Tutored Tastings

Masterclasses at the b.f.t. 2016

The b.f.t. masterclasses are always very popular, so pre-booking is normally essential. If you would like to request a space at any of the masterclasses, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please only apply for a place once you have registered for the b.f.t. as a visitor. Please note that due to timings, it won't be possible to book 2 consecutive masterclasses. 

11 am Bishop Partidge Hall

Discovering Aged White Ports

Paulo Pinto of the Port and Douro Wine Institute, will be showing a selection of blended and Colheita white Ports from various producers that demonstrate the great depth and structure these wines can achieve through extended cask ageing.

12 midday, Hoare Memorial Hall

Niepoort's Bioma Vinha Velha Vintage Port vertical

Dirk Niepoort will tutor a vertical tasting of this extraordinary single vineyard Vintage Port. This is the first time such a tasting has been done by Dirk, and will give unique insights into terroir of the Pisca vineyard, and a now uncommon approach to ageing Vintage Port before bottling. Fully subscribed, registration now closed.

1pm, Bishop Partridge Hall

Sherry Masterclass: Unlocking Sherry’s secret

You are invited to join César Saldaña, general manager, CRDO Jerez, for an authoritative and in-depth guide to the young, fresh and dry styles of Sherry that intrigue and contribute so significantly to the world of oenology.

This masterclass will unveil the secrets of biological ageing, one two ways Sherry ages in the bodega. The session will explain what exactly ‘flor’ is and how it gives Sherry its uniqueness. Guests will first learn the science behind ‘flor’ and then, more rewardingly, enjoy a wide-ranging tasting of nine superb examples of Finos and Manzanillas, including some rare old wines, as well as, on-trend, ‘en rama’ styles too. Fully subscribed, registration now closed

For more information about Sherry Wines please visit www.sherry.wine or join the conversation @SherryWinesUK

2:30pm Hoare Memorial Hall

The Fabulous World of Tawny Port

The House of Sogevinus invites you to taste through a treasure trove of rare aged Tawny Ports from Barros, Burmester, Calem and Kopke. These wines will not be available in the main tasting hall, so register now to avoid disappointment. Rui Falcao, Portugal's leading wine journalist will be your expert host for this seminar.

4pm, Bishop Partridge Hall

Madeira Masterclass: A Wide Range of Unique Wines

The Madeira Wine Institute presents a fascinating tasting displaying the diversity and individuality that only Madeira can deliver. This masterclass will be expertly tutored by Rui Falcao, Portugal's leading wine journalist and features rare Madeiras not being shown in the main tasting hall. Fully subscribed, registration now closed