Helen Savage is one of Britain's most respected and knowledgeable wine writers and educators. She is a member of the Association of Wine Educators, which sets the highest standards in wine education in the UK and an increasing number of other countries. She is also a much-respected wine writer and a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. She has twice been short-listed for a prestigious Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Award and has been a national finalist in the Champagne Ambassador's Award - organised by the Champagne Industry for wine educators - three times. As part of her studies to become a Master of Wine she was awarded the 2012 Champagne Trinity and AXA Millésimes Scholarships.
Every year since 1986, as part of her busy and ever-popular schedule of wine education, Helen Savage has run wine study tours to France and other European countries. Her depth of experience in this field formed the basis of Vine Visit, through which, since April 2008, she has been offering an exciting programme of wine events, from tastings and classes to holidays to a dozen different venues.
We're delighted to bring you another mouth-watering selection of wine events to greet the new decade. We hope that you'll be as excited by them as we are, and much look forward to seeing you soon.
Jamie Harrison will share what he learnt from his recent visit to South Africa and reveal some of the great tastes he discovered. There's a themed look at the sunny wines of southern Europe running all the way to Easter at Tynemouth, each featuring the best indigenous grape varieties. We have another in our fascinating series of Alsace masterclasses, and an unusual take on some the great wines of the Rhône Valley to kick off the new decade at Northern Counties. And then there are more wonderful wine dinners at Matfen Hall, Eslington Villa and the Lord Crewe Arms.
The full programme is now available on our 'Courses' page.
For an introduction to Helen's educational approach, watch a video of a mini-tutorial on how to taste wine (and why you might want to practice in the bath first!)
For twenty years Helen Savage was wine correspondent of the The Journal (the leading UK regional daily paper, based in Newcastle). She now writes monthly for The Journal's Culture Magazine.
Her passion for wine and her determination to find the brightest, most innovative winemakers is indefatigable. As a freelance wine writer Helen is delighted to consider commissions from publishers in the UK and abroad. Some in-depth essays on great - and up and coming - wine regions are published exclusively on this web site; and for a lighter note, you can now also read Helen's blog.
Helen has a superb first-hand knowledge of French wine. Over many years, she has visited hundreds of small growers across the country. She has owned a house in France since 1991 and speaks fluent French. She has a special interest in the wines of France, especially the Sout West, Burgundy, Champagne and Alsace. Another area of interest is research on organic and biodynamic wine production.
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Last update: 10th January 2020