Drinking wine is part of your homework in this Newcastle classroom

Wine educator Paul Diamond.
Wine educator Paul Diamond.

There are many wine lovers out there too afraid to admit their knowledge of wine is limited to what they like and don’t like. 

If you are one of those people, a course kicking off next month in Merewether is tailor-made for you.

Presented by Wine Selectors and hosted by a team of wine experts headed by sommelier Paul Diamond, this three-part learning experience will arm you with the tools you need to take your love of wine to the next level.

Each class is an interactive experience. The first is an introduction to wine and the second is all about wine varieties. The third and final class focuses on blind tastings, food and wine pairings, and how to judge wine.  

EXPERT: Wine educator Paul Diamond.

EXPERT: Wine educator Paul Diamond.

Wine Selectors started as the Hunter Valley Wine Society 42 years ago and is based in Newcastle. Owner Greg Walls is a proud Novocastrian.

“This course is all about allowing people to learn about how their senses work and how to use their sight, smell and taste when it comes to approaching wine,” Diamond explains.

“Everybody is different so we approach the education process from a personal point of view and get people comfortable before we start tasting and learning. We do lots of really fun sensory evaluation exercises.”

Diamond is constantly being asked questions about wine, from what glasses to use and what temperature to store it at to more technical questions about the wine-making process. He prefers to refer to himself as a “wine educator” and his explanations avoid the airs and graces typically associated with “wine speak”.

“The classes start at the basics and we have a lot of fun, then we do some experiential activities, some tastings and some exercises. We start simple and work from there,” he says.

“Each attendee gets wine and glassware to take home as homework, too. I think it’s important to be able to know why you like a certain wine, to recognise quality – good and bad – and ultimately to be able to make better choices and get value for money.

“We have so much good wine at our doorstep. Why wouldn’t you want to know more?”

The Wine Education Masterclasses will be held at at Beach Hotel, Merewether, on August 6 and 27, and September 17. For more information and to book, go to wineselectors.com.au/wineeducation.