4 Week Intro to Wine Course
4 Week Intro to Wine Course
Wine Course in Bristol
Venue: Bordeaux Quay, Bristol
Monday Nights | 6th - 27th November 2018 | 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Intro to Wine | Wine Course in Bristol
Change the way you think about wine forever with our hands-on, fun and informative Introduction to Wine course in Bristol.
Over an inspiring and information-packed five weeks in a small and sociable group you'll learn valuable skills for life as you taste a diverse range of fine wines from all over the world and learn from a professional wine tutor about the fundamentals of:
how to taste and assess wine, how wine is made, how to read labels and understand jargon, how to choose wine, the difference between the main red & white grape varieties, the impact of climate and production techniques on style, the difference between old & new world, how to spot a fault, how to store wine, food and wine matching principles and plenty more besides...
The course is designed for anyone who enjoys wine and wants to learn more regardless of your background level of knowledge and experience as numbers are kept purposely small to allow us to answer questions as we go and give individual attention.
You will leave this course with an expanded knowledge of the wider world of wine having tasted over 28 different wines from around the world in a small group (Max 15 guests) over 8 tutored hours with a wine professional, and boosted confidence to further experiment and explore new and interesting wines on your own. All students will be presented with a Bristol Wine School: Level 1 Certificate upon successful completion of the course, and will be eligible for a discounted place on our Level 2: The Wines of Europe.
All wines, food samples, glasses, tasting sheets and course folder are included.
WEEK 1 | WELCOME TO WINEWORLD
In our introductory week, we'll focus on the basic principles to build on over the following sessions as we look at the building blocks of taste, how to spot a wine fault, how to understand wine jargon, and how to taste and assess wine like the professionals. We'll also take our first look at how wine is made and how some of the different and diverse styles of wine are produced.
WEEK 2 | THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BURGUNDY
Building on what we covered in week one, we'll take a fascinating look at the impact of climate, topography, and production techniques on wine style by focussing on just one grape variety. In this eye-opening session, we'll be tasting seven different styles from different parts of the world, all at different price and quality points and produced using different methods. We'll take a look at local wine laws and appellation systems along the way and further develop your skills and confidence with wine tasting, vocabulary and analysis as we go.
WEEK 3 | ALL WHITE?
This week we'll explore seven of the 'noble' and classic white wine grape varieties, looking at their flavour profiles, ageing potential, key styles and regions around the world. We'll look further at the impact of oak and bottle ageing on wine style, and consider food and wine matching potential as we go in a delicious hands-on way with a few nibbles, and further develop your skills and confidence with wine vocabulary, tasting and analysis.
WEEK 4 | SIMPLY RED!
Following up on our look at white grapes, this week we explore seven of the 'noble' and classic red wine grapes used around the world, looking at their flavour profiles, ageing potential, key styles and regions around the world. We'll discuss the art of blending and the reasoning behind it and look further at the impact of oak and bottle ageing on wine style. We will consider food and wine matching potential as we go in a delicious hands-on way with a few nibbles, and further develop your skills of wine vocabulary, tasting and analysis.
WINE GRAPES YOU WILL TASTE INCLUDE:
- Cabernet Franc
- Chenin Blanc
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pinot Gris
- Pinot Noir
- Sauvignon Blanc
COUNTRIES YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT INCLUDE:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
WINE TYPES & STYLES YOU WILL TASTE INCLUDE:
- Sparkling Wine
- White Wine
- Rose Wine
- Red Wine
- Semi-Sweet Wine
- Sweet Wine
- Fortified Wine
"The Introduction to Wine course turned my whole world upside down. I thought I knew what I liked – but you introduced me to new grapes and new styles of wine. Your passion and knowledge are infectious; the classes were informative, liquid and enormous fun!” - Chris Kenber
"Thanks for the course! it has been excellent and far beyond what I expected. I can now select a wine with more understanding, and I now know why I like what I like so I can choose with more confidence. A long way to go still and lots of tasting to look forward to, but the course has given me the knowledge I wanted to make good start. " - Lynne Elvins
Our friendly wine tutor Tristan Darby has certified wine knowledge and 20 years experience in both the catering and wine trade. He is the founder of Bristol Wine School and also runs wine courses for IWC regional wine merchant of the year Great Western Wine in Bath.
Tristan trains wine and catering professionals, consults for bars restaurants and private clients, works with cookery schools, hosts wine dinners and events with some of the region's top chefs and is a judge for both Bristol Good Food awards and Bath Good Food Awards.
Tristan is passionate that world of wine shouldn't be a pretentious, elitist place and has a earned a great reputation for imparting his knowledge in an enthusiastic, un-stuffy, non-patronising and approachable way. He'll answer questions as you go, and hopes to give you the confidence and tools to break habits, expand horizons and explore new and interesting wines.
THIS COURSE MAKES A PERFECT GIFT - You will be given an option to select your purchase as a gift in our checkout area, we will then send you a gift certificate by email or post to present to your guest.