• Blind Bubbles
  • Summer Drinks
  • GIN
    One of our favourite & most popular tastings - all about gin!
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Tastings

What we do

Ideal for breaking the ice at company and networking events
A great way to add fun, interest and impact to a client or customer occasion
Brilliant team building and reward for your staff
We offer a bespoke tutored tasting experience designed around your needs

Gin: from Mothers Ruin to Craft Revolution

Your group will get a comprehensive and fun tutored tasting to introduce the amazing colourful history and flavours of that most quintessentially English spirit Options from 4-10 gins with focus on a wide variety of styles and stories.

Distinguished Drams: a tasting introduction to whisky

This popular tasting can be designed to suit your group: from beginners to whisky fans, we love to introduce everyone to everything from single malts, Irish Pot Still Whiskey, cask strength to the new cool boutique blends and grains. US Whiskey can be introduced too.

Blind Bubbles Tasting Session: Everyone loves bubbles

Either for fun or for prizes, we can divide your guests into small groups and lead them through a selection of mystery sparkling wines:Everythinf from grand Marc to growers Champagnes, Prosecco’s, Cremants and English Sparklers. Great for getting conversation flowing, the teams are asked to describe, rate and then guess the identity of the wines they are tasing...ahead of the big reveal. We have plenty of options for different lengths and costs for your event, this is great for groups of 10 to 100.
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Ulla Nilsson, MD, The Swedish Chamber of Commerce

I would like to thank you for introducing us to the world of bubbles. We have had great feedback from our Members who thoroughly enjoyed the evening... We thank you for making this evening a memorable one.

Joe McHale, MD, Dragon Rouge

Tom and Alison came and ran a tasting session in our offices for the senior management team. It was a great evening which was as fun as it was informative. We all came away happy and full of little facts to impress people at home!

The Handbook

Discussions are casual and conversational so you won’t find any pretentious wine speak or pompous gin jargon here. The Grape Society make alcohol education as welcoming and fun as can be and quench the thirst of all inquisitive palates.

About Us

With 30+ years of beverage experience between them, Alison & Tom are perfectly positioned to talk you through how to pick the perfect pint, tell your gins from your Genever or navigate a restaurant wine list (and no, it's not quite as easy as "order the second one on the list")

Alison Taffs

Queen Of Booze

Alison has been involved in education, training and selection of wine & all things alcohol for restaurants and bars for 20 years. Originally training with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (the industry education body) and has since trained and worked with several Masters of Wine.

She has blended wines in France and Italy and created wine & drinks lists for  a group of 300 High Street restaurants and several independent restaurant and bar groups.

Always looking forward to trying something new and delicious, Alison has had a brilliant time learning to be a beer sommelier, compiling beer menus of over 100 beers for the Belgium beer restaurant Belgo, and revitalising tired lists with new beers from the burgeoning London craft beer scene.  She is also one of the first female members of the Soho Malt Whisky Society.

A hugely enthusiastic and inclusive drinks educator Alison says she takes most pleasure from watching peoples’ reaction the first time they taste a bone dry fino sherry.

Tom Rayfox

Duke of Drinks

At the age of 18, Tom was told that to become a successful bartender, he had to learn to love booze. This is advice that he took to heart and he has never looked back.

Working in the hospitality industry for 10 years, Tom has managed to shoehorn his love for alcohol into every role he has had, from creating cocktails for a high-street chain to writing a chapter for Luke Thomas’ cook book after creating the drinks list for his pop-up restaurant.

Educated at the Wine Spirit Education Trust and Shaker BarSchool, Tom has been working hard to further his knowledge and achieve his ambition of trying “all of the things”

His passion for tasting anything interesting has lead him to develop a deep rooted love for natural wine and he delights in squeezing these in to tastings and is keeping count of the number of people he has managed to convert.

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