Waitrose Drinks Festival
Drinks Festival 2019 - Masterclasses

Add a masterclass or workshop to your Waitrose & Partners Drinks
Festival experience. You can choose from a range of craft
beers, wines, sparkling wines, gin, whisky and rum -
there's something for everyone. Simply add onto your
ticket when you purchase or log in and add to your tickets

Bird in Hand

The wine of Bird In Hand

 Join Kym Milne Master of Wine, as he leads you on a tour for your tastebuds of the diverse Adelaide Hills Wine Region. Taste six examples
of Bird in Hand Wineries dynamic styles of wine.


The Dark Side with Schewppes 1783

Discover a darker side of mixing with the 1783 Club, and learn simple and unexpected ways
to enhance the taste of premium dark spirits. Warm up with a collection of golden, spiced, and aromatic signature drinks that have been crafted by mixologists. 

Haut - Bages

Haut Bages Liberal

Enjoy a fascinating masterclass courtesy of Gonzague and Claire Lurton Vineyards and their insight into biodynamic farming. Included is a horizontal tasting plus a prestigious vertical tasting of their 3 Classified Growth in 1855 : Château Durfort-Vivens, Château Ferrière and Château Haut-Bages Libéral.

Malbec - a deeper look

Malbec - a deeper look

An exploration of the Malbec grape with the help of four iconic producers. We’ll take a look
at the differing terroirs, sub-regions, and wine-making techniques on show and the resulting nuances in style.

The story of Mirabeau

The story of Mirabeau

"Meet the maker" - Mirabeau en Provence Masterclass. Hosted by the Founder - Stephen Cronk. A chance to try the Range with the team behind this multi award winning brand.

Ridgeview English sparkling wine

Ridgeview - English Sparkling Wine

Ridgeview is a second-generation family company dedicated to the production of English sparkling wine. They have won an impressive collection of international accolades including ‘International Winemaker of the Year’ at the 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition. Their sparkling wines have been served to Her Majesty the Queen and are the official sparkling wine of No.10 Downing Street.

Sharps and Food

Sharps and Food

Join a Beer & Food Masterclass, where Ed
Hughes (a leading ‘Beer Sommelier’) and Zack Hawke (experienced Chef Consultant) talk you through some dishes from Sharp’s first Cook Book, ‘Just Add Beer’.
Ed and Zack will take you on a journey through beer history, brewing process and tasting techniques. Guests will try dishes and beer pairings from the cook book and there might even be a nice goody bag to take home.

Taylor's of Harrogate

All about coffee with Taylor's of Harrogate

“Become a coffee connoisseur with Taylors. Put on a blindfold and let your tastebuds do the sensing at our coffee origin tasting masterclass. It’s a crash course in coffee flavour and aroma - from travel and terroir to roasting and slurping, complete with samples to take home and discover for yourself.

Toast ale

Beer Sommelier masterclass with Toast Ale

In a world full of wine experts, the art of beer tasting is often misunderstood.  There are endless combinations of hops and malts to produce a wonderful array of beers. Join Toast Ale for a beer sommelier masterclass; focusing on brewing, tasting - from aroma to finish, and the principles for pairing beers with food.
Toast Ale sustainably brew award-winning beer with fresh, surplus bread and donate all of their profits to fixing the food system.

A history of drinks

A history of drinks

Brand new for the Waitrose & Partners Drinks Festival 2019; we invite you to step back in time and participate in our innovative immersive drinks experience. Learn from experts, get hands on and prepare to be entertained as you are fully immersed in the past to experience how our drinks have evolved over time. Shhhhh…the finer details will remain a secret so as not to spoil any of the surprises.

Pink Pepper Gin

Craft your own gin with Pink Pepper Gin

Join a workshop to create your own gin, blending your own selection from a range of botanicals. Industry experts from Waitrose & Partners, will judge the entries and the winning blend will be produced and sold online at www.waitrosecellar.com.

Grey Goose

Grey Goose Espresso Martini

Immerse yourself in the evolution of the vodka category: the people, the places, the brands and the cocktails that shaped it, before the revolutionary launch of Grey Goose in 1997 Explore the intertwined history of coffee and cocktails culminating in a modern classic cocktail that represents the new third course and have a go at creating your very own, unique version!

Sipsmith gin

Ginspiration with Sipsmith

Hosted by the Sipsmith mixology team, you’ll start the masterclass with a G&T in hand. Whilst sipping the ultimate G&T you will be given top tips to shake, stir and throw cocktails, learning the techniques endorsed by our world-renowned Master Distiller, Jared Brown. Discover award-winning gins, then shake up your very own cocktail. Along with a fountain of knowledge from your new mixology skills, you will leave with a Sipsmith goodie bag – to enable you to re-create your own cocktails at home.


Learn from our experts and producers and add on a masterclass, demonstration
or workshop. TICKETS START FROM £10. You can add a masterclass to your
Waitrose Drinks Festival experience when you buy your ticket

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