About Us

Our Tutors

Jimmy Smith (Owner & Head Tutor)

"The team all are so keen and I'm sure that is in no small part to your enthusiasm in teaching. Thanks again for what has been an invaluable training but also team building excersise with these core staff who now have a real connection." Andrew Lundy, Vino Wines WSET Advanced Course

Jimmy has been working within the wine industry for 15 years with the past 10 years as a WSET-qualified tutor and assessor. Since 2007 he has educated over 6000 students through the WSET Level 1, 2 and 3 Award certification programs. Since 2016, Jimmy has also been one of the leading educators in the United Kingdom of the Wine Scholar Guild programs. In addition to these more formal qualifications Jimmy has held hundreds of private and corporate tastings across the UK focusing on the learning and enjoyment of wine, whisky and beer. Jimmy has been running West London Wine School since January 2010 and is a regular judge at the International Wine Challenge.

Its the all-important infectious enthusiasm and passion for the world of wine that enables Jimmy to communicate to his audience without the use of confusing (& boring!) technical facts often detailed in wine tastings. For feedback comments on Jimmy's tastings please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Jimmy says,

"At West London Wine School we teach people about wine by concentrating on the flavours and aromas of the wines. We focus on the taste profile of each wine explaining the characteristics of the grape variety, the climate, and the winemaking, and show you with maps and photos where they came from and how they are made. We explain why they taste like they do and ask and listen to what you think about the wines. Its all about a taste trial and error through tasting and learning."

The evenings are, above all, fun & entertaining with a relaxed atmosphere - no previous wine tasting experience is required. The best & most enjoyable way to learn about wine is comparing the tastes of different wines side-by-side.  We take this to another level with our Sherry & Tapas tastings, where we explore the principles of matching food & wine with practical demonstrations of how different food elements combine with differing styles of wine. 

Quentin Sadler (WSET Tutor)

Quentin has been a wine educator since 1995 and continues to get a thrill from introducing people to new and exciting wines, broadening their horizons and surprising their palates. Above all he believes that great wine always has a story and the wine educator’s job is to tell those stories. Prior to that he enjoyed a career in the wine trade, managing wine shops, selling to the trade, hotels and restaurants, buying, marketing and a great deal of tasting. Quentin passionately believes that wine is nowhere near as complicated as some people fear and delights in explaining it to interested people. 

He has been a regular judge at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles wine competition and the South African Michelangelo International Wine Awards. Quentin is a member of The Association of Wine Educators, a member of The Circle of Wine Writers, an Associate of The Institute of Wines & Spirits, a member of FIJEV and a Wine & Spirit Education Trust Recommended Tutor.
 

Cherie Agnew (All-Round Tutor) 

Our resident kiwi, Cherie, has been involved in the wine industry over the last 20 years. 

It all began back in her home region of Marlborough, where she pruned vines and hosted cellar doors during the school holidays. Now she is a WSET Diploma graduate and Certified WSET Educator. She also has a blog where she can wax lyrical about wine related issues she feels the need the need to 'wine' about. http://something2wineabout.wordpress.com/ 

During her ten years in London, Cherie has spent her time working in wine retail, management, on-trade sales, wine research and has been part of the West London Wine School team since 2011. 

 'I had a great time on the 8 week course and was seriously impressed. Cherie was so knowledgeable about wines and professional, also eager to answer any questions. When talking to everyone she was so friendly!' (Mr Sommelier, Trip Advisor)

 ‘I recently completed Level 2 with Cherie. I found her extremely knowledgeable, engaging and an all around great instructor. I looked forward to each Monday's lecture and of course the tastings!..’ (Lacey W, Trip Advisor)

 

Shane Jones (All-Round Tutor)

Having tired of working in an office, Shane took the plunge in 2011 by turning his passion into his profession by joining the wine retail sector. He immediately signed up for WSET courses and on completion of the Level 3 qualification won the coveted Vintners’ Bursary which gave him the opportunity to explore the Spätburgunder wines of the Ahr Valley in Germany in great depth. 

Shane holds the WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits and is an enthusiastic sparkling wine specialist. It’s no surprise then that he scooped the Moët & Chandon Scholarship at his Diploma graduation! 

In addition to wine, Shane is our resident Sake expert! Having completed the WSET Level 3 Award in Sake as well as a Certified Educator of the Sake Sommelier Association.

When he isn’t drinking wine he’s definitely waxing lyrical about it to anyone who’d listen!

 

Rosie Johnson (All-Round Tutor)

Rosie has 20 years experience in the hospitality industry. In Rosie's words, 'time flies when you're having fun!'. Rosie had no idea that when she was working a Saturday job at the age of 15 in a cheese & fine wine deli in Leeds, her career path would take her full circle. 

After Graduating from Leicester University with an English Literature degree and failing to secure her life long ambition to be a Blue Peter presenter, Rosie accepted a position managing an independent wine bar in Leeds City Centre.

Rosie's love of people, wine & food took her on a journey from Leeds, to Manchester and then to London. She has managed several bars & restaurants, & has looked after staff training at group level. 

During her time as GM of the Italian group Piccolino Rosie was invited on a supplier trip to Champagne. It was her lightbulb moment... during a slightly hazy but hugely inspiration 3 days at Charles Heidsick, she knew she wanted to immerse herself further in the fascinating world of wine.

Rosie's holidays then took a viniferous focus, and she has attended and continues to attend tastings & masterclasses and ultimately completed her WSET Level 3 Award in Wines course at West London Wine School. Rosie also achieved the prestigious French Wine Scholar qualification.

The rest as they say is history!
 

The West London Wine School

Our 8 week courses offer an opportunity to focus week by week on a region, understanding the wines using our learn-by-taste principals. Our 4 week courses offer a more detailed look at a topic (e.g. New/Old world wines), country or grape variety. In all of our courses we talk about aromas, tastes, and flavours rather than technical winemaking details. This is the best format for those looking to learn a wee bit more about the wonderful world of wine.

As we do not sell wine - we can show you where to buy the best wines locally and at the best prices - there is no pressure and no sales pitch at the tastings, you just relax and enjoy the presentation and the wine! We work closely with local independent wine merchants to bring you the best tasting & most interesting wines they have to offer. (Often with discounts exclusive to the West London Wine School which you can take advantage of!).

Our guests come by themselves, in couples, and in larger groups, everybody is welcome. It is also a great way to meet people with the same interest in tasting & learning about wine. 

The West London Wine School area covers areas to the west and south-west of London; from Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham to Chiswick, Hammersmith, Richmond and Wimbledon and into the home county of Surrey including Kingston, Twickenham, Hampton, Cobham and Weybridge. We currently have one venue situated in Fulham with excellent transport links from all across London and Surrey (via Clapham Junction).

All of our Evening Tastings (7pm - 9pm) include a minimum of 6 wines, a small amount of tasting food, comprehensive tasting notes on the selected wines, plus a tutored tasting - with Digital projection equipment & DVDs/Maps/Slides. Professional ISO tasting glasses are also provided.

"I really enjoyed the experience. The evening was presented in a relaxed but informative style, and the hosts were able to answer any questions that were raised. It was a great ‘fun evening’ and a splendid way of learning about wines as well as getting to know my work colleagues. The wine tasting quiz was an awesome way to structure the evening and just added the right element of good-hearted competition. Thank you and I look forward to the next event." (Helen Cole, Pricoa Whose Wine Is It Anyway, Private Event)

 

Partnerships:

 We are accredited by & work in partnership with the Bordeaux l'Ecole du Vin to offer the highest-quality Bordeaux tastings 

We are accredited by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to offer Levels 1 through to 3.

 


 

Company Details:

West London Wine School is the trading name of Well Wines Ltd, which is a limited company registered in the UK. Our registered address is Front Suite, First Floor, 131 High Street, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 8HH. (Please note this is not the address where we run our wine tasting events. Please see About Our Venue for this information). Our company registration number is 07074402. We are VAT registered and our VAT number is 102433470.

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