A local wine enthusiast is set to open the brand new Thames Valley Wine School for beginners and enthusiasts.
Alex Stevenson, who has spent the past 20 years in the hospitality and beverage industry, recently moved from London where he completed a WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) degree.
The WSET Certified Educator is looking forward to launching his first event in Reading and then branching out further to Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead.
Thames Valley Wine School is part of the growing Local Wine School family.
Alex said: “I have always been impressed with the local wine school as they were a competitor of mine and so I approached them about setting up a school in the area.
“I am excited to launch my first class in September and build the school to not only provide wine classes and education, but also to provide beer and spirits education.
“With Thames Valley Wine School, I will provide a fun, friendly and informal environment to help locals better understand their wine.”
Events taking place throughout Berkshire are said to allow people to experience some fantastic wines.
This will improve confidence when buying in stores and restaurants and will allow.
Sessions include food and wine pairing experiments with new discoveries from around the world.
So far there are 27 independent wine school franchises similar to this Thames Valley branch across the UK, offering a wide range of events.
The various courses will include evening introductory sessions to eight-week courses aimed at beginners and more experienced wine connoisseurs. Alex plans to start offering more specialty courses.
Chris Powell, owner of Local Wine School, said: “We are delighted to welcome Alex as the new franchisee for Thames Valley.
“His experience and knowledge make him an ideal candidate to lead wine courses and classes and we look forward to seeing the business grow.”
Entertainment will include the tasting of three whites and three reds where guests can learn about some of the major grape varieties, key winemaking techniques and which countries are best suited for wine production.
The first event is set to take place at The Corn Stores in Reading on Tuesday September 6, after which it will expand to Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead in the following months.