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Great Wine School

Wine SchoolThe Great Wine School, in partnership with Bath-based wine educator Tristan Darby, will help you demystify the world of wine. Our aim is to provide you with hands-on learning through tasting wine; and an unstuffy, informed learning experience.

‘From Cabaret, to Cabernet’! - Course tutor, Tristan Darby, is an ex-actor and singer, with 15 years of catering experience. Tristan started Bristol Wine School four years ago, and runs wine courses for many of the top restaurants in the Bristol area - with a focus on teaching the principles of food and wine matching. 

Tristan Darby

"The idea behind Great Western Wine School is to expose students to a variety of styles and wine types in a relaxed and inclusive tutored environment. We want to ignite a spark in our students that the world of wine isn't just a place for elitists and connoisseurs, but that given the right information, it is a fascinating place full of variety to be enjoyed by all!"

Tristan Darby

Testimonial - "Your natural style is engaging, informative, enthusiastic and infectious (in a great way)...The pace of the day was just right, starting more slowly, with an in depth study of the grapes and vines themselves...You samples were generous and opinions honest and the food-matching was particularly well planned and thought through..." GD


To book online and see the full list courses - click here

All courses are run for The Great Wine School by Bristol Wine School.
For all enquiries please email: or call Tristan Darby (tutor) directly on 07969 362511



14th - 1 Day Introduction to Wine Course, 11am - 4pm, Allium Brasserie £75 (incl. 2 course lunch) - FULL

21st - Food & Wine Matching Workshop, 11am - 1.30pm, Allium Brasserie £35

21st - Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting, 2.30pm - 4.30pm, Allium Brasserie £35 - LAST FEW PLACES



4th - Port Cheese & Chocolate Tasting, 11am - 1.30pm, Alium Brasserie £40

14th Apr - 19th May - 6 Week Tour de France Course, Tuesdays 7pm -9.30pm, Great Western Wine £185



2nd - 1 Day Introduction to Wine Course, 11am - 4pm, Allium Brasserie £75 (incl. 2 course lunch)

9th - A Taste of Italy, 10.30am - 1.30pm, Allium Brasserie £35 - LAST FEW PLACES



6th - 1 Day Introduction to Wine Course, 11am - 4pm, Allium Brasserie £75 (incl. 2 course lunch)

20th - A Taste of France, 11am - 2pm, Allium Brasserie £35

20th - Port, Cheese & Chocolate Tasting, 3.30pm - 5.30pm, Allium Brasserie £40



25th - Food & Wine Matching Workshop, 10.30am - 1pm, Allium Brasserie £35

25th - Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting, 3pm - 5.30pm, Allium Brasserie £35


 All courses are available as gifts and run for Great Western Wine by Bristol Wine School, and held at the acclaimed

Allium Brasserie in The Abbey Hotel or award-winning wine merchant Great Western Wine in central Bath.

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