The Canterbury Wine Challenge with Clive Barlow

Our Chair Imogen Morizet talks about our forthcoming event.

It’s perhaps a little-known fact that the epicentre of England’s current viticulture scene is in Kent. We’re becoming known not just as the Garden of England, but as the “Vineyard of England”. Wine is fast-becoming our most valuable and valued produce. So we intend to let the whole world know just how important our wines are in the global market, and to bring the global wine culture to you, in our city, first with our Wine Challenge on 25 October and then with the Canterbury Wine Festival from 26 to 27 June 2020.

It all began with meeting Clive Barlow, Master of Wine, and over a glass (or two), concocting the perfect recipe for a fantastic, fun event where our wine production is celebrated and everyone can learn how to love wine more, by understanding how to distinguish different flavours and types, all without breaking the bank. 

Why wine you might ask.

“Wine brings people together, it’s a social lubricant” says Clive. In a time when coming together and spending quality time with each other is becoming ever more paramount, our Wine Challenge is a chance to switch off from the everyday and indulge a little in the finer things in life.

And how do you learn to love this most wonderful of libations even more? By learning from a master of course. No need for prior knowledge, Clive’s friendly, bitesize approach means you’ll move from novice to afficionado by the end of the evening, all by osmosis. You’ll find out where Kent wines stand in relation to the rest of the world, or should I say standing up to the rest of the world. And there’s no better setting than amongst friends, in a relaxed and welcoming venue such as Westgate Hall. 

Why Canterbury?

Kent is the best county producing wine in England. Canterbury is the heart of Kent, and therefore of the wine region. There’s nowhere better to tantalise those taste buds and to try  new flavours.

Clive started his wine career quite by accident, when he spent a summer working on a pheasant farm as a young man. An interest in the land and sustainability, man’s relationship with it and the cultural link forged from it inspired Clive, and now as owner of Press Wines at the Good Shed Canterbury, he shares the wonders of this beautiful, sensual product that people enjoy together, and his passion for it, daily. Wine is an integral part of socialising, food and bringing people together, and that’s what this event is all about.

When I asked Clive what the best thing about wine is, in a heartbeat he said

“where it takes the individual. Whilst the taste of the wine will fade, the knowledge you’ll learn and the memories you’ll make on the night will last, making all your future wine tasting that bit more enjoyable.”

So what can you experience at our Wine Challenge?

You’ll enjoy and evaluate six different exquisite wines (three white, three red) over a blind wine tasting quiz, learning from Cive as you sup. You’ll be put into teams, and the winning table will win tickets to the VIP event of the Canterbury Wine Festival on 26 June, worth up to £350.

A delicious Ploughman’s supper will be provided with local cheeses and produce including vegan options. You’ll have the chance to order a range of wines as showcased at our June 2019 Canterbury Wine Festival™ and those sampled at the tasting, all within a £10 – £20 price range. And you can enter our raffle to win a host of prizes and support the SSAFA Armed Forces Charity. 

Sounds like fun doesn’t it? Come join us

Westgate Hall