• Northern Wine School Gift Guide

    ​Welcome to The Northern Wine School Gift Guide! Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are done and dusted & you still haven't got those important presents for special people? We have some inspiration for you. Here are some ideas we've gathered together to make buying for your loved ones so much easier.

    Experiences are remembered long after The Festivities are over.

    Manchester Wine Tasting Gifts

    Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers

    Great for budding wine enthusiasts to start them out on their wine tasting journey. One of our most popular gift ideas and a sure fire winner.

    ​The classic match made in heaven What could be a better gift for wine and cheese lovers? There are several versions of this delicious event for them to choose from-all using the same voucher!

    ​Super treat for steak and red wine lovers. Rounded off with a cheese board in Malmaison's private dining room-The Ember Lounge.

    ​The ultimate wine tasting, 10 fantastic wines with three delicious courses. Followed by tea and coffee in Malmaison's private dining room. An indulgent day learning about wine and food matching.

    Gift Ideas for Gin Lovers

    ​The drink of the moment! A chance to taste six craft gins and experiment with mixers, botanicals and garnishes. Always a lively fun evening.

    ​New for 2019 we've added a taste of luxury to our famous gin tasting by including a delicious afternoon tea at Malmaison. An indulgent treat for gin lovers!

    Gift​ Idea-Let Them Choose

    ​This option offers the choice of a wide range of events. Currently these include:

    • All wine and cheese options
    • Gin Tastings
    • Whisky Tasting
    • Charcuterie and Wine Tasting

    In fact any £30 event from our calendar

  • Meet the Gin Makers – Four Sisters Distillery

    ​We Welcomed Lucy & Hayley last Friday ​

    Two of the famous sisters from Sis4er's Distillery, Salford came along to our packed gin tasting on November 9th. They gave an entertaining presentation about the eleven siblings and their transformation into brewers and distillers. A model of the distillery's copper still, called Arabella was on display. "Frederica" the still used to make all their gin is named after their parents ​and was specially built in Portugal.

    4 Sisters Gin Manchester Telling their Story

    4 Sisters Gin Manchester Telling their Story

    Strawberry Gin "Star of the Show"

    Their Strawberry Gin went down a storm as the star of the show. The guests explored the botanicals used to make  the drink and samples were passed round. The signature ingredients are blueberries, strawberries and mastiche. Then everyone enjoyed a full measure with fresh strawberries, a slice of lime and premium tonic.

    This treat was followed by the tasting of five contrasting gins with lots of mixers and garnishes to experiment with.

    Gin Lineup 4 Sisters Gin

    Gin Lineup 4 Sisters Gin

    A Taste of What's to Come

    Guests were given the opportunity to taste their original gin and the new Lemon and Thyme flavour. The Lemon and Thyme was really popular. The sisters also announced they have a new Passion Fruit flavour coming later this year. Unfortunately it wasn't quite ready for tasting yet.

    4 Sisters Gin - Lucy Explains the Workings of a Gin Still

    4 Sisters Gin - Lucy Explains the Workings of a Gin Still

    ​Thanks Hayley & Lucy

    Everyone loved the evening so we look forward  to seeing you again at one of our tastings in the new year! Maybe they'll have more surprises in store for us?

  • First Sake Sommelier Students Graduate in Manchester

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    First Sake Sommelier Students Graduate in Manchester

    Congratulations to the first group of North West students who successfully passed the “Introductory Sake Professional Course”. Northern Wine School is the first Approved Programme Provider licensed to teach this qualification in the UK, outside of London.

    John Callow DipWSET lead educator at Northern Wine School hosted this ground-breaking course.

    Many people assume that they should only drink Sake with Japanese food. I really enjoy dispelling this myth by demonstrating the drink’s amazing versatility. Sake has the ability to pair with a wide range of foods from every culture.”

    He is so committed to education in this field, that he is travelling to Japan in February next year to take the Advanced Sake Sommelier Course. This will allow him to offer more intensive sake education and become one of the most highly qualified teachers in the country. The next Manchester course is on March 8th 2019 after his return.

    Sake is in decline in Japan, so brewers are increasingly looking to international markets. Although still niche, Sake is showing impressive growth in the UK against strong competition from gin and other popular beverages. Younger drinkers are searching out more unique offerings with heritage. Sake’s versatility with food, reasonable prices in comparison to fine wines and ability to mix well in a wide range of cocktails is appealing.

    The availability of Japanese rice wine from different breweries with their variety of styles is expanding rapidly. Increasingly restaurants, prestigious wine merchants and up-market department stores, such as Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, are offering more and more product lines.

    The Sake Sommelier Association aims to promote the history, culture and traditions of this wonderful and diverse beverage around the world. They want to show that Sake compares favourably to wines and spirits and is compatible with a wide range of cuisines.

    ENDS

    FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

    John Callow T. 0161 883 1278 E- info@northernwineschool.co.uk

    Web. https://www.northernwineschool.co.uk

    NOTES TO THE EDITOR:

    The Sake Sommelier Association

    Press Release and Pictures

    Kanpai - Cheers
  • Wine Folly Magnum Edition Master Guide Review

    John Opens his Early Christmas Present!

    See all the goodies inside John's early present to himself. There is a lot more in the box than the book of course. Watch the video to see what else you get with The Wine Folly Magnum Edition Master Guide.

  • Introductory Sake Professional Course-First in North West

    Congratulations to our first Sake Sommelier Association Students!

    Congratulations to the first ever Sake Sommelier Association graduates in Manchester. John Callow DipWSET, owner and Lead Educator, recently held the launch in The Rain Bar Boardroom on the 6th October. Northern Wine School is the first Approved Programme Provider to teach them in the UK, outside of London. The next course is on March 8th. 2019. See details for our Sake courses and tastings in Manchester.

    You can see more about The Sake Sommelier Association and its work by visiting their website.

    Sake is a growing segment of the alcoholic drinks market in the UK, and the availability of different breweries and styles has never been better. Capitalising on consumers looking for something a bit different, and with an eye to heritage and quality.

    Increasingly, prestigious wine merchants and upmarket department stores like Selfridges, Harrods, Fortnum and Mason and Harvey Nichols are stocking an ever growing range. More than just Japanese restaurants are adding Sake to their lists as well.

    The Sake Sommelier Association aim to promote the history, culture and traditions of this wonderful and diverse beverage around the world. They want to show that it can match the complexities of fine wines and spirits, yet is much more versatile with a wide range of cuisines from different cultures.

    Sake Sommelier Association-Introduction to Sake, Manchester

    Sake Sommelier Association-Introduction to Sake, Manchester

  • John Appointed Judge for Glass of Bubbly Awards

    Northern Wine School's John Callow DipWSET has been appointed a judge for the prestigious Glass of Bubbly Awards 2018. Sommeliers, Chefs, Wine Writers, Master of Wines are among the other judges in London this September. We are proud that John is being asked to judge "The World's Finest Glass of Bubbly"

    Judging days are to be the 4th. and 5th. September. Last year's winner was Champagne Deutz 2010 Blanc de Blancs.

    Northern Wine School's John Callow DipWSET. One of The Glass of Bubbly Judges 2018

    Northern Wine School's John Callow DipWSET. One of The Glass of Bubbly Judges 2018