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 8 Week World of Wine Course

8 Week World of Wine Course

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Welcome to the Wonderful World of Wine!

Our 'World of Wine Course' runs one evening per week for 8 weeks and is designed as a practical introduction to the world of wine. It is structured for people who enjoy wine and would like to learn more about it in a fun and relaxed environment. You need no previous experience – the emphasis is on learning by your own experience of tasting the different varieties of wine. It is also a great way to meet new friends who share your enjoyment of wine.

These tastings are also available to book as individual sessions, so you can dip in and out as you wish. 


By the end of the 8 evenings:

  • You will have gained a good understanding of the world's major grape varieties and the wine styles they produce
  • You will have been taught to assess and taste wine like a true professional, and be able to identify any faults found in wine (e.g. a corked wine)
  • During the 8 evenings we will have tasted wines from most of the world's major wine regions (tasting over 50 wines)
  • Food & wine matching will also have given you a lot of confidence to try new wine pairings with your favourite foods
  • You will also have developed your sense of smell and wine vocabulary

Professional ISO tasting glasses, comprehensive tasting notes and some nibbles to help compare food groups with wine are provided


  • Taste over 50 delicious wines in 8 weeks
  • Retail prices of wines tasted will generally be between £5 and £30
  • Discover where to obtain today's best value for money wines.
  • Wine and food matching advice
  • Common wine faults - how to spot them
  • Storing and serving wine advice
  • How to be a better wine shopper - where to buy your wines
  • Taste the world’s major red grape varieties – Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Grenache and others
  • Taste the world’s major white grape varieties – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Viognier, Pinot Grigio, Chenin Blanc and others
  • Professional ISO tasting glasses, tasting notes and course notes are all provided


No problem - Pick up the missed session on the next World of Wine Course, or get a credit you can use for any of our wine courses or wine tastings. Courses run throughout the year - more dates announced soon.


  • Week 1: France Part One - Bordeaux and the South, plus how to read French wine labels
  • Week 2: Australia, New Zealand and South Africa - Principle wines plus blind tasting and wine brands
  • Week 3: France Part Deux - Burgundy, Loire and the Rhone
  • Week 4: Italy Classic wines and styles and how to get better bang for your buck
  • Week 5: The Americas: USA, Chile and Argentina - Major wine styles & the 'Sideways' effect, and the importance of climate
  • Week 6: Spain and Portugal - The chance to discover the Iberian coast, including the history of fortified wines
  • Week 7: Germany, Austria, Alsace and UK - Plus storing/serving wine and common wine faults
  • Week 8: Champagne and Sparkling Wine 

Tastings start at 7pm and run for approx 2 hours, finishing 9pm.

Each week we will examine how different grape varieties, different climates and local wine-making techniques impact on the aromas and flavours of the wine. Through practice and our guidance you will learn how to identify the wine's characteristics - we show you how to taste and appraise wine like a professional. We believe that the best aide to learning about wine is the process of tasting and comparing for yourself and that is exactly what you will have the chance to do in our relaxed and informal setting.


Please note that this course takes place over consecutive Wednesday evenings with the exception of week 8 which is on a Thursday


Wed 02
- 2024 -
World of Wine - Bordeaux and Southern France
Novotel Edinburgh Centre

Bordeaux is probably the World's most famous wine region - renowned for cult wines such as Chateau Margaux, & Mouton-Rothschild which can retail for £1000s a bottle. But there is much more to this warm, south-westerly part of France.

Wed 09
- 2024 -
World of Wine - Australia, New Zealand & South Africa
Novotel Edinburgh Centre

Come & join us for this special evening & taste why these New World classic wines are once again being listed on some of the top restaurant wine lists in the UK.

Wed 16
- 2024 -
World of Wine - Burgundy, Loire & Rhone
Novotel Edinburgh Centre

The Loire, Burgundy & Rhone are some of France's best known wine making regions. Come along, explore these famous wines with us and taste why the wines of these regions are world famous.

Wed 23
- 2024 -
World of Wine - Italy
Novotel Edinburgh Centre

With its myriad regional specialities and indigenous grape varieties, Italy can be at once fascinating, daunting and confusing to the wine drinker. We'll break down the barriers with this whistlestop Italian tasting

Wed 30
- 2024 -
World of Wine - The Americas
Novotel Edinburgh Centre

An evening of American showstoppers! Join us as we travel from north to south with amazing wine along the way.

Wed 06
- 2024 -
World of Wine - Spain & Portugal
Novotel Edinburgh Centre

A trip around the Iberian penisula. Spain might be more famous, but there are undiscovered gems on both sides of the border. Join us as we taste through classics and uncover new favourites

Wed 13
- 2024 -
World of Wine - Alsace, Germany, Austria & UK
Novotel Edinburgh Centre

Time to discover the aromatics of Europe! Forget the Blue Nun style wines of the past, re-discover Riesling, uncover Gewurztraminer and taste English still wine

Thu 21
- 2024 -
World of Wine - Champagne and Sparkling Wine
Novotel Edinburgh Centre

Join us for an evening of decadence as we celebrate the wonderful world of bubbles!

How to get there

Novotel Edinburgh Centre
80 Lauriston Place

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