The Essential Wine School is a wine education provider, aimed at bringing both knowledge and pleasure to those interested in or working with wine, established in 2011 by wine professionals to provide high standard training and tasting at all levels.

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Well, it's hard work running a school like ours. We had to go and check the opening of Chapel Down's Wine Sanctuary - a custom built tasting and learning facility overlooking one of their vineyards.

Naturally, we took the opportunity of tasting three wines launched at the opening event from talented winemaker Josh Donaghay-Spire:
Kit's Coty Blanc de Blancs 2013,
Kit's Coty Coeur de Cuvée 2013 made from the heart of the first pressing - in the news as the first English wine retailing at £100 (worth it for that special occasion),
Kit's Coty Chardonnay 2014.
All superb, but this last was awarded "Best UK White Wine over £15" in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2016 and both Ted and I thought it compared very well indeed with a really good Burgundy. We'll be buying some for ourselves as well as sharing it in tastings!

The McAuley family who together run the friendly and well liked Wickham Bistro in Bexhill recently all sat - and passed - their first WSET Award in Wine. A great achievement, and surely the only restaurant where ALL the staff have a wine qualification?

Well done to Gavin James and Jo from Chapel Down with their WSET Level 3 Award in Wine certificates. A great outcome after the very demanding Level 3 examination.
Chapel Down, near Tenterden, supports and trains all their staff to give knowledgeable tours of their estate and winery. They are able to share their expertise with visitors from all over the world who come to this important English wine producer.

We were very proud to have been sponsors of the 950th anniversary year's 1066 Wine and Food Festival, showcasing all that is great about the food and wine offering here in 1066 Country, Sussex and Kent - the area where we provide training and guidance for those working with - or just enjoying - wine.

The Festival started with the opening by wine critic and TV presenter Jilly Goolden in historic Battle Abbey. There was also a very successful Food and Drink Fair in the De La Warr Pavilion, when more than a thousand people came to sample and buy; a lovely day. In all, a great celebration of the wine and food enjoyed in our part of Britain.

Ken presenting WSET Level 2 Award in Wine certificates and badges to Melissa Troth and Tess Eaton of the award winning Crown, All Saints Street, Hastings.

"What's missing in a lot of young chefs is wine knowledge." So said Michel Roux Jr in an interview in Decanter magazine. "They should engage more with it."

We couldn't agree more, and it's always worthwhile when we have chefs on our courses and we can together explore taste and flavours.

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