Taste Great Wines & Spirits From Around The World

Our tasting evenings are designed to appeal to people who appreciate fine wine and/or spirits.

They are relaxed and informal in style. The tutor will give some background information and then simply introduce each wine or spirit and encourage discussion. A tasting sheet and, where appropriate, maps will be provided but not detailed notes.

Unless otherwise indicated, tasting samples of 8 wines or 6 spirits will be tasted. There will be mineral water and water biscuits to refresh your palate between samples.

What else do I need?

You will need to bring 6 wine glasses to each session. If you really want to sharpen up your taste buds, a set of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) glasses used by the professionals is recommended (the tutor will have boxed sets of 6 crystal ISO tasting glasses for sale at £15).

Who are the principal course tutors?

The tastings will normally be introduced by Vivienne Franks, John Ducker, Pippa Hayward or Sandy Leckie. All have extensive lecturing experience, are members of The Association of Wine Educators and/or Circle of Wine Writers and travel widely to keep up-to-date.

Book Places

Here are details of the tastings we are organising in London over the next few months.  To book places at any of these, select the number you want from the little drop-down menu on the left, enter your personal details in the form at the foot of the page and click the submit button. A member of the Wine Education Service team will then send you confirmation and information about payment methods by email.

  • Jul 2019

    £35.00English Sparkling Wines • Thursday, 25th July, 19:30-21:30 in London – Holborn

    English sparkling wines have started to beat grande marque Champagnes to the medals in international competitions.. Top producers Ridgeview, Nyetimber and Camel Valley are extending their vineyards. A new, venture capital funded company has planted 150 ha of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in Hampshire. And now, an application has been made to Brussels for the South Downs to be designated a Protected Denomination of Origin or PDO. The Champenois, who have never taken kindly to challenges to their franchise, have their land agents tramping over the South Downs looking for suitable sites to buy; Taittinger, indeed, already has vines in the ground. It’s all happening here! So, come and taste 6 fine English sparkling wines, made form the same grape varieties, grown in the same soils and in the same way as around Reims and Epernay.

    Tutor Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.














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Jul 2019

  • Essential Wine Tasting in London – Holborn

    Wednesday, 24th July – Wednesday, 21st August

    £150.00

    Five-week Introductory Course on Wednesday evenings

    Full details and booking >

  • English Sparkling Wines in London – Holborn

    Thursday, 25th July

    £35.00

    English sparkling wines have started to beat grande marque Champagnes to the medals in international competitions.. Top producers Ridgeview, Nyetimber and Camel Valley are extending their vineyards. A new, venture capital funded company has planted 150 ha of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in Hampshire. And now, an application has been made to Brussels for the South Downs to be designated a Protected Denomination of Origin or PDO. The Champenois, who have never taken kindly to challenges to their franchise, have their land agents tramping over the South Downs looking for suitable sites to buy; Taittinger, indeed, already has vines in the ground. It’s all happening here! So, come and taste 6 fine English sparkling wines, made form the same grape varieties, grown in the same soils and in the same way as around Reims and Epernay.

    Tutor Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

    Full details and booking >

Oct 2019

Nov 2019