WINE-lovers eager to be involved in this year’s Chester Wine Festival are lining up to take part in the special events planned for the weekend in March.
Places on everything from the tasting sessions to the special dinners are selling well, according to the organiser Tracey Thomas of women’s group thisladyloves.com.
“It’s going brilliantly,” said Tracey. “The festival is a great way for local pubs, restaurants and hotels to promote themselves and get people through the doors to see what’s going on. The more businesses that get involved the more events we can put on.”
There’s a wide range of activities on offer at this year’s festival, the second in the city.
The festival, sponsored by the aBode Hotel and the Chester Standard, will take place from March 20-23 with a launch event at the aBode Hotel.
Wine-lovers can taste their way around the world at the festival and can enjoy a diverse range of workshops and promotions in venues across the city.
There will also be the chance to sample and buy from the country’s top merchants.
Some of the more unusual attractions include Civil War pub tours when costumed guides will vividly recreate the desperate drama of the time – and the effect the conflict had for Cestrians, King and country.
The Chester Civil War pub tour visits ancient hostelries within the City Walls frequented by Royalist Cavaliers and Roundhead Parliamentarians.
On March 20, Chez Jules in Northgate Street is putting on a three-course dinner for £39 a head. Diners will learn about pairing wines with food.
Chester Wine School is holding a one-day class on March 22, for £85 a head when wine lovers can taste 12 great wines from the city’s wine suppliers and learn how wine and food pairing works, with a delicious three-course Michael Caines lunch.
The event is in The Paddock Room at the ABode Hotel and includes wine-tasting basics .
There’s also the chance to discover the story behind the vineyard at Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa which has three acres producing up to 6,000 bottles of award-winning wine each year.
The From Vine To Wine vineyard talk and lunch on March 22 costs £40 per person.
Other events include afternoon tea and fizz at the Ring o’ Bells in Christleton; a selection of wines at festival prices at the Convivio Restaurant in Grosvenor Street; a cheeseboard and wine for two at The Commercial Hotel in St Peter’s Courtyard; wines at festival prices at Townhouse in Watergate Street; group wine tasting sessions at Bianca Trading in Mollington; an outdoor wine market at the Ring o’ Bells in Christleton as well as workshops and tastings.
For more on all the festival events, visit www.thechesterwine festival.co.uk