Helen Savage

Enjoying wine with Helen Savage

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.

Autumn Tastings with Helen Savage Wine Education

Here, at last, is Helen's Autumn 2017 programme of wine events. We are very excited by it and hope you will be too. Just two events are still to be confirmed: those with Eric and Richard Chevalier in December. We also hope to arrange another Slaley tasting later in the autumn.

On a sadder note, Elizabeth is unwell and unable to continue as bookings secretary. She has been a fantastic support since the inception of Vine Visit. Helen says "I'm sure you'll want to join me in sending Elizabeth every good wish; she is very special."

We are grateful to Olwen who has agreed to handle future bookings for Helen's own events (Northern Counties, Tynemouth and Slaley).

To book events at Northern Counties, Tynemouth and Slaley, please now contact Olwen by email: or by phone on 01434 676852. For other events, please book with the venue. Full details are given under each event.

Full details of with Helen's Autumn programme of Short courses and tastings.

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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