Intro to Wine - 1 Day Course

Wine Course Bristol Wine tasting Bristol Wine School
Wine Course Bristol Wine tasting Bristol Wine School

Intro to Wine - 1 Day Course


Wine Tasting Bristol & Bath

VENUE: Bordeaux Quay, Bristol /The Chequers, Bath

TIME: 11am - 4pm

Price: £75 (Includes lunch at the venue)

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Wine Tasting Bristol | One Day Intro to Wine

This fun and hands-on Saturday course has been specially geared to broaden your knowledge of the world of wine, boost your confidence and most importantly increase your enjoyment of wine.

The course has been designed to be suitable for anyone who enjoys wine and wants to learn more, with no previous experience necessary! We aim for you to leave this course with an increased wine knowledge, and confidence, that we hope will inspire you to try new and interesting wines and make better-informed buying decisions in future. We will do everything we can to answer questions, inspire you and give you the confidence to try new and interesting wines!

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Over the day together we’ll sample 12 quality wines from around the world, ‘blind’ tasting as we go to help focus on the contents of the glass without pre-judgement of your favourite grape, style or region.

The course will include and cover the fundamentals of: How to taste like a professional; Classic grape varieties and major wine producing regions; The impact of climate and production techniques on style; How to spot a fault; How to understand wine labels & select wine more confidently; Old World Vs. New World; Sparkling wine; Food & wine matching; Ageing potential - and plenty more besides...

Two tasting sessions will be split with a delicious two-course lunch in the Restaurant of your venue. 

THIS EVENT MAKES A PERFECT GIFT - You will be given the 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.

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"I'd always viewed wine tastings as fairly stuffy, pretentious affairs - where I was made to feel out of my depth. My Bristol Wine School experience was completely different. Our host for the day was approachable, knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic. From the outset it was clear that the course catered for all. The small group atmosphere was relaxed and meant that we were free to ask questions and get a real, broad understanding of the different wines and where they came from... I will definitely be recommending this to friends!" - Melissa Stewart

"Fab day yesterday on the Introduction to Wine Course. Educational and entertaining. Lots of fun, will be back again, would highly recommend!" - Julia Godin

"Some much deserved and extremely positive feedback on the excellent one day wine tasting course at Great Western Wine. Our tutors natural style was engaging, informative, enthusiastic and infectious (in a great way). The pace of the day was just right. Samples were generous, opinions were honest, and the food matching was particularly well planned and thought through. All in all we had great fun, tasted some fantastic wines all in the company of like-minded individuals and a real expert - thank you!" - Georgina & Will Driver

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The Host

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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 a wine school 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 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! 

The Venues

Bordeaux Quay, Bristol

A former Sherry warehouse situated on the picturesque and historic harbourside 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 Bristol’s best-loved independent restaurants. 

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

Allium, 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.

Our courses are run here in partnership with Great Western Wine and Bristol Wine School as The Great Wine School. 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.