Oxford Chelt Wine School believes that appreciation of wine is within everyone's reach - we hate the snobbery and pretence that surrounds much of the wine world, and want everyone to be able to expand their horizons and enjoy exploring the world of wine.
We teach people about wine by concentrating on the flavours and aromas of the wines. We focus on the taste profile of each wine explaining the characteristics of the grape variety, the climate, and the winemaking, and show you with maps and photos where they came from and how they are made. We explain why they taste like they do and ask and listen to what you think about the wines.
The evenings are, above all, fun & entertaining with a relaxed atmosphere - no previous wine tasting experience is required. The best & most enjoyable way to learn about wine is comparing the tastes of different wines side-by-side.
We also always focus on food & wine matches, and explain what type of foods would go with the chosen wines, and more importantly - why!
As we do not sell wine - we can show you where to buy the best wines locally and at the best prices. We work closely with local independent wine merchants and a wide source of suppliers to bring you the best tasting & most interesting wines they have to offer. At the end of a tasting, we always provide you with details as to where you can source the wines and at what price.
Our guests come by themselves, in couples, and in larger groups, everybody is welcome. It is also a great way to meet people with the same interest in tasting & learning about wine.
12 training courses found
The French arguably make the best sparkling wine in the world - Champagne (and we'll be reminding ourselves with at least two this evening..
Starting with a decadent Champagne aperitif, including a delicious 2-course lunch , and a tutored tasting of 12 superb wines ! Passionate about wine & want to learn more? Each course is a fascinating introduction to the world of Wine. Do you want to discover fascinating and delicious new wines & grape varieties? Do you want to taste a wide variety of wines and understand what makes them so different? Do you want to know which wine to drink with what food? Then these are the courses for you! It is also a great way to meet new friends who share your love of wine.
WSET L2 Award in Wines & Spirits (Oxford) Sunday course This exciting and structured course is the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Award (formerly known as the Intermediate Certificate) and is intended as vocational training in product knowledge for those employed in the drinks industry who have little previous knowledge of the broad range of alcoholic beverages available. The course is also increasingly popular amongst those not employed in the drinks industry but who have a serious interest in wine, and wish to broaden their knowledge in a structured way by gaining this internationally recognised qualification.
Part 1: South Africa With a long and distinguished history of wine production going back over 350 years, it is by far the oldest 'New World' wine producing country! Under apartheid, the reputation of the industry suffered at the hands of the state co-operative KWV; but since the early 1990s, the privatisation of the wine industry has witnessed an exponential rise in the quality of its wine-making. Chunky, chocolatey reds, both made as Bordeaux-style blendsand using their very own grape, Pinotage, and elegant European-style whites fromSauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc (once thought to be an inferior, workhorse variety) are now catching the world’s attention.
Wine and cheese may be a match made in heaven, but clearly not every wine is made for every cheese! We'll reduce the complexity with some simple rules, while having lots of fun along the way tasting some wonderful artisan cheeses from the UK and a couple of worthy foreigners for good measure, alongside a variety of wine styles frombone dry, sparkling through light whites and full-bodied reds to luscious dessert wine and Port. To help this all go down, we serve delicious cheese biscuits and breads.
The 8-week World of Wine Course is structured as a practical introduction to the world of wine. It is designed specifically for people who enjoy wine and would like to learn more about it.
Part 1: Chile What makes Chile such an attractive ‘safe bet’ for a consumer? We’ll look at the facts, looking at the climate through to the diverse country that is Chile. White grape varieties such as the crisp Sauvignon Blanc, balanced Chardonnay and soft and smooth reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot rule the roost and not forgetting the highly-acclaimedCarmenere, resurrected in Chilean vinyards after its destruction in Bordeaux over 160 years ago.
Your chance to visit some of the best vineyards in France! Taste your way through Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhône and experience how wonderful French wines can be… We’ll also help to decode French wines for you, so that the next time you go shopping for French wine you will understand its regions better and how this affects the flavours you will encounter inside the bottle. Starting with Champagne – this is a Grand Tour, after all! – we progress to the fine wines of Burgundy made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, then explore the Loire, the 'garden of France', for lively, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc, before visiting the world’s largest (and greatest) wine region of Bordeaux for a delicious claret, made from Cabernet and Merlot.
Part 1 – Alsace Lying on the east side France next to the border with Germany, Alsace is as German as it is French in terms of population, architecture and its grape varieties: Germanic Riesling and Gewurztraminer are found here side-by-side with French Pinot Blanc and Gris, all adding to a small-but-complex wine-producing region offering the most aromatic and different styles in comparison to the rest of France. It’s unusual, it’s unique, it’s great! Part 2 – Germany & Austria Ignore the reputation of German wines for a moment, brought about by mass-produced sweetish wines such as “Liebfraumilch”.
Welcome to an evening of Southern European delights! Both Spain and Italy have long produced outstanding wines with classics such as Rioja, Cava, Chianti and Barolo gracing our tables for many years. This evening our tasting will touch on these favourites and explore their enduring popularity, but we shall also be buckling up for a thrilling taste of the new pretenders from up and coming areas such as Priorat, Galicia and parts of southern Italy.
A great night of wine tasting from Down Under: if you thought Australian viticulture was all about big brands and jammy, over-alcoholic wines, then come along and find out how it is all changing! Peppery Coonawarra Cabernetsand sleek, elegant Clare Valley Rieslings are the new face of Australian wine. Meanwhile, New Zealand'sMarlborough Sauvignon Blanc has come from nowhere to suddenly become a staple choice in British supermarkets.
WSET L2 Award in Wines & Spirits (Cheltenham) Sunday daytime course This exciting and structured course is the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Award (formerly known as the Intermediate Certificate) and is intended as vocational training in product knowledge for those employed in the drinks industry who have little previous knowledge of the broad range of alcoholic beverages available. The course is also increasingly popular amongst those not employed in the drinks industry but who have a serious interest in wine, and wish to broaden their knowledge in a structured way by gaining this internationally recognised qualification.