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, and Amelia Singer, TV presenter on The Wine Show, are hosting online wine tasting sessions so you can learn about wine and taste with us LIVE. In each session we are joined by wine producers and industry experts who will answer your questions. We partner with independent wine shops who supply the wines for the tastings. The webinars are FREE, so all you need to do is buy the wine we will be tasting (you are welcome to watch the webinars without buying the wine), log in, listen and enjoy! Sign up to our newsletter so you don't miss out when we announce new sessions. 

Please drink responsibly. We don't want to encourage you to drink more than you normally would, so if you don't fancy opening all three bottles, you could open one, join the webinar then drink the others at a later date. If you do want to open all three bottles, we recommend Coravin and Avina and AntiOx bottle stoppers for keeping open wine fresh for longer, please visit our ACCESSORIES page to find out more. 

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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.

What to Bring

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. 

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. 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.

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 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.

"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. We also recommend AntiOx and Avina bottle stops for preserving your wine for up to a week. 

"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.

Previous Wine Webinars

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Food & Wine Matching with Fiona Beckett and Kelvin McCabe

A fantastic finale to our webinar series! An exclusive event with wine writer Fiona Beckett and sommelier Kelvin McCabe of the Adam Handling Restaurant Group focusing on the ins and outs of food and wine matching. Wines from Berkmann Help4Hospitality (use discount code H4H730 for 5% off), food from Hame.

The 'New World' of German Wine

Soma and Amelia explore the 'New World' of German wines with Anne Krebiehl MW, Ben Franks and Jan Matthias Klein of Staffelter Hof (9th July). We taste wines from Oliver Zeter, who is known for Sauvignon Blanc in a region that is famous for Riesling. We discuss innovation in Germany and the rise of the natural wine scene. Wines available from Novel Wines HERE.

Wines Unpacked

This is altogether a different webinar (2nd July). Soma and Amelia look at the packaging of wines and the future of format with Robert Joseph. We talk to Canned Wine Co, When in Rome, Stanlake Park, BIB Wine, Little Fine Wine Co, Nania's Vineyard, Nomadica and O Joie. We discuss wine in cans, bag in Box, magnums, half bottles, refills and other new packaging coming on to the market. 

English Wine Week with Stanlake Park

An online wine tasting of three outstanding English still wines from Stanlake Park - Bacchus 2018, Kings Fume and Grand Reserve (25 June). We talk to Natalia, Nico and Benedict about the struggles and joy of growing grapes, making wine and marketing a winery in England as a small producer. Wines available to buy HERE.

Romanian wines with Balla Geza

Want to know more about Romanian wines? Watch our online tasting with winemaker Dr Geza Balla, winemaker Darius Pripon, wine buyer Ben Franks, Amelia Singer and Soma Jennings (18th June). We taste Kiralyleanyka (similar to Roussanne), Kadarka (like Pinot Noir) and Feketeleanyka (like Shiraz). Wines available to buy HERE.

Caterina and Angelo at San Marzano

Caterina and Angelo talk to us about making wine in Puglia, the heel of the boot of Italy while making pasta live! How authentically Italian. We taste Il Pumo Primitivo, Il Pumo Negroamaro and 62 Anniversario Primitivo di Manduria Riserva. Buy the wines HERE to taste along.

Vanessa Queyranne at Gerard Bertrand

We explore the wines of the Languedoc in the South of France and talk about the terroir that makes these wines so special (4th June 2020). We taste Picpoul de Pinet, Hamptom Water and Saint Chinian. Buy the wines HERE to taste along.

Hamish Clark at Saint Clair

Hamish Clark takes Soma Jennings and Amelia Singer on a tour of New Zealand wines using Google Maps (28 May 2020). We taste Pioneer Block 3 Sauvignon Blanc, Origins Viognier and Origins Pinot Noir. Buy the wines to taste along HERE.

Sam O'Keefe at Lismore

Soma Jennings and Amelia Singer talk to Sam about making Rhone-style wines in South Africa (21 May 2020). We taste 'Age of Grace' Viognier, Greyton Chardonnay and Cape South Coast Syrah. Buy the wines to taste along HERE.

Premium Catalan Wines

Amelia Singer and Soma Jennings talk to wine expert Andrew Halliwell and Winemaker Andy McLeod (14 May 2020) about the premium wines of Catalunya. We taste Giro del Gorner Cava, El Senyal Blanc and La Xispa. Buy the wines HERE! You can get 10% off ALL wines at BuyCatalanWines.co.uk with the code HYO-CLUB. Unfortunately we don't have a recording of this webinar.

Explore Catalan Wines

Amelia Singer and Soma Jennings Explore Catalan Wines with Catalan wine expert Andrew Halliwell and Winemaker Andy McLeod (7 May 2020). We taste Antistiana Xarel-lo, Llumi Negre and Pinzellada. Buy the wines HERE to taste along!

SWIG Wines

SWIG is an online wine merchant with a reputation for sourcing fine, artisanal wines, many of which you won't find elsewhere. Hanneke, winemaker at AA Badenhorst, and Paolo, owner winemaker at La Calcinara, join us for an interactive session (30 April 2020). Wines: AA Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc, La Calcinara Mun Rose, Soli Pinot Noir. Buy the wines HERE to taste along.

Exploring the 'New' Old World

Join Soma Jennings and Amelia Singer as your hosts (aired on 9th April 2020), with guests Sarah Abbott MW, Ozge Kaymaz, Duncan Pilbeam and Ben Franks. Wines from Novel Wines: Kayra Beyaz Kalecik Karasi, Babylonstoren Viogner and Tbilvino Saperavi. Buy the wines HERE to taste while you watch.

An Adventure in the Old World

Hosted by Princess and the Pinot and Amelia Singer on 2nd April 2020, joined by Miha Istenic, Marisa Leo and Ben Franks. Wines from Novel Wines: Istenic Gourmet Sparkling Rose Brut, Johann Donabaum Gruner Veltliner and Colomba Bianca Vitese Nero d'Avola. Buy the wines HERE to taste along.