Wine Tasting Bristol & Bath - Champagne

Our Aim...

is to help you demystify the world of wine through hands-ontasting; and an un-stuffy, informed learning experience.

We pride ourselves on the fun, hands-on wine courses and corporate/private wine tastings we host in Bristol, Bath and beyond. At our events you can expect to feel welcome, have fun, meet new people and perhaps try something new in relaxed and friendly surroundings.  

We also believe strongly that wine should almost always be thought about in terms of 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 samples were generous and opinions honest and the food-matching was particularly well planned and thought through..."  

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Behind The Glass...

Bristol Wine School is run by wine educator Tristan Darby, who has spent 20 years in the catering, hospitality and wine trade interspersed with touring as a professional actor, singer and theater director. 

Tristan is drinks columnist for The Bath Magazine and The Bristol Magazine, and runs wine courses for 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, hosts 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 no longer acts but incorporates as much theater as he can into his tastings. He still sings, can occasionally be found gigging around the southwest and beyond with his jazz and blues quartet. He recently had the pleasure of performing 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 fun, un-stuffy wine courses and wine tastings he runs in Bristol, Bath and Beyond, so at all of our events you can expect to feel welcome, have fun, meet new people and perhaps try something new in relaxed and friendly surroundings. 

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More Than Just a Classroom Based Wine School

We also regularly host special events and pop up dinners with some of the areas most well regarded chefs such as Chris Staines (Allium Brasserie, Bath), Kelly Sealey ( 'The Taste' Channel 4) and Oleg Dimitrov (Bordeaux Quay Restaurant, Bristol).

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Where are we?

For want of a better phrase, we are a 'pop-up' wine school partnering with some of the finest venues in the South West including the award-winning Bordeaux Quay Restaurant in central Bristol. We're also delighted to have been asked to run the wine school for the IWSC regional wine merchant of the year Great Western Wine in Bath.

Our services are available for hire with private and corporate wine tastings, where we can 'pop up' at your offices or event venue, or help you to find a suitable partner venue which you can hire to suit your budget and event.


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Bordeaux Quay, Bristol

Situated in a converted Sherry warehouse on the picturesque and historic harbourside right in the heart of Bristol's vibrant city centre, Bordeaux Quay is an award-winning restaurant with a reputation for great food and service, stylish décor and a stunning waterside location.

A restaurant, deli, brasserie, wine bar, bakery and cookery school under one roof. Bordeaux Quay is easily one of the Bristol’s best-loved independent restaurants.

"this is a gleaming jewel of a restaurant" - Matthew Norman, The Guardian


Great Western Wine, Bath

A delightful and atmospheric wine shop in the centre of Bath. For over 30 years award-winning* Bath wine merchant Great Western Wine has sought out distinctive, hand-crafted wines direct from independent and very individual winemakers at ‘boutique’ estates right across the world, to provide a unique wine drinking experience.

 A choice of over 600 different bottles from over 130 great winemakers is on offer the shop.

Courses are run for Great Western Wine by Bristol Wine School as 'The Great Wine School', bookings can be made via BWS.

 *IWC Regional Wine Merchant of The Year 2014, 2015 & 2016


Allium Brasserie, Bath

A stone's throw away from the beautiful and historic city centre of Bath, there isn't a restaurant in Bath quite like Allium Brasserie, and few like it anywhere! It's the home of chef/patron Chris Staines, who held a Michelin star in his last job, and who's already earned Allium three AA rosettes, rave reviews in the press, and a host of local awards.

Courses are run here in partnership with Great Western Wine by Bristol Wine School, and can be booked via BWS.

Situated inside The Abbey Hotel, why not combine your wine course with a stay, and take in the delights of Bath over a weekend? Visit The Abbey Hotel website here.


The Chequers, Bath

Located near the heart of Bath, and a two minute walk from the world famous Circus & Royal Crescent, The Chequers has been serving visitors to Bath and locals alike since 1776.

A stylish gastropub, Chequers has built a great reputation for food with 2 AA rosettes awarded. Head Chef Leigh Evans has created a modern British menu using the finest local and seasonal produce.

Inventive, with one eye on our culinary heritage, the hallmarks of his dishes are beautiful presentation and delicately balanced flavours.

Courses are run here in partnership with Great Western Wine by Bristol Wine School, and can be booked via BWS.


The 'Pop up' Wine School

Our renowned wine tasting services are also available for hire with private and corporate wine tastings, where we can 'pop up' at your offices or event venue with anything from a wine quiz to Champagne tasting.

We can even help you to recommend a suitable hire venue to suit your budget and event type, using our experience of hosting hundreds of events in Bath, Bristol and beyond! Click here to find out more...

“Thank you again for a great afternoon, the whole team really enjoyed it. A superb balance of fun, information and great wines!” Steve Challis, UK Construction Director, Costa UK

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