img_0350Here are forthcoming courses and tastings we are involved in.  Why not book yourself a place and get more from your glasses of wine (and spirits too!).  You can bring family and friends, but many come on their own.  It’s a great way to make new friends and learn at the same time.

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Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Courses (via The Wine Shop Winscombe):

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

img_1110A one day course where you taste wines, pair them with food, learn your wine essentials and get a qualification from globally recognised wine and spirit educators WSET.  For trade and interested consumers alike, this is a fun way to learn what you need to know about wine.  There is a multiple choice exam at the end but you will be taught what you need to know to pass it on the course.  Unlike other versions of this course on offer, ours has the benefit of a gorgeous venue, free and easy parking, and a tasty lunch.  Sometimes bought as a gift experience, no knowledge of wine is needed.

Cost: £150

Next date: Sunday 10 February 2019

Venue: The Railway Inn, Sandford, Somerset

Tutor: Diana Lyalle BA (Oxon) DipWSET

To find out more and/or to book please click here:

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits

img_1106This course has two possible formats; 8 two hour evening sessions, or 3 days, plus at least 12 hours of home study.  You taste at least 30 wines, and learn about a wide range of wines from around the world focusing on the main grape varieties – both international superstars such as sauvignon blanc, and regional classics such as sangiovese.  You find out why wine styles and flavours vary so much, and learn the essential types and styles including sparkling and fortified (e.g. sherry and port) wines.  You are also introduced to the world of spirits (until August 2019 only – WSET has now created separate spirits courses).  No prior knowledge of wine is needed, but non-trade students usually benefit from taking Level 1 beforehand.  Despite lots of tasting, there is no tasting exam – only a multiple choice exam at the end.  Depending on the format and student numbers, courses are run either at The Wine Shop Winscombe and/or The Railway Inn Sandford.  Our last cohort of students all got merit or distinction and we have a 100% pass rate.

Cost: £325

Next date: Sundays 17, 24 & 31 March 2019 (3 day format with lunch)

Venue: The Railway Inn, Sandford, Somerset

Tutor: Diana Lyalle BA (Oxon) DipWSET

To find out more and/or to book please click here:

West of England Wine School WSET Awards in Wines Levels 1, 2 & 3

Diana also lectures for the above in Bristol.  For details please contact West of England Wine School directly.  The next programme is in Spring 2019.

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GO ORANGE! Charity Wine Tasting – Friday 1 February 2019 – Trinity Centre, Church Lane, Nailsea Tickets £20 (in advance only)

Inspired by local charity Luke’s Army, we are proudly going orange as part of the Go Orange appeal to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK, fighting muscle wasting conditions.

So for Orange Day, which is Friday 1 February 2019, we are embracing the “summer in winter vibe” by donning sunnies and orange attire and putting on a wine tasting to celebrate the brightest day of the year!  And we’re not just tasting wine – there will be a mid tasting quiz during which you can enjoy a scrumptious “orange” cocktail!  If that isn’t enough excitement, we will also be raffling a fantastic hamper kindly donated by The Wine Shop Wincombe!  Orange attire and sunnies for guests is of course optional 🙂 All proceeds will go to Luke’s Army.  It’s fun to fundraise!

Many thanks to all at Holy Trinity Church Nailsea for their help with this event.


4 WEEK COURSE: “Wine Rivers of France” – Trinity House, Church Lane, Nailsea – Mondays 4/11/18/25 February 2019 7-9pm £95

Get your kayak out for a 4 week excursion – we’re off to explore France’s wine rivers!  In addition to tasting the wines of the regions, you will learn a bit of history, geography, agriculture, and even a bit of science!  The rivers we will explore are the Loire, the Dordogne and Garonne (Bordeaux), the Rhin and Saône (Alsace and Burgundy) and the Rhône.  No exams – although there might be a cheeky quiz to make sure you were listening and a “certificate” at the end.  We recommend that you bring along a bottle of water and something to cleanse your palate e.g. water biscuits.  The course fee includes:

  • Powerpoint presentations by Diana Lyalle DipWSET with relevant handouts
  • Tutored tasting of at least 6 wines each week with tasting notes
  • Use of ISO tasting glasses
  • Use of laminated tasting mat
  • Use of spittoons
  • Free parking

For more details and/or to book please email Diana Lyalle on or ring/text her on 07772055928.  Or message Diana via Facebook (Wine Time Events), Twitter (@winetimedi)  or Instagram (@winetimedi).

Gift vouchers are available – let us know if you are buying the course as a gift when booking so we can send you a gift voucher.

The Wine Shop Winscombe – Woodborough Road, Winscombe

As part of their busy wine and spirits tasting schedule for 2019, we will be involved in a new and exciting set of Wine Shop Tasting Explorer tastings looking at wine tasting technique and (and food – yum!) in greater depth.  Our WSET Level 2 students often ask for extra tastings to supplement the course, so we hope that these events will satisfy demand.  Save these dates:

  • Thursday 21 March 2019
  • Thursday 23 May 2019
  • Thursday 11 July 2019
  • Thursday 12 September 2019 (as part of WSET Wine Educator Week)
  • Thursday 17 October 2019

Nailsea wine lovers – if you want to do something similar in Nailsea let us know!!

Wine & Tapas at Coates House, Nailsea

We have trialled a wine and tapas tasting evening in partnership with Alastair and his team at Coates House, your friendly neighbourhood cafe bar in the heart of Nailsea, and plan to run more of these when time permits.  If you would like to be notified of future events, please email Diana Lyalle on or ring/text her on 07772055928.  Please do suggest themes you would like to explore!

Future wine courses in/around Nailsea

We are planning to roll out more 4 week courses for Nailsea’s wine and spirit lovers according to demand.  So  – what do you want to learn about?  We love learning too, so tell us what you want to know and we will see what we can do.  Better still get your friends and family on board and tailor a course to suit your needs.  If you have a holiday home abroad or are planning a trip let us know – maybe we can arrange a themed event to get you in the holiday mood!  We love spirits too so let us know if you want to know more about them.

Email Diana Lyalle at or ring/text her 07772055928.