"At Sussex 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. It's all about trial and error through tasting and learning."
Jonny Gibson - Owner & Head Tutor
Jonny has been working within the wine and spirits industry for 30 years. It has been an interesting journey from early days in the marketing department at Diageo running Smirnoff and Croft Port through to brand and design projects for Jameson, Chivas Regal and Louis Roederer to buying and importing wine. His enthusiasm and fascination for wine has increased the more he has travelled to different wine regions.
Jonny holds the WSET Diploma and is an approved WSET Wine Educator qualified to teach up to WSET Level 3. Over the past 10 years he has run many wine tastings for private and corporate clients and charity events ranging from a small groups to 160 people. He has worked as a judge at the Drinks Business Global Masters competitions, run wine workshops at the Tesco Wine Fair and has recently worked as a brand ambassador for both Moet et Chandon champagne and Ruinart champagne. He set up Sussex Wine School in early 2012.
Lisanna Tammsalu - Tutor
Lisanna runs some of our eight week courses and other specialist tastings for Sussex Wine School in Brighton. She is qualified to WSET Level 3 level and has recently passed her WSET Wine Educator course and now delivers our WSET Level 1 courses and some of the Level 2 courses in Brighton. Lisanna is passionate about all things to do with wine and food and has worked at Riddle & Finns and Ten Green Bottles in Brighton and now works for the wine distributor Red Squirrel.
Flemmich Webb - Tutor
Flemmich, who lives in Brighton, runs some of our eight week courses and the three week summer school course, plus other tastings for Sussex Wine School. A keen appreciator of all wines, Flemmich is nonetheless obsessed with riesling and is constantly hunting for those distinctive, blissful “kerosene" aromas. When he’s not teaching at Sussex Wine School, Flemmich works in communications, principally as a speechwriter. He holds the WSET Level 2 and 3 qualifications, as well as the French Wine Scholar Guild diploma.
The wine school family runs courses in the following locations - Kent, Bristol, Bath, Cambridge, Leeds, Harrogate, Sheffield, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham, Preston, Nottingham, Shropshire, Mersey, Milton Keynes, St Albans, Reading, Norwich, East London, West London, North London, South London, Guildford, Dorking, Southampton, Salisbury and Winchester. We will be adding other locations in the near future.
Please feel free to contact us for any help or guidance.
Sussex Wine School
WINE TASTING FOR EVERYONE