Woking Academy

First sip: Wine tasting evening

Don't know where to start when it comes to wine? Then join us for a relaxing evening to chat all things red, white and beyond! We'll help you learn how to taste, how to pair with food and find out exactly what you like. We know you'll leave inspired and confident to carry on your own wine journeys at home. 


What to expect

Our Wine Tasting Evenings are for anyone and everyone who enjoys wine! From your first sip as a beginner to deep-dives into particular grapes and growers, our interactive tasting evenings will help you discover a bit more about what goes into every bottle, and more importantly, a bit more about what you really like. 

The world of wine is so huge, there are sometimes too many choices and it can be difficult to know where to start when looking at a wine list or shop display. Our team are here to help you break down those fears and learn to look at wine in a more approachable way.

You'll join us in the stunning Academy Demonstration Kitchen for an intimate tasting experience. Our team will lead you in tasting a couple of different red and white wines and explain the different flavour profiles you might find. 

Our chef team are also on hand to provide some edible tasters as well - ingredients, nibbles or small dishes that enhance or contrast the wines. 

You'll end with new knowledge, and possibly some new friends and fellow wine-drinkers as well! 

Class details

Class starts: 6.30pm, arrive anytime from 6pm to check in at reception

Class finishes: 8pm, stay and chat to fellow guests or pop down to Street Burger for dinner

Class size: Maximum 10-12 guests (must be aged 18+)

Typical topics and tastings (exact wines, themes and dishes will vary, so we might surprise you!):

  • Introduction to wine - setting the scene
  • How to taste - it may sound simple, but there's an art to really tasting all those incredible flavours!
  • Tasting and discussion of several different wines (red and white) - background on the grape and type of wine, what makes it different, what you should be tasting and similar wines you might like
  • Food and wine tasting - a few ingredients and light bites to compare and contrast with the wines and how you might approach food and wine pairings

What’s included

  • Interactive discussion and tastings with our chefs and experts
  • Opportunity to ask questions and chat with fellow guests
  • Tastings of several different wines in different styles
  •  Light bites to accompany the wines
  • Recommendations and tips on choosing wines