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


      Website & Contact Details


Institute of Masters of Wine


0207 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 429392

07429 429392


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

Plumpton College



01273 890454

01273 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 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 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 0314


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

Advintage Wine



01912 532979

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

Wine Training


07411 005378

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

Local Wine School


01912 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


glory of wine@gmal.com0

859 933449

Tutored Tastings and Events contactable by phone and email only.

Enjoy Discovering Wine



07966 499589

Southampton based Erica Dent

Taste in Wine



07505 66181


Stockport based Chris Rowland offers tutored tastings.  

Berry Brothers & Rudd



0207 0228973

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

Devon Wine School



01398 331192


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