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Meet the winemaker: Tom Holt of Paso-Primero · Thursday 22/3/18 · Chester


Christmas 2017  If you’re purchasing a wine tasting as a Christmas gift, all tickets are available as a printed gift ticket.  Please request a gift ticket during the online checkout process and ensure the recipient’s details are completed accurately when prompted to do so. Please ensure the recipient will be available on your chosen date as your ticket may not be transferrable (refer to our booking terms and conditions) or consider purchasing a gift voucher as an alternative.  All gift tickets and vouchers must be purchased by 12.00 noon on Thursday 21st. December 2017 for Christmas delivery by Royal Mail. E-tickets and e-vouchers are available after this date.


Meet the man behind the amazing wines of Spain’s Paso-Primero with us in The Roof Lounge* at Chester’s Restaurant 1539. In one entertaining evening out find out more about the Paso-Primero story, experiment with wine blending and taste the range of Tom’s wines which are all available here in Cheshire to buy too. These include the latest Paso Prima and for an extra treat, you’ll try Paso Primero’s new vermouth too!


As well as a glass of Cava to welcome you, find out how the wines work with food pairing with delicious canapés and cheeses from Restaurant 1539 which we’ll match with each wine.


*  For our guests comfort our winter wine tastings will take place in the interior Roof Lounge


Click on the links below to find out more.


What's included

Tom and Emma’s passion for wine was forged in the historic cellars of our friends at Tanners Wine Merchants in Shrewsbury. Their portfolio of over 1500 wines offered a wonka-esque window into the world of wine and it was easy to get swept up in a tidal wave of varieties, styles and regions. Every day was an education and Tim and Emma encouraged each other to explore further; they just never knew how far it would take them.


Over the last ten years they have travelled through three continents pursuing every aspect of wine production from vine to bottle and explored new regions continually gaining practical experience as they worked hard to unlock the secrets of quality wine production.  With this knowledge they formed an ambition to produce a wine which reflects their passion for sustainable, balanced wines. With Paso-Primero they have achieved that ambition.


We were delighted to introduce Paso-Primero Tinto made by Tom and Emma in Spain’s Somontano wine region at The Wine School of Cheshire in 2016 and this is their second time joining us together in Chester. During this entertaining evening out you can meet Tom in person and find out more about the Paso-Primero story. Tom will show you how they blend and balance the Paso-Primero Tinto and you’ll taste all of their wines matched with our canapé and cheese selection during the evening. For an extra treat, you’ll try Paso Primero’s new vermouth too!


We’ll welcome you to The Roof Lounge* at Restaurant 1539 with a class of Cava and matched canapés to really get your evening with us started too!


*  For our guests comfort our winter wine tastings will take place in the interior Roof Lounge

Canapés and cheeses will be served during the evening, paired with our wine selection.

Vegetarian and specialist dietary options are always available by prior arrangement.

Your wine school host

The evening will be hosted by our Founder, Richard Smith, who will share with you some of his twenty five years knowledge of all things wine as well as some anecdotes (but alas, no secrets) from his time as a butler. Richard trained at one of the world’s finest hotels and is proud to have advised several members of the British Royal Family and a number of international heads of state and celebrities. Richard has recently been featured in The Daily Mail and Cheshire Life magazine and he regularly writes for The Taster magazine and

Date & Time

Thursday 22nd. March 2018, 7.00pm – 9.00pm (approx.)

Timings are approximate and subject to change


The Wine School of Cheshire at Restaurant 1539, The Racecourse, Chester CH1 2LY.

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The pedestrian entrance to Restaurant 1539 is at 9 Nuns Road, Chester, CH1 2LY.

Access to Restaurant 1539 for customers with special access requirements is via a lift from the car park: proceed through the tunnel under the restaurant, bearing left. The lift is located directly in front of you.

Important Information & allergens

Spittoons will be available for any participants wishing to use them – this is of course optional! However we ask all attending to drink responsibly and strongly advise you do not drive after the event. Visit for the facts.

In accordance with the law, all persons attending our events must be over 18 years of age. Admission will be refused if suitable age verification photo ID cannot be provided upon our request and under these circumstances we regret that a refund will be not be possible.

We strongly advise that you do not drive on the day, however if it necessary to do so free parking is available at the racecourse for restaurant guests. There is a charge of £10 to leave vehicles overnight. Please advise us on arrival if you are driving.

Food allergens: we understand that some guests may have specific food allergies and we are always able to provide alternative ingredients and, if required, alternative dishes to ensure your food and wine pairing experience is enjoyable. We do require a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to the event start time to ensure our venues are able to access the appropriate ingredients and appreciate your understanding and kind assistance when this is necessary.

Please be aware as we are a wine school that wine is served at all our events and all wines produced do contain sulphites. We endeavour to feature wines where additional sulphites are not added by the winemaker or transporter, however UK legislation requires that all wines are correctly labeled as containing sulphites as these are produced in small quantities naturally during fermentation. If you suffer from a sulphite allergy we will be unable to offer any alternatives to wine and this must be considered before booking. We regret that a refund will not be available if we are informed of a sulphite allergy after your booking has been completed. Please refer to our full terms and conditions for further reference.


If you’re booking for someone as a gift and would like a presentation voucher sent to you to give to them free of charge please use the special instructions box at the checkout. Please also state here if you wish your voucher to be posted in plain packaging instead of our branded envelopes.


If you’d like us to send it directly to the recipient please include their name, address and personal message which we will include for you.


Our vouchers are sent UK first class within two business days of purchase. If you would prefer to buy a gift voucher for the recipient to select their own wine tasting, click here to find out more.