes to the whole business of operating a vineyard. I did, however, have a few days in the vineyard understanding the art of viticulture.

Then due to variable weather I was shown the process of riddling through giropalets, disgorging through an automated high-tech machine and finally labelling the thousands of bottles in the cellar.

With a spare half an hour I ventured down to the tasting room and, given the chance, I never would have left! My top choices: the 2012 Pinot Noir Brut, among the best sparkling roses in the world winning gold in the IWC challenge, and then the Bacchus Darnibole, unlike any other English still wine I have ever come across, the UK’s first PDO terrior single vineyard wine.

To round off the week a tasting with Bob and Sam of the base wine straight from the tank, a real treat to get a preview of the years wine to come, which should be phenomenal!

John Bauckham – Sales Advisor

Posted by philinnes, July 21st, 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 to flavour 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 current Brand Ambassador for Birmingham’s own Langley’s Gin.

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, then with a variety of tonics and unique garnishes, accompanied with samples of classic Gin cocktails.

Whilst trying the gins you will learn about the botanicals, 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 homemade English vermouth and Tonic syrup at home to take away.

When: Multiple Dates at 12:30. See Below.

Where: Loki Wine Lounge

Price: £40 Per Person

Saturday 19th September 2015 at 12:30

Saturday 17th October 2015 at 12:30

Saturday 21st November 2015 at 12:30

*Tickets are non-refundable


Posted by philinnes, July 21st, 2015

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Grosset Wine Tasting Dinner at Opus Restaurant

I am delighted to welcome Jeffery Grosset (top-10 White Wine Makers in the World, Multiple winner of Australian Winemakers of the Year, and in the World Top 50 Most Influential Wine Makers) to Birmingham for an intimate tasting dinner at Opus restaurant.

Jeffery needs no introduction, he has won every award going for his awards with Tyson Stelzer (one of the worlds most respected wine critics) describing him as “The undisputed monarch of Clare Valley is Jeffrey Grosset, whose 32-year reign has seen a raft of superlative wines set standards to which other winemakers can only aspire.”  We will be tasting at dinner his wines will be matched with each course. We will also be tasting his entire portfolio of wines in short masterclasses in between courses. The evening will start off with an aperitif in the bar, followed by a four course dinner.

As we are doing the full selection of his wines we have decided to make this an intimate affair with only 25 tickets available, therefore this will sell out very quickly.

When: Friday 11th September at 7pm for Aperitif, 7:30 for Dinner.

Where: 54 Cornwall Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B3 2DE

Price: £75 Per Person including service charge.

*Please inform us of any dietary requirements prior to the event

**Once purchased tickets are strictly non-refundable

Posted by philinnes, July 20th, 2015

Bluffers Guide to Gin Course

Our Bluffers guide to gin covers the 4 distinct Gin styles Naval, Old Tom, London Dry, & Distilled, this 90 minute masterclass will provide the Gin Enthusiast with the tools and knowledge to tackle the world of Gin.

You will start by tasting all four neat, with the first two featured within classic Gin cocktails made from scratch. Finally the last twos styles as Gin & Tonic showing both the classic and modern gin palate which came into emergence in the 21st Century. You will recieve a fascinating insight to the chequered history of Gin, all described in vivid detail by Birmingham’s leading Gin expert, Carl Hawkins.

The course will provide an array of flavours to compare and contrast providing a framework for you to understand cocktails and the origin of Gins flavour.

When: Multiple Dates at 12:30 See Below

Where: Loki wine Lounge

Price: £25 Per Person

1st August 2015 at 12:30

15th August 2015 at 12:30

31st October 2015 at 12:30

28th November 2015 at 12:30

*Tickets are non-refundable

Posted by philinnes, July 13th, 2015

Categories:   Blog

31 Days of German Riesling

31 Days of German Riesling

We have teamed up once again with Wines of Germany to showcase 31 Days of German Riesling.I know what you are all thinking, “I don’t like Riesling, it is too sweet” and “Eww Blue Nun, Black Tower, I remember those from growing up”. However we are hear to showcase the best of what Germany has to offer, and in the process smash open some of those misconceptions. Hence why this year for the whole month of July we have 8 German rieslings on tasting, half of which are Dry styles, and the other four being the “fruity” or some would say sweeter styles, although you will see in tasting through the sweetness grades even the sweetest wines finish relatively dry.

We have chosen to focus particular attention to the Dry styles this year because this is the style of Riesling that prove the most popular, but ironically are the styles that people in this country try less of.

We also want to show the different styles of each region, we will be showcasing wines from Mosel, Pfalz, Franconia, Ruwer, and Rheinhessen, and you will be able to taste how each region produces slightly different characteristics in Riesling.

We will also be showing the new wave of modern producers with catchy labels such as Emile Bauer’s Sex Drugs Rock n Roll Riesling, along with classic producers Dr Loosen and Dönnhoff.

So make sure you come in and try these wines for the month of July!!

31 Days of Riesling will culminate in a subsidised tutored tasting of some of these amazing wines on the 29th July, tickets only £10 Per Person! Buy Tickets here:

Wines on tasting:

Villa Wolf, Dry Riesling 2013

Fürst Riesling Centgrafenberg 2011

Dr Loosen “GG” (Grand Cru) Bernkasteler Lay Riesling 2012

Emile Bauer Just Sex Drugs Rock n Roll Riesling 2013

Christmann Riesling Trocken 2012

Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett 2012

Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese 2011

Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Auslese 2010

Posted by philinnes, July 13th, 2015

Introduction to wine Level 1

Have you ever wanted to learn more about wine? Our highly popular introduction to wine course gives you the basics to start exploring the world of wine. 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 a small food matching element. Most importantly the course will be done in our usual informal light hearted approach.

When: Multiple Dates (See Below)

Where: Loki Lounge

Monday 24th August at 18:00, £20 per person:

Saturday 26th September at 12:00, £25 per person:

*Once Purchased tickets are non-refundable



Posted by philinnes, July 12th, 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: Monday 7th Sept 2015 at 6:00pm

Where: Loki Lounge

Price: £25 per person

Posted by philinnes, July 11th, 2015

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Riverby New Zealand Wine Tasting

We are welcoming Kevin, the owner of Riverby wine Estates, once again to Loki to showcase his amazing range of New Zealand wines. His small boutique vineyard punches well above it’s weight consistently winning plaudits for it’s wines including picking up best Chardonnay, Pinot and Sweet wine in New Zealand in recent times.

Riverby stand out in New Zealand as one of the few small family owned estates that produce their own wines. Most sell to the large producers for bulk wine. We will be tasting through a large range of his award winning wines, including his top draw Sauvignon, and interesting Riesling.

This tasting will sell out very quickly so get the tickets now!

When: Wednesday 26th August at 7pm

Where: Loki Wine Lounge

Price: £20 per person

Order Food for the tasting:

Cheese plate:

Charcuterie Plate

*Once purchased tickets are non-refundable

Posted by Phil Innes, July 2nd, 2015

31 Days of German Riesling Wine Tasting

What better way to celebrate the warm weather than to taste some of the most refreshing white wines in world? Germany is certainly one of the best white wine producing countries in the northern hemisphere and produce many of the world’s best Rieslings.

People are always astounded by the quality of these wines and even more so by the incredible value they represent compared to many other top wines of the world.

We will discover six stunning wines from various regions of Germany whilst simultaneously showcasing the spectrum of ripeness levels within the wines.  Come along and find out why so many wine merchants and wine lovers adore this grape and country combination so much!

When: Wednesday 29th July 2015 at 18:30

Where: Loki Wine Lounge

Price £10 per person

Sold Out

*Tickets are non-refundable

Posted by philinnes, June 25th, 2015

Categories:   Wine Tasting Events

Charles Smith Washington State Wine Tasting

Charles Smith has been a pioneer in Washington State wine making over the past 3 decades. He has had a colourful life being a band promoter in Scandinavia as well as self teaching himself in wine making – which culminated in him winning American wine maker of the year in 2014.

His wines have now developed legendary status with eye catching labels and a number of international awards making them the most awarded Washington State producer, with Loki customer favourites KungFu Girl Riesling and Boom Boom Syrah. During this tasting you will be guided through these legendary wines and get to experience the vast array of wines that Charles Smith make. These wines are massively appealing as well as being complex, the wines all follow Charles Smiths philosophy of “It’s just wine. Drink it!”

When: Wednesday 19th August 2015 at 6:30pm

Where: Loki Lounge

Price: £20 per person

Sold Out!!!

*Tickets are non refundable.