Introduction to Wine Course

    They call it THE wine tasting course. Berry Bros are the best wine merchants in London, and this introductory wine workshop is all you need to get started

    Wine tasting class hosted by Berry Bros. & Rudd

    Beginners welcome

    Six session course

    Berry Bros and Rudd, SW1A

    What you'll learn

    An interactive introduction to the magical world of wines with some of the most experienced and talented wine educators in London, in Berry Bros & Rudd's historic Pickering Cellar!

    In this class

    To begin you will be focusing in on the factors that influence the balance of wine, learning about acidity, aroma, flavour and alcohol. In addition you will experience how to depict wine, as well as spotting levels of oak influence and ageing. In the following five sessions you will apply your newly gained knowledge and appreciation for the fine notes and base tastes, examining three or four different grape varieties and contrasting key examples from Europe and the New World.

    The foundation of this course is to allow you to reconnoiter and employ your natural tasting ability whilst applying your observations to facts about the provenance of the wines. Throughout the course you will tackle a diverse variety of questions and aim to challenge common myths about wine - and most importantly heighten your confidence in tasting.

    Over six Tuesday evenings you will be inducted into the delicious and extraordinary world of grapes and wine.

    Session 1

    What is in a glass of wine and how to sense it

    Session 2

    Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon

    Session 3

    Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot

    Session 4

    Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Chenin Blanc

    Session 5

    Pinot Noir, Gamay, Shiraz/Syrah and Zinfandel

    Session 6

    Grenache, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and a review of all grape varieties covered

    Cheese, nibbles and the Head Chef's canapés are served at each session, along with plenty of water.

    Did you know?

    As it ages white wine gets darker... but red wine gets lighter


    Wines for this event will be chosen from Berry Bros. & Rudd's stocks at the time of the event, so most will be available to order afterwards.Please note, the dress code is smart casual.

    Age limit or other requirements

    Berry Brothers advise its customers to do the above introduction to wine course instead of going for alternative WSET level 1 courses and then go straight into WSET level 2 or go straight into WSET level 2. Berry Brothers thinks that its customers have far better value through this course and then going onto WSET level 2 rather than purchasing a WSET level 1 course.

    Class location

    Berry Bros and Rudd, Mayfair

    3 St James's Street

    SW1A 1EG


    Dates & times

    Tue 31 Oct, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (all sessions)

    Tue 7 Nov, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Tue 14 Nov, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Tue 21 Nov, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Tue 28 Nov, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Tue 5 Dec, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    None of the dates work for you? Let the host know and you will be notified when new dates are added.

    About your host, Berry Bros. & Rudd

    Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant having first opened its doors in 1698.

    Being a supplier to the Royal family since the reign of George III the company has held two Royal warrants from the reign of Edward VII. Still in its original shop at No. 3 St James’s Street London, the shop has altered little since those times providing an atmospheric experience for customers and curious visitors alike.

    With over three centuries of accumulated knowledge, the close relationships developed with the world’s finest spirit and wine producers and seven Masters of Wine working for the company, Berry Bros. & Rudd provides the ultimate fine wine and spirits experience.

    Whilst embracing its heritage Berry Bros. & Rudd is constantly looking to innovate; being the first wine merchant to create a website in 1994, and temperature controlled wine cellars in the 1960s. Today’s modern state of the art warehouses contain more than 8.5 million bottles of wine.

    With the establishment of the warehouses in Hampshire and in the continuing spirit of innovation Berry Bros. & Rudd has made use of the original cellars underneath No.3 St James’s Street. Recently refurbished to a high standard, Berry Bros. & Rudd now runs friendly, fun and informative courses in these historic spaces. Leveraging off all the acquired expertise of the Masters of Wine and numerous other connoisseurs there is no better place to learn about wine and spirits than in the extraordinary Pickering Cellar.

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    Flexible cancellation policy

    Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.