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 for Wine Discoveries. 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 several wine events, 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.
His style is relaxed and entertaining with as little wine speak as possible. Expect the odd prop from the vineyards and plenty of winemaker anecdotes.
"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."
The evenings are above all fun & entertaining with a relaxed atmosphere - no previous wine tasting experience is required. The best and 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 Food and Wine tastings, where we explore the principles of matching food & wine with practical demonstrations of how different food elements combine with differing styles of wine.
Lisanna Tammsalu - Assistant tutor, Brighton
Lisanna runs some of our tastings and courses 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 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.
Victoria Aldwinkle - Assitant tutor, Tunbridge Wells
Victoria runs many of our courses and tastings in Tunbridge Wells. She achieved a distinction in her WSET Diploma exam and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the world of wine. Previous roles include assistant winemaker in Washington State, Tastings and Events Manager at The Wine Society, corporate tastings in the City of London and running tastings and tours for Hush Heath Wine Winery in Kent.
The wine school family runs courses in 24 other locations - Bristol, Bath, Cambridge, Leeds, Harrogate, Sheffield, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Bimingham, Preston, Milton Keynes, St Albans, East London, City of 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