Summer “On The River”

Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm

We have teamed up with Thames Rivercruise of Caversham to bring you a series of events with a difference this summer. Over the months of June, July and August, we will run a selection of tasting events on the water. Each event will feature a 2 hour evening cruise on the Thames incorporating a themed wine tasting and some delicious food (*) prepared by our partner Laura from BenchRest. We will depart at 7.30pm and return to dry dock at 9.30pm, where you will be able to have a final drink at the boat bar whilst placing any wine orders. A full description of our events are listed below. To book, please follow the link at the bottom  to the Thames Rivercruise website who are handling all the bookings.

(*) – Food served will be in the form of nibbles, so we advise to dine before or after the event. if you have any allergies/dietary requirements please inform us asa soon as possible, weither by calling the shop on 0118 957 1531 or emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

June 13th – Ryan’s Best of Aus £40
Aussie Expert Ryan will guide you through some of his favourite wines, focussing on the best of what this fabulous country can offer. He’ll be looking at a top-class selection of white and red, showing the diversity Australia can offer and its amazing focus on quality.

June 27th – The Diversity of Pinot Noir £40
Our good friend Tomek joins us on the river to taste through a wonderful selection of Pinots from key regions across the globe. This is a great chance to taste and compare undoubtedly one of the most interesting grapes, showing how diverse this variety can be and how it truly reflects the terroir where it is grown.

July 11th – Summer Tapas Dinner £45
Join us for a relaxed and creative tapas evening on the Thames. Laura from Bench Rest will be showcasing some delicious dishes with lots of international influences. Wine will be hosted by Mags from Roberson Wines in London and will be carefully matched to each dish.

July 25th – A Taste of Summer £40
Celebrating the great British Summer, Pierre will showcase a selected group of wines that best represents summer. Think light reds (possibly chilled), crisp and zesty whites with a few tropical notes along the way and you won’t be far off. He’ll also look at the best sparkles to serve at your summer party and how to impress your friends at your next BBQ.

August 15th – Portuguese Dinner £45
For this dinner event, Laura from Bench Rest will focus on some of her favourite dishes from Portugal. She will look at the various influences this wonderful country has to offer and once again we will be carefully matching wines to each dish.

August 29th – Birthday Celebrations with Hattingley Valley £40
What a great way to close the summer tasting season and celebrate our 6th birthday! We are joined on the river by Gareth, the Commercial Director for Hattingley Valley in Hampshire, to talk through and taste their award winning portfolio. Hattingley Valley represents everything that is truly fantastic about English wine and this is a great opportunity to understand why some of the top houses in Champagne are siting up and taking notice of what is happening this side of the channel.


Tasting House, 30a Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX


Opening Hours

Monday: 8am–5pm
Tuesday: 8am–10pm
Wednesday: 8am–10pm
Thursday: 8am–10pm

Friday: 8am–11pm
Saturday: 8am–11pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm


Telephone: 0118 9571 531 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. |