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Thames Valley Wine School

25B Friar Street | Novotel, Reading City Centre, Reading RG1 1DP, England
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If you like or love wine, this event is made for you!

I joked to host Phill Hood that tasting six different champagnes and sparkling wines in two hours... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Beelzebubblensqueak
Nice wine but poor wine knowledge

I treated a friend to a wine and cheese evening at the Novotel in Reading for her birthday. Not the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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We provide wine tastings and wine courses across Reading, Windsor, Berkshire, Marlow and Maidenhead. There are a wide variety of choices available, from one-off tastings to longer courses which cover wine in greater depth. Our events are held in relaxed surroundings, and are for people from all walks of life who wish to get more out of their glass. No previous tasting experience is required!
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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25B Friar Street | Novotel, Reading City Centre, Reading RG1 1DP, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I joked to host Phill Hood that tasting six different champagnes and sparkling wines in two hours was akin to 'speed graping' - but this does a disservice to a most enjoyable, well-structured and, above all, informative evening by the Thames Valley Wine School at...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I treated a friend to a wine and cheese evening at the Novotel in Reading for her birthday. Not the most atmospheric of venues, but I thought we could get over that if the tasting was interesting. Sadly it wasn’t. We tried 7 different wines...More

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Phill H, Owner at Thames Valley Wine School, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear experience_things Thank you for posting and I am saddened to get this feedback. I agree it wasn’t the best night and I too came away feeling frustrated. Please accept my apologies for what seems a wasted evening for you both. Firstly the beginning of...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

A most enjoyable and informative 8 week wine tasting experience. Educational without being overwhelming. Good precursor to WSET level 2+ courses.Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Organised by The Thames Valley Wine School, the full day wine tasting course was full of wine! Entertaining and enlightening it was informal and fun. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it especially in the Sir Christopher Wren. Hosted by Phill Hood who opened the day...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2018

Great course, would recommend it to anybody who wants to start or continue on their wine journey to better understanding wine. Hotel location was also good and lunch as expected for a good hotel.

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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

We were a group of friends with mixed experience - some who have a taste for good wine, some more old world than new world. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day. Philip had an easy manner but real knowledge and enthusiasm. We are hoping to...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Great introduction to wine course. Suitable for all (friends, couples, singles). Light hearted, yet full of content and lots of great wines tasted from all over the world. Would highly recommend.

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Thank Caroline H
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Absolutely loved the wine course given by Phil at the Christopher Wren Hotel in Windsor last weekend. The course was pitched at exactly the right level, delivered in a friendly way and I learnt (and drank) a lot. Covering a good selection of both red...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Our family arranged a day's wine-tasting with the Thames Valley Wine School as a birthday present for my wife. The whole day run by Phill in a hotel in Windsor was excellent. Not only was it very informative - we learnt a lot, and the...More

Thank Christopher M
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

We have just finished the 4 week New World wine course. We booked after doing the 1 day wine tasting course in Windsor which was great fun. The 4 week course was great, each week we tasted 7 wines, from NZ & Australia, Chile &...More

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Larry K
26 October 2017|
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Response from Phill H | Property representative |
Hi Larry - thanks for the note - our single evening tastings begin from £25 - full details can be found on our website
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