4 Week Beginner's Wine Course (Oxford)
Get to grips with the fascinating world of wine on this 4 week introductory course based in Oxford. Run over 4 consecutive Tuesdays, the course is designed for people who enjoy wine and want to learn more about it, in a fun, friendly and relaxed setting with no previous wine tasting experience necessary!
Unlike our other 4-week courses, the cost of the wine is already included in the price of £95 making it a perfect gift Idea for the novice wine lover in your life (if you would like us to send you a Gift Voucher when you book, please send us an email). At the end of the course you will:
• be able to taste wine like a professional
• have learned how to assess the quality of a wine
• be able to tell if a wine is faulty
• understand the world’s most important red and white wines
• have tasted over 24 different wines!
• know how to match food with wine
• understand wine labels and how to spot a good wine in the shops
plus lots more!
Week 1 – Introduction to Wine Tasting
This first session will cover the basics: how wine is made and where in the world it comes from, how to taste wine and assess it like a true professional, tasting 6 of the most important wines in the world and improving your senses with our ‘Nez du Vin’ aroma kit.
Week 2 – White wines of the world
This evening we’ll move on to talk about white wines and taste 6 delicious examples along the way. We’ll talk a bit about the grape varieties and what they taste like as well as the wine regions that they come from, consider their potential for food and wine matching and further hone your wine tasting skills. We'll also cover things like use of oak, find out which is better - cork or screw cap, and bust a few wine myths too.
Week 3 – Red wines of the world
Here we’ll explore the huge variety of red wine styles to be found. From light and fruity Pinot Noir to the smoky, spicy Rioja; the elegant Cabernet Sauvignon to the behemoth that is Australian Shiraz! As well as trying 6 more fantastic wines, we’ll also talk about tannin and why some wines get better with age, as well as some other useful tips like why/when you should decant wine and what temperature to serve it at.
Week 4 – Food and Wine Matching with an Italian theme
The last evening is all about how to match food and wine, using the wonderfully food-friendly wines of Italy as our theme. We’ll taste 7 delicious delicacies with 7 different wines to understand how a good pairing can complement both. You’ll pick up some really useful tips that you can put to good use at home as we talk about the building blocks of wine; acidity, alcohol, tannin and sweetness and the affect these have on food.
So join us on this 4 week course in Oxford city centre and change the way you think about wine forever! You’ll try some amazing wines, meet some great new people with a shared interest and have a fantastic time along the way.
COURSE DATES AND TIMES:
The course takes place at the Oxford English Centre, 66 Banbury Road, Oxford between 7pm - 9pm on Tuesday 22nd January, Tuesday 29th January, Tuesday 5th February, Tuesday 12th February
Comprehensive tasting sheets, a digital presentation and use of professional ISO wine tasting glasses on each evening are included.
This course is available to buy as a gift voucher for the wine lover in your life; just let us know when you book the course and we will send you a voucher.
What if I have to miss any evenings?
Not a problem. You may either send a substitute, or pick up the missed session on a subsequent course; all we ask is for 5 working days notice. We will give you a credit to use on any OCWS courses and tastings.
Places remaining: 3
Course Date/Time: Tue 22nd Jan 2019 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Oxford English Centre, 66 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6PR