Fine wines and Civil War provide a heady cocktail

Published date: 31 January 2014 |
Published by: Gil Lightfoot
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WINE lovers are looking forward to tasting their way around the world at the Chester’s second wine festival, which takes place in March.

They will also be able to take a pub tour to the past on a fascinating tour of the ancient hostelries within the City Walls which were frequented by both Royalist Cavaliers and Roundhead Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War.

On the tour, they will learn about the war and Chester’s pivotal role in it, with costumed guides vividly recreating the desperate drama of the time.

Organised by Tracey Thomas of, and sponsored by the aBode Hotel and the Chester Standard, the festival will take place from March 20-23 with a launch event at the aBode Hotel.

There will be workshops and promotions in venues across the city, the chance to sample and buy from the country’s top merchants, and the opportunity to tour Chester’s own vineyard.

“2014 sees another amazing event with more suppliers, more venues and more opportunity for people to get involved,” said Tracey.

“People can buy wine from around the world and, more importantly, from local suppliers.”

There will be private VIP tastings on offer, workshops, corporate events, group tastings, discounts on purchases, and plenty of entertainment over the weekend.
On the Saturday there will be a black tie dinner and pop up shops.

Chester Wine School will be holding one of its one-day classes which runs from 11am to 4.30pm and take place in The Paddock Room at Chester’s aBode Hotel.

The price includes a Michael Caines three-course gourmet lunch with wine and food pairing as well as a break for afternoon tea. The day also includes learning the basics of wine tasting.

Over the day, there will be the chance to taste 12 different wines, top tips on ordering in a restaurant and advice on choosing wines to serve at home and how best to keep them.

There will also be a bespoke ‘tasting notes’ book provided to use during the event and to take home at the end of the day.

To book a place at the Chester Wine School day, which costs £85, contact info@thechesterwine On the Sunday there will be a trade show which will be open to the public.

“This year we are getting even more venues involved,” said Tracey. “We’ve already had a lot of interest but we are still inviting more to come forward.”

Any companies wanting to get their business seen at the wine festival or host private tasting sessions for clients can contact To book for the Civil War pub tour visit: or contact info@thislady For more information visit:

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