Saturday, 15 October 2011

Yorkshire Wine School

I apologise for being a bad blogger this week, life is really getting in the way.  I left my job yesterday, ready to start a new one on Monday, the last week has passed by in a complete emotional blur.

So, I have nothing to give you but a press release for an exciting new venture happening in Leeds.  I was invited to the launch but unfortunately have a prior engagement (oh what a social butterfly I am), I'd quite like to go along to one of these events though, and learn more about wine, so I'll be following on twitter and keeping up-to-date.

Tuesday 11 October 2011

Yorkshire’s newest wine school is expecting a fruitful launch

Wine lovers will have good cause to celebrate this month, thanks to a former Oddbins manager who is launching Yorkshire Wine School - running wine courses in Leeds, York and Harrogate.

Laura Kent, who lives in Wakefield, is offering two-hour evening wine tastings, all-day Saturday introductory sessions with lunch, and full eight-week courses - perfect for those who enjoy a tipple and would love to learn more.

The first confirmed venue for the school is the Radisson Blu Hotel in Leeds city centre, with further venues in Harrogate and York to be announced early next year.

The opening of the school, an independent wine education company that doesn’t sell wine, marks a new career move for Laura, originally from Cambridge, who will run the school as part of the network.

Laura worked at Oddbins for almost five years, and was the manager of the Newcastle city centre branch before the company went into administration in April. Suddenly faced with redundancy, Laura saw the opportunity to set up her own wine school, and to make a career out of her passion for teaching others about wine.

Laura said: “Being made redundant from Oddbins was a sad time - I had enjoyed working in several stores throughout the North East over the past five years. However, I have also been helping to run tastings at Newcastle Wine School for two years, and I really enjoyed sharing my enthusiasm for wine with others, so I decided that now was the time to take the plunge and put my experience to good use.

“I saw a gap in the market in Yorkshire to run a successful wine tasting company with a unique level of quality, range, price and location. The courses and tastings at the school offer a great opportunity to try new wines and learn a little more about the subject in a relaxing, friendly, informal environment.

“The school will provide the perfect way to meet other wine lovers living locally and I’m looking forward to seeing what people think of the range of courses on offer.”

Laura has taken the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma and is a member of CAMRA, so she will also be organising artisan beer tastings at the school.

The choice of courses will appeal to all wine lovers, from those with no previous experience of wine tasting, to the serious enthusiast. Laura also hopes to be running WSET courses next year - these qualifications are a 'must have' for anybody seriously considering a career in the wine industry and are also a great way to learn about wine in a concentrated and intensive way.

The school’s tastings and courses will focus on specific wine regions, grape varieties and countries. The eight-week introductory course will involve tasting wines from all major wine-producing countries, including France, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Australia and Chile.

Yorkshire Wine School is the 7th in the successful network, which has Wine Schools in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Lancashire, and Hertfordshire. Chris Powell set up the first School in Newcastle in 2000 and is now looking to open further new Wine Schools in Edinburgh and Bristol.

Chris said: “I am delighted to welcome Laura as the newest member of the Local Wine School network. I have no doubt that her experience at Oddbins and her enthusiasm and passion for the wine industry will help to make Yorkshire Wine School a great success.”

All courses and tastings are available to buy as gift vouchers and can be ordered online. For more information about upcoming dates, prices, and venues, please visit, or email

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1 comment:

  1. Ooooh how exciting - thanks so much for sharing!



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