Belfast, Food and Wine… Just a few of my favourite things and what happens when they’re combined? Belfast Wine School happens, which conveniently is ALSO one of my favourite things!
As anyone who follows me on social media might know (because I don’t half go on about things…), I recently celebrated my 33rd birthday and one of my gifts was a night at Belfast Wine School. Having been to the Wine and Cheese tasting evening in April 2019, I was very excited about going back to attend the Wine and Tapas event.
Some quick background info on Belfast Wine School – it was launched in June 2018 by Seana Hackett, a Derry native (married to a man from the big City of Augher, where I’m from!). Seana is a level four Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) qualified tutor who is fantastic at what she does!
The Wine School, located primarily at Bullitt Hotel, offers a range of tasting courses including an eight-week ‘World of Wine’ course, Food and Wine Workshops, as well as the recently launched Gin Tastings.
The group is quite intimate with around 24 people at each session – enough that there is plenty of fun and laughter but not too many that it’s overwhelming.
We began with a welcome from Seana and an overview of what she would be covering throughout the course of the evening. We had a selection of seven different types of wine to sample including Cava, Sherry, Red and White. I liked the Cava, not so much the sherry but the red and white wines were lovely.
Each wine had a selection of tasty accompaniments, majority of which I would never have put together, including a gorgeous mini pepper with goat’s cheese filling, but it was great to learn what foods went with each wine. And even better, all of the wines and accompaniments that Seana selected are sourced from local independent wine merchants and restaurants, promoting the great food and drink suppliers we have here in Northern Ireland.
We were taken on a journey of how each of the wines are created, fermented and stored and the reasons they taste the way they do! It’s a really interesting insight.
An evening at Belfast Wine School is such a fun and informative way to spend an evening. Both times I’ve been there have been fantastic and I’m already eyeing up my third evening!
If you enjoy the occasional wine and some nibbles, get yourself booked into the next course although generally, you have to wait about two months in advance. Take my word for it though, it’s definitely worth the wait!
To find out more about Belfast Wine School, visit the website here: www.belfastwineschool.com.