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Ever felt baffled by a wine list? Bamboozled by a shelf? Or can't quite remember what you really liked last time you bought some wine? Well, help is at hand!

Marcia Waters, Master of Wine, runs several wine courses for The Oxford Wine School, from the short and informal to the more detailed and challenging. Look out for:

The How, Why and What of Wine Tasting - a fun introduction to all the basics of wine terminology that starts you on your path of enjoying wine more. These courses are held at the Turl Street shop over 3 evenings.

Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 2 - An internationally recognised qualification. Your tasting skills will be used each week as you taste over 35 wines during the course. You will get a real understanding of the factors that influence these wines, and why the classic regions and countries have their own specific styles.

Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level 3 - For individuals seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines, this qualification provides further understanding of grape growing and wine making. Upon completion you will be able to assess wines accurately and use your understanding to confidently explain wine style and quality. It is highly recommended that you have some experience of wine before taking this course, ideally holding the WSET Level 2.

The How, Why and What of Wine Tasting: Tutored by Marcia Waters, Master of Wine

£90 includes all wines at three sessions

Wednesdays starting 22 November 2017

6.00 - 7.30pm

The Oxford Wine Company, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ

Contact marcia@oxfordwine.co.uk to register and for additional details.

Course Plan:

November 22 - How to taste wine

November 29 - Why taste wine

December 6 - Which wines to taste


WSET Level 2: Tutored by Marcia Waters, Master of Wine

£400 includes a full study pack, all wines and exam fee

Wednesdays starting 21 February 2018

6.30 - 8.30pm

St. Hugh's College, St. Margaret's Street, Oxford, OX2 6LE

Contact marcia@oxfordwine.co.uk to register and for additional details.

Course Plan:

Feb 21 - Introduction: Tasting technique; food and winematching; health and alcohol; wine faults

Feb 28 - Factors influencing wine style; labelling terminology

Mar 7 - Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Mar 14 - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc

Mar 21 - Syrah, Grenache and Riesling

Mar 28 - Other white grape varieties; sweet and sparkling wines

Apr 4 - Other red grapes varieties

Apr 11 - Fortified wines, and spirits

Apr 18 - Exam


Do get in touch with me if you would like to know any more details. You might also like to look up www.wsetglobal.com