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Malbec: food & wine pairing evening in The Roof Lounge · Thursday 26/10/17 · Chester


Malbec has become one of the world’s most popular grape varieties in recent years thanks to some amazing examples at fantastic prices from Argentina.


Discover the origins of this red wine grape variety and taste a range of styles grown all around the world in one enjoyable evening in The Roof Lounge* at Chester’s Restaurant 1539.


We’ll start off with a glass of Sparkling Malbec and you’ll taste your way around the world of Malbec with matched canapés and cheeses from the team at Restaurant 1539.


*for our guests’ comfort, this event will be held in the interior roof lounge at Restaurant 1539


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Join us in The Roof Lounge* at Restaurant 1539 overlooking Chester’s historic racecourse and taste your way around the world of Malbec, one of the world’s most popular grape varieties. In one entertaining evening out find out how the style and flavour of the grape changes depending on the country it’s grown in. Find out how our chosen wines work with food pairing too as you’ll enjoy delicious canapés and cheeses presented from the cheese trolley at Restaurant 1539, which we will select to pair with each of our wines for the evening.


We’ll start things off by welcoming you with a glass of sparkling Malbec and we’ll be introducing you to at least five more amazing Malbecs from around the world.  Expect a great selection of wines, all of which will be sourced from our favourite local stores such as Corks Out, Tanners and M&S, proving that you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy great wines.


*for our guests’ comfort, this event will be held in the interior roof lounge at Restaurant 1539

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 26th. October 2017, 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.

Sulphites: 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.


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