Develop Balance and Depth with Wine Qualifications and Wine Schools at the UK’s Wine Hotel
13 Jun 2016
- WSET Wine Qualifications where all manner of wine subjects are taught
- Regular Wine Schools with dedicated wine themes throughout the year
- Award-winning Head Chef Robby Jenks, wins Acorn Award, recognising his rise
- Head Sommelier Romain Bourger awarded UK Young Sommelier of the Year 2016
- Wines for the warmer months suggested by Romain Bourger
The Vineyard hotel, is home to over 30,000 bottles of wine and home to UK Young Sommelier of the Year 2016, making this the ideal destination for a WSET qualification. Where better to get a wine qualification? Level one courses are available on 18th September and 20th November and the level two course takes places between 16th and 18th October. Founded in 1969 to help educate wine and spirit professionals, the WSET specialise in courses for wine enthusiasts.
The 49-room Vineyard, with each suite and bedroom named after an iconic international wine, has an above average pass rate of 92% as a venue, so there is no better place to widen wine knowledge and get a qualification in the process.
For Level 1, no prior wine knowledge is required making it ideal for anyone with an interest in wine seeking a deeper level of understanding. Overnight courses cost from £322.50 per person, to include; a full day of WSET Level 1 Award professional tuition by a WSET-certified tutor in wine training, the exam, wines, a three-course lunch, tour of the vast cellars, one nights (Sunday) accommodation with breakfast and use of the Vineyard Spa facilities including a swimming pool. Aspects of wine covered at this level include storage and service, grape varieties, food and wine matching.
Day courses cost from £199 per person including a full day of WSET Level 1 Award in wine training with exam, wines, three-course lunch and tour of the cellars.
Once wine lovers have already successfully passed Level 1, they can raise a glass in celebration and consider furthering their wine education with Level 2. The WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits is an informative and structured course run over a weekend and is ideal for both enthusiastic amateurs and those looking to enter the wine industry. The course covers the major white grape varieties including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and black grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, the key wine-producing regions of the world, food and wine pairing, sparkling wines, fortified wines and the major spirits as well as factors influencing the cost of wines.
The course runs on a weekend from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening. Please note that this is an intensive weekend course and study is required prior to the course.
Overnight course from £1050 per person including two nights in a luxury double room with breakfast on both days, professional tuition by a WSET-certified tutor including tasting up to 44 wines and four spirits, four-course dinner with matching wines on Friday and Saturday, buffet lunch on Saturday and Sunday, wine tasting kit (study pack, text book, moleskin journal, tasting card), examination fees, internationally recognized WSET qualification certificate and lapel pin, exam (50 multiple choice questions to be answered in an hour – minimum 55 per cent required to pass). Without the overnight stay the cost is £699 per person.
In addition to wine qualifications, The Vineyard Hotel also host regular Wine Schools with different themes. Forthcoming dates include:
– Wednesday 7th September 6.30pm ‘Olympic Pentathlon’ with a focus on South America
– Wednesday 5th October 6.30pm ‘Delights of the sea’ with a focus on fish and wines
– Wednesday 9th November 6.30pm ‘Christmas lunch wines’
– Wednesday 7th December 6.30pm ‘Sparkling wine’ with a focus on champagne and more
Each Wine School is hosted by an award-winning sommelier and priced from £35 per person.
The Vineyard’s Head Chef Robby Jenks has just been awarded an Acorn Award recognising him as one of the industries rising stars. Known as the ’30 under 30′, the Acorn Awards are celebrating their 30th Anniversary and have sought to recognise the brightest prospects in the hospitality industry. Robby has been at the helm of the kitchens at The Vineyard since February 2016 and has brought with him a wealth of experience and rich culinary background from working in some of the UK’s most gastronomic hotels, including Gidleigh Park under Michael Caines and Whatley Manor with Martin Burge.
Romain Bourger, head sommelier, at The Vineyard Hotel in Berkshire, recently won UK Young Sommelier of the Year for 2016. Now in their 37th year, the awards are run by the Academy of the Food and Wine Service (AFWS). Romain highlights a selection of wines ideal for the warmer months including all available at The Vineyard, priced below by the glass:
Schramsberg, Blanc de Blancs, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 £9.50
“To me, one of New Worlds best sparkling wines. It is made from Chardonnay but has a lively palate, notes of ripe peaches and citrus and a great freshness. The palate has a touch of creaminess remains fresh and well balanced”
Mâcon Davayé, Domaine de la Croix Senaillet, Burgundy, France, 2014 £6.50
“A reat Chardonnay from the south of Burgundy, completely unoaked! The nose is ripe with lemon zest, green apple and pear and a chalky minerality. It is a great wine as it is very mouth watering but with a beautiful complexity”
Weingut Bercher, Weissburgunder, Jechtinger, Baden, Germany, 2014 £7.00
“Made from Pinot Blanc, this wine is light, crisp and easy drinking. Pinot Blanc to me is fairly underrated but offers everything you are looking for in a Summer wine. Citrusy, lively, fresh and elegant, it is a great wine to enjoy on a warm and sunny afternoon! ”
Langhe, Dolcetto, Domenico Clerico, Visadi, Piedmont, Italy, 2011 £10.00
“If you are more of a red wine drinker, this one is for you! Dolcetto is a bit regarded as the Gamay from Italy. Is has an aromatic nose of ripe summerfruit, hints of flowers as well as low and soft tannins. It is particularly nice served slightly chilled to bring the fruits up”
For the right Balance (a term used to sum up all the elements that make up the wine) and the right Depth (a term used to describe wines with layers of flavour and concentration), the place to gain an industry recognised qualification whilst enjoying leading wines is at the UK’s wine hotel, in Berkshire.
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JU 01635 897589
Accommodation and breakfast is priced from £247 based on two guests.