Sine Qua Non Fine Wine Masterclass

22nd November 2018 6:30pm - 9:30pm
The Clockwork Building, 45 Beavor Lane, London W6 9AR
Join us for a seated masterclass to discover the iconic producer Sine Qua Non.

In 1994 an Austrian émigré set about purchasing fruit from three leading ‘Rhone Ranger’ California vineyards: Alban, Stolpman, and Bien Nacido. Manfred Krankl, and his wife Elaine, then set about producing 100 cases of what is now the winery Sine Qua Non’s (SQN as it is often known) maiden vintage. named ‘Queen of Spades’.

This predominantly Syrah-based wine was the first in a now world-renowned and sought-after list of individually named, bottled and labelled cuvees primarily produced from the Syrah or Grenache varietals. The winery has also grown since 1994, and now produces wine from grapes grown across four different Californian vineyards, with the main property situated in Ventura. Krankl’s eccentric, unique and often brilliant approach to winemaking is one of the fundamental reasons that these wines are among the most collectable in the world; comparable to the very top wines produced in the Cote d’Or, Bordeaux and Napa Valley.

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Typified by very low yields, SQN has two flagship wines; one a Syrah blend, the other Grenache. No two vintages are ever named the same, and each year the shape of the bottle changes along with the label which Krankl designs himself. Whilst this variety can be confusing for the uninitiated, the unique nature of these wines cannot be underestimated, with many considered rare artefacts – and this is without taking into account the contents of the bottle. It cannot be denied that Manfred Krankl is one of the most revered winemakers in the world. The wines he produces are considered to be the finest expression of native Rhone varietals in the New World. In total, The Wine Advocate has rated 16 of his wines perfectly, with only Guigal (31) and Chapoutier (34) receiving more.

‘Sine Qua Non’ in Latin means essential action, condition, or ingredient. Is this an essential wine? We believe so. This wine is all about passion and a visionary approach to winemaking. The style of the wines are unapologetically full bodied with great concentration. Despite all of the richness, the varietal character manages to shine through, with an aromatic nuance creating another layer of quality.

One of the world’s most creative wineries, Sine Qua Non is turning out world-class wines of extraordinary complexity and individuality.

Robert Parker Jr


  • Syrah – Atlantis 2005 (100 pts)
  • Grenache – Atlantis 2005 (97 pts)
  • Syrah - Raven 2006 (96 pts)
  • Grenache -Raven 2006 (98 pts)
  • Syrah - Labels 2007 (98+ pts)
  • Grenache - Pictures 2007 (97 pts)
  • Syrah - B20 2008 (95 pts)
  • Grenache - The Line 2008 (98 pts)

The evening will also include a champagne reception as well as finger food to accompany the wines.

Limited tickets available from EventBrite priced at £450.00 inc VAT

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*in the unlikely event that on the evening there is a fault with any of the wines due to be tasted, if there isn’t a replacement bottle available, a different wine of equivalent quality will be opened as a suitable replacement. This event is limited to 10 people.