Whether you’re a novice or knowledgeable, mad for Merlot or puzzled by Pinot, the world of wine is one that’s ripe for discovery. Having awarded over 400,000 wine lovers one of its qualifications in the UK alone since it was founded in 1969, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, the largest global provider of wine and spirits qualifications, is celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary with the first ever global Wine Education Week. The week, taking place from 9-15 September 2019, celebrates the diversity, taste and culture of the world of wine with a programme of interactive events, all of which are focused on learning about and enjoying wines from across the globe.
Wine Education Week will kick off with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for wine lovers to help break a Guinness World Record – for the largest ever recorded sommelierie lesson. Taking place on 9th September at The Kia Oval, London SE11, it will be hosted by TV personality and award-winning wine expert Olly Smith and sommelier Virgilio Gennaro (Wine Director at Giorgio Locatelli Consultancy). Similar events across the world will mark the beginning of Wine Education Week, starting in Auckland, New Zealand and ending in Los Angeles, USA.
Following the launch, Wine Education Week will continue with almost 70 events taking place across the UK, with sessions ranging from ‘Deciphering Wine Labels’ to ‘Matches Made In Heaven’ – and ‘All That Sparkles’ for some added fizz! The events will help attendees make wiser choices when choosing a bottle and to discover the delights of lesser-known wines they might not have tasted before.
Introduction to Wine Tasting from Vine to Glass (St Albans) – Hertfordshire Wine School
Want to know more about wine but don’t know where to start? This evening will guide you through the huge range available in the UK and will start you on your journey of wine discovery. If you know what you like but want to understand why – then this evening is for you.
We will taste at least seven wines from around the world, and provide many pointers that will enhance your appreciation of wine. We will learn how to taste wine like a professional, understand how wine is made, find out what to look for on the label and visit major wine regions and grape varieties in a relaxed environment.
This tasting is one of a number of events organised by the WSET as part of Wine Education Week.
Course Date/Time: Thu 12th Sep 2019 at 7.00pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: The County Club, St Albans
Event Price: £25.00
Olly Smith added: “Wine education enhances the curation of life’s greatest pleasures. By learning the characteristics of a grape or wine region, it’s a shortcut to finding a wine you love at a budget that’s bang on the money. Wine Education Week is all about bringing wine lovers together from across the world to discover and be inspired, so I’m delighted to be involved and, of course, to be raising a few glasses this September.”