john-callow

How did we get started?

The Northern Wine School Story

I was working for a major wine merchant. Part of my job was to run tasting events ~ this was the part of it I loved.

But there just wasn’t enough time for me to really share my love of wine with others. Then at a tasting event I had a “light bulb moment” A guest said “You should do this all the time-you obviously relish sharing your love and knowledge about wine”.

The next day Northern Wine School was born.​ Within weeks of having the idea I had left my job and the school was my full time passion.

John Callow DipWSET FWS

WINE & CHEESE
TASTING

£35pp. One of our most popular events. Book early!

SATURDAY 3 COURSE GOURMET LUNCH WINE TASTING

£85pp. Indulgent day in Malmaison’s private dining room.

GIN
TASTING

£35pp. The drink of the moment. Try a range of celebrated gins with lots of garnishes & mixers.

SAKE SOMMELIER
COURSE

£55pp. First outside London! Lovely hand signed certificate on completion.

SEE ALL
OUR EVENTS

See all our Manchester wine, gin & whisky events in date order on our main events page.

Northern Wine School Tastings

Wine Tasting Manchester

You will not feel you have to buy anything. We do not sell wine.
Our tastings centrally located, with good transport links.
You can meet new friends who share your interest in wine.
Learn from fellow tasters. Beginners and enthusiasts all welcome!
Discover great value wines and where to buy them.
Suitable for beginners and budding enthusiasts alike.
John, your WSET Diploma qualified host, is enthusiastic and knowledgeable but not stuffy.
You will have a really enjoyable evening tasting delicious wine.

Do I Have to Spit?

The short answer is no. Professional tasters do because they wouldn’t be able to taste many wines at a time if they swallowed all of them. You are provided with spittoons at all of our events. Whether you use them is entirely up to you. As you are advised not to drive, but to use public transport, then drinking and driving is not an issue.

Any Other Things to Bear in Mind?

Because the sense of smell is so important in your enjoyment of our events this means:

Smoking and Vaping are to be avoided. Their strong aromas can affect others’ and your appreciation of the wines & spirits.
Avoid applying any strong scents, such as perfume, after shave and hairsprays for example. These would all interfere with your ability to smell the wines and also that of your fellow tasters..

Where Do I start?
Explore all our available events on the All Courses page

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Regular Wine & Gin Tasting Manchester Events in the City Centre

Come to one of our regular ticketed wine tasting Manchester courses in the city centre, or perhaps have us organise your private party for friends or work colleagues. Want to buy a gift? Browse our full range of GIFT VOUCHERS, you’re sure to find just the right present for someone special. They can pick their own date, with a full year to redeem.

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Where Does Northern Wine School Hold Events?

We hold our events in the centre of the city. At the moment we use two major venues for our Manchester courses. These are Malmaison, Piccadilly and The Castlefield Hotel on Liverpool Road.

Many of our ​gin and cheese & wine tastings are held at The Castlefield Hotel. ​Steak and red wine, Saturday wine tasting lunch and gin with afternoon tea, are at Malmaison.

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What Courses Are Available?

You can enjoy a whole range of tastings with us: Have a look at the All Tasting Events Page to see what’s available in Manchester

Our Manchester events are great fun whether you are a beginner or seasoned enthusiast! You can enjoy one of our regular ticketed ​in the city centre, or perhaps have us organise your private party for friends or work colleagues.

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You Will Find Our Wine Tasting Events Great Value

Taste​ at least six different wines or gins at all our events.
Try samples you may not have bought yourself.
Learn where to buy your wine & get the best value.
No pressure to buy wine or gin-We don’t sell them!

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John is Here To Rescue You From
The Dreaded ``Wine Snob``

​Cheese and Wine, Gin Tasting with Afternoon Tea, Steak and Red Wine, Saturday Lunch with Food & Wine Matching
No matter what type of wine you prefer discover some hidden gems and new favourites.
You will benefit from your new discoveries. Feel more confident with your wine store and restaurant choices.
So browse our wine tastings now:

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How to Choose Your Perfect Wine Tasting

Enjoy our fun and informal ​events.
You don’t need to know a lot about wine. Just to enjoy it.
Experienced or a “Newbie” – everyone is welcome.
Benefit from John’s trade know how & WSET qualifications.

Northern Wine School Invites You To

Explore the Wonderful World of Wine, Gin, Sake & Whisky Tasting

Come to one of our regular ticketed wine tasting Manchester courses in the city centre, or perhaps have us organise your private party for friends or work colleagues. Want to buy a gift? Browse our full range of GIFT VOUCHERS, you’re sure to find just the right present for someone special. They can pick their own date, with a full year to redeem.

Explore

The Wonderful World of Wine, Gin, Sake & Whisky Tasting