WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits Course
The WSET Level 2 course is the most popular course run by the internationally regarded Wine & Spirit Education Trust. It is aimed at enthusiastic individuals with some knowledge of wines but who want to know more.
This course runs for 6 Monday evenings from 25th September 2017 to Monday 30th October 2017 at Thos Peatlings Fine Wines in Bury St Edmunds. The final assessment is an externally set and marked 1 hour 50-question multiple choice examination which will be taken on the final evening of the course. It is expected that delegates undertake their own private study throughout the course to back up the topics covered in the sessions
The course focuses on the key grape varieties and regions of the world, different styles of wines, and the production of spirits and liqueurs. Students are also taught how to taste wine professionally using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting. Each session will be supported by relevant tasting samples and at least 24 different wines will be tasted throughout the course.
You don’t need to have achieved the Level 1 course to take this course, you just need a keen interest in wine. We currently have a 100% pass rate for our students taking this course!
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WINE AND FOOD WEEKEND - July 21st-23rd
Wine tastings - Food tastings - BBQ and music
Friday 21st - 5.30pm-8.30pm Wine Tasting £25 (over 50 wines to try plus includes £5 towards food and £20 off case of wine ordered on night)
Saturday 22nd - 10am Wine pairing brunch £20From 11.30am - 4pm Wine Tasting £15 - over 40 wines to try plus £5 towards food at Casa Del Mar including BBQ and £10 towards case of wine
Sunday 23rd - 10am Prosecco/Bloody Mary brunch £2012 noon-4pm OPEN DAY casual wine tastings in shop, BBQ, live music, stalls, cookery demos and paella at Casa Del Mar
Wine Dinner Thursday 25th May, 7pm
We are delighted to welcome Mary-Lou Nash, Cape Wine Master, winemaker and part owner of Black Pearl Wines in South Africa over to the UK to conduct a tasting of her fabulous wines from Paarl. Tickets include a three course dinner with our partners Casa del Mar, in their restaurant. The menu has been designed especially to compliment her wines which Mary-Lou will present with each course.
Tickets for the dinner which will include wine are priced at £49 per head on the night or £39 in advance and can be purchased from Peatlings, in the shop or by calling us on 01284 755948 or from Casa del Mar at the restaurant or by calling 01284 701313
Spaces are limited so book now to save £10 per person for what we know will be a fun and informative evening
A bit about Black Pearl Wines:
Mary-Lou Nash is the co-owner, winemaker, and viticulturist at Black Pearl Wines. She received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, with a major in anthropology from the University of New Hampshire in 1989, and then taught English in Japan for two years followed by two years travelling in Asia before settling in Paarl. Teaching herself entirely, she planted 4, 5 hectares of Shiraz in 1997 and 3 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon in 1998 and established her family-run boutique cellar in 2001. Nash completed her first brandy course in 1998 followed by her Diploma with the Cape Wine Academy in 1999. In 2006 she received her wine evaluation certificate from Stellenbosch University followed by top marks in the Advanced Brandy Course at Van Ryn’s. Newly graduated Cape Wine Master, Mary-Lou was also the 2011 winner of the Van Ryn’s Award for Brandy Excellence, achieving the highest score in the section of the Cape Wine Masters’ examination, devoted to brandy. Says Cape Wine Academy principal, Marilyn Cooper: “To win the Award for Brandy Excellence one must have an exceptional conversancy with brandy, both as a taster and in one’s theoretical knowledge. It requires not only dedicated study but passion, and genuine interest. As a self-taught winemaker, these are qualities Mary-Lou undoubtedly possesses and has had an opportunity to flaunt in this course.”
Tasting Friday 5th May in the shop - call 01284 755948 for tickets
Big, Bold & Beautiful!
17th March 2017 - 7pm-11pm
At many of our tastings the most popular wines are the biggest tasting ones, so if you are lover of bold flavours then we have designed this wine tasting just for you! And as it’s March and usually cold and wet, what better than a food and wine tasting with big flavours and big tastes?
In conjunction with Casa del Mar restaurant we are offering an evening of big wines with big foods to match. We’ll taste some of the best full-bodied white and red wines from around the world, many sourced and imported exclusively by us, together with a selection of tasty canapes to match the wines’ flavours. The wines have been specially chosen as examples of what wine-makers can produce to bring out the tastes of ripe fruits and sunshine through careful grape selection and different maturation techniques.
Following the tasting we’ll move on to the restaurant itself (just next door!) to continue with a specially designed meal and of course more big wines from our excellent wine-list.
It should be a great evening of wine tasting, learning, eating, and fun! Not to be missed!
New Zealand Wine Tasting - 13th January 2017, 7-9pm
- £15 per head
- call shop for tickets on 01284 755948
Christmas Wine & Food Tasting
Friday, November 18th 6-9pm
Ticket £25/head (includes £20 off case of wine purchased on night)
Over 50 wines to try and delicious tapas from Casa del Mar
(Casas Restaurant and Bar will be open before, during and AFTER the wine tasting for those of you who want to make a night of it)
Call for tickets today - 01284 755948 Peatlings and 01284 701313 Casa Del Mar
Champagne & Sparkling wines plus special meal at Casa del Mar Restaurant
Friday 28th October 2016 7pm-11pm
It’s coming up to that time of year when celebrations are in order, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with bubbles and great food!
Following last years successful Sparkling tasting we are giving you the opportunity to once more taste some exceptional sparkling wines from around the world and also enjoy a Champagne-themed apres-tasting meal at Casa del Mar restaurant!
We stock an exceptional range of Sparkling wines, and the tasting will include examples of top Champagnes from Louis Roederer, Bollinger, and Dom Perignon, as well a great examples of Sparkling wines from Italy, South America and elsewhere.
Maria, owner & chef of Casa del Mar, has also been inspired by a trip to Champagne to create some fabulous Champagne-themed dishes that will be served in the restaurant following the tasting
This was one of our most popular events last year and once again we must limit the places to 16 so book early in order to ensure your ticket. The extra cost from our usual tastings reflects not only the high quality of wines you will be tasting, but also the inclusion of the meal at Casa del Mar afterwards. Be assured, it will be a fantastic evening!!
call the shop on 01284 755948 for tickets
South African Wine Tasting with the Suffolk Wine Academy
Hello wine lovers,
Although the start of June has hardly been ‘flaming’ good news is just around the corner!
It’s simple...Rosé wine means Summer’s here!!
But with so many dodgy (and by that I mean cloyingly sweet or tasteless) Rosé wines around we thought it would be a good time to highlight what winemakers around the world can produce when they use the right grapes in the right ways. So from the classic Rosés from Provence to unusual varieties from South America, with both still and sparkling examples, we will be tasting all that’s best as far as the world of pink wines go.
Friday 16th September 2016 at 7:00pm
At Thos Peatling Wine Shop, 98 Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds
After a brief Summer break we are back with a very exciting South African wine tasting.
Nicholas from Thos Peatlings returned from a visit to South Africa earlier this year raving about the great wines that he found there. Now that stock has arrived this is your opportunity to try some great examples of classic Cape varieties, quality wines that you certainly wont have tried before, and some really unusual wines that deserve your attention (a single-fermented sparkling wine anyone...?). The wines are great value and most are exclusive to Peatlings.
Tickets £35/couple, £20 /person
call the shop on 01284 755948 for tickets
Rose Tasting with the Suffolk Wine Academy
When? Friday 24th June 2016 at 7:00PM
Where? Thos Peatlings Fine wines in Bury St Edmunds
Tickets £35/couple, £20 /person
call the shop on 01284 755948 for tickets
now being held at Peatlings on Friday 11th March at 7pm in conjunction with Suffolk Wine Academy. call us on 01284 755948 to book tickets
We still have a few tickets left for the Languedoc Talk and Tasting with Wendy Gedney being held in the shop next Thursday 25th February
call the shop on 01284 755948 to reserve tickets
LANGUEDOC TASTING - Thurs 25th Feb
We are delighted to be joined by Wendy Gedney who will be talking about the wines of the Languedoc along with a tasting of wines from the area.
Wendyruns a successful Vineyard Tours business in the Languedoc-Roussillon area of Southern France called Vin en Vacances. She is also a qualified WSET tutor having attained the WSET Diploma in 2006 and taught these qualification for many years in the UK. She also hold the Sud de France Languedoc-Roussillon masters certificate and is a member of the AWE (Association of Wine Educators). Her style is relaxed, informal and enthusiastic and her speciality is of course the wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon.
She has published a book called “The Wines of the Languedoc Roussillon” which is the only one of its kind in English that describes all of the appellations in the Languedoc and gives a detailed yet entertaining insight into the history of the wines, the terroir, the grape varieties and the culture and cuisine of the Languedoc.
TICKETS ARE £12.50 per person and are available through the shop or by calling us on 01284 755948. The tasting and talk will start at 7pm and is being held in Peatlings Shop in Risbygate Street. We do hope many of you will be able to attend what will we are sure prove to be an entertaining evening
Italian Wine Tasting - January 21st, 7-9pm
TASTING NOW POSTPONED
as we have not got sufficient confirmed bookings we have decided to postpone the Italian Tasting until late February or more likely March. We will keep you posted when we have a new date. In the meantime please see our Languedoc tasting, details above that will be taking place in February
to be held at Peatlings Wine Shop with Suffolk Wine Academy
Italy is the worlds biggest wine producer and it’s going to be difficult to try and show what this country has to offer in one evening, but we’re giving it a go.
So if you’re a Vermentino vulture, a Barolo botherer, a Prosecco princess or an amorous Amarone lover, there will be something you’ll already love and lots of other wines to start up a relationship with… who knows where it could lead!
Tickets are £20 per person or £35 for two people. Go to the Suffolk Wine Academy to book or call Peatlings on 01284 755948.
Tickets are selling fast but some still available - call to book now!
Christmas Wine Tasting at Peatlings
Our annual Christmas Wine Tasting is being held in the shop on Friday 4th December from 6.30pm. Tickets available through the shop (01284) 755948 at £25 each (ticket price redeemable against case orders on night)
We recently had a very special event at Thos Peatling, which was our wine tasting evening on Friday 17th July, 2015. Look out for our next event tickets which can be purchased in store.
The team also provides special services for external events and work with a number of restaurateurs and hoteliers.