The Wine Academy Ltd


As ever it has been a busy couple of months at The Wine Academy with courses, exams and events. In June I sat my first year Master of Wine exams which I’m delighted to say I passed. On to year 2 when the really hard work starts!.

In other news Laura Young will be joining The Wine Academy on September 3rd. Laura has a wealth of wine trade experience from her previous career with Carlsberg UK. Laura will take over all the day to day running of The Wine Academy including all the usual courses and events while I take a back seat to pursue other projects. I’m very excited about the future of The Wine Academy with Laura at the helm.

I have detailed below a selection of forthcoming courses and events below including York Festival of Food and Drink. As ever this list isn’t exhaustive, it’s a bit of a moving feast so please do get in touch for the latest information of courses, tastings and dinners. Or follow me on twitter at

WSET courses
We have had a fabulous and very high achieving group of students already this year. With several students going on to find employment in the wine trade.

Just two WSET Level 2 courses running this term; Novotel, Leeds ; October 2nd, 9th and 16th and November 19th, 26th and December 3rd

Course Fee; £325 inclusive of exam, textbooks and ISO glasses.

The WSET Level 3 course is filling up quickly but we have a couple of spaces. As well as our experienced WSET Tutors we have some guest tutors lined up who are experts in their field.

Novotel Leeds; Starting September 24th for 6 consecutive Mondays 9.30a.m -4p.m.

Course Fee; £625 inclusive of exam, textbooks and ISO glasses

Diploma Study Group

For existing and aspiring Diploma students we run a once a month tasting group in York on Sunday mornings. Class numbers are limited to 8 and the sessions are run by Karen. Price varies depending on subject from £20 - £40 per session.

Wine Dinners

Our wine dinners at Chapters Hotel in Stokesley are always booked well in advance. Events are priced at £49 fully inclusive of dinner, aperitif and wine tasting. September 7th – Northern Italy October 5th – Southern Italy November 2nd - Australia To book Chapters Hotel events please call 01642 711888.
Our 3rd Friday events at Harvey Nichols continue every month with a Loire evening on September 21st and a Burgundy evening on 19th October. Events are priced at £20pp. For Harvey Nichols email

Melton's Too Wine and Supper events are £35pp inclusive of all wines, 2 course supper and coffee. To book Meltons Too/ Food Festival Events please call 01904 629222

On 18th October we will explore Italy with a 2 course supper to match while on November 15th we will explore Shiraz in all its forms from Northern Rhone to the Barossa Valley.

To book any other event or for more information on any event please call Laura on 07870 585 232 or email

York Festival of Food and Drink

We are delighted to have been asked to take part in York Festival of Food Drink, the biggest and the best food festival in the UK which sees 450,000 people visit the city over a 10 day period.

It is a not for profit event which sees wine producers, educators and Wine Academy students give up their time free of charge to share their love of wine in an amazing setting.

The flagship event is a Montes Wines Dinner in the stunning setting on York Guildhall on the 22nd of September. Montes are one of the finest wine producers in Chile and we will have an opportunity to try some outstanding wines including the iconic Purple Angel.

The ticket price is just £35pp inclusive of all wine and dinner.

You can also Join The Wine Academy at Meltons Too during York Food Festival on 27th September for a celebration of Cheese and Wine

Both Laura and I hope to see you at an event soon. As ever if we can be of any assistance please do get in touch.


As ever if you would like any more information on any events or courses or just to let me know about a wine you have particularly enjoyed, please do get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.