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WES INTRODUCTORY COURSES

Introductory Wine Tasting Courses

• Learn all about wine with some of the country's most knowledgeable and   experienced and tutors

• Taste 6 carefully selected wines at each session

• Enjoy the company of other people who share your interest in wine

Our introductory courses are designed as a practical introduction to wine and wine tasting. We don't assume that you have any particular knowledge of wine, only that you have an interest in it.

We offer 2 courses at this level:-

• Our ever popular 8-week "World of Wine" course

• Our new 5-week "Essential Wine Tasting" course

8-WEEK "WORLD OF WINE" COURSE
(£219 In London, £199 ELSEWHERE)

This course consists of 8 two-hour sessions. 6 wines are tasted at each session. Session topics are:-

  1. Tasting Technique & Classic Grape Varieties
    Tasting wine the way the professionals do. Introducing some classic grape varieties.
  2. Wine Production & Classic Grape Varieties
    Viticulture and vinification. Introducing more classic grape varieties.
  3. Southern France
    The wines of the Rhône Valley, the South of France and Bordeaux.
  4. Northern France
    The wines of the Loire Valley, Alsace, Burgundy and Champagne.
  5. Italy
    The wines of Italy.
  6. Spain & Portugal & Fortified Wines
    The wines of Spain and Portugal, including Sherry and Port.
  7. Australia & New Zealand
    The wines of Australia and New Zealand.
  8. South Africa & The Americas
    The wines of South Africa, Chile, Argentina and California.

During the course, we will also cover such practical issues as:

  • Where to find out more about wine
  • The importance of vintages
  • Common wine faults
  • Buying, storing and serving wine
  • Organic wines
  • Wine and food matching
  • At the start of the course, we will provide you with a list of the wines to be tasted and a manual containing comprehensive notes on the topics covered including the practical issues, maps of the wine regions and tasting sheets on which to write your tasting notes.

    NEW 5-WEEK "ESSENTIAL WINE TASTING" COURSE
    (£150 IN LONDON, £125 ELSEWHERE)

    We have introduced this course to meet the needs of those for whom the 8-week "World of Wine" course is too big a committment. As its name suggests, it concentrates on the need to know, leaving the nice to know until another occasion.

    Course Outline

    This course consists of 5 two-hour sessions. 6 wines are tasted at each session. Session topics are:

    1. Tasting Technique & Classic Grape Varieties
      Learn how to taste like a professional. Get to know some classic grape varieties.
    2. Wine Production & Classic Grape Varieties
      Learn what goes on in the vineyards and wineries. Get to know more classic grape varieties.
    3. The Wines Of France
      Taste classic examples from Champagne, Burgundy, The Rhône Valley and Bordeaux.
    4. The Wines Of Other European Countries
      Taste stylish examples from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy Portugal, and Spain
    5. The Wines Of The New World
      Taste signature wines from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile Argentina and California

      During the course, we will also cover such practical issues as:
    • Where to find out more about wine
    • The importance of vintages
    • Common wine faults
    • Buying, storing and serving wine
    • Organic wines
    • Wine and food matching
    • At the start of the course, we will provide you with a list of the wines to be tasted and a manual containing comprehensive notes on the topics covered including the practical issues, maps of the wine regions and tasting sheets on which to write your tasting notes.

    COURSE STYLE

    People come on our courses for different reasons. Some are keen to gain knowledge of wines, wine regions and wine making, some want to learn the art of tasting, while for others the emphasis is on relaxing with some well chosen wines after a hard day's work! Our course planning takes these things into account. The courses are well structured with plenty of time built in for student participation.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU GET FROM THESE COURSES?

    By the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of how grapes are grown and how different styles of wine are produced. You will also have a broad knowledge of the key characteristics of the main wine producing regions of the world. You will have developed your skills as a wine taster and be able to assess the relative quality of wines tasted as well as spot some 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!

    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 course tutor will have boxed sets of 6 crystal ISO tasting glasses on sale at £15).

    PRINCIPAL COURSE TUTORS

    Carol Brown, John Ducker, Vivienne Franks, Pippa Hayward, Christos Ioannou, Lena Inger, Richard James, Sandy Leckie and Colin Wills. 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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    The Wine Education Service Limited
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