The wine industry is a complicated but fun beast! This wine appreciation course will look at the wine value chain from vineyard to supermarket shelf. We will begin with basic knowledge about vineyard management and wine production before moving on to discuss the stages involved in getting grapes from vine to aisle, including the logistics of transportation. We will study wine growing and wine making techniques along with market pressures and challenges through the lens of UK wine regulation post-Brexit.
Our aim throughout the course will be to increase our knowledge while learning techniques to help us identify and appreciate quality wines. We will taste wines from all around the world using a systematic approach to tasting. There will be blind tastings on some evenings as we build on our wine appreciation during the course with our final evening devoted to blind tasting a dozen wines from the course. We will taste at least 50 wines including still (white, red, rose), sparkling and fortified. Glasses will be provided.
Handouts and materials will be provided.
Participants take it in turn to provide cheeses and biscuits each week. At the end of our eight weeks of teaching we will organise a dinner at the University where we will match wines with foods.
Dates: Thursdays 18:00-20:00
22, 29 September
6, 13, 27 October
3, 17, 24 November
Saturday 26 November – Course dinner. Time and venue to be confirmed.
Cost: £115 per person, payable in advance of the course start date. Wine tasting is complimentary.
Places are limited and will be allocated in order of application. Book early to secure your place.
Please submit individual bookings for each person.
Please note: The weekly class is in person in the Entrepreneurship Centre, Eden Campus, Walter Bower House Guardbridge KY16 0US. There is a frequent bus service between St Andrews Bus Station and Guardbridge.
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