County wine school launched

A local wine enthusiast is embarking on a radical career change as he launches the county’s first independent wine education company. Former businessman Gary Carter from Shrewsbury is opening Shropshire Wine School, which offers a range of events and courses.

The school will offer tastings at all levels from introductory evenings to eight-week courses, Saturday wine experiences including Champagne and lunch, and food and wine matching workshops as well as experiences for corporate and private clients. Gary will also be bringing professional wine training to Shropshire as the region’s only provider of WSET courses. Demand for WSET, the world’s leading wine qualification, is growing as bars and restaurants recognise the need to offer professional training to their staff.

Gary was first inspired to learn more about the world of wine by local wine personality Robin Butler. Gary said, “Opening the school will be a fitting tribute to Robin, my close friend and mentor, who sadly passed away recently.

“We aim to help customers navigate the sometimes confusing world of wine and encourage them to discover new wines. All our events are designed to be fun and informative with a focus on enjoying wine with like-minded people in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.”

The school, which will operate from the town’s Lion Hotel, opens its doors in February; visit shropshirewineschool.com for details.

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