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James Gillray Fatigues of the Campaigne


Thursday 23rd May     Champagne & Sparkling Wines

"I drink Champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty." – Amazing quote from the 1940’s.

Some decades later, along came global warming and England has now joined the elite of sparkling wine producing countries.

As we work our way through the wines, our wine educator Hugo will tell you how it is that the bubbles get into the wine and a bit about the history behind this wonderful drink.

Thursday 27th June             Riesling

In London 1961, a small group of people gathered to open what it’s the oldest bottle of wine ever tasted. This accolade goes to a bottle of German Riesling, the 1540 vintage.

From bone-dry to lusciously sweet, is there another grape variety that is quite so versatile?

Riesling is also very good at expressing its soil and climate. And as it ages, intriguing aromas (which one wouldn’t expect in a wine) emerge.

Let our wine educator Hugo, guide you through the different styles of his favourite white grape variety.

Thursday 26th September        Volcanic Wines - SOLD OUT 

It is widely known that soil type has an impact on the final wine. Vines grown on volcanic soils tend to produce wines with a very distinctive character. Sometimes we describe them as "minerally". But can we really taste this in the wine? Although not scientifically proven we'd like to think so. Like they say, the proof is in the pudding so join our WE Hugo to taste, discuss and conclude.

Thursday 24th October          Rhone Valley Wines

Home to one of the first appellations in Chateauneuf-du-Pape this wine country has it all. Quality reds and whites, but we also turn to this region (almost automatically) when we look for value for money. The Rhone Valley is so big that it is divided into Southern Rhone and Northern Rhone, each sub-region well known for their very different style. If you fancy a "two for one" please join us....   

Thursday 7th November       Understanding Sherry

Maligned, Misunderstood, Magnificent! is the title of one of the latest books written about Sherry, this one by the great Ben Howkins. 

As we celebrate the International Sherry Week, we'll tell you about flor (no, it's not a flower) and simplify this topic for you.

So please join our WE Hugo (also a certified Sherry Educator) to taste the different styles of Sherry from bone dry to lusciously sweet...

For more information about our wine tastings, please email

Cancellation policy:

a minimum of 72hrs notice for a full refund


WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

Saturday 22nd June

10am – 5pm

£250 including lunch

(registration deadline Sunday 9th June) 


This is an “Introduction to Wine” course, both fun and educational. The price includes the workbook, wine samples, exam and lunch is on us too! Served at around 1pm (pre-ordering required). You will learn:

  •  The main styles of wine

  •  Common wine grapes and their characteristics

  •  How to store and serve wine. The principles of food and wine pairing

  •  How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

Wine Samples

Pouilly Fume, A & S Dezat 2022

Montagny 1er Cru 2022, D Feuillat-Juillot

Fleurie Clos de La Roilette 2022 

Cotes du Rhone ‘Mon Coeur’  2019, Southern Rhone

Segla Margaux 2015, Bordeaux 

Chateau de Rayne Vigneau 2010, Sauternes



Food Menu

House Bread & Butter, Olives, Almonds

Barnsley Lamb Chop


Fish of the Day


Crispy Polenta






WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 

Three consecutive days 10am-5pm   

Tuesday 16th -Thursday 18th July


(registration deadline Wednesday 3rd July) 


This course is really exciting. Again, lots of fun but a lot to learn too. The price includes the study pack, wine samples and exam. We’ll explore the major grape varieties of the world and the regions in which they are grown. Through a combination of tasting and theory sessions you will learn:

  • How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties

  • Key labelling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality

  • How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles of sparkling and fortified wines

  • How to store and service of wine. Principles of food and wine pairing 

  • How to taste and describe wine. Basically, how to taste like a pro.




WSET Level 3 Award in Wines 

Five consecutives Saturdays starting

Saturday 29th June 10am - 5pm

Exam: Monday 29th July 5pm

(Registration deadline Sunday 16th June)


Things get a little bit serious here (the fun element always present though) since more study hours must be devoted to the cause. More grape varieties and regions are covered. Winemaking and viticulture are looked into much more depth, and by the end of the course you will be able to translate information in a wine’s technical sheet and predict the style, structure, aromas and flavours of the wine without even tasting the wine! The price includes the study pack, wine samples and exam. You’ll learn:

  • The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling

  • How these key natural and human factors influence the key characteristics of the principal – still wines of the world – sparkling wines of the world – fortified wines of the world

  • How to apply your understanding to explain wine style and quality

  • Your tasting skills will reach a new high

About the WSET

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is an awarding body and registered charity devoted to the development and delivery of qualifications and courses in wines and spirits. Established in 1969 for the UK wine trade, WSET has since grown to become the global industry leader.

WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.


For more information and to book a WSET course please contact our certified wine educator Hugo on 

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