South London Wine school lead tasting sessions all about our absolute favourite subject. The thing is, though. They don’t always go for the obvious, and we love that. Recent sessions have featured produce from Britain, Eastern Europe, and Asia, which – as regular fans of cheap, Happy Hour rose – we didn’t realise even had a wine-producing scene. What we’re basically saying is we’ve already learned a lot from Julia, the School’s leader – so we decided to learn a bit about her for a change:
How did you get into what you do?
I previously worked in a wine a shop. A job I largely fell into by chance. But I quickly realized just how much I enjoyed wine and how interesting it is! I took the opportunity to study, and now have a WSET Diploma in Wine and Spirit knowledge, which is what led me to create tasting events.
How would you describe your teaching style?
Casual, yet informative. There is a lot you can learn about wine, so I try to make sure everyone has some information they can take away, without too much jargon! Plus, wine is a social thing and a fun thing, I want people to get involved and enjoy themselves.
Why would you recommend your activity?
Well first off, there will be wine! All the tastings are slightly different so the wines themselves vary, but they are all good. And there is always something you can learn. Wine is a fun thing, but it can also be quite confusing. The more you taste and understand, the easier it becomes to pick wine in restaurants or supermarkets. And you might even enjoy it more!
If you were going to pour us a glass of wine, what would it be?
As it’s summer, and warm(ish) I would go for a cool white wine, probably a Torrontes. Something fresh, yet full of flavour. Plus, this is a wine that continues to impress people at tastings!
Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?
I actually drink more beer when I’m not running tastings.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not at work?
I love to travel and explore new places. And if I don’t have time to get away anywhere, just being outside is great.
What’s your favourite part of London? Any places you’d recommend there?
I really like the area around London Bridge and Borough Market. So many great places to eat and drink. Jose’s Tapas Bar is one of my favourites.
If you could try any experience in the world, what would it be, and why?
I would love to go into Space!
If that’s whet your appetite, we wouldn’t blame you one bit. Check out the South London Wine School’s Wonderush profile here to get involved with their upcoming sessions. Cheers!