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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 1 - A ground level course one day course aimed at people entering the wine or catering world with no prior knowledge. Includes exam at the end of the day.

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.

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