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Russian wine tasting: Andre Tchelistcheff and the brave new world

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Thursday 6 April 2017
7 — 9pm

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Wine tasting, Friends week 2015

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One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, we explore wines of Russian provenance and the influence of the region’s most prolific winemakers in other parts of the world. Join us for one or both events, in a two-part series of tastings, inspired by the powerful exhibition ‘Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932’.

Enjoy a guided tasting of new world wines inspired by Russia’s most influential post-prohibition winemaker, André Tchelistcheff. Born in Russia, he was forced to flee Moscow during the revolution and became a prolific wine maker in America and parts of Europe, helping to define the style of California’s best wines.

A Russian immigrant, the “Dean of American Winemaking” was an influential figure who turned Californian wine-making traditions upside down and redefined the style of American wine. Tchelistcheff introduced quality to the “new world” that eagerly embraced him as a mentor. His bushy brows, legendary cigar, warm friendliness and charming accent conquered the world of wine and changed it in to what we know today. This tasting will include 6-7 wines from America and Italy.

Tanya Nesterova has been a visiting lecturer at Westminster University for 17 years. She studied wine at WSET, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, and has worked at the museum of wine, Vinopolis, for nine years. She also writes about wine, specialising in Russian wines.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Thursday 6 April 2017

7 — 9pm

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

£40. Includes 6 – 7 wine tastings. Friends and supporters only.