I’m thrilled to be celebrating over 26 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. There are no projectors at wine school – our events are far away from the confines of a classroom or a day at the office. It’s all about enjoyable wine education, incredible food and a memorable experience for everyone.
I founded The Wine School of Cheshire to deliver entertainment, education and enjoyment of wine at every event. 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, The Cheshire Magazine, The Chester Chronicle and The Chester Standard. I continue to write in every issue of The Taster magazine and now for Chester.com too.
In July we were proud to work in partnership with The Royal Horticulural Society and The English Wine Producers for a second year, showcasing English and Welsh wines at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. I’m thrilled to confirm we will return to Tatton again next year. Our focus on English wine continues further into 2018 as we begin a very special relationship with The Gusbourne Estate: all our guests joining us for our signature Saturday wine schools in Chester will be welcomed to Restaurant 1539 with a glass of Gusbourne Brut Reserve!
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 to feature The Chester Grosvenor, our region’s leading luxury hotel with Michelin star chef Simon Radley, amongst our family of premium venues along with Arighi Bianchi Macclesfiled and The Tasting Room at Corks Out Alderley Edge and Knutsford.
We continue to update our technology wherever possible: we recently added e-tickets to our website and we now offer a live chat assistant during office hours with messaging available after hours and our wine tastings can now be shared easily with friends using our new Whatsapp Messenger share button.
Our corporate world of wine tastings continues to grow as we welcome ExxonMobil, and Eddie Stobart as new clients who join our existing corporate clients which include Marks & Spencer, AFEX, 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