'Know your Wine' :
Introductory Course in London


Know Your Wine

An ideal course to introduce you to wines from all over the globe. Great fun and very interactive. We get you talking about wines, what you like, dislike, what you’d want to purchase yourself and what you would serve to dinner guests. Not only will we teach you the foundations of wine knowledge, we will encourage you to articulate your feelings about the wines, using all manner of adjectives! You’ll soon be entertaining your friends and family with your new powers of description.

You will enjoy at least 6 wines each week (9 wines on final week) served with a tasty substantial supper. This allows your palate to become familiar with how food harmonises with wine. The atmosphere on the course is highly sociable and informal, and ideal for forming lasting friendships with like-minded people of both sexes and wide age ranges.

The course is led by Harry, (SFX Living Legend!) who has educated many hundreds of palates to the wonders of food and wine. He writes regular wine columns and was FHM magazine’s ‘Bon Viveur Dad’ contributing articles and bon mots as required!

The fee is £175 per course of 5 weeks, running each Tuesday evening 7 – 9pm Discounts apply for bookings of 2 or more.

Week 1 Evaluation of Wine
Week 2 Sparkling wines and champagne
Week 3 White wines from around the world
Week 4 Red wines from around the world
Week 5 Major grape varieties (9 different wines and 4 x course meal this week!)

All dietary requirements are taken care of.

There are 2 sessions per term, the same course is repeated, so as long as you tell us in advance, if you miss one week you can always catch it next time round. The format is repeated each term.

Autumn Term 2016
Know Your Wine Session 1: Tuesday 27 September – 1 November (25 Oct half term)
Know Your Wine Session 2: Tuesday 8 November – 6 December

Spring Term 2017
Know Your Wine Session 1: Tuesday 17 January – 21 February (14 Feb half term)
Know Your Wine Session 2: Tuesday 28 February – 28 March

Summer Term 2017
Know Your Wine Session 1: Tuesday 25 April – 23 May
Know Your Wine Session 2: Tuesday 6 June– 4 July

email: louise@winefoodacademy.com for details and to apply.

For those of you who just want to attend one-off classes as a guest, then the cost is £40 per person. Ex-students pay £35 per person. If you want to buy a course as a gift, please click here.

The fee includes tuition, information pack, glasses, fact sheets on wines to be tasted, and certificate. Each session will include between 30 - 35 different wines to be tasted, together with a substantial supper to be served each evening. This is to discover the secrets of harmonising wines and food. All dietary requirements are catered for.

Courses at StFrancis Xavier College on Tuesday evenings.

SFX College: Malwood Road, Clapham South, SW12 Tube : Clapham South

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I have had a long held interest in Wines, however, I have lacked the knowledge required to make confident decisions when selecting what to buy. The 'Know your Wine' course provided a great, relaxed learning environment in which to develop my appreciation of wine, and ultimately, make better decisions.

Kenneth Harry Putt is a superb tutor, with a vast amount of knowledge and a clear love for his subject matter. His passion for wine (and food) really benefits the course and he brings the subject to life with charm and witty anecdotes to support the core teachings.

Introduction to wine brings together people with a shared interest and allows knowledge to be gained, shared and enjoyed by the whole group. I have developed a real knowledge of all the major grape varieties and a new found ability to accurately describe and interpret a wine. Most importantly I have learnt how to match wines with food.

Whether selecting a wine to enjoy at home or for a business lunch, I now have the confidence to make the best possible choice. The format of the course allows for group discussions enabling you to learn from your fellow pupils as well as from Harry, this leads to an appreciation that everyone's palates are unique, but that there are solid rules you can follow to find brilliant wines. Most importantly the course is not at all elitist; it is accessible, informative, and most importantly great fun! I can now say I 'Know my Wine'.
Al Will
William Shakespeare once wrote "Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used; exclaim no more against it."

I have never doubted that good wine is a good familiar creature, but to be honest, I never really put much thought into whether I was using it well - until now that is!

Having received a gift voucher for the 'Know Your Wine' tasting course run through the Wine & Food Academy, I attended the first class wondering whether there was indeed much more I could actually learn about wine. Harry, the straight-talking oenophile that was our teacher had me eating my words!

The class is a great opportunity to learn about different grape varieties, match wine with different foods (it actually does taste different with food!) and generally explore the wonderful world of the vine whilst picking up some interesting tit-bits from Harry's extensive experience of wine tasting. All this in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that gives everyone the opportunity to taste reds, whites and champagne and compare and discuss just how they differ and more importantly why.

Sadly the course has now finished and whilst my head is slightly cloudy today following on from last night's final class, I know I can now order wine with confidence and spot the difference between a Sauvignon and a Chenin. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to improve their knowledge and confidence with wine, I look forward to attending the 'Country Comparisons' class, the next step in my quest to make good use of the 'good familiar creature'!
Deborah Watson
Colour, Bouquet, Taste - this has now become my mantra! After scanning a list of wine courses, I am really pleased that I chose the Wine and Food Academy one. After the first evening, my friend and I both agreed that this was going to be a fun and interesting few weeks.

We weren't disappointed. The format is very informal - a group of 20 or so (with different levels of knowledge) sitting around a table with our teacher, Harry. Now I couldn't go any further without mentioning Harry. He imparts his impressive knowledge in an interactive and often very amusing way (we are in stitches most evenings!). Harry doesn't 'teach' about wines in an old-fashioned sense (there are plenty of books which do this very well) but instead gets his audience thinking about their own interpretation of the wines and champagnes. This is either done as a whole group or in break-out seminars. The method of learning really inspired me to go off and learn more about the subject, I even ventured to a British vineyard after the first session!

And finally, the food. Really good quality ingredients which have been carefully selected to complement the wines. It was fascinating to experience the transformation of wines with certain foods - I will certainly be impressing my friends with some quaffing and cooking soirees!

Overall a brilliant 5 weeks, culminating in a 9-wine, 4-course food extravaganza on the last week! Informative, entertaining, sociable and great value for money. I would recommend it to any beginner and will be booking the Country Comparisons one myself straight away!
Amita Vaux
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