Whether you’re looking for a Christmas party alternative or you just can’t stand another virtual quiz, these online food and drink tastings are a great shout.
Leeds is now in Tier 3 so our favourite bars and restaurants are shut for the time being, but fear not, because these 5 indies are doing virtual food and drink tastings that will liven up your nights in. Cheese, wine, gin or craft beer – pick your favourite and get ready to sip or nibble your way through delicious samples with an expert via live video. It’s a great way to safely socialise with your mates, all while supporting the city’s indies – so what are you waiting for? Sign up for these fantastic at home experiences stat!
George & Joseph Virtual Cheese Tasting
Award-winning Leeds cheesemonger George & Joseph are running virtual cheese tastings. Sign up and a box of five mystery cheeses, crackers and chutney will be delivered to your door. You could be treated to anything from a rich Baron Bignod Brie to a creamy Baby Blue, but you’ll have to resist tucking in until you’re joined by owner Stephen Fleming via video call. He’ll talk you through each of the dairy delights and give you tasting notes. You can even go all-out with a drinks pairing.
George & Joseph’s Virtual Cheese Tasting takes place once a month. It costs £40 for two people and you can book online.
Yorkshire Wine School
Wine lovers, listen up. You can spend an evening online with Yorkshire Wine School to learn more about your favourite tipples. From Italian red taste-offs to meet the winemaker events, they’ve got an array of virtual wine tastings to suit every interest. Whichever you go for, you’ll get a specially selected taster case of wines delivered from a local Leeds wine shop. Taster-in-chief Laura Kent will then host a live session to talk you through the delicate flavours of each glass, explain the winemaking process and suggest food pairings.
Yorkshire Wine School’s Online Wine Tastings take place every month. The prices start from £55 and you can book online.
Hotham’s Virtual Gin School
You can do a deep dive into the world of gin with Hotham’s. It’s a private session, so gather six of your nearest and dearest online, and get ready to learn more about mother’s ruin. You’ll be sent a hamper with two gins, two tumblers, tonics and a tasting kit for the virtual event, where you’ll learn more about the unique taste profiles of Hotham’s gin. But this isn’t just a tasting – you’ll also get to watch as the head distiller makes a bespoke gin based on your favourite botanicals, which you’ll then be sent to enjoy at home.
Hotham’s Virtual Gin School can be arranged for a time that suits you. It costs £150 per couple and you can book by calling 01482 400215.
Once Upon a Vine Festive Tasting
This December, you can find the perfect bottle of plonk to drink on Christmas Day with Once Upon a Vine’s festive-themed online tasting. Whether it’s a fruity Merlot or a refined Claret, the wine-experts at this Leeds bottle shop will tell you what you need to know about six different wines. Grape varieties, aromas, tasting notes and those all-important festive food pairings – they’ll cover it all. It’s split into two-parts and is free to watch on Facebook – all you need to do is pop in the shop to buy the bottles.
Once Upon a Vine’s Festive Tastings are on Tuesday 15th and Tuesday 22nd December 2020. It’s free to watch on Facebook.
North Brewing Co. Beer Tastings
You can sample the delicious pints of North Brewing Co. on one of their online beer tastings. You’ll join ten family and friends on a private video call with a member of the brewing team. Everyone will have been sent a mystery box of craft beers fresh from the taps, and you’ll learn about the hops and processes used to make each one before you glug them down. The event is tailored to your group and you can even add spirits into the mix, making this one of the best at home experiences for booze fanatics in Leeds.
North Brewing Co’s Beer Tastings take place throughout December 2020. It costs £25 per person and you can book by emailing email@example.com.Cover image credit: John Slemensek at Bokehgo