FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS & ENTERTAINMENT

As well as a fantastic array of winemakers and producers showcasing their best wines, the organisers of the Dorset Wine Festival are delighted to bring you an eclectic and refined programme of wine presentations, masterclasses and live entertainment to our talk tent. Please note that we are adding to to the line up weekly and timings will be published in the printed programme.


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Oz Clarke
1pm & 5pm Saturday
1pm Sunday

Wine author, television presenter and authority Oz Clarke will be bringing his entertaining and informative knowledge to the entire weekend. As well as giving several talks, chairing the panels and hosting our exclusive Saturday night dinner,  Oz will also be available for informal meet & greet.  Please form an orderly queue!


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Steven Spurrier
5pm Sunday
Talk & book signing

Decanter's consultant editor and their 2017 Man of the Year 2017 Steven Spurrier is often described as the champion of French wine. He is arguably most famous for the Judgement of Paris tasting in 1976 which changed the world of wine forever! Steven will be giving a talk on the recent release of his memoirs " Wine - a  Way of Life".  He also owns Bride Valley vineyard in Dorset, their wine are available to sample all weekend.    


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Wine of Origin:
South Africa

3pm Saturday & Sunday
Panel discussion

The theme for this year's festival has been inspired by the Western Cape. South African wine makers have been experiencing a highly exciting, yet challenging, phase in history with severe water shortages leading to the smallest yield in 13 years. Nikki Friedman, MD of Franschhoek's wine farm Môreson will head a panel of producers to share their experience and explain why overall wine quality has actually increased dramatically over the last five years!


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Erica Dent
12pm Saturday & Sunday
Talk and drop in sessions

If you're a wine novice or would love to know more about a formal qualification wine then don't miss the Enjoy Discovering Wine team.  Triple nominee for WSET Educator of the Year, Erica is an enthusiastic and passionate educator who will teach you the secrets to creating food and wine pairings and how to look behind the label.


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Pol Roger Champagne
4pm Sunday,Masterclass

Founded in 1849, Pol Roger has persevered through wars and disasters with finesse and resolve, which is present in every drop of their bubbly. Being the favourite wine of Sir Winston Churchill, their prestige cuvée was given his name in 1979. Come taste what makes it undeniably unique and find out more about this glorious estate.


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Biodynamic & Organic wine with Les Caves
4pm Saturday

Importer, distributor, agent and retailer of wines around the world, Les Caves promotes ‘natural wines’ that are expressive of their homelands. Their range shows a great deal of the care and character that is best found in the small, independent wine makers that they represent. Hear more about what makes a wine organic, biodynamic, and natural. What it means when a wine is made with minimal chemical intervention. And what it means when a wine possesses a sense of ‘terroir.’


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Q&A with Museum Wines
2pm Saturday & Sunday

Come one, come all to the Museum Wines Q & A extravaganza where you can put Daniel and Corey on the spot by bringing samples from around the festival for them to taste blind and, hopefully, identify… wish them luck! They’ll also be answering any wine related queries that you may have. Let them entertain and educate you on the world of wine.


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VIP DINNER
with Oz Clarke

Saturday 7pm £140pp
limited availability

Join Oz Clarke and the winemakers from Dorset Wine Festival for a fabulous wine themed dinner on Saturday 7th July at 7pm. Your ticket includes standard entrance to both days of the festival and a seat at our VIP 3 course al fresco dinner with unlimited wine, hosted by Oz.  Booking Essential


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Gritchie Brewing Company
Saturday & Sunday

Gritchie Brewing Company (owned by film Director Guy Ritchie) are proud to present their first release beer. English Lore is a 4% ABV pale ale using a combination of traditional English hops and newer English varieties. Come and sample this fine example of nostalgic craft beer at the Toff and Fox; a distinctive and unique bar, converted from a World War II transporter lorry.


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Mother Ukers
Saturday - live entertainment

Take a break from all that swigging and do some jigging! Live entertainment from Dorset's favourite Ukele fusion band The Mother Ukers.


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Acantha Lang
Sunday - live entertainment

Born in New Orleans Louisiana, Acantha Lang as been described as the rock/soul of Janis Joplin crossed with the raw bluesy tone of Tina Turner.  We cannot wait.


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Edgar Lizarazu
Painting with wine

Saturday & Sunday - live art

"Wine is unlike any other artistic material – in its pure form it is so fluid it is almost impossible to control. Yet the pigment within the wine – the fundamental colour reflecting the beauty of the grapes and country of origin – makes truly beautiful artwork. "
Watch as Edgar Lizarazu does just that and creates a masterpiece in art, painting a giant canvas with red wine.


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Ambassadeur Art
Saturday & Sunday
Art exhibition

Ambassadeur Art deals in works from both national and international artists with a variety of backgrounds  From fine art to graffiti, graphic design to tattoo artists they bring a wealth of experience, flavour and techniques to their pieces. They will be displaying a range of pieces available to browse and buy all weekend.

Please note, all content is correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.