To get the most from wine, whether you are a keen wine lover, joining the trade, work in the hospitality industry or are progressing in your career ... you need to have a grounding in why wines taste how they do, which wine is best suited to any particular occasion and how to evaluate and judge different wines.
We are an Approved Programme Provider for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) which is the only wine & spirit education organisation approved by the UK government as a national awarding body of vocational qualifications.
We are also very proud to have been chosen to deliver the new Chapel Down Wine Academy courses in their new custom Wine Sanctuary tasting and teaching facility in the winery at Smallhythe near Tenterden overlooking their vineyards.
The day will provide an overview of the delights of wine and how and why wines differ, professional tasting technique, a practical food and wine workshop and buying tips.
All this with a stunning three course lunch at The Swan restaurant with specially selected Chapel Down wines to accompany.
A really exciting day out - the next course is on Friday 21st September: contact Chapel Down for more information.
Our next WSET courses are:
Level 1 Award in Wine - next course date TBA.
Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits - three Mondays starting 29th October, final day and exam 12th November.
Level 3 Award in Wine - six Mondays starting 3rd September with final revision and examination day on 8th October.
All these courses will also be held at the Wine Sanctuary. Free transport is available from Hastings, Rye or Tenterden.
Our next regular monthly monthly tasting in Hastings is at the White Rock Hotel on Friday 7th September from 6:30pm and will feature eight quality English wines at a cost of £20.
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The Essential Wine School is run by experienced tutors, all WSET Certified Educators holding the WSET Diploma qualification. They are also passionate about wine and want to share that enthusiasm - along with their knowledge and choice wines.
We are flexible according to our customers' needs - we are happy to discuss in-house and custom events or fundraisers tailored to individual requirements. so, whatever your interest, please contact us for more information.
Here's what some of our students had to say about attending one of our courses:
"Excellent - good attention to detail"
"Can't fault clarity of explanations"
"Detailed, succinct, well paced - very impressed"
"Extremely good samples - enjoyable"