The annual EAT Festival in Newcastle and Gateshead came a little later this year, though this did not deter the crowds from the many events that have taken place over the last 16 days.
Earlier last month, we were involved in the Sideways Speakeasy film and wine show, in collaboration with Carruthers & Kent, and now on the final day of this event, Kel found himself helping out at The Newcastle Wine School Wine Fair at the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle City Centre.
Newcastle Wine School is part of the Wine School Franchise . This was the first of such and is the brainchild of Chris Powell, who since the turn of the Century has ran this venture. However, he recently handed over this responsibility to David Harker, so that he can concentrate solely on the growing Wine School franchise. There are presently 14 wine schools across the UK with more due on stream shortly. Coming soon are international wine schools , so watch this space!
These schools are a great way in which to get to know and appreciate wine. They also provide professional industry level training via the WSET programme from Level 1 to Advanced. All wine school facilitators are WSET Diploma and/or equivalent qualification or above. Check their website for some fabulous tastings and events.
This years wine fair saw a mix of local independent merchants such as Carruthers & Kent, Michael Jobling, Tyne Wines and Spanish Select displaying their wares alongside Majestic, Fenwick Stores and Marks & Spencer. Newcomers this year were Italyabroad.com and Heathcote Wines, whose Tim Hossack presented a Masterclass on their range of wines that was well received by all those in attendance. The WSET also had their own stand for those interested in undertaking some formal study either directly with them or via Newcastle Wine School or Carruthers & Kent/Taste Train with Helen Savage.
We look forward to many more Wine School events in the coming year.
2012 was a momentous year for Great Britain in many ways that gave us much to be proud of. For us, it was also the start of our new life, after an accumulation of over 6 years of planning this new direction.
It was now time to take things up a notch and begin to immerse ourselves fully in the world of wine, if we were to be serious about the jump that we were about to make.
Enrolling on the WSET Advanced course was a good way to begin on an academic level,* though to really get down to the nitty-gritty, would involve simply getting out there, so as to begin to create the vehicle that would catapult us into 2013…
In our next few blogs, we shall take a step back to the year that was 2012 and the beginnings of our 2013 adventure.
* We both successfully passed the WSET Advanced, which we are extremely proud of! Diploma next …
Here in the first of these blogs, we would like to begin by telling our story in pictures:
… and the beginnings of 2013 included:
Our next instalment will focus on our 2012 travel around English vineyards.