Take your wine enjoyment to the next level. Richard Household explains more.
How did you get to launching Wimbledon Wine School? Launching Wimbledon Wine School is the result of over 25 years in the wine trade – longer if you include helping on my grandparents’ vineyard in Somerset as a child. I have spent many years travelling around the world visiting vineyards, tasting amazing wines and meeting incredible winemakers. Nothing gives me more pleasure than getting across the passion and enthusiasm that these amazing winemakers have for their craft. There is always much to learn and my journey is far from over. I hold the WSET Level 4 Diploma and I am also an approved educator for the WSET as well being a judge for the International Wine and Spirits Competition. As well as Wimbledon Wine School I am the Managing Director of
Brompton Wine which is a wholesaler importing and selling wines to wonderful venues, hotels, caterers and private clients in and around London.
Why launch in Wimbledon? Having lived in Wimbledon for almost 30 years I wanted to create a school where consumers and anyone with an interest and love of wine could learn, taste, explore and develop that knowledge in an environment that is fun, informative and educational.
Why a school? I wanted to create an opportunity for people to experience a broader range of wines from countries and regions that they might not regularly experience. We all stick to our favourites and often don’t have the knowledge or confidence to try new things. The school is the perfect place to dip your toe into the wonderful world of wine with all the variety and choice that comes with it – variety is the spice of life! There is no pressure to buy any of the wines, the sole purpose is to increase people’s knowledge and therefore pleasure in their wine drinking.
Why consider a WSET course? As well as offering wine maker dinners and other courses, Wimbledon Wine School is an Approved Programme Provider for the WSET. The Wine and Spirit Education is widely regarded as the world’s leading provider of wine education. So the qualifications are very highly regarded whether you are an enthusiastic amateur, looking to start your career in the wine or hospitality industries or to progress further. The courses provide an excellent grounding in wine production, wine regions, wine tasting, food and wine matching, storage and service and wine, social responsibility and so on. Why not learn about wine and get a formal qualification at the same time!
Fun of going to a winemaker dinner
If your time is precious and you can’t fly off to as many vineyards as you would like then a winemaker dinner is the next best thing! To have the winemaker introduce and taste through his or her wines with a carefully matched menu, cooked by local chef Matthew Winfield is a wonderful way to spend an evening. Much as I love the wines it is almost more important for me to hear how vineyards were established, the winemaking philosophy, the influences that craft the wines and so on. What better way to learn than from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. This year we will have winemaker dinners with an estate in Western Australia, South Africa, the Rhone (very lucky with that one) and more.
Winemaker dinner at Wimbledon Common Golf Club 9th May – Voyager Estate, Margaret River
Bordeaux Wine Dinner at Trinity Restaurant May 14th – hosted by Richard Household
WSET Level 2 – evenings starting 17th April