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Wine School

Berry Bros. & Rudd has been awarded the Wine Educator of the Year award at the 2012 International Wine Challenge, so there's no better time to sign up for wine school.

Our Wine School courses are friendly, fun and informative. There’s no better place to learn about wine than in a wine cellar; courses take place in our Pickering Cellar, situated below our historic St James's Street shop.

Our 314-years of wine expertise and the wealth of knowledge within Berry Bros. & Rudd, including that of our eight Masters of Wine, are put at your disposal. We offer a wide range of courses for both novices and fully fledged wine connoisseurs.

We also now run wine tasting events in our new state-of-the-art Hampshire Tasting Room. Find out more about forthcoming wine events in Hampshire.

Due to the high demand for all our events, we have to restrict the number of tickets that we can sell to four tickets maximum per customer for all wine school courses.

 
Wine School One-Day Courses   Wine School Evening Courses

One Day Wine Schools
Our One Day Wine Schools are perfect if you wish to condense all your learning into just one day, and also indulge in a mouth-watering luncheon. A minimum of eight wines is shown during the class.
 
Evening Wine Schools
These courses are ideal if you prefer to attend a series of evening classes. They run on the same day each week, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. A selection of finger food, such as olives and cheeses, will be served during the evening.


Thursday Course Days
 

Hampshire Wine Schools

Summer Schools  (Weekday Course Days)
Our weekday Summer Schools are suitable for those that prefer to concentrate on learning about specific wine regions in a small intimate setting for groups no larger than 16.
 
Hampshire Tasting Events
The Hampshire tastings are informal, relaxed events, where you will mingle amongst like-minded wine lovers and taste a wide range of wines, alongside a plentiful selection of canapés.


Examination Courses - London
 

Examination Courses - Hampshire

Examination Courses - London
Our examination courses are devised by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and are formally recognised courses. As well as delicious picnic-style lunches, refreshments are served at each session.
 
Examination Courses - Hampshire
Attend one of our WSET courses in our Hampshire Tasting Room, and allow the knowledgeable Martin Hudson MW to guide you through a range of top-class wines.


Wine School on Youtube
 

Wine School Tutors

Virtual Wine School Videos
The videos focus on the world's finest grape varieties and the different styles produced in the major regions of the world. We cover basic tasting techniques, putting words to wine and try to find out what you like and why.
 
 
Wine School Tutors
By attending our' Wine School you can take advantage of the knowledge and the expertise of one of our Masters of Wine and experienced, specialist staff who will be presenting the courses.

 

Wine Events
Tel:+44 (0)800 280 2440
Email: Rebecca Lamont, Wine Events Manager
3 St. James's Street
London SW1A 1EG

Wine Events Terms and Conditions


Hotel Offer for Wine Event Customers:
If you would like to stay in London overnight, we have negotiated preferential rates at the nearby Dukes Hotel in St James’s Place for customers attending events.

To make a booking contact their reservations desk on 020 7491 4840 and quote Berry Bros. & Rudd.
Dukes Hotel: www.dukeshotel.com

 

Show London Shop map on PDF  Show London Shop map on Google

Take a Virtual Tour of our Wine Event Venues:

The Pickering Cellar
            The Napoleon Cellar
            The Townhouse - Delft Room
            The Townhouse - The Long Room

Reviews of our Wine School

"We attended the one day Champagne School recently and every aspect of the day and the care taken by Berry Bros was absolutely brilliant. Everything was expertly planned and there were even staff waiting outside the shop in the rain to direct us to the cellar where the event was taking place. The tasting itself was also organised with mechanical precision, all our places were set out on benches, with the set of glasses, plenty of water and biscuits and material about the event. And there were plenty of friendly staff on hand pouring the champagne (at the last minute so it didn't go flat).

The host, Edwin Dublin, was extremely knowledgable without being a bore, and made it an environment in which participants could contribute as much or as little as they wanted to the discussion. We naively thought we wouldn't waste a drop of wine, but we only managed to drink all of our favourites and also the super expensive Champagnes (not always the same thing!). It was fascinating to be able to taste them in succession, as there is most definitely a world of difference between varieties and it would seem that preference is entirely subjective rather than based on pricetag. After the tasting we moved on to another cellar for lunch, which was surprisingly delicious given that it wasn't the main focus of the event. It was actually far better than our lunch at a posh restaurant (Galvin at Windows) the next day. More...
 
The menu was the following:
  • Crab ravioli with seared scallop, shellfish dressing and courgette puree.
  • Tasting of label anglaise chicken, wild garlic and brioche crust, morels and baby leeks.
  • Lemon and coconut chiffon with new season raspberries.
  • Coffee and chocolate

During lunch five more champagnes were served (different to those at the tasting). Again, we couldn't drink them all though we forced down the Bollinger Grande Annee Rose.

Every part of this experience was wonderful and luxurious. We paid about £220 each for the day (which was about 11am to 3pm) but even though this was quite costly for us, the value was definitely there, given all the staff around and the plentiful supply of champagne and delicious food. Well worth it and would love to go back. (One tip - beware of which posh shops you visit in the vicinity post tasting - it's hard to tell just how tipsy you are!)"
dizbopper, darlington