Our World of Wine course runs for 8 consecutive weekday evenings. No experience necessary and the emphasis is upon learning by tasting lots of different wines!
What will you get from this course?
- You’ll taste 50 different wines from 5 countries, 15 regions and 15 different grape varieties
- You’ll learn how to sniff, swirl and sip like a professional and how to describe a wine to family and friends
- You’ll understand the flavour and aromas associated with the world’s major grape varieties
- You will know the world’s major wine regions and the wine styles they produce
- How wine is made, the importance of soils and climate and the influence of the winemaker
- How to identify a faulty wine
- How to read and decipher wine labels
- The best ways to store and serve wine
- You’ll learn all about pairing food and wine, giving you lots of ideas to try at home
- How to choose better wine in shops and restaurants
- A whole new wine vocabulary, plus you will meet like-minded people who enjoy wine
And most importantly…you’ll understand which wines you like and why
Our WOW course makes a great gift and can be purchased as a gift voucher for £249
What if I can’t make one of the evenings?
Not a problem. You can either send a substitute, pick up the session on the next course or request a credit voucher.
Course Programme and Dates:
Sessions run on 8 consecutive Wednesday evenings. They start at 7pm and last for approximately 2 hours, ending at around 9pm
- 7th September: You’ll learn how to taste, swirl and spit like a professional. This introductory session covers what wine is and how it is made, how to taste wine, some fun aroma tests and you'll also get to grips with how to start to decipher wine labels.
- 14th September: Tour de France Stage I - we explore two of the world's greatest wine regions, Bordeaux and Burgundy and then we will explore the concept of 'terroir' through some carefully selected examples from the world's finest wine regions.
- 21st September: Tour de France Stage II - we tour down the Loire and Rhone Valleys and then stop in the sunny South of France and consider the role of climate and weather in shaping a wine style.
- 28th September: Wines with passion; Spain & Italy - we'll uncork some European classics as well as explore some of the up and coming regions. We'll also teach you the basics of how to pair food and wine.
- 5th October: Amazing Australia - we will explore the different regions and 'boutique' style wines and spend some time understanding how the winemaker influences wine styles using oak. We'll also taste a delicious sweet wine and explain how sweet wines are made.
- 12th October: New Zealand; beyond Sauvignon Blanc. We'll explore New Zealand wines from the tip of the North Island to the world's most southerly wine region, Central Otago, on the South Island. Plus, we'll spend some time talking screw cap vs cork and explain how to identify common wine faults.
- 19th October: A Taste of the America's - learn how hot, almost desert-like conditions produce some of the world's most delicious wines. First we'll explore California then we'll head south to Chile and finally we will hop over the Andes into Argentina for a mini Malbec masterclass. At this tasting we will also consider how to serve and store wine.
- 26th October: Our course finalé: we'll explain why South African wine is just coming of age and enjoy a fine South African Sparkling wine which we compare with a Champagne and explain how different types of sparkling wine are made.