Chester festival a must for all wine lovers


Staff reporter (Chester First)

LOCAL businesses can get involved in the Chester Wine Festival and network at the same time, says organiser Tracey Thomas.

“The launch event at the aBode Hotel is the ideal opportunity to bring along clients and network,” said Tracey of

Tickets, at £22, include canapés and a welcome drink, entertainment, talks  and a chance to buy wine.

The event kicks off a series of wine-related activities across the city from March 20 to 23. The event is sponsored by the aBode Hotel and the Chester Standard.

Wine lovers are looking forward to tasting their way around the world at the festival and can enjoy a diverse range of workshops and promotions and 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 recreate the desperate drama of the time – and the effect the conflict had in and around the city for Cestrians, King and country. The Chester Civil War pub tour visits ancient hostelries within the city walls which were frequented by both Royalist Cavaliers and Roundhead Parliamentary forces.

On March 20 Chez Jules in Northgate Street is putting on a special three-course dinner for £39 per per person.

Those attending can learn about pairing wines with different foods.

Chester Wine School is holding a one-day class on March 22, for £85 per person, when wine lovers can taste 12 great wines from the city’s wine suppliers and learn how wine and food pairing works, with a three-course Michael Caines lunch.

The event will be held in The Paddock Room at the ABode Hotel and includes learning the basics of wine tasting.

There’s also the chance to discover the story behind one of most northern vineyards in the UK at Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, which boasts a three-acre onsite vineyard from which up to 6,000 bottles of award-winning wine are produced 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 special festival prices at the Convivio Bar and Restaurant in Grosvenor Street; a cheeseboard and wine for two at The Commercial Hotel in St.

Peter’s Courtyard; a selection of 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, tastings and a
trade show.

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

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