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This project will only be funded if at least £10,000 is pledged by September 2nd 2019 at 12:00pm

I’m raising money to launch Wild Wine School, so I can take wine education out of the traditional classroom and into the wild!

by Debbie Siobhan Warner in Newquay, England, United Kingdom

The Wild Wine School Story


The Wild Wine Woman behind Wild Wine School

Hi, I'm Debbie and I’m looking for your help to make my dream of teaching people about wine in the outdoors a reality.

I’ve been in the wine industry for over a decade. I started my wine journey training as a Sommelier at Fifteen Cornwall in my early 20s and then as a wine consultant advising hospitality businesses in Cornwall. I currently run Wild Wine Club, an events company that creates wine based feasts and look after sales in Devon and Cornwall for Bibendum Wine, a national wine wholesaler. 

Over the past five years I’ve taken my Wild Wine Club feasts to some of the most beautiful spots in Cornwall and collaborated with some Incredibly talented chefs designing food menus to pair with wine. I am a firm believer that everything (especially wine) tastes better when consumed outside and I love sharing dinner and talking wine with our guests.

I love training and talking about wine and last year I qualified with the WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) as a certified educator to teach up to Level 3. It would be amazing to bring together my passion for wine education and my love of taking wine and food outside to create Wild Wine School. 

What is Wild Wine School?

From next Spring Wild Wine School will host a collection of workshops, courses and events in wild and unusual locations around Cornwall. I have designed one day workshops on Organic, Biodynamic and Minimal Intervention Wine-making, An Introduction to Cornish Wines and a creative workshop, Tasting in Colour. In addition I will offer What to Drink When You're Not Drinking, a one day workshop making seasonal drinks, cocktails and serves without alcohol. 

Wild Wine School will also host accredited courses open to both those in the industry and enthusiastic wine lovers looking to have their wine knowledge certified. In addition I'll be hosting regular industry events and masterclasses and bringing some of my favourite wine makers to Cornwall to share their stories and knowledge.

Where can you join us?

Like my Wild Wine Club feasts we’ll be popping up with workshops and events all over Cornwall. We already have dates in the diary for workshops at Khudva near Bude, One Field Farm in Crantock and the base for all our accredited courses Nancarrow Farm. I'm in discussions with lots of other beautiful spots around the county from East to West, seashore to moor and woodland glade to winery! Because my resources are mobile I can also come to you and I’d love to hear from anyone who thinks they have the perfect spot.

Who are the Courses for?

My workshops are designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about wine and enjoys being outdoors! 

The accredited courses are suitable for both keen wine enthusiasts and those working in the industry and I’ve tailored the format of these courses to suit both groups; Monday dates for those working in the industry to fit around normal shift patterns and weekly study and supper dates for those who want to combine their study with a sociable supper from Nancarrow’s famous kitchen.

For corporate clients I can create bespoke courses for team building and away days. I offer hospitality businesses training tailored to the individual needs of each business. Additionally I can give advice on creating a wine offering that adds interest and drives revenue.

Thoughts on Creating an Environmentally and Socially Conscious Business 

It’s important to me that I create a business that is sustainable, not only financially but also environmentally and one with a social conscience. 

As Wild Wine School is nomadic we’ll be sharing resources and energy with other existing businesses. 

By taking people outside and engaging with our surroundings I hope to foster ownership and responsibility for the environment.

I hope to support local economy through providing workshops on Cornish Wine to promote the industry and working with local designers and makers. 

My workshops on Organic, Biodynamic and minimal intervention will provide insight and understanding into choosing wines made without the use of pesticides and chemicals. 

I’m a firm believer in drinking less, but better and think that the more knowledgeable people are about what they’re drinking the greater appreciation they’ll have. In addition I’ll be running workshops on non alcoholic drinks.

What am I Crowdfunding for?

I will use the funding I raise in this campaign for me to work with local designers and makers to create bespoke course materials and equipment to enable me to bring the course content to life in the wild. Additionally it will go towards the initial outlays of a new business, including the setup fees to provide accredited courses. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

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Launch Party Tickets- 26th March at Nancarrow Farm

Join us at our lunch party next March for an evening of wine, food and fun. Your ticket includes a glass of wine on arrival, canapes and street food. They'll be wine tastings, talks, mini workshops and more.

£5 or more

Top Ten Tips for Buying Wine from the Supermarket

Are you sick of choosing bad wine? Have you forgotten to pick up a bottle from your local wine merchant or just want to buy a few bottles with your weekly shop? Amongst the rubbish and the nonsensical deals there is good wine to be had from the supermarket, you just need to know what to look for. Pledge just £5 and I'll share my secret tips with you to make you a pro at picking supermarket wine.

£10 or more

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Friends of Wild Wine School E-Book

An E-book of recipes and wine pairings from some of our favourite chefs from Cornwall and beyond with wine pairings from our winie friends. Including recipes from Adam Banks, Fifteen Cornwall, Steve Knowles, The Old Custom House, Ross Geach, Padstow Kitchen Garden, Meg Lobb, One Field Farm and more.

£15 or more

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Tasting in Colour Booklet

My handy foldout guide and tasting map to create an original and fun visual tasting note. Suitable for beginners to seasoned tasters and drinkers. (Includes shipping within the Uk)

£20 or more

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Wild Wine Waiters Friend

Never use that gaudy novelty cork screw again! Open your wine bottles in style with our wooded handled waiters friend. Includes shipping within the Uk.

£35 or more

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Wild Wine Tasting Glasses-Six engraved ISO glasses

Magical tasting glasses designed to help you pass any tasting exam by identifying the grape variety, region and vintage for you. (They can't really, we did invent some that do that, but blind tasting wouldn't be very fun if you knew all the answers so we've decided to just go with these engraved ones instead)

£40 or more

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Can’t make it to Cornwall Bundle

Get winie from the comfort of your own home... What’s included: - Top Ten Tips for Buying Wine from the Supermarket - Friend’s of Wild Wine School E-Book - Tasting in Colour Booklet - Wild Wine Waiters Friend (includes shipping within the Uk)

£50 or more

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Organic Wine Preview Workshop at One Field Farm

Join me at One Field Farm on the 15th September 2019 for a pre-launch preview of my workshop on organic and biodynamic wines at a reduced price (normal price £75). You’ll enjoy a tour of the farm and talk on organic farming with Meg, lunch from the field, an introduction to biodynamic viticulture and two flights of wines to taste and discuss.

£100 or more

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines ONE DAY (CF Price)

Join me at Nancarrow Farm for a ONE DAY beginner level introduction to wine. We'll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, and make food and wine pairings. Price includes tea, coffee and lunch. Usual price £110. Booking form must be completed 20 days prior to course start date. Course dates (select from): 23rd March, 15th June, 5th July 2020.

£145 or more

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WSET Level 1 Award in Wines SUPPER CLUB (CF price)

Join me at Nancarrow Farm for a THREE EVENING SUPPER CLUB for a beginner level introduction to wine. We'll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines, and make food & wine pairings. Price includes tea, coffee & supper. Booking form must be completed 20 days prior to course start date. Course dates: Tuesdays- 24th, 31st March & 7th April (usual price £160)

£250 or more

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Hen Party or Stag Do Wine Tasting

Want to be the favourite bridesmaid or the best best man? Then book an evening of wine tasting and games with me and your bride or groom to be will love you forever. (Price is for up to ten people anywhere in Cornwall, I can accommodate extra guests for £15pp and travel further afield, but may charge for travel expenses)

£250 or more

Launch Party Corporate Group Booking 26th Mar 2020

Ten tickets for you and your colleges to attend our launch party at Nancarrow Farm next March, plus two bottles of bubbly on arrival.

£325 or more

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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines FOUR DAY (CF Price)

Join me at Nancarrow Farm for a FOUR DAY beginner to intermediate course, suitable for industry professionals and wine enthusiasts. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce. Includes lunch and coffee. Booking form must be completed 20 days prior to start date. Usual Price £350. Dates 30th March, 6th, 21st, 27th April.

£525 or more

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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines SUPPER CLUB (CF PRICE)

Join me at Nancarrow Farm for a 12 EVENING WEEKLY SUPPER CLUB, suitable for industry professionals and wine enthusiasts at beginner-intermediate level. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, & the styles of wine they produce. Inc. supper & coffee. Booking form must be completed 20 days prior to start. Usual Price £550. Dates: Tuesdays 14th April- 30th Jun

£600 or more

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines SIX DAY (CF Price)

Join me at Nancarrow Farm for a SIX DAY advanced level course for wine professionals and wine enthusiasts. We'll delve deeper into the world of wines, providing a detailed understanding of grape growing and wine making. Includes lunch and coffee. Usual price £650. Booking form must be completed 20 days prior to start. Course dates: 19th and 26th October, 2nd, 9th,16th and 30th November 2020.

£1,000 or more

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Trade Booking

A private course for up to 12 students at Nancarrow Farm for a ONE DAY beginner level introduction to wine. We'll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, and make food and wine pairings. Price includes tea, coffee and lunch. Usual price £110pp. Booking form must be completed 20 days prior to course start date. Please email me to arrange dates.

£3,250 or more

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines Trade Booking

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines FOUR DAY (CF Price) A private course for up to 12 students at Nancarrow Farm for a FOUR DAY intermediate course, suitable for industry professionals. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce. Includes lunch and coffee. Usual price £350pp. Please email to arrange dates and for booking form.


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