Spit Wine and Spirit School creates a relaxed, straight
talking environment where you can learn about wine
and spirits in the comfort of the private
dining rooms at the Plough Harborne.


We offer level one and two WSET courses along with
tasting events, whisky nights and other short courses. 

Who is the WSET?

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) was founded in 1969
to provide high quality education and training in wines and spirits.
Since then, the WSET has grown into the foremost international
body in the field of wines and spirits education, with a suite
of sought-after qualifications.


This course is a good starting point for the exploration of wine styles.
No prior knowledge is required as the course is designed to introduce
wines in an interactive, structured and concise manner.
This course will suit a novice wine enthusiast or those wishing to start
their career in the wine or hospitality business.


The course covers the major grape varieties, regions of the world,
food and wine pairing, sparkling wines, fortified wines and the
major spirits. You will not need any formal qualification, just
an enthusiasm for the subject and willingness to learn.
This course is ideal for anyone wishing to be introduced to wine
or spirits in an informative and structured manner. It is suitable
for both the enthusiast and those looking to enter or already
working in the wine and hospitality business requiring a good
level of product knowledge.

27th June
Dummies Guide to Summer Drinks and Supermarket Wines

7pm – 9pm

It’s that time of year again when you need to sharpen up your cocktail making skills for those garden parties and BBQ’’s. We’ll give you a master class in some classics, some tips on what wine to be drinking this summer and keep you entertained with plenty of drinks to try.

25th July
When in Rhone

7pm – 9pm

With rich reds and full-bodied whites, over 30 appellations, iconic grape varieties and a rich history, the Rhone is often thought of as a sommeliers dream. We will share our love and knowledge of the area and taste some of the iconic wines as well as introduce you to some of the lesser know gems.

15th August
Lost in Translation

7.30pm – 9pm

We are so excited to welcome back our good friend and whisky expert Stef Holt for an evening of Asian whisky,
Steff will be guiding you round the region and you’ll be tasting some superb whiskies from Japan, India and Taiwan.

22nd August
Rare Grapes

7pm – 9pm

With over 10,000 grape varieties used for vinification, lets put the Cab Sav and the ‘Chardy’ down and go on an adventure. We will be showing you some of the most obscure and interesting wines from all over the world, throwing out the rule book and challenging everything you think you know about the humble wine making grape.

All courses will take place in the private rooms

Next Door

26th September
Make America Grape Again

7.30pm – 9pm

America gets a bit of bad press these days but let’s leave the politics to one side and concentrate the really important things in life, grapes. We have chosen some of our favourite wines from across the United States and we’ll guide you round the important, up and coming and lesser know wine hot spots from this amazing country.

24th October
Oktoberfest of wine

7.30pm – 9pm

Don’t let Oktoberfest be all about the beer! This is Oktoberfest with a difference We’ll be sharing with you some of our favourite drops from germany, Austria and Switzerland, Yes Switzerland!!

28th November
Dummies guide to festive drinking

7.30pm – 9pm

It’s our annual trip through the Christmas drinks cabinet. Get some tips on what you should be drinking this Christmas, find out the best buys at your local supermarket and learn the secrets of making a perfect Mulled wine.

17th April 2019
Diplomatic Rum and Chocolate Pairing
with European Brand Ambassador Jon Lister

7.30pm – 9pm

Diplomatico’s UK Brand Ambassador Jon Lister will take you on a journey of the taste buds through Diplomatico’s delicious range of rums, pairing each with one with a different type of chocolate, including some single origin and Venezuelan cocoa’y goodness. We will be tasting Diplomatico Planas, Diplomatico Mantuano, and Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, plus a more rare expression from South America’s most highly awarded rum brand.

8th May 2019
Post Cinco de Mayo Tequila and Mezcal Tasting with Gabriela Moncada.

7.30pm – 9pm

Premium tequila and mezcal have been taking the spirits world by storm over the past few years. Come and join Gabriela Moncada to find out why. We will be tasting through some of Mexico’s finest agave based spirits, including small batch artisanal tequila from Tequila Tapatio and Don Fulano, and also some incredible traditional mezcal’s from Ilegal Mezcal and Derrumbes, all paired with some tasty Mexican nibbles.

WSET Level One

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