Beginners Sensory Wine Tasting Course


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About the course

Can you tell the difference between red and white wine? Of course you can! But what if we hide the colour?

The fun, interactive Sensory Introduction to Wine Tasting Masterclass starts with a blind ISO Wine Glasses Tasting tasting.  (Meaning you dont know what wine you are tasting.)  This introduction to Wine Tasting will teach you to trust your nose and palate rather than the visual aspect that most of us rely on.

Did you know that main grape varieties always have the same flavours and aromas wherever they are grown in the world – Pinot Noir smells of Strawberries and Sauvignon Blanc reminds us of Elderflower and Gooseberry. We will use physical props (fruits, herbs, spices) to bring alive the aromas of some of the varieties that we taste.

Using carefully selected wines that have opposing characteristics we will teach you the building blocks of taste including sweetness, acidity, acid and tannins. You will be introduced to the Wine Tasting Tool of the Wine world by using the Systematic Approach to Wine tasting and learn the difference between:

  • new world and old world
  • cheap and expensive wines
  • old and young wine

Finally we demystify the dark art of food and drink pairing. Don’t expect a three course meal, but the samples provided will teach you why some wines are ‘food wines’ (pretty dull alone but awe inspiring with food) and other wines are better glugged ice cold.

After the Sensory Introduction to Wine Tasting, you will never look at a glass of wine the same.

Upcoming Course Dates

Saturday 22 January 2022

Saturday 12 February 2022

Saturday 26 February 2022

Saturday 23 April 2022

Saturday 11 June 2022

Saturday 20 August 2022

Saturday 5 November 2022


This is a fun and informative introduction to Wine Tasting.   You will develop your senses by becoming familiar with the Systematic Approach to Wine Tasting and enjoy your glass of wine so much more.

You will taste 6 -7 wines during the blind tasting

There is always a mix of individual and group bookings and we always make sure you are seated with someone else. Our courses are friendly and informal and you will be made to feel welcome  and at ease in no time.

Course Venue

5* Dukes Hotel, Mayfair

Nestled in the heart of historic St. James’s Mayfair, DUKES LONDON is a sophisticated, luxury hotel where you will arrive as a guest and leave as a friend.  Ever since King Henry 8th built his palace here in the 16th Century, St. James’s has been the exclusive retreat of writers, musicians, politicians and royalty.  Whether you choose to stay in one of our modern or classic style bedrooms or luxurious suites, unwind in the legendary DUKES Bar, savour our Great British Restaurant, or embrace true English chic with Champagne afternoon tea, we promise you an enthusiastic team, dedicated entirely to making your time here exceptional.


35 St James’s Place
St. James’s

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