1 Day Intro to Wine Course | £85


1 Day Intro to Wine Course | £85


Wine Tasting Bristol & Bath

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Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Price: £85 (Includes 2-course lunch at the venue)

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Wine Tasting Bristol & Bath | Intro to Wine | Saturday Course

Our famously fun and eye-opening Introduction to Wine Saturday Course is specially geared to broaden wine knowledge, boost confidence, and most importantly, increase the enjoyment of wine.

The course is suitable for anyone and everyone who enjoys wine and wants to learn more, with no previous experience necessary. You'll explore new ideas and learn more about the world of wine with a small group (maximum 14 guests) in a relaxed, engaging and practical way.

You'll leave this course with an increased wine knowledge and confidence that we hope will inspire you to try new interesting wines and to make better-informed and more interesting wine buying decisions in future.

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Over a relaxed, fun and informative day you'll sample 12 quality wines from around the world ‘blind’ to help focus on the contents of the glass without pre-judgement of a favourite grape, style or region - or the influence of the label design.

course itinerary

  • 10.30am - Welcome and Introduction to The Day

  • 10.40am - An Intro to Champagne & Sparkling Wines of the World & Rose Wines

  • 11.05am - White Wines of The World - Part 1

  • 11.55 - Break

  • 12.05pm - White Wines of The World - Part 2

  • 1.15pm - LUNCH

  • 2.15pm - Red Wines of The World - Part 1

  • 3.15 pm Break

  • 3.30pm Red Wines of The World - Part 2 & An Intro to Sweet and Fortified Wine

  • 4.20pm - Summary and Q&A’s

  • 4.30pm - Finish

Over the day the course will include and cover an introduction on: 

how to taste and assess wine quality; the classic grape varieties; major wine-producing regions and countries; the impact of climate and production techniques on style; how to spot a fault; how to understand wine labels & select wine more confidently; sparkling wine from around the world; food & wine matching principles; ageing potentialstorage and service - and plenty more besides...

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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 tutor’s 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



You'll be given an option to select your purchase as a gift during your online booking and choose a gift certificate by email or post. Should the date you book be unsuitable, your guest can transfer to another date provided we receive 10 working days notice.

The Venue

The Abbey Hotel, Bath

Abbey Hotel is formed of three Georgian townhouses on the west end of John Wood's North Parade - a wide promenade in Bath's older quarters which overlooks Parade Gardens and is a stone's throw from the spectacular Pulteney Bridge.

Until 1890, the Georgian townhouses were used as lodging houses, before being transformed into The Fernley Temperance Hotel. During World War II, the hotel was requisitioned by the Admiralty for use as offices, but was returned to its owners after the war and refurbished and reopened as the largest hotel in Bath.

Today, Abbey Hotel has been named as one of Bath's best loved boutique hotels. Home to ArtBar and Koffmann & Mr. White's, a brasserie-style eatery headed up by renowned chefs Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White, the hotel is the ideal choice for visitors and residents alike with many of Bath's top attractions right on the doorstep.

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The Host

Bristol Wine School is run by Tristan Darby, who has certified wine knowledge and 20 years experience in the catering, hospitality and wine trade. He is the founder of Bristol Wine School and also runs courses at award-winning wine merchant Great Western Wine in Bath. 

Tristan is the drinks columnist for The Bristol Magazine and The Bath Magazine, he trains wine and catering professionals, consults, works with cookery schools, hosts wine dinners and events with some of the region's top chefs and is a judge for Bristol Good Food awards.

As a former professional actor and singer Tristan takes every opportunity to entertain and add theatre to his events. Passionate that world of wine and spirits shouldn't be a pretentious and elitist he has earned a great reputation for imparting knowledge in an engaging, un-stuffy, non-patronising and approachable way. He'll answer questions as you go and hopes to give you the confidence and tools you'll need to break habits, expand horizons, and choose better wine.