If you would like to organise or attend an event, you can contact our events co-ordinator Paul Banahan at upcoming course dates, please refer to the Study WSET tab.

Upcoming Events

12 September 2018 – Spanish wine tasting

An exciting wine tasting and dinner is on offer.

Srta. Trinidad Villegas, the export director of Bodegas LAN will give a tasting of wines from their properties in Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rueda and Rías Baixas. This will include 90+ Parker rated Riojas from their own vineyards.

The tasting will be followed by a three course dinner cooked by chef Chris Cleghorn, who has worked under, amongst others, Heston Blumenthal. The Olive Tree has long been one of Bath’s top restaurants and has 3 AA rosettes. Numbers are strictly limited to just 24 people.

Cost £40 per person.

Payment may be made to 56 – 00 – 05, a/c. no. 53890027 and should be marked: Sept. 12th tasting or by cheque made out to West of England Wine & Spirit Association and sent to: Geoff Collins, 162 Devizes Road, Hilperton BA14 7QS


22 September 2018 – Novel Wines annual tasting

A local wine merchant in Bath is hosting their annual wine tasting at the Hilton City Hotel in Bath on 22 September. West of England Wine & Spirits Association members can save 10% off the ticket price. To book email


October 2018 (provisional) – wine tasting



November 2018 (provisional) – Riesling tasting



6th December 2018 – Sherry dinner

On Thursday 6th December, Javier Hidalgo will host a dinner featuring sherry matched to each course. More details to follow.


January 2019 (provisional) – California wine tasting


WSTA Report reactions - West of England Wine School

2018/19 Trips

One long haul trip and one European trip are planned for the next couple of years. The details will be added to the trips tab when we have more information on either of these.

Recent Events

11th June 2018 – Turkish wine tasting

WEWSA members enjoyed a Tasting of Turkish wines organised by the Bristol Tasting Circle on Monday 11 June at the Clifton Club, The Mall, Bristol BS8 4DS.

The wines were presented by Tim Johnson and Graeme Ewins, drawing on background  information provided by Tugba Altinoz, the Turkish wine educator, consultant and writer who was unfortunately unable to join us and present the wines in person.


23/04/2018 – Romanian & Moldovan wine tasting

There was an excellent tasting of Romanian & Moldovan wines at The Pump House, Bristol, on 23rd April. This was both a sampler for the upcoming WEWSA trips to those two countries and a comprehensive introduction to their wines. After an overview of the wines and wineries by Tim Johnson we were able to sample 25 wines from a number of different producers. This was followed by a 3-course supper, wine and coffee.

09/03/2018 – Juan Carrau wine dinner

There was a good turnout at the George in Bradford-on-Avon on March 9th, as 25 members attended for a dinner featuring the wines of Vinos Finos Juan Carrau from Uruguay. Owner Javier Carrau was on hand to describe the wines and talk about the Uruguyan wine industry. The Chardonnay 2016 was served with the canapés before we settled down to a 3-course meal accompanied by the Petit Manseng 2016, the Tannat de Reserva 2015 and the Tannat Amat 2011.

Thanks to Christopher Fielden for organising, to Javier for tutoring, to the George for the excellent venue and dinner and to everyone who attended.

05/02/2018 – AGM and Annual Luncheon

The Chairman of the West of England Wine & Spirit Association, Mimi Avery, hosted the sold out Annual Luncheon of the Association at the Harbour Hotel in Bristol, preceded by a sparkling wine and champagne reception. Prior to the lunch the Annual General Meeting was held at the same venue.

13/11/2017 – Bristol Tasting Circle Chilean Wine Tasting

This brilliant event was organised by the Bristol Tasting Circle and the wines were presented by Tim Johnson. We are indebted to Wines of Chile for sponsorship to assist with this event, and to Tim for sourcing the wines and presenting the tasting. The wine tasting included a range of international varietals, made in ever diverse parts of Chile and drawing on old world expertise, eg one is made by Doms Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). They are trying to move away from the heavy use of oak, and we hope that the examples we show will demonstrate that.

16/10/2017 – Malbec tasting from around the world followed by meal in Corsham

An around the world evening wine tasting event hosted at the Methuen Arms in Corsham, Wiltshire. Wines were served blind and followed by a two course meal. Thanks to the Methuen Arms for their hospitality.

16/10/2017 – Visit and Tour of Octavian

Octavian stores wines from 10,000 private collectors, investors and wine merchants from 39 countries some 100 feet below the Wiltshire hills. 8 of us were shown around this magnificent location.

31st May 2018 – England v France sparkling wine tasting during English Wine Week

To celebrate English Wine Week we held a sparkling wine tasting on 31st May at Walcot House, 90b Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BG.

Didier Pierson, a man with a foot in both camps, tutored a comparative tasting of English sparkling wines and Champagnes.


02-05/10/2017 – WoEWSA trip to Madeira (and plans for a repeat visit)

A small group of WoEWSA members travelled to Madeira at the start of October to sample the local wines and scenery. Our arrival was delayed because high winds led to a couple of aborted landings – and we spent an unscheduled but very pleasant evening in Lanzarote. The high point of this stopover was a grilled seafood platter, washed down with the local Malvasia wines – including a 2017 vintage that can only have been bottled days previously.

After a lovely breakfast (including Cava!) we eventually arrived in Madeira and travelled straight to our first tasting at Barbeito. We started with a tour of the winery. It was particularly interesting on this tour to see the Estufagem tanks that are used to heat the wine after fermentation. We then settled down to a stellar tasting, starting with barrel samples of each of the main grape varieties. This was a great way of helping us recognise the different styles. Following this we worked our way through a leisurely tasting of their full range, including some lovely aged wines.

Madeira Wine Tasting - West of England Wine and Spirit Association
Just some of the wines sampled at Barbeito

We had a chance to travel round the island with our local chauffeur, who as well as being a mine of information was also a much-travelled marathon runner. The scenery was spectacular, although some of the steep and windy bends needed a bit of a head for heights.

That evening was spent at Blandy’s Wine Lodge. We toured the museum and then enjoyed a food and wine matching dinner, with a wine made with a different grape variety served with each course.

The next day we had time for a stroll around the town before heading off to the airport and home. This short but sweet introduction to the island has given us the appetite for a longer visit in the future – so plans are already underway for a longer and more comprehensive WoEWSA tour – watch this space for more details.