Wine-Works Tasting Events:

To book any of our Tasting Events please call 020-3583-7070 or send us an e-mail.

Another delighted D&G Group auction winner:

Belated thanks for coming to us on 28th February.  We had a fabulous evening, and all our guests were so positive about the experience under your expert guidance! What went down particularly well was your relaxed approach; we never felt like you were talking at us, and you maintained the perfect balance between informative and entertaining (you are clearly used to your audiences chatting a lot, and it was so nice for you not to make anyone feel bad about doing so!).  Your choices of champagnes and sparkling wines proved to be extremely varied and interesting, and I suspect everyone came away delighted that expensive doesn't always mean best, and vice-versa!  Everyone has done tastings of various types before, but we all agreed that you have a winning formula for a great educational night out!


One of our D&G Group Champagne/Sparkling auction winner's wine masterclasses:

Last Saturday evening, we all had enormous fun and with too much of a pre-conceived idea of how it would pan out, we were so pleasantly surprised. Some great Champagnes/wines, entertaining, educational and above all, a lovely flow to the evening. We will be recommending you to our friends and hope to be in touch again to arrange another event. Every one of the guests have told us how much they enjoyed the time.

If you ever need a personal recommendation, please feel free to contact me.

Kind regards

Peter Evans, Managing Director Salveo Care Ltd

Cocktail Making Activity 06 July

Hi Charlie,

We had such a fanstastic time on Saturday and can't thank you enough for travelling such a long way. The cocktail making was just brilliant and everyone throughly enjoyed it. I have already made mojitos using your recipe as it was absolutely delicious, The games were perfect and we had so much fun competing against each other.
I will fill in the feedback and email it across to the other girls as they were so impressed with the activity and would also like to fill one in.

Thanks again Charlie for a wonderful afternoon!

Wine Tasting Activity 9 Feb

"Charlie was a fantastic host and extremely knowledgeable about all things wine. He was professional and passionate about wine. We all had a fabulous evening and would definitely recommend" Kimberley

"Great tasting experience, fun and informative - thank you so much!" Catherine

"Really enjoyable, comfortable set up for the activity. Informative, funny, and not too formal - really suited our hen do. Charlie is really personable and knowledgeable, a great host for a wine soiree" Lauren

"Really enjoyed tonight. Loved the wine, cheese and chocolate combinations!" Carey

Cocktail Making Party 17 Nov

Hi Charles,

Thank you for the brilliant cocktail making event yesterday. Everyone
loved it and said it was so much better than the normal cocktail
making done at high street bars. We'd definitely recommend.
The cocktails were so nice too, I'm going to have to try at home now!

Thanks again.


Cocktail Making Party 28 June

Charles, just wanted to say an enormous thank you for such a great evening last night. We had such fun and we're so impressed by your professionalism and attention to detail in providing everything we need to make the delicious cocktails. We will definitely book you again in the future!!
Thanks again,
Kind regards,
Perdi x

Amazing Hen do for my sister! Feb 24

We’ve just about come back down to Earth after my sister’s amazing hen do. I was so worried when you arrived, everyone was so hungover I thought it was the worst idea I’d ever had but it turned out to be the best! Everyone loved the session and Saturday night turned out to be better than the Friday in the end! I got to bed at 6am which I am blaming you for! Thanks again so much for the perfect activity, my sister said it was the highlight of the weekend so thank you!

Thank you so much for such a great cocktail making party. Feb 23

I just wanted to thank you for providing a brilliant cocktail making experience on Saturday. I hope it wasn’t too much of a raucous crowd and I thank you for dealing with the girls with patience, especially the bride to be!! I would be happy to recommend you in the future.

Another brilliant cocktail making party! Nov 18

"Had such a good laugh! Charlie was great - couldn't have asked for better! Alcohol was aplenty." Elin

"Charlie has been a fantastic and knowledgeable cocktail maker! We had so much fun! We really enjoyed the competitive games - made the whole experience really interactive and interesting! Lots of booze too! Thank you very much xxx" Alex (organiser)

Wine and Cheese Pairing 31 March for Wendy

"Charles did a superb job of hosting a private wine tasting at our home. Charles and his team were extremely helpful in advance and were happy to tailor the evening to meet our needs, including vegetarian and alcohol-free requirements. Along with the actual tasting, we all enjoyed learning more about pairing wines and cheeses. The evening was a great success and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to our friends."

Cider Tasting 8 April for Clare

"Fantastic event! Informative, but so much fun...great afternoon - it was a cracker!"

"Brilliant afternoon! Thank you, Charles."
"What a brilliant afternoon. Delicious ciders, great quiz and Charles was lovely - thank you so much again!"
Fantastic Prohibition Themed Cocktail Making!

We had an absolutely amazing time - it was definitely the highlight of the hen do. Thank you so much for all the effort you put in, especially dressing up in the theme, it made the night. The cocktail making activity was brill, and it was great to be able to make our own cocktails (to varying levels of success it has to be said!) rather than just watching a demonstration. I know that several of the hens have already talked about getting back in touch with you for their events, and I’ll certainly be recommending you to anyone who is looking for an activity for their event or hen do. Tamsin

Birthday party wine tasting April 2

When struggling to decide what to do for my Dad's 60th birthday I came across Wine-Works. I have to say this was by far my Dads favourite way to spend his birthday! Lots of wine with good friends and family. Hosted by Charles Denny, we all thoroughly enjoyed our selves. Charles went to the trouble of finding out my Dad's favoirite wine and included them.

Would recommend to everybody!

Dale Kime


Cocktail Making Session: Fantastic evening!

Charles and Petya hosted a fantastic cocktail event for my friend's hen party. The whole Wine Works team were very helpful and accommodating from the moment of booking and were happy to answer lots of my questions and queries leading up to the event. The cocktail evening they hosted for us was perfect entertainment-exactly what we were looking for. Each guest got to make and drink 6 fabulous cocktails and considering the amount of alcohol we got through, the event was brilliant value for money. The bride to be had a wonderful time and we can't thank you enough for helping to make her hen party so special!

The Champagne Challenge Sept 19

Hi Alex

We all had a great time on Saturday. Everyone hugely enjoyed the champagne tasting, I think personally it was a great balance of being entertaining and informative, you and Joan were both great and made the whole thing really enjoyable. The quiz was a fun element and Holly particularly mentioned how great she found it, which was brilliant!

I'll pass your details on to the girls as yes definitely two of them mentioned they would be interested in potential bookings.

Thanks again, I'd highly recommend the whole thing and would use you, and wine works again.

Thanks for making the afternoon so great!

Annie 🙂

A few of the girls enjoying a June cocktail making session!

Enjoying the fruits of their labours

Enjoying the fruits of their labours

Beer Tasting 9 May

'I recently booked a beer tasting with Charles for a stag do I was organising and couldn't have asked for a better experience. Charles made the organisation completely straightforward; his flexibility prior to the event was real godsend when trying to systematise the requests of ten or so guys! Owen

With regards to the event itself, it is clear that Charles is a complete professional; his knowledge is amazingly wide ranging, the products he picked were varied and all outstanding and the party games and quizzes he ran also provided a bit of fun, conversation and a lot of laughs. I have had universal feedback since that the stag weekend was a success, in no small part owing to the beer tasting!

I would not hesitate to contact Charles again if organising something similar in the future, similarly I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.

Thanks Charles for such a memorable experience with great value for money!'

Thanks again


Cocktail Making Workshop January 31

Hi Charles

 I just wanted to say what a fantastic time we had at the cocktail making class for Kim's hen party, you really did go above and beyond for us, all the girls are still talking about it, I really can't remember when I last saw Kim relaxed and laughing so much ! It really did make her day special and memorable. I would certainly recommend you to any one , and look forward to having another occasion in the future to book you again.

Thank you so much for making my sisters Hen party !

 Karen Admans

Hen Party June 21

Hi Alex

Thanks for your email, we had a great weekend and the wine tasting was brilliant. Everybody commented on how friendly and personable you and your wife were and the difference that made to the whole activity. None of us had been to an activity like this on a hen do before and were unsure whether we find it too formal, but although we learnt alot it was so much fun, full of activities and the giggles (as well as the wine) were flowing throughout so thankyou both so much for helping to make the weekend that extra bit special! We would definitely recommend you to everyone!

Thanks again



Dear Charles,

Thank you once again for last night. All the girls were saying this morning what a fantastic time they had and how you were a lot better than any previous tastings they had been to.

They said you were very knowledge and catered for the group perfectly.

Many thanks

Hen Party, June 14

Dear Alex

Thank you so much for yesterday - we had so many nice comments about the wine tasting, but obviously it was all down to you!

We hope to see you in the near future at another tasting.


60th Birthday Party London, 26/04/14

Tony Pearson, Marketing Manager, Coface UK Ltd: Corporate Wine tasting Event March 7, Manchester  coface

Hi Charles, Many thanks for providing such an excellent service last night. I don't think that it could have been better and we have had many thank yous from our guests. You seemed to have hit the right balance between knowledge and entertainment and we have all learnt something....as well as have fun.

Thanks again and also to In2Global for setting it all up so efficiently.

Best wishes

Tony Pearson

Deborah Webb: Wine and Cheese tasting Evening Feb 23,

Dear Charles

I just wanted to say a big thank you for last weekend. We all had a fabulous time and it was such a perfect evening. I have had lots of emails saying how brilliant you were. Great wines, great food and it was a fun and informative evening. I just need to find another excuse to host another party!

Kind regards


IK Investment Partners Corporate Wine Tasting Sept 13

Hi Charles and Alex,

Thank you for a well-organised and entertainingevent last week at Luton Hoo. We had much fun and I thought you handled the crowd of "would-be-wine-boffins" very well. I was especially impressed with your abilility to capture the nature of the event in advance and therefore plan for eventualities. It has been a pleasure to work with you and I would not hesitate to recommend Wine Works and will certainly bear you in mind for future events.

Best regards,
Dorte Wigg
IK Investment Partners Limited

Closing Ceremony Champagne Tasting Party, London

Guys, I just wanted to convey my biggest thanks to you for hosting such an interesting and funny fizz evening prior to the Closing Ceremonies. Made the rest of our evening much more enjoyable. And who knew that England made such great sparkling wine! Will definitely book again! Sue and Lawrence B.

Hagar Charity Event: June 26, London

We were absolutely delighted to be chosen to host Hagar's Charity Fundraising event in Central London! Lots of fun and importantly...lots of money raised for a very good cause! Well done to the team! “Superb! Great evening, thank you so much.” Jane W “Lots of fun and interactive, thanks!” Leona C “Excellent evening with a good selection of wines and knowledgeable host.” Ruth B

Becky Ellis Hen Party: Thistle Hotel, Cardiff, June 23

Another rousing success in Cardiff! “Brilliant.Very enjoyable. Charles is an excellent host and this is a great idea for future events.” Ruth. “Excellent day – fun and informative.” Zoe “Really good fun and informative, also didn’t matter if we didn’t know anything about wine.” Jenny O “Very informative and engaging host. Even better than expected. Very interested in cider tasting!” Stevie C

Wine-Works delivers a 'Cask Conditioned Real Ale Event'!


Towers Watson requested a 'cask conditioned real tasting' at their City offices to entertain staff and clients on May 24. Although this was an extremely difficult task fraught with pitfalls, Charles brought his very considerable beer knowledge into play by sourcing 3 real ales and conditioning them perfectly so that they were served in ideal conditions on the night. We sampled a Penguin Porter, Hogsback Bitter and Kohinoor, an IPA specially crafted for the Jubilee....in fact Towers Watson were amongst the very first to sample the brew! A big thanks to Yvonne, her team, the boys at Ascot Ales and Windsor & Eaton Brewery and especially to Charles and the gang at Wine-Works. Well done!

Enjoying the Real Ales!

We host our first ever Grappa Tasting at Beau Castle April 21

Hi Alex, 'Thanks again for everything, we all had a great time, even if the Grappa wasn't to everyone's taste! It was a fantastic experience and great to do something different. And, most importantly, my brother had a great time' Ed

And what a rousing success it was too. The 'Grappa Guys', as they have become known sampled their way through six single varietal Grappas from Pilzer as well as attempting to create a new Grappa cocktail. The winner was aptly called 'Grappatiser'. Alex was impressed with the noticeable differences in each of the Grappas, the overall high quality and how clean they were. Thanks to Ed and the boys.

And the winner is!!

Champagne Tasting Party, London April 14

Hi Alex, just wanted to thank you for your fantastic presentation of 'fizzies' on Saturday afternoon. All the girls loved it and most were quite giggly by its conclusion. Look forward to the next one! Sarah H

Hen Party Private Wine Tasting Manchester March 10

We had lots of fun and learnt a few new bits and pieces - thanks!!" Emma M "Charles was very knowledgeable, friendly and patient with a large gaggle of women, he made the afternoon fun" Kathy J "Fantastic!!!" Samantha M "Very interesting and learnt a lot about wine. had a fab time!!!"

Multi tasking with wine!

Sarah G "Very enjoyable and knowledgeable" Glenda H "Wonderful, x.Learnt a lot" Lady Michele E "Very informative and interesting, in a relaxed atmosphere" Gill W "Very informative, and a generous amount of wines for tasting, really enjoyed it!" Iwona C "Really good fun, very interesting" Kate B

Wine and Chocolate Tasting Evening Nov 12

Charles hosted another of our now 'infamously indulgent' chocolate and wine tastings for 22 guests, all female on 12/11/11. Here's what the hostess said:

'Charles, I just wanted to once again thank you for a wonderful and entertaining evening on Saturday night. It was amazing, and I have received nothing but great comments from all the girls! I think you may receive a few phone calls especially that we've learned the health benefits of both chocolate and wine...who would have thought that? I will certainly recommend Wine-Works to colleagues and friends'. Kind regards, Cathy P

Agraquest Corporate Wine Tasting Oct 31, Crop World

We were absolutely delighted to once again host, what has now been called, ‘The Annual Agraquest Wine Tasting’ on Oct 31. Team Agraquest entertained 40+ guests after the first day of the Crop World Exhibition at Excel London.

In 2010 our theme was Biodynamic and Organic Wines which proved to be a huge success, so we definitely had to top that! According to Manuele Ricci of Agraquest the 2011 event was even better and more successful!

The evening began with a welcome glass of the marvellous Cremant de Bourgogne, Domain Aladame, which most people thought was Blanc de Blancs Champagne. This was followed by our introductory wine, the fantastically fruity 2010 Torrentes from the renowned Argentine producer, Finca los Primos.

Guests were invited to participate in our light hearted interactive wine quiz by tasting six blind wines on tables one and two while answering a few simple questions. Many took this activity quite seriously….well there were some very tasty prizes to be had!

On table one we sampled: 2010 Mount Horrocks Riesling, Australia, 2009 Chablis St Martin, Domain La Roche and 2010 Yealands Pinot Gris, New Zealand.

On table two we sampled: 2009 Syrah Reserva, Domain Chocolan, Chile, 2009 Dandelion ‘Lionheart’ of Barossa Shiraz, Australia, and 2007 Fairview, Jakkalsfontein Shiraz, South Africa

On table four we sampled: 2007 Quinta do Infantado Unfiltered LBV Port and the outstanding 2008 Alpha Zeta Valpolicella Amarone

We also showed a selection of six British and Continental cheeses chosen for their quality and as a match for the wines on the three tasting tables. Equally enjoyed by the group was the exceptional range of four Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Italian Olive Oils.

The winning score on this occasion was a respectable 16 out of 25 points….so well done to the winner and all who took part!

Thierry Merckling, CEO Agraquest Africa, Middle East and Europe has said, ‘that this was a hugely successful event by Wine-Works and I have received many positive comments’.

A big thanks goes out to Thierry. Manuele and all at Agraquest, the team at Ramada, Docklands and the rest of the Wine-Works team; Ayesha, James and Charles.

We can’t wait until next year!

Bespoke Corporate Wine Tasting event for Global CEO of Watson Wyatt

“I wanted to say thank you for all your help with our event and let you know that we had excellent feedback from our clients regarding the wine tasting. They all really enjoyed it and it seemed to work really well.”

KPMG and the Crawley Young Professionals Private Wine Tasting

The Crawley Young Professionals held a wine tasting event on and from what we all remember it was an enjoyable night!

The night was a wine quiz of sorts with three blind tasting tables where we were asked to determine various elements of each wine including the grape, the country of origin and the price. This led to some heated discussions particularly around which wine we liked the best.

Wine Works put on a great event and, as well as a rounded selection of wines, they put on a great selection of food to match and also treated us to a table of three fine olive oils from Italy.

In between tasting wine, devouring the buffet and sampling olive oil, there were also some tricky questions to answer including determining who was responsible for the quotes such as ‘I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me’ (Winston Churchill) and random and bizarre wine facts. Did you know that Churchill’s favourite Champagne was Pol Roger and that the Champagne Coupe is supposedly modelled on Marie Antoinette’s breast. Well you do now!

We all like to think we know a thing or two about wine but, other than how much we like it, this night only helped to prove that for the majority of us this really is not the case.

There were some who were competitive and clearly wanted to win and others who were happy to simply eat, drink and be merry and this was clear to be seen from the resulting scores.

‘Down in One’ were the clear winners with a massive score of 18 out of a possible 25 and each team member walked away with a bottle of wine as a trophy.

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