Here are some of the comments customers have made about our wine tutor Cecile and about the various wine tastings run by Hampshire Wine School:
"We had Cecile from the Hampshire Wine School host one of our Charity events for us at the Casino in September, long gone are the days of stuffy boring tastings! Cecile was informative yet fun and kept the audience engaged througout, all of our guests thouroughly enjoyed their evening, sampling some fantastic wines and canapes and all left learning something useful, never will we look at a wine list in the same way again! :-) " (Danielle, Sales and Events Manager, Grosvenor Casino Southampton, Sept. 2012)
"A very welcoming experience; presentation was wonderful; a little fireball, loved her!" (Kayleigh, Sept. 2012)
"Exciting presentation; fun and enjoyable. Many thanks." (Stuart, Sept. 2012)
"The teacher was excellent and really knowledgeable" (Lyndsey, Sept. 2012)
"My friend is training to be a sommelier ... after tonight, I may just join him!" (James, Sept. 2012)
"I enjoyed the evening and was very pleased to have my thoughts changed on white wines" (Francis, Sept. 2012)
"A very interesting, fun and informative evening." (Carole, Sept. 2012)
"Thank you so much for the wine tasting event on Saturday evening - a great sucess!!" (Alison, Church Fundraising Event, Nov. 2012)
"Thank you so much for the Champagne Tasting sessions that you so skillfully carried out for our 15th Anniversary celebrations. We have had many messages of thanks from our clients and professional connections who all thoroughly enjoyed it." (Pat, Director, Retirement and Investment Solutions, Nov. 2012)
"Thanks again for our event last night. We just broke for lunch and the team are still talking about what they have learned! I've had to google gooseberry and all sorts for them! Rest assured we will be singing your praises back at the office, and recommending your sessions!" (Karen, PA to Group HR Director and Group Communications Director, Inchcape Management (Services) Ltd, Nov. 2012)
"My boyfriend and I attended our first wine tasting experience on Friday night in Southampton with you (Bordeaux Vs New World). Just wanted to say we had a great evening and thoroughly enjoyed it. Was very informative and I would recommend it to anyone! I'm a self employed financial adviser and in the future when I have client events, I will be in touch. Merci!" (Nicole, Feb. 2013)
"Best birthday present for my daughter I've ever bought! Fantastic day - learnt so much about some wonderful wines. Delivered with so much passion - it was infectious!" (Kevin and daughter Jemma, Feb. 2013)
"It was a fun night and I actually managed to learn something about wine for a change!" (Beejal, Jan. 2014)
"We really enjoyed Friday night's presentation and tasting at Westgate Inn. You made it so much fun with your passion for the subject, energy and flare. We will recommend you and hope to be part of another tasting in the future. (Hugh + Clare, Dec. 2015)
We have joined forces with Marks and Spencer to offer their customers some fun Wine Tastings, whilst training their staff in-store, for your own wine pleasure. Read more about this exciting collaboration in Harpers Magazine.
"A big thank you for the wine tasting evening. Here is some customer feedback for you. Very informative. You are very professional and knowledgeable. Many first time visitors to the evening can not wait for another evening it was so good! The choice of wine tasted in conjunction with the cheese and other foods was inspirational and has given the customers great ideas. We look forward to our next evening!" (Maureen Tallon, Food & Drink Manager, Marks & Spencer Chichester).
ABOUT OUR SATURDAY WINE COURSE WITH LUNCH AND CHAMPAGNE (11am-4pm): "We had the best day on Saturday and learned so much! The venue was lovely with delicious food – you really helped us all become friends very quickly – I will certainly recommend you to my friends and family." (Rosie, Jan. 2014)
ABOUT OUR 8-WEEK COURSE: "I booked onto the 8-week course for my partner and I, as I thought it would be just a bit of fun. It has however completely revolutionised the way we buy, drink and experience wine.......and it was fun as well ! The 8-week course was informative, relaxed and exciting, and I would recommend anyone to do this great introduction to wine. Be warned, it will leave you wanting more....but that's fine, as there are plenty more different short-term courses to do, to add to your repertoire. Cecile is a great teacher and host for the evening. This course will not disappoint." (Helen, April 2013)
"I believe your enthusiasm and love for wine and the industry shines out and makes you a very talented tutor. Your blend of theory (terroir, demographics, history) and the actual tasting make for a wonderful two hours which passes so quickly and I feel my understanding and enjoyment of world wines has improved several levels. Thank you." (Ian, June 2013)
"The past 8 weeks have been so enjoyable, entertaining and educational and your presentation excellent. So thank you for the past 8 weeks and I look forward to the next course!" (Tony B, March 2014)
ABOUT OUR 4-WEEK COURSE: "Your organisation has been absolutely superb and I've loved every session!" (Ken, April 2013)
"We cannot thank you enough for such a fantastic event yesterday. It was exciting and educational and loved by all! Given the chance we would all do it again tomorrow." (Stephanie, Brooks Macdonald Asset Management, May 2013)
"Jo and I attended your course along with our friends two weeks ago. It was a very enjoyable and informative day. Thank you for a most energetic and interesting lecture. We had fun and learnt a lot!" (Steve M, September 2013)
"Thank you so much for bringing your extensive knowledge (and wine) to our team day yesterday! It really added an extra dimension and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone." (Imogene Lawrence, ERA UK, October 2013)
"We joined you back in the summer for a very enjoyable afternoon in Southampton. We are members of our village social committee and have been 'singing your praises' so much so that we were considering organising a village wine taste next year!" (Alex H, October 2013)
"Arriving at the Saturday ‘Introduction to Wine’ day with absolutely no knowledge of wines, and an instinct to choose a wine by the animal on the label seemed a little daunting. However, Cecile managed to make a small group of us, with a wide age range and either some or zero knowledge of wines, to feel comfortable and more confident. I never had a chance to let my mind wander because Cecile was fun loving and cheeky with an enthusiasm for wine that was infectious. She proved herself to be very approachable, articulate, considerate, the opposite of pretentious and no-one was made to feel awkward at asking simple questions. We all learnt something new and everyone came away with useful information as Cecile’s vast reserves of knowledge flowed like good wine." (Joanne Sweet, November 2013)
"Just wanted to say thank you so much! It is rare to find someone with such excellent customer service, and so nice! :)" (Will M, March 2014)
"Many thanks for a brilliant day on Saturday in Winchester. Beth and I thorougjhly enjoyed ourselves!" (Mark L, April 2014)
"Cecile, thank you for a wonderful and informative day. You showed so much passion for the subject, that we could not help but enjoy it (the wines were pretty nice too btw) Thanks again and look forward to getting advice on NZ wines soon!" (Kevin, May 2014)
"My husband and I attended the Introduction to Wine course in Winchester last night. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and we would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about wine and have fun in the process. Having been in the teaching profession for many years I have to say that Cecile is an incredible teacher with a very impressive knowledge of her subject. Her joie de vivre was infectious! An excellent evening!!" (Maggie O, June 2014)
"This is just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the Spanish Wine tapas evening. Have the use of an exclusive room at the Green Man Inn (Winchester) was excellent and your enthusiasm and expert knowledge on this subject certainly has helped me to appreciate the subtle variations between wines from each region, how the storage and ageing process alters the end product and taste. Reading the label on the back of the bottle will have so much more meaning now!" (Christian K, June 2014)
"I was incredibly impressed by how much I learned, but also how enjoyable and interesting you made the whole experience. My family and I often still mention you when we’re sharing a bottle of wine over dinner and we start sentences with “Cecil told us…” so firstly thank you for such a wonderful day and providing knowledge that has stuck with us and improved our understanding and appreciation of wine." (Wendy B, September 2014)
"We just wanted to say a big thank you for what was an absolutely brilliant day at the 'Introduction to Wine' course on Saturday. We both really enjoyed it and learnt so much! Your enthusiasm and knowledge was second to none and we will be sure to recommend your courses to all ours friends and family. We'll also be in touch soon to book on to our next course!" (Alex and Richard H, October 2015)
"We really enjoyed Friday night's presentation and champagne tasting at Westgate Inn. You made it so much fun with your passion for the subject energy and flare. We will recommend you and hope to be part of another tasting in the future." (Hugh and Clare Johnn, December 2015)
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ABOUT OUR CORPORATE EVENTS: "I would like to thank you so much for your entertaining and educational evening of wine tasting on Tuesday. The event was a great success and below are some comments that prove how much it was enjoyed by our guests:
Many thanks for including me in an excellent evening last night. I thought it was really informative and certainly open my eyes and broadened my knowledge as to the different regions and tastes.
I have realised that my 'nose' and pallet are probably not sufficiently sensitive to be able to readily discern hints of apricot, lychee, blackberry and grapefruit and the like. I think I shall just have to be satisfied to tell the difference between the glasses of red and the white wine!
Thanks for last night - was great fun. Cecile's passion is quite infectious and she has a lovely way about her. Decided I am taking Moni and Max on one of her evenings, I think they'll have a lot of fun....
Many thanks for an enjoyable evening in good company. Cécile was both informative and entertaining; made me realise how much I didn’t know about wine.... and still don’t judging by the quiz results!
Thanks again for an enjoyable and educational night
I can second that! 2300 grape varieties! Got along tasting path ahead – hic 😊
Thanks for your kind invitation to a very enjoyable and enlightening event
I now know more about French wines than I ever thought possible
Thank you very much from me too and I look forward to seeing our winning photo!
And many thanks from me as well - I learnt more about tasting wine in 2 hours than in the previous 40 odd years !
Thank you for a very informative and entertaining evening, we all thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Thank you once again and we look forward to holding another event with you in the future." Claire Bayly | Marketing Co-ordinator / PA | Gleeds Cost Management Ltd
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