Suffolk Wine Courses
Helen Duddridge

Helen Duddridge

I have been self-employed teaching and providing wine courses and wine tastings since the early 2000s but long before that was providing educational wine tastings for customers and staff alike in my retail role at Adnams in Southwold.

I was lucky in that my education in wine started informally, in the mid 1980s, at the end of the day with a glass of wine and lots of wine tales! Very soon formal WSET courses started supplemented with visits to vineyards around the world, especially Spain and Portugal, bringing the bookish theory to life.

So a passion with wine developed along with one of making wine understandable for workmates and customers. My wine classes are usually small and, as with tastings, there is a lot of interaction and exchanging of views; in the case of courses a syllabus and time table may have to be kept to but the style is informal and friendly.

I am a member of the Association of Wine Educators and a recommended tutor and approved programme provider for the
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and holder of the WSET Level 4 Diploma.

The WSET Level 2 and Level 3 courses require home study and, though not compulsory, home work is given and marked with constructive comment where necessary. Both courses involve revision classes, an addition made at the request of past students. For students and clients who have concerns, usually as the exams approach, then I can always be found at the end of the phone (or by email) to dispel any fears and shed light on any problems.

Location: Based near Southwold on the Suffolk coast, wine courses are held at The Randolph in Reydon and The Anchor in Walberswick, both "foodie" pubs/ small hotels. However, I am happy to travel to you in East Anglia and beyond if you have sufficient potential students to make a course viable, usually 8.

For WSET courses it is essential that a client's venue satisfies the Trust's exam requirements.

Independent: I am not under obligation to any wine merchant or retailer and select any wines for courses and tastings independently. However, you may find me in a sommelier role in a foodie pub, avoiding being stuck in an ivory tower, so that I appreciate students' working lives and customer demands!