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Oysters and Champagne: glass tasting with Riedel

Friends events

Thursday 23 March 2017
7 — 9pm

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Riedel introduces the art of glass tasting, in a Champagne masterclass. Discover how the shape of a Champagne flute can change the taste, while enjoying fresh oysters from Celtic Fish and Game, who have been sourcing fresh shellfish, fish and game from Cornwall for over 40 years.

Friends are invited to join this fun and informative masterclass with Matt Knight, who has over 11 years of experience in hosting Riedel tastings, and Charlie Stanley-Evans from Private Cellar, who has spent over 26 years in the wine trade. Charlie will talk us through the champagne we will taste alongside the Riedel glasses.

The champagne we will serve is from Henri Chauvet, a family-owned eight-hectare property in the premier cru village of Rilly la Montagne. Established in 1756, Riedel is one of the 100 oldest family businesses in the world and is famous for making the most exquisite grape-varietal specific wine glasses.

Claus J. Riedel was the first designer to recognise that the bouquet and taste of wines are affected by the shape of the glass from which they are consumed. Working with experienced wine-growers and sommeliers, Claus Riedel laid the groundwork for functional as well as beautiful glasses by creating stemware that would match different wines and was made according to the Bauhaus design credo: form follows function. This concept was elaborated by the introduction of the Sommeliers series in 1973, which gained worldwide recognition. Riedel has been producing glass in Austria for over 260 years, and their glasses are used by tasters at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Tickets include tasting class and a set of two Riedel Veritas Pinot Noir glasses and two Veritas Champagne flutes. Booking is essential for this event, if you wish to bring a guest please book one ticket for each person. The short video below gives a taste of what to expect from the event.

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Thursday 23 March 2017

7 — 9pm

The Sir Hugh Casson Room for Friends, The Keeper's House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£95. Includes tasting and set of four Riedel glasses. Friends only.