Shropshire Wine School
Shropshire Wine School
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Fun informal wine and gin tasting events here in Shropshire. We offer a range of events from introductory courses to more in-depth tastings, food and wine matching and professional (WSET) training. All events focus on enjoying wine in a relaxed and informal setting. No previous wine experience is necessary
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  • Helen L
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    Shropshire Wine School tasting session.
    Cheese and wine pairing evening at The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury. Having enjoyed tasting sessions with Gary before we returned after patiently waiting for lockdowns to subside. We were rewarded once again with an evening of great tasting wines plus cheeses to match, learning much in the process. Gary made the evening fun and very informal with like minded people. We will return to more Shropshire Wine School sessions, we definitely recommend Gary if you are interested in trying a tasting session. More than wine tasting available too, his gin evening is a really good one!
    Thanks for your kind words Helen, it was great to get "back in the room" after such a difficult couple of yuears. I hope to see you on another event in due course.
    Written May 16, 2022
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    Written August 20, 2021
  • Holly Allen
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    WSET Level 3 in Wine
    Gary at Shropshire Wine School is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and absolutely adores wine. His passion for the subject and love of sharing his knowledge makes him a genuinely great teacher. I would recommend Gary unreservedly for the professional WSET qualifications.
    Thanks for your kind words Holly, and congratulations on passing WSET level 3 with flying colours! Welld one!
    Written October 2, 2022
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    Traveled solo
    Written July 27, 2022
  • Helen F
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom5 contributions
    Virtula Wine Tasting Wednesday Evenings at 8pm
    I can highly recommend the virtual wine tasting events. Each week Gary introduces 2 wines ( advance notice given so you can taste the same or similar wines to Gary), talks about the regions of production and how this may infulence the style and price of the wine. You can ask questions and Gary, who is extrememy knowledgable, will answer very clearly and concisely. If you don't wish to taste the wines, don't worry, you will still have a very pleasant, enjoyable hour listening to the descriptions of the wines along with fun and informal banter. Love it !
    Thanks Helen, I've had a great time hosting these virtual wine tastings myself and learnt a few new tricks. It's been great fun and I've had some wonderful feedback. I'd like to think I've brought some cheer in these difficult times. Now moving across to "Zoom" for an even better experience, so check the website for details.
    Written May 13, 2020
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    Written April 23, 2020
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PaulHR_BRM
Birmingham35 contributions
Jan 2020
WSET1 was my Christmas present, and what a thoroughly enjoyable day it was. Gary has a lovely teaching manner, was always happy to go beyond the confines of Level 1 and the food and wine pairing was a revelation. Great value, would recommend to anyone wanting to explore the fascinating world of win
Written January 29, 2020
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Hi Paul, glad you enjoyed the day and passed the WSET Level 1 with flying colours. Looking forward to meeting you again on future courses, perhaps the 8 week "World of Wine" which is great prep for WSET Level 2
Written February 3, 2020
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Carl Pavey
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Mar 2020
2 weeks into an 8 week course. Week 1 - France (Bordeaux & Rhone) and Week 2 Italy. Received as a Christmas gift from wife. Initially a bit sceptical as I expected to be sold wine - I was completely wrong! Gary Carter is an excellent teacher who clearly loves his subject. Using a combo of powerpoint, handouts and generous quantity of 6 wines per evening Gary takes you on a journey through the region imparting knowledge, techniques, anecdotes and humour. The wines provided are of excellent quality and range from approx £6 to £20+ per bottle. Nibbles and tasting notes are, of course, provided.
One piece of advice - don't drive! But if you do Gary even provides spitoons!
Written March 10, 2020
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Thanks for your great review, the 8 week course is a big favourite of mine. As you say I don't sell wine, and many people are surprised by this but it's all about giving people a better understanding so that they can make better buying decisions when they do buy wine (from wherever). See you on Friday - Spain and Portugal.
Written March 10, 2020
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Wilma_Flintstome
24 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Received as a Christmas gift I didn’t know what to expect. Gary was welcoming and made everyone feel at ease. Going into enough details about the various wines he had chosen and matching them with complementing charcuterie (seems so obvious that charcuterie from the same region/country goes best with the wine) we tasted 6 wines learning about the nuances of the regions, grapes and what makes a good year. A great introduction to the Shropshire Wine School and will definitely attend events in the future and recommend them to friends.
Written February 9, 2020
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Thanks for your kind words, nothing better than a nice glass of red wine with suitable charcuterie to go with it. Hope to see you on another course later this year.
Written March 10, 2020
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Sandra M
Burntwood, United Kingdom5 contributions
Oct 2020
Great introduction to an appreciation of different types of wine. Most enjoyable and recommended to anyone wanting to increase their knowledge of the subtleties of wine. Covered red and white wines of various types from many parts of the world..
Our host Gary is indeed very knowledgeable
Written October 12, 2020
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Thanks for your review Sandra. It was my pleasure as always to take you on a journey through some lovely wines and explain a little of what makes them special and how they are made. I hope to see you on another event in due course.
Written October 13, 2020
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Claire P
Glasgow, UK14 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
The course was very interactive and almost like a private lesson because we were only 4 to attend the course. Gary is a really good teacher and manage to make every part of the course lively. Starting by pealing the grape at the start is definitely a good way to start the journey and the food pairing at the end gave some surprises! Highly recommended then!
Written January 20, 2020
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Hi Claire, thanks for your lovely review I'm glad you enjoyed the WSET Level 1 course and I was thrilled that you passed with flying colours! I hope to see you on further courses in the future, perhaps WSET Level 2?
Written February 3, 2020
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Garry And Lorra... B
Coventry, UK40 contributions
Jun 2022 • Business
I spent six weeks studying WSET 3 with Gary at Shropshire Wine School… A challenging course but extremely enjoyable and fun led by a very knowledgeable wine enthusiast and tutor Gary Carter. It’s one day on site, a Sunday, but many hours study at home

There were five of us on the course from varying walks of life and within a few weeks we were grasping and understanding the amazing world of wine.

I cannot recommend Gary enough, he is personable, knowledgeable and knows his wine!

If want to learn about wine and enjoy yourself as well the Shropshire Wine School is for you.

Oh and by the way I passed… !
Written July 28, 2022
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Hi Garry It was my pleasure to guide you through WSET Level 3 and well done fo passing! Thank you for your kind feedback, I'm glad you enjoyed the course.
Written October 2, 2022
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Glo
3 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We joined Gary for the Saturday wine tasting event with lunch and Champagne at the Lion hotel.
The whole day was a fun and educational experience., Gary is very knowledgeable about wine and explained in a very unpretentious relaxed way.
The group was lovely and we enjoyed the variety of wines we tasted along with the yummy lunch.
Would definitely recommend and will be returning for future events.
Written September 27, 2022
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Our Saturdays are a very special experience, and I'm very pleased you enjoyed it so much. I hope to see you on a future event.
Written October 2, 2022
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James Fraser
2 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Gary came to a privately rented house during a staycation with some friends of mine and we couldn’t have asked for a better time. Great wine, great knowledge and fun team games made our afternoon one to remember, learnt lots and will be making some purchases of the wine he provided for my own enjoyment when home. Would highly recommend to those visiting Shrewsbury to get Gary over for a fun afternoon with great wine.
Written September 11, 2020
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Thanks for your kind words. It was my pleasure to spend a couple of hours talking you all through some lovely wines. Although the format I used is aimed at having a great time I’m glad you learnt some useful tips about wine along the way. I hope to see you on another wine tasting event if you visit Shropshire again.
Written September 13, 2020
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Les G
Shropshire, UK87 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
This was our fifth wine tasting event and the second delivered by Gary. The feedback from the attendees has been excellent and I can only thank gary and Steve for a wonderful evening. The group learned so much and our session was delivered as an informative yet relaxed blind wine tasting. Matching the descriptions of the wine with our own sensory abilities proved far more successful than we anticipated . Gary was very friendly and respected the knowledge of those who had some previous experience of wine tasting and/or had already built some knowledge of such a fine art!. He was a very clear and informative presenter, kept the group engaged, and gave us some delicious wine to enjoy. Perfect!
Written October 24, 2018
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Thanks for your kind words, it was a fun evening for me too. I hope to see you all again soon.
Written October 28, 2018
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G M
Shropshire, UK147 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
I have studied for the WSET level 2 exam and spent 3 weekends learning about wine and tasting some fabulous wines. I met a group of fabulous people, all enjoying the experience and the days passed so quickly as we discussed and drank wine.
Our tutor, Gary, is extremely knowledgeable and has a wonderfully relaxed teaching style. For me, the highlight was Gary’s wine choices. I have been introduced to some cracking wines....I am a convert to Pinot Noir, have expanded my Zinfandel repertoire and I am loving Albariño and Gavi.
I truly hope I pass my exam so that I can join Gary for WSET 3. I can’t wait.
I cannot recommend the Shropshire Wine School and the WSET courses enough, you will definitely have fun and you will certainly learn a lot about wine.
Written December 16, 2019
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Thanks Gina, I'm very pleased that you enjoyed the course and of course you will know by now that you passed with flying colours, maintaining Shropshire Wine School's 100% record. More WSET events throughout the year, look out for the Level 3 course starting soon.
Written January 9, 2020
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