Options for learning about wine. How to taste it "properly" and appreciate the subtle differences within classic varietals!

There are a number of different ways to identify Wines that you like, enjoy drinking and want to buy again. This might be by buying tasting cases from any one of the internet based companies, going to an off-licence (rather than a Supermarket) to taste wines and see whether the shop can match your exquisite, and highly personal, taste requirements, attending a wine-tasting course and actually getting to appreciate all of the subtle nuances that go to make up a good wine!  Alternatively you can learn "how" to taste wine by taking a course or organise your own tastings, at home, using the links to the Independents named below:

.. or you could go to a VERY good restaurant or Hotel and ask the Sommelier to recommend a Wine (or Wines) to go with each course of your meal... Several thousands of pounds/euros later you will, probably, be in the same position as created by any of the above options. Failing that come to the London Wine Fair (Olympia), try as many wines as you can, understand where they come from, why they taste as they do...and try not to fall over on the way out.


Training Provider


Internet Presence


Institute of Masters of Wine

0207 383 91300207 383 9130



This is the highest academic calling for wine amateurs and professionals in every sense – only a handful of people qualify each year.  

The UK Sommelier Association

07429 42939207429 429392


London based, Sommelier course based upon the Italian (AIS) School

Plumpton College

01273 89045401273 890454



Plumpton College offers the only Degree level Education in Wine in the UK. It is best suited if you intend to become involved in Winemaking

The Wines & Spirits Education Trust

0207 089 38000207 089 3800




The Wines & Spirit Education Trust run various courses throughout the UK. Go here for a brief introduction: 


or go direct to the website and look at the courses on offer

From here down most of the organisations offer courses, training or tuition which is based around the WSET courses

The Association of Wine Educators

01753 88232001753 882320






AWE members are specialist wine educators who come from all over the UK and, increasingly, around the world, who have experience either in the wine trade or in education or both. Several members are active in the media as wine writers or radio/TV presenters.  

Thirty Fifty


0208 288 03140208 288 0314




Based in West London, Jane and Chris Scott offer the range of WSET courses.

Advintage Wine

01912 53297901912 532979



Newcastle based and offers a range of courses to suit your needs. They also run inclusive wine tours. 

Wine Training

07411 00537807411 005378



Based in Maida Vale, courses run in the Truscott Arms.

Local Wine School

01912 81804501912 818045



This a loose association of over 40 Training Providers spread throughout the UK.  Go to the website for a convenient course for you.   

Glory of Wine Tasting

07859 93344907859 933449


glory of wine@gmal.com

Tutored Tastings and Events contactable by phone and email only.

Enjoy Discovering Wine

07966 49958907966 499589


Southampton based Erica Dent

Taste in Wine

07505 66181407505 661814



Stockport based Chris Rowland offers tutored tastings.  

Berry Brothers & Rudd

0207 022 89730207 022 8973


One of the oldest and largest Wine Merchants in the UK have an excellent tasting /training facility

Devon Wine School

01398 33119201398 331192



Carol & Alastair Peebles offer a range of professional and private courses for fun and learning, including all WSET courses


0207 022 89730207 022 8973



No courses on offer but do run a series of "Tasting" events