Laura’s love of wine began at the tender age of six when she had the good fortune to be living spitting distance, appropriately enough, from the ‘Route des Grands Crus’ in Burgundy.
Twenty years later Laura entered the wine trade with the reputable German shipper Hallgarten. During this time she achieved her WSET Diploma and a realisation that the wine business was to be her life-long vocation.
Following the birth of her first child, Laura set up her own small business selling wine, then spent seven enjoyable years with a Midlands based merchant and shipper as assistant buyer, marketing manager and adviser to their restaurant clients with regard to their wine lists.
Her experience in staff training was really a pre-cursor to Laura doing what she enjoys most – talking about wine and instilling an interest in and love of wine to all those who attend her talks, tastings, lectures and courses.
Her focus is very much on the pleasure principle of wine. She appreciates wine as a magnificent science, but drinking wine is all about pleasure. She believes that a little knowledge goes a long way in increasing that pleasure experience.
Much of her work involves corporate tastings, wine courses and lectures to wine clubs, as well as consultancy, writing and staff training for the on-trade.
Her particular interests embrace all regions of France, of course (Bordeaux and Champagne in particular), Spain, South America, Australasia and South Africa. Wine quizzes have proved popular as have her occasional organised trips to wine regions.
Corporate events, Club/Society tastings, Private tastings, WSET courses, Wine courses, Trade/Sommelier training, Public/trade wine shows, Food and wine matching, After dinner speaking, Wine tours
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Wine Writing, Wine Consultancy
Bordeaux, Champagne and other areas of France, South Africa, Spain, Australia, South America
BA (Hons), WSET Certificate, Higher and Diploma. Certified WSET Tutor, International Accredited Bordeaux Tutor, UK Champagne Ambassador 2010, Accredited Rioja Educator