Don’t know your Bordeaux from your Beaujolais? Perhaps it’s time for a wine course. The Firmdale hotel group have teamed up with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust to offer some introductory classes. If you’re after a quick fix, then there’s a one day wine whirl with an introduction to the main grape varieties and a spot of food and wine matching that will earn you a WSET level one certificate (£175). Alternatively, if you want something with a bit more depth try the nine-week evening course, which covers ‘noble grape’ varieties such as chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, merlot and pinot noir in greater depth with plenty of tasting and leads to a level two certificate (£375). Cheers!
Firmdale Wine Courses are available at The Soho Hotel, Charlotte Street Hotel, Haymarket Hotel and Covent Garden Hotel. A 9 week course starts on Monday January 21, a one-night course starts Saturday February 2 2013: book at firmdalehotels.com. Find more London wine courses.