Our aim is to help you demystify the world of wine through a hands-on, accessible and informed learning experience.
We pride ourselves on the fun educational and informative courses we host in Bristol and Bath. At our events you can expect to feel welcome, meet new people and learn something new in relaxed and friendly surroundings.
We believe strongly that wine should always be thought about in terms of moderation (buy better, drink less!) and also and it's relationship to food, so expect a couple of nibbles as you go to compliment what's in your glass.
"Your natural style is engaging, informative, enthusiastic and infectious (in a great way)...The pace of the day was just right, starting more slowly, with an in depth study of the grapes and vines themselves...Your wines were interesting, opinions honest and the food-matching was particularly well planned and thought through..."
Behind The Glass...
Bristol Wine School is run by wine educator Tristan Darby, who has experience spanning over 20 years in the catering, hospitality and wine trade - working in the kitchen, front of house, bar, retail and education - interspersed with time touring as a professional actor and singer.
Tristan is drinks columnist for The Bath Magazine and The Bristol Magazine, and runs wine courses with IWC regional wine merchant of the year Great Western Wine in Bath. He trains wine and catering professionals, consults for bars, restaurants and private clients, works with cookery schools, has hosted dinners and events with some of the regions top chefs, and is a judge for Bristol Good Food Awards and Bath Good Food Awards.
Tristan has hosted some special masterclasses recently at Bristol Wine School, partnering with Sherry Wines UK and presenting with Jerez y Manzanilla president Beltran Domecq, along with other events including New Zealand's renowned Family of Twelve.
He no longer acts but incorporates as much theater as he can into his courses. However, he still sings, and can occasionally be found gigging with his jazz and blues quartet. He recently had the pleasure of performing twice in the historic cellars at Avery's in Bristol pairing jazz music and wine, and also at the Islington O2 with a talented rock band of wine trade celebrities for Skin Côntact, raising over £10k for Comic Relief.
Tristan has earned a great reputation for the educational but un-stuffy wine courses he delivers, so at all of our events you can expect to feel welcome, have fun, meet new people and learn something new in relaxed and friendly surroundings.
More Than Just a Classroom Based Wine School
Tristan has been a guest presenter for food festivals and has hosted special events and dinners with some of the region's most well regarded chefs such as Chris Staines (Allium Brasserie), Kelly Sealey ( 'The Taste' Channel 4) and Oleg Dimitrov (Bordeaux Quay Restaurant).
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