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The Big Manchester Wine Tasting!

Published on September 29th 2005.

Kicking off Manchester’s annual Food & Drink festival, Friday 7th October and Saturday 8th October sees St Ann’s Square taken over by The Big Manchester Wine Tasting! – the first ever dedicated, consumer wine event in the city centre.


Over 20 exhibitors in a marquee in the square will provide passers by with the opportunity to try and buy hundreds of delicious wines. For the wine connoisseurs amongst you, there will also be a full programme of tutored tastings, masterclasses and celebrity food and wine demonstrations in the function room of the adjacent Royal Exchange Theatre.

Wine expert Matthew Jukes will offer tastes from his top 250 list, Malcolm Gluck hosts a pudding and dessert wine tasting, Kevin Gould matches sherries with local cheeses and cured meats, and top sommelier Singnorina Ince Antonucci will provide a taste of Italy from Vivallis, one of the country's oldest co-operatives.

Look out for special events taking place throughout top Manchester wine retailers such as Harvey Nichols, Love Saves the Day, Portland Wine and Corks Out, and don’t miss the special wine trail that will incorporate some of the city’s best loved bars and restaurants.

‘Big Wine Tasting!’ organiser Jackie Lancaster, commented that: “Although many consider Manchester to be full of beer drinkers, wine sales in the region are approaching £300m per year. ‘The Big Wine Tasting!’ aims to recognise and encourage this in a fun, relaxed and informative way!”

Over 60,000 visitors are expected to sip, swill and spit their way around the event over the weekend that will mark the launch of the city’s most popular annual festival.

So if you fancy getting your wine tasting head on and being part of this exciting event, then we have 8 pairs of tickets to give away for the Friday, and 8 for the Saturday. All you have to do is enter your details below and we’ll pick out the winners at random. Cheers! Chink chink!



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