Wine and art evenings at the Tate

The first event in the series includes a Californian tasting masterclass and entry to the Hockney exhibition

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1971
Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1971 | Image: Lewis Collection, © David Hockney; photo credit: Art Gallery of New South Wales/Jenni Carter

The Tate’s in-house sommelier and head wine buyer is presenting a mouth-watering programme of one-day “immersions” in wine and art inspired by some of the gallery’s most famous exhibits. The series, run by Hamish Anderson, kicks off on Saturday March 18 with a celebration of Californian wine in honour of Tate Britain’s blockbuster David Hockney exhibition, which runs until Monday May 29.

Tate sommelier Hamish Anderson is running the programme of events
Tate sommelier Hamish Anderson is running the programme of events

Tickets cost £175 a head and include a two-and-a-half hour tasting of 14 wines under Anderson’s expert guidance, as well as entry to the Hockney show and a three-course lunch or dinner in the gallery’s Rex Whistler Restaurant. As there are no more than 20 people in each session, this is a real opportunity to get under the skin of different wine regions in the company of one of the industry’s most engaging sommeliers, with discussion of grape variety, terroir, vintage and food pairing all in the offing.


“David Hockney has just fashioned the latest Mouton label, but it is his close association with California that our first masterclass celebrates,” says Anderson. “It gives me an excuse to dig in the Tate’s cellar and open rare old bottles like 2000 Ridge Monte Bello, although I am just as excited about showing up-and-coming wine stars like Gavin Chanin, himself an keen artist.”

Garden, 2015
Garden, 2015 | Image: Collection of the artist, © David Hockney; photo credit: Richard Schmidt

Other themes in the series – which takes place across Tate Britain and Tate Modern and runs through to December – include Australian Wine & Giacometti, Wines of the Rhône & Soul of a Nation, Great Wines of Bordeaux & The Impressionists, and Italian Wine & Modigliani.


Read about Hockney’s label design for Mouton Rothschild’s 2014 vintage here.