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.

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 tastings looking at wines in greater depth with some food and wine matching too.  Our WSET Level 2 students often ask for extra tastings to supplement the course, so we hope that these events will help satisfy demand.  This year the theme is Wine Rivers of France so hop into your kayak and explore!  Save these dates:

  • Thursday 21 March 2019 – Dordogne & Garonne (Bordeaux/SW France)
  • Thursday 23 May 2019 – Loire
  • Thursday 11 July 2019 – Rhin & Saone (Alsace & Burgundy)
  • Thursday 17 October 2019 – Rhone

Bookings via The Wine Shop Winscombe:

Nailsea wine lovers – if you want to do something similar in Nailsea let us know.  We have a fabulous venue at the Trinity Centre so it would be great to use it!

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!

Email Diana Lyalle at or ring/text her 07772055928.


GO ORANGE! Charity Wine Tasting – Friday 1 February 2019 – Trinity Centre, Church Lane, Nailsea

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Inspired by local charity Luke’s Army, Diana donned an orange wig, sunnies, orange nails and orange outfit to host a wine and cocktail tasting and quiz night on Go Orange Day to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK, fighting muscle wasting conditions.  The event SOLD OUT.  The tasting and raffle raised over £400.  Many thanks to Holy Trinity Church Nailsea, The Wine Shop Winscombe, Tout’s Budgens of Nailsea & Sutton Ridge Vineyard for their help and donations.