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WES INTERMEDIATE COURSES

Intermediate Wine Tasting Courses

• Taste 30 Wines in a relaxed and sociable atmosphere

• Enjoy 10 hours of tuition and in depth course material

• Meet friendly people also keen to develop their wine interest further

If you already know a bit about how grapes are grown and wine is made and are keen to learn more, these courses should be just right for you! They will help you to acquire an in-depth knowledge of some of the main wine producing regions of the world, develop your skills as a wine taster and become fully confident about buying, storing and serving wine and matching wine with food.

There are eight courses, each consisting of 5 two-hour sessions. 6 wines will be provided to illustrate the main points of each session. These will be of a higher average quality than those provided on our introductory courses.

COURSE 1- Classic Grape Varieties
(£ 165 for 5 sessions in London, £150 elsewhere)

Pinot Noir Grapes

Ripe Pinot Noir

Your chance to become an expert wine taster!

At each session, you will taste 3 white and 3 red wines ‘blind’. Each trio of wines will be made from the same grape variety and sourced from some of the best producers in the world. Session topics will be:-

  • Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
  • Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Riesling and Merlot
  • Viognier and Syrah/Shiraz
  • Pinot Gris and Tempranillo

Comprehensive course material will be provided.

COURSE 2 - The Classic Wines Of Northern France
(£165 for 5 sessions in London, £150 elsewhere)

Village of Nuits St Georges

Harvest Time in Nuits Saint-Georges

Although France struggles to compete with low-cost New World producers for places on the crowded shelves of the supermarkets of Northern Europe, the experts all agree that it continues to make some of the finest wines in the world, setting standards that wine-makers elsewhere strive to emulate.

This course is designed to help you gain an appreciation of classic wines from Northern France. It consists of five two-hour sessions (click on session titles to see more detail):-

  • Loire Valley
  • Alsace
  • Red Burgundy
  • White Burgundy
  • Champagne & Other French Sparkling Wines
  • A comprehensive course manual will be provided.

COURSE 3 - The Classic Wines Of Southern France
(£165 for 5 sessions in London, £150 elsewhere)


Wine Tasting Bordeaux

Château Pichon Longueville, Pauillac

Although France struggles to compete with low-cost New World producers for places on the crowded shelves of the supermarkets of Northern Europe, the experts all agree that it continues to make some of the finest wines in the world, setting standards that wine-makers elsewhere strive to emulate.

This course is designed to help you gain an appreciation of classic wines from Southern France. It consists of five two-hour sessions (click on session titles to see more detail):-

  • Northern Rhône Valley
  • Southern Rhône Valley
  • The South-West, Languedoc-Roussillon & Provence
  • White Bordeaux
  • Red Bordeaux
  • A comprehensive course manual will be provided.

    COURSE 4 - The Wines of Italy
    (£165 for 5 sessions in London, £150 elsewhere)


    Wine Tasting Italy

Trento

The Ancient Greeks called the peninsula Oenotria, ‘the land of wine’, and 3,000 years on, vineyards still dominate the landscape of modern Italy from the foothills of the Alps in the north to the island of Sicily in the south. But things are changing and changing fast.

European Community development grants have been used to re-plant vineyards, build new wineries and hire wine-makers from the Southern Hemisphere to introduce modern wine-making methods. Some international grape varieties have been introduced but research into the potential of indigenous varieties, of which there are estimated to be over 2,000, is paying dividends and increasing the diversity of the wine range for which Italy is well known.

This course is designed to help you gain an appreciation of the richness and diversity of the wines produced in Italy today. It consists of five two-hour sessions (click on session titles to see more detail):-

  • Italy - The North West
  • Italy - The North East
  • Italy - Tuscany
  • Italy - The Centre
  • Italy - The South & Islands
  • A comprehensive course manual will be provided.

    COURSE 5 - The Wines Of Spain
    (£165 for 5 sessions in London, £150 elsewhere)

    Marques de Riscal Winery & Hotel

    Wine making in Spain has undergone more change in the last 25 years than in the whole of its 3,000 year history. With the help of grants from Brussels, vineyards have been re-planted and new wineries constructed in some of the country’s remotest corners. There has also been much experimentation and innovation. As elsewhere in Europe, lessons have been learnt from the New World but inherent respect for the traditions of the past and a strong sense of regional identity have ensured that this has been a very Spanish revolution.

    This course is designed to help you gain an appreciation of the wines of the ‘New Spain’. It consists of five two-hour sessions (click on session titles to see more detail):-

  • The North West + Spanish Sparkling Wine
  • The North East
  • Rioja & Navara
  • The Centre
  • The South
  • A comprehensive course manual will be provided.

    COURSE 6 - The Wines Of Australia & New Zealand
    (£165 For 5 Sessions in London, £150 elsewhere)

    The Yarra Valley

    Wine has been made in Australia since the arrival of the first settlers from Europe at the beginning of the 19th century. But, until the middle of the 20th Century, most of the wine made on a commercial scale was fortified and exported to Britain as “Port” or “Sherry”. Large scale production of table wine only began in the 1960’s. In the case of New Zealand, large scale production of table wine only began in the 1980’s. Although the youngest of the southern hemisphere wine producers, both countries have risen rapidly to prominence in world markets, exerting influence far greater than their size.

    This course is designed to help you gain an appreciation of the rich diversity of styles of wine produced in Australia and New Zealand today. It consists of five two-hour sessions (click on session titles to see more detail):-

  • Australia - South Australia
  • Australia - Victoria & New South Wales
  • Australia - Tasmania & Western Australia
  • New Zealand - The North Island
  • New Zealand - The South Island
  • A comprehensive course manual will be provided.

    COURSE 7 - The Wines Of South Africa & The Americas
    (£165 for 5 sessions in London, £150 elsewhere)

    The Iconic Vergelegen Winery

    The Spanish Conquistadores, reluctant to go without wine, introduced European grape varieties to Mexico as early as 1530 and then to Argentina a few years later. Dutch traders planted the first vineyard in South Africa in 1653 . So, although we label these countries as “New World”, there is nothing new about their wine industries.

    This course is designed to help participants gain an appreciation of the wines of South Africa and the Americas. It consists of five two-hour sessions (click on session titles to see more detail):-

  • South Africa
  • North America - California
  • North America - Oregon, Washington State & Canada
  • South America - Argentina
  • South America - Chile
  • A comprehensive course manual will be provided.


COURSE 8 - The Wines Of Central & Northern Europe
(£165 for 5 sessions in London, £150 elsewhere)


Wine Tasting Hungary

The Devil's Gorge, Villany, Southern Hungary

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the wines of Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire were as highly prized as those of France. This reputation was lost in the devastation of two world wars and the years of social and political upheaval that followed. Today the fight to re-establish a standing in world markets is back on. The Germans have laid the ghost of Liebfraumilch. The Austrians have shrugged off the stigma of the 1970 antifreeze scandal. The vignerons of Hungary and other old ‘Eastern Bloc’ countries are taking vineyard land back into private ownership.

This course is designed to help you gain an appreciation of the potential of the counties of central and eastern Europe. It consists of five two-hour sessions (click on session titles to see more detail):-

  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Hungary
  • Northern Germany
  • Southern Germany
  • A comprehensive course manual will be provided.

PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OR EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

A basic knowledge of the different styles of wine and methods of production acquired by attending one of our introductory courses or by reading/experience.

WHAT SHOULD YOU GET OUT OF THE COURSES?

By the end of each course, you should have a thorough understanding of how the different styles of wine are produced in the regions covered. You will have developed your skills as a wine taster significantly and be able to assess the relative quality of wines tasted as well as spot common faults.

WHAT IF YOU HAVE TO MISS A COURSE SESSION?

No problem! You may either send a substitute or pick up the session missed on a subsequent course. Just let us know and we will make the arrangements. We make no charge for this and set no time limit!

COURSE FEES

£165 for 5 sessions in London, £150 elsewhere. Price includes all tasting samples supplied and books or comprehensive course manuals.

EQUIPMENT

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 on sale at £15).

COURSE TUTORS

Senior members of the Wine Education Service team. All are professionally qualified, have extensive lecturing experience and travel widely to keep up to date. Most are members of The Association of Wine Educators and/or The Circle of Wine Writers.



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