Host Your Own Wine Club

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JOIN THE CLUB! Take part in our FREE online wine tasting seminars.

Soma Jennings, founder of Princess and the Pinot, will be hosting online wine tasting sessions so you can learn about wine and taste with us LIVE. We are super excited to announce that Amelia Singer, TV presenter on The Wine Show, will be our guest expert, and we will be joined by some of the wine producers too. We will be partnering with independent wine shops to supply the wines for the tastings. The webinars are FREE, so all you need to do is buy the wine we will be tasting (details below), log in, listen and enjoy! The online tasting sessions will be on Thursday evenings so you'll have the rest of the weekend to drink the wines you've tasted.

Wine Expert: Amelia Singer

Amelia Singer will be co-hosting the webinars as our guest wine expert.  

Amelia is a TV presenter on The Wine Show, Wine Writer for Waitrose Food Magazine, UK Ambassador for the California Wine Institute and Founder of Amelia’s Wine.

Amelia has recently launched her WINE APPRECIATION COURSE with Learning with the Experts. In this unique introductory online course, Amelia combines a rigorously thorough understanding of wine with a witty and charming ambience. Classes are interactive and assignments can be handed in directly to Amelia who will then report back to you personally.

Amelia is joined by winemakers, chefs and friends to teach you about the most famous regions of the wine world, how to understand the layout of a restaurant wine list, and how to confidently find and appreciate wine based on your budget and the occasion.

To get more of a feel about what an Amelia's wine experience entails, please watch the trailer for the course HERE. And to book your place to start whenever you want please click HERE.

The Wines

For our first two webinars we will be showcasing wines from Novel Wines, a specialist of wines from Central and Eastern Europe, but also a selection of quality wines from around the world. Ben Franks from Novel Wines will be joining us for both sessions. We will introduce you to wines chosen by Princess and the Pinot as these are wines we love and have used for events in the past. 

Wines for 2nd April
AN ADVENTURE IN THE OLD WORLD

  1. Istenic Gourmet, Rose Brut, Slovenia

  2. Johann Donabaum, Gruner Veltliner, Austria

  3. Colomba Bianca Vitese, Nero d'Avola, Sicily

£45.99

SOLD OUT! This selection will be made available again after the event once more stock has arrived

Wines for 9th April
EXPLORING THE 'NEW' OLD WORLD

  1. Kayra Beyaz, Kalecik Karasi, Turkey

  2. Babylonstoren, Viognier, South Africa

  3. Tbilvino Iveriuli, Saperavi, Georgia

£34.99

Please order by end of day Monday 6th April to receive the wines in time for the webinar

Wine Producer: Miha Istenic

Miha is the CEO of Istenic DOO in Ljubljana, Slovenia. We are very excited that Miha will be joining our webinar on 2nd April to tell us more about Istenic wines and will be answering your questions LIVE!

If you would like to find out more about Istenic wines, please click HERE

Wine Producer: Colomba Bianca

Marisa Leo, the Export manager for Colomba Bianca will be joining us to tell us about the wonderful wines they produce. Colomba Bianca is one of the biggest wine co-operatives in Sicily, where the Vitese range of wines is organic and vegan.

If you would like to find out more about Colomba Bianca please click HERE

"Three bottles of wines is too many for me to open in one night"

We use Coravin to preserve our wines, allowing us to drink wine without removing the cork. CLICK HERE to find out more. Also, we will be recording the session so you can watch it another time.

"I don't like the look of one of the wines in the package"

You don't have to buy the package we have put together. You can buy a different selection from the retailer, choosing only the wines you want, but that will mean you miss out on the HYO Wine Club discount.

"I've not used Zoom before. Do I need to download any software?"

Once you register you can login using the link we send you. You can also download the Zoom software on your computer, or app on your phone, and log in through those for a more stable connection.

How to Host Your Own (HYO)
Wine Club

The wines

HYO Wine Club will recommend wines from independent wine retailers for you to try at home. The wines come in packs of three and you order them direct from the retailer's website, please follow the links above to make your order. If you don't like the look of one of the wines you can order your own selection from the retailer's website, but you will miss out on the package discount.

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What to bring

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We recommend each person has three wine glasses, but you can use the same glass for all three wines if you prefer. You should have a glass of water and breadsticks or crackers to help cleanse the palate between wines. We doubt you will want to spit the wine out, but maybe have a spittoon or mug to hand just in case you want to swish out your glass with water between wines. Make sure the sparkling and white wines have been chilled, or use a cooling sleeve or ice bucket to chill them.

Taking part

Register for the event using the buttons at the top of the page. Join our webinar for a LIVE wine tasting experience. As you try the wines you can ask questions in the Q&A box and comments in the chat box. We hope you will let us know what you thought of the wines on Twitter using @HYOwineclub and #HYOwineclub. 

The sessions will be recorded so if you can't make the time they are on you can watch them at a later date. We will keep a list of previous sessions and wines for you to refer back to.

Are three bottles too much wine for you?

No problem! If you like you can open only one and listen to that part of the session, then come back to our recording at a later date. Or if you really want to get stuck in you can use our recommended wine preservation gadgets to keep your wine fresh, including Coravin, Avina and AntiOx. Head over to our Accessories page to find out more!