UK (excl N Ireland)
- Available for
Corporate events, Club/Society tastings, Private tastings, Wine courses, Wine tours
- Other wine work
Weekend wine breaks in the Lake District
Food and Wine Matching
WSET Higher Certificate
My wine interest started in the 60s when enjoying a bottle of Chateau Tahbilk aboard S.S. Strathnaver; en-route for Australia. I knew I had been bitten by the wine bug when I found myself reading Wine Catalogues and memorising names and places.
In the early 90s having acquired the WSET Higher Certificate, I started my first wine class which spawned the Wine Appreciation Society of Penrith at the end of the course, and of which I am now the Honorary Life President (Now over 60 members).
Someone in the wine class had the bright idea that I should arrange a vineyard trip and in 1994 the first wine holiday was arranged, when we visited Reims and Alsace. Other trips to followed, to Burgundy and Jura in 1996, The Loire 1998, and to both Bordeaux and Alsace in 1999. In 2000, on The Grand Millennium Tour, we visited French vineyards in the Champagne and Burgundy areas and the Oltrepo Pavese, Tuscany and Francia Corta areas of Italy. The weather was terrible, but the hosts were warm and friendly, and the wines were superb.
Closer to home, I have arranged Tutored Tasting Wine Cruises aboard M.V. Raven on Lake Ullswater.
The wine holidays will continue, subject to demand, and I keep busy giving evening classes, talks and tutored tastings to Wine Societies and consumer groups throughout Cumbria and Lancashire. I am always ready to travel further afield when requested.
My latest venture will be tutored wine tasting “Weekend Breaks”, in the Lake District. Watch this space! (See website http://www.wineofcourse.co.uk )