• Champagne Bureau Masterclass at Sheffield Hallam University

    The Champagne Bureau

    The CIVC (Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne) is a semi autonomous official body that looks after the interests of the thousands of Champagne vine growers and wine makers. It has several responsibilities, the most (in)famous perhaps being its fierce legal protection of Champagne’s status as a protected designation of origin product. However, much more of its work is dedicated to important factors such as innovation and world-wide education about the region’s wines.

    The have several offices (Bureaux) around the world. The UK arm kindly invites Northern Wine School to run educational workshops on their behalf to Hospitality and Business students studying at various universities in the North of the country. 

    Many of these students will be involved in hotels, bars and restaurants in their future careers. These are individuals who will go on to encounter Champagne, no matter what role in the industry they take.

    Champagne is a Unique Product

     The idea is to give students an important overview of the region, its wines and production methods to show them first hand, what makes Champagne so unique. Most importantly of all, it reinforces that Champagne can only come from Champagne, in France.

    John Teaching Champagne Bureau Masterclass at Sheffield Hallam University

    John Teaching Champagne Bureau Masterclass at Sheffield Hallam University

    Tasting Glasses Waiting to be Filled Courtesy of The Champagne Bureau

    Tasting Glasses Waiting to be Filled Courtesy of The Champagne Bureau

    Champagne Selection-a Fine Choice!

    Champagne Selection-a Fine Choice!

    Sheffield Hallam University

    On Monday the 12th February, John was invited to the Business and Hospitality School at Sheffield Hallam University. Right in the heart of the city, a short walk from the main train station, they are based in the Owen Building on the 12th floor. the Masterclass was to be hosted in the impressive surroundings of a room that is used to create a mock up of a real working restaurant environment. It had EPOS tills, a full bar, barista style coffee machines and a full working catering scale kitchen attached at the back.

    Attendees were able to sample the five main styles of wines as part of the presentation courtesy of The Champagne Bureau. The exact labels vary with each tasting, as they are donated by the producers. The point is to explore the region and its wines in general, rather than emphasis on specific houses’ styles. Everyone gets to taste ‘Non-Vintage’, rosé, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs and vintage Champagnes. Attendees are guided through how they are different, the best service techniques, glassware and suggested food pairings for each.

  • Certified Wine Trainer Course, Jerez 2017

    ​John Gains Sherry Qualification

    John attended this course for wine educators in Jerez, October 2017. The course consisted of an intensive 3 day series of lectures, tastings and visits to vineyards, wineries and Bodegas. After a testing exam, including a tricky blind tasting element, he was awarded the coveted Sherry Educator Award by The President of The Consejo Regulador, Beltran Domecq.

    The Training Room of the Regulatory Council regularly organizes courses and seminars of different duration and contents. In some cases they are specially designed for very specific professional groups, such as wine educators  & sommeliers. In all cases, the Training Room offers certificates of approval or assistance.

    John Receiving his Certified Sherry Educator Award

    John Receiving his Certified Sherry Educator Award

    Successful Students with Consejo Regulador President Beltran Domeeq

    Successful Students with Consejo Regulador President Beltran Domecq

    ​Sherry Educator, Jerez Gallery

  • Wine Accessories

    Elite Wine Refrigeration

    The UK's only specialist online wine cooler and cabinet retailer. Boasts a wide selection of manufacturers and designs, both built in and freestanding. Free UK mainland delivery.


    Coravin allows you to pour your favorite wine by the glass, without pulling the cork. Preserve your wine using its unique, patented blanketing system that uses a fine needle and insoluble inert gas to keep the seal in tact. Now comes with an accessory that works with screwcap wines.

    Le Creuset Wine Accessories

    Fabulous gift ideas for any wine lover from aerators, bottle stoppers and pourers to slick cooler sleeves and bottle openers. All come in an array of colours that match their pan and kitchenwear ranges. 


    UK online wine accessory retailer. Specialists in a huge range of wine racks, unique wine themed gifts, glasses and accessories. Offers bespoke wine rack installation. 

  • Businessman starts local wine school

    John founds Northern Wine School

    A local entrepreneur from Hollins, Bury, Greater Manchester with a passion for wine is to launch his new wine school with a fundraiser for Bury Hospice.

    John Callow, aged 28, has set up The Northern Wine School determined to share his love of the subject and to take the snobbery out of wine tasting. The school will run friendly informal events open to everyone who enjoys wine and wants to learn more. The first event takes place at The Elizabethan Suite, Bury on September 18th.with all proceeds going to support Bury Hospice.JohnPressRel

    The ex Castlebrook High School and Holy Cross student studied Ecology at Leeds University gaining an MSc in Biodiversity. However his interest in wine led him to a career with a national wine merchant chain obtaining Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications along the way. He is currently studying for The Wine Diploma with the Trust, which is their flagship qualification, recognised throughout the world.

    “What I loved most about the job was advising customers about their wine choices and running sessions for clients wanting to hold special tasting evenings. Opening my own Wine School enables me to devote all my time to this most rewarding aspect of the trade.”

    The business will serve customers in Bury, Bolton and Manchester initially, with plans to expand across the north of England. Suitable venues in other areas are being assessed. Good transport links are essential of course, as is a pleasant welcoming atmosphere. The school does not sell wine, so is able to recommend impartially, carefully selecting wines which are readily available and good value. All courses and tastings focus on enjoying wine and learning more, in a relaxed atmosphere with like-minded people.

    It is important to John that the school demystifies the world of wine. Current advice is often stuffy and confusing, with intimidating experts telling you what you should drink. He feels that people should drink what they like, rather than what others tell them they should enjoy.

    “Our website has been the most difficult part of setting up the company. We wanted to be sure that all our booking and payment systems worked perfectly before going live.”

    John jokes “Mine must be the only school starting in September where pupils are looking forward to their first day.”

  • Searching For Suitable Wine Tasting Venues in the North West

    We are looking for suitable venues in the North Manchester area. They need to be licensed premises with a function/meeting room which will seat at least 12 people but preferably up to 20, in the “the U-shaped format” or possibly “boardroom” style. The wine tastings will take place on weekday evenings and would be on a regular basis throughout the year. Close proximity to excellent transport links is highly desirable. Please contact us via our Contact Page if you have any suggestions.
    Thank You,