• 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?

  • 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

  • We Sponsor Forever Bury Beer Festival Ale

    Northern Wine School is proud to be associated with this year's annual Forever Bury Beer Festival. The 2018 festival takes place from 10th. - 12th. May at Bury FC Social Club, Gigg Lane, Bury and is open from 11.00am 'til 11.00pm.  The chosen charity supported will be the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity. Come along, there is something for all the family.  

    We are sponsoring a local pale ale from Brewsmith's of Ramsbottom. This great ale has "Big floral aroma, medium body and long, bitter finish." Made using Motueka, Calypso and Simcoe hops. The malts used are LC Maris Otter, Wheat Malt, Caramalt and Crystal, producing a 4.2% ABV beer.

    We're sponsoring the pale ale at Forever Bury Beer Festival 2018

    We're sponsoring the pale ale at Forever Bury Beer Festival 2018

  • Announcing Sake Courses in The North West

    John Callow of Northern Wine School and the founders of The Sake Sommelier Association

    After a week of intensive study in London, John successfully passed the Certified Sake Sommelier examination. He was awarded his certificate in March ,and is now able to teach the Introductory Sake Sommelier Course.

    He has plans to hold Sake tasting events and teach students who wish to gain formal qualifications.

    Northern Wine School will be the first licensed to teach this qualification in the UK, outside London.

    I recently discovered the joys and complexity of sake, and its amazing ability to pair with a wide range of foods from every culture. Having been involved in wines and spirits education for several years adding sake to our portfolio seems a natural progression.

    John Callow Presented with Sake Certificate by Kumiko Ohta and Xavier Chapelou

    John Callow Presented with Sake Certificate by Kumiko Ohta and Xavier Chapelou

    There has been an increased appetite for Japanese, Chinese and Asian food, with the expansion of many such restaurants in The North West. John feels strongly that the region is ready to learn more about this wonderful drink.

  • Manchester Gin Festival 2018

    ​It's that time of year again. Manchester Gin Festival 2018 is here at Victoria Baths Hathersage Rd, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester M13 0FE. From Friday 23rd. of March 'til Sunday 25th. March

    A Gin Festival is defined by top craft gins, tasty food, fantastic music, entertainment and you lot! We love meeting you at our events, magnificent people that you are. To make our events extra special, we also bring gin companies with samples for you to try and the distillers to answer all your questions. Plus we have exclusive gins from the UK and around the world. Get a sneak peek with our short video and book your ticket today!

    ​Video summary of last year's event:

    Setting up for Gin Tasting at The Castlefield Hotel, Manchester

    Setting up for Gin Tasting at The Castlefield Hotel, Manchester