Autumn wine tastings at Linden Stores

"How to drink better (value) wine"

7.00pm for 7.15pm, Tuesday 9th October

Linden Stores 220 St Paul's Road, Highbury, London N1 2LL

£15. Bookings in advance; please email laura@lindenstores.co.uk

What makes a ‘good’ wine? What makes a great wine? Why does wine cost what it costs? What makes it worth paying amount X for wine Y? In this tasting, we’ll learn how to taste wine as objectively as possible, and discuss the answers to all these questions. Ultimately, you’ll learn how to drink better wine!

"How to literally change your brain, while tasting wine"

7.00pm for 7.15pm, Tuesday 13th November

Linden Stores 220 St Paul's Road, Highbury, London N1 2LL

£15. Bookings in advance; please email laura@lindenstores.co.uk

The act of smelling (or tasting) something and then talking about it literally changes the neural pathways in our brain. Human beings can differentiate billions of different aromas using our sense of smell, and unlike other animals, we can actually attempt to communicate what we smell in words. This is exactly what we do when tasting wine! Come along to this wine tasting for a mind-altering experience as we taste some seriously thought-provoking wines.

What to expect

I may take wine a little more seriously than most but I still like to have fun when tasting it. My sessions are educational, interactive and a little bit irreverent*. Each session is limited to 12 people and we'll taste five wines over about 1.5 hours. If you’re the note-taking type then bring a pen.

We taste all wines blind – to allow us to really focus on what we're tasting (but there's always a big unveiling at the end). Come prepared to be surprised, delighted and to learn something you never knew about wine!

*I don't have many rules when it comes to wine tasting, but please no strong-smelling perfume, cologne, hair products, etc.

Georgian Wine Tasting

  Kvevri  in Georgia – the large clay vessels which have been used for making wine for over 8,000 years.

Kvevri in Georgia – the large clay vessels which have been used for making wine for over 8,000 years.

The Wines of Georgia

Presented by James Flewellen and Jason Pack

Tuesday 11th September, 7.00 for 7.15pm

Linden Stores 220 St Paul's Road, Highbury, London N1 2LL

£25. Bookings in advance; please email wine@jamesflewellen.com.

The inhabitants of the Caucasus have been making wine uninterrupted for over 8,000 years! Georgia is now starting to shake off the effects of decades of oppression under the Soviet regime and is now one of the most exciting, dynamic places for wine on the planet.

In this special tasting, we'll showcase some of the latest wines to emerge from Georgia, including wines made in subterranean clay pots – the same way Georgians made wine long before ancient Sumerians had invented writing!

What to expect

I may take wine a little more seriously than most but I still like to have fun when tasting it. My sessions are educational, interactive and a little bit irreverent*. This tasting is strictly limited to 12 people. We'll taste six wines over about 2 hours. Bring pen and paper if you'd like to take notes.

Come prepared to be surprised, delighted and to learn the names of some grapes you've probably never heard of!

*I don't have many rules when it comes to wine tasting, but please no strong-smelling perfume, cologne, hair products, etc.

About James & Jason

James Flewellen is a biophysicist and award winning wine-writer based in London. You can find out more about him here.

Jason Pack is a world expert on Libya, the 2018 World Doubles Backgammon Champion, and alumnus of the Cambridge University Blind Tasting team. Based in the US, Jason has written on wine for numerous publications and recently founded Birthplace of Wine Experience, which leads bespoke wine tasting tours in Georgia.