An afternoon of wine-tasting with expert Luke Flunder in the historic industrial space of Leiston’s Long Shop Museum.

As Luke Flunder presents an array of fine wines, participants will learn the art of blind tasting in under a minute, then use their new-found skills to pick out the most expensive wines in the room! It promises to be fun, relaxed, and informative.

In 1957 Edward Ott prepared festivalgoers for a wine-tasting event which was to take place on 22 June, Peter Pears’ birthday. Arranged by the Wine Lovers Society, this was intended as a practical session to involve bottling, corking, capsuling and labelling wine. Ott quoted a French adage: Un repas sans vin est une journée sans soleil (“a meal without wine is a day without sun”), which he followed by stating “then the sun will surely shine on Aldeburgh during the penultimate day of the tenth Festival”.

At the Long Shop Museum, we connect with a history that long predates the Aldeburgh Festival: it was owned and operated by Richard Garrett, whose brother Newson was the proprietor of Snape Maltings. It will be a pleasure for us to raise a glass to the modern-day connection between the two venues.

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