I’m thrilled to be celebrating 25 years in the world of wine: whilst it seems like yesterday that I was just starting out at London’s Lanesborough Hotel, after many years advising celebrities, politicians, members of our Royal Family and international heads of state as well as some time as a butler, I’m proud to be sharing a wealth of wine knowledge with you all today.
At wine school naturally everyone is welcome: wine novice or wine aficionado, an entertaining experience is waiting for all. We are proud to be impartial by not selling wine, so there are no nasty sales pitches at the end of your wine tasting with us.
I founded The Wine School of Cheshire to deliver entertainment, education and enjoyment of wine at every event and in 2015 we welcomed 1,971 guests including 912 at Marks and Spencer stores throughout the region. I’m incredibly proud that we have recently featured in both The Daily Mail, reaching its 1.4 million+ UK readers as well as Cheshire Life magazine. I continue to write for The Taster magazine and now for Chester.com too.
At every wine tasting you will enjoy an emphasis on food and wine pairing and at our premium venues such as Restaurant 1539 at Chester Racecourse you will enjoy a mouthwatering selection of dishes paired with my wine selection. I’m proud the welcome The Chester Grosvenor, our region’s leading luxury hotel with Michelin star chef Simon Radley, to our family of premium venues from autumn 2016.
From December 2016 I’m thrilled to welcome Café Arighi at the iconic Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield to our family of premium wine tasting venues. With kind permission of Nick Bianchi we’ll also be hosting our third annual Crohn’s & Colitis UK charity wine tasting evening at the store in January 2017.
Our corporate world of wine tastings continues to grow as we welcome AFEX, Azure Collection and Manchester Science Partnerships as new clients who join our existing corporate clients which include Marks & Spencer, Arighi Bianchi, Airbus and many more.
Do take a look around our website: you may find our frequently asked questions page useful and please do contact us if you’d like to know more.
I look forward to welcoming you personally to every wine tasting event we host in Cheshire along with Doug and Paul at selected tastings. Enjoy your visit and do stay a while to explore.
My very best wishes and Cin Cin!
Richard J Smith
Founder, The Wine School of Cheshire