Private tastings

Private tastings can also be catered for - from entry level "how to taste wine" seminars through to detailed region or specific grape variety tastings, please email for further details.

Tickle Your Tastebuds - Mainz - 30th Oct. 18.00

This seminar (the English) is designed to introduce you to the fascinating world of wine. Learn how to taste and evaluate wines in a fun environment.

Over 2,5 hours, we will taste around 6 different wines (sparkling, white and red) from different regions. Discover a dazzling array of aromas in your glass, why each wine is different and what is special about the origin of the wine.

During the event we will have light anti-pasta style food. Fresh bread and water will be available to neutralise our taste buds.

The event is educational but fun. I have been running these events in Düsseldorf for many years working with some of the top wine bars and stores and have hosted events for corporate entertainment, expats, hen nights etc. I have wine qualifications from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London and have been working for an international wine company since moving to Mainz in 2009.

Location is in Mainz old town - Weinhaus Horn on Augustinerstr. It is really easy to get to from Wiesbaden or Frankfurt. I can send you the public transport links if you need them!

Price is €35,00 per person. The price includes all wines, food and water. Tickets must be purchased in advance via PayPal or bank transfer. It is essential that you book in advance because I must pre-book catering etc. I can accept cash payment in advance too if you email me to arrange a time!

Looking forward to meeting you!

€4,99 wine of the week

I picked up a bottle of VILLA ORSINI Chianti Reserva DOCG 2006 in Real this week.
Price - €4,99

So what is a Chianti?
The wine is a red blend from Tuscany which lies in the north-western part of Italy. The area was first declared a quality area for wines in 1716. Today's regulations state that a minimum of 80% sangiovese must be in the blend. Up to 20% of juice from other red grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah as well as the traditional varietals such as Canaiolo, Mammolo and Marzemino.

So I have now poured a glass and am looking at a deep purpley-red colour which when swirled leaves colourless legs on the sides of the glass.

Back label say "great depth of dark chocolate and black cherry. Two years of oak ageing and further bottle ageing add complex aroma and refined finish."

For me the wine has an almost metallic nose, I do get some cherry and chocolate aromas coming through. The wine seems at first sniff to be quite sour, but has good ripe red fruits (again cherries spring to mind). After being open for a couple of hours, the metallic nose disappears.

Swirled around the mouth, I note first that the wine is dry (even though there are telltale signs of higher sugar content). The tannins are firm and are supported by the juicy red fruits. I like it!

I wouldn't drink this by itself - it matches well to a meaty tomatoey dish - Italian food with Italian wine is always a good idea! I like the taste of this with a baked pasta dish, it works wonderfully well with a bolognese sauce stuffed in cannelloni or layered with bechemel sauce and lasagne sheets. Perfect for a chilly Autumn evening.


World Wide Wines - Düsseldorf 16th April 2010

Once again, we have been invited to THE wine location in Düsseldorf: WINELIVE in Oberbilk. This time, we will sample some gems from around the world. Come along to meet new friends and to understand what differentiates the New World from the Old World!

In addition to sampling 5 different wines, you will be served a mix of anti-pasta to compliment the wines.

Advance tickets cost € 35,-- and are available exclusively from Nicola Blanchard. Please contact me for further details. Tel.: 0179 590 1097 or via email: Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable.

Pay with PAYPAL to or via bank transfer - please email for full details!

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Wine Tasting in Düsseldorf - 24th Feb.

It's time to tickle those taste buds again, so come along to our next wine tasting event in DÜSSELDORF

We have been invited to the new fabulous location WINELIVE in Oberbilk and are going to use this opportunity to showcase some stunning wines from Germany.

In addition to sampling 5 different wines, you will be sample some culinary delights chosen to compliment the wines perfectly.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available via Nicola Blanchard and Rhinebuzz. Please contact us for further details. Tel.: 0179 590 1097

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Weinforum Rheinhessen- MAINZ

Die besten Weine und Sekte der diesjährigen Prämierung stehen beim Weinforum Rheinhessen vom 23. – 25. Oktober 2009 im Museum für Antike Schifffahrt in Mainz zur Verkostung bereit.

[b]The best accoladed wines and sekts chosen this year will be available for tasting at the Wine Forum Rhine Hessen from 23-25th October 2009 at the Museum for Antique Shipping in Mainz.[/b]

Cost is € 22,50 per head and includes free travel on local public transport.

I will be there on Friday evening. If you wish to meet up please message me.


Check out for current Düsseldorf events.

I am busy with my new job, so tastings are on hold for now! Next event likely to be in Mainz at the world's deepest sekt cellars! Watch this space.

Fish & Chips with prosecco

What are you doing on Saturday January 24th?

Come and join us for Fish and Chips, a few drinks, some funky grooves and a whole lot of smiling faces from all corners of the globe.
RhineBuzz are delighted to be hosting Fish and Chips at Gastrovision
You will be entertained by Jimsession, a young, incredibly funky band with 7 band members including two saxophonists and real drums!
We will be serving fish and chips (or a pasta alternative) and of course we will be dishing up a RhineBuzz surprise or two at midnight!

Tickets are just €12. Please reserve at
When you purchase a ticket in advance and come to the party you will automatically be entered into a draw. RhineBuzz have been given some fantastic prizes including a five-course meal for two, including beverages, at the prize-winning Bacala restaurant, from the Japanese community a gift token from the book store Takagi, the official catalogue of the next show at the NRW Forum Michel Comte, plus, a four week course at the up and coming RhineBuzz Salsa Nights!

The fun begins at 7.30 - open end at Gastrovision adjacent to Lust4wine Take the U bahn to Belsenplatz in Oberkassel, it's down Hansallee on the left, a big place, you can't miss it. There's also free parking right outside.