Occasionally, my wife says she wishes that I'd never set foot inside the school run by The Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London. That happens most often when I'm spending too long poring over a restaurant's wine list. But, for me, attending wine school was the second best thing I've ever done. I acquired not only a new passion, wine, but a new career: wine writer. Wine school transformed me from a jaded freelance copywriter into an ardent oenophile. It persuaded me to change my life, and it has been a great inspiration ever since.
You may feel the same way after attending one of the study programs at the following three wine schools. Yes, they are overseas (in England, France and Germany) and, yes, some of the courses can be demanding. But for any serious student of wine, they're well worth the effort, as they are among the best of their kind in the world. They can also be enormously fun on their own or as part of a longer vacation. All of the classes at these schools are conducted in English by noted wine professionals who tailor their instruction for the benefit of amateurs.
The best thing I've ever done? You'd have to ask my wife.