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An evening of Rioja in The Roof Lounge · Thursday 17/1/19 · Chester


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Love Rioja? Or keen to know more about this world famous wine region? What better way to enjoy an evening out than with us tasting some incredible wines in The Roof Lounge at Restaurant 1539, Chester Racecourse.


  • Find out more about white and rosé wines from Rioja
  • Discover Joven Rioja wines
  • Try the different styles of aged red Rioja wines: Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.
  • Enjoy six wines throughout the evening
  • All our wines are expertly paired with delicious foodie treats including hand-crafted canapés and cheeses
  • Our bespoke tasting notes are yours to keep


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What's included

If you love Rioja wines or you’d love to know more, this entertaining evening in The Roof Lounge at Restaurant 1539 is for you!


Our winter tastings take place in the interior roof lounge which overlooks Chester Racecourse. You’ll enjoy white Rioja as well as the different ageing styles of this incredible wine regions read wines – perfect to enjoy on a winter evening. Discover Joven, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva – all perfectly paired with hand-crafted canapés and cheeses from the team at Restaurant 1539.


Expect a great selection of wines, all of which will be sourced from our favourite local stores and our bespoke tasting notes are yours to take home.

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.

Date & Time

Thursday 17th. January 2019, 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, leading directly from The Walls and is well signposted.

For access to Restaurant 1539 for customers with special access requirements please click on the accessibility box below.

Your wine school host

The evening will be hosted by our Founder, Richard Smith, who will share with you some of his twenty seven plus years of 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. He recently appeared at Three Wine Men in Manchester alongside TV wine legends Oz Clarke, Olly Smith and Tim Atkin MW and has presented English and Welsh wines in partnership with Wines of Great Britain for three consecutive years at RHS Tatton Park.

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.


For all our guests’ enjoyment of our intimate tasting events, we ask for your kind understating that groups joining us are limited to 6 guests. If you are a larger group we may be able to host a bespoke wine tasting event for you. Please contact us for more information.


Restaurant 1539 at Chester Racecourse is fully accessible.

Wheelchair access to Restaurant 1539 is via a lift from the race course car park: proceed through the tunnel under the restaurant, bearing left. The lift is located directly in front of you and signposted. The restaurant entrance is just across the mezzanine level courtyard.

For The Roof Lounge, a disabled lift is situated inside the main restaurant which leads directly to the interior Roof Lounge. Ramp access is available to the exterior Roof Lounge.

If joining us for our summer al fresco events, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance of the event for us to arrange assistance with the exterior ramp and a suitable seating plan for convenient access to and from The Roof Lounge.


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