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First Wine School franchise opens in Northern Ireland

A local wine enthusiast is toasting their new business venture ahead of bringing an exciting new concept in wine education to NI – the Belfast Wine School
Seana Hackett, owner and chief wine tutor at Northern Ireland’s first - Belfast Wine School.

Local wine enthusiast Seana Hackett is toasting her new business venture ahead of bringing an exciting new concept in wine education to Northern Ireland – the Belfast Wine School – which promises a fascinating range of engaging, interactive tastings and courses for those who are keen to have fun and learn more about wine.

Owned and managed by chief wine tutor, Seana Hackett, the Belfast Wine School is the 26th wine school franchise for the popular and rapidly-expanding www.localwineschool.com  – a network of wine education businesses operating across the UK, founded in 2000 in Newcastle Upon Tyne by entrepreneur Chris Powell.

Originally from Derry but now living in Belfast, mum-of-three, Seana, has spent most of the year preparing to bring the first Local Wine School in Northern Ireland to fruition. The school will offer tastings at all levels from introductory evenings to 8-week courses, and Saturday wine experiences including Champagne and lunch. Food and wine matching workshops as well as unique wine tasting experiences for corporate and private clients will also feature at the school.

Commenting on launching their first wine school in Northern Ireland, Chris Powell, Founder and Managing Director of Local Wine School, comments: “Belfast’s rapidly-growing reputation for its bustling food & drink scene made it an obvious location to open a new wine school. But it was also Seana’s drive, passion and enthusiasm as well as her wealth of knowledge and local experience that convinced me this was the right choice.

“Our ethos is to work with local businesses including local suppliers of great food & wine, local restaurants, and local independent wine merchants, to help promote and champion the quality of their offering.”

The Belfast Wine School is totally independent and not affiliated to any retailers or producers. Wines from across the world will be carefully selected by Seana from local stockists in Belfast for all the tastings.

Speaking ahead of her new venture, Seana Hackett adds:

“We look forward to bringing a fresh and unpretentious approach to our wine tastings – everybody is welcome, whatever their level of knowledge. As a holder of the WSET Diploma (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) – I am also especially keen to bring these world-leading professional wine courses to keen enthusiasts, as well as wine professionals wishing to further their careers in this great industry.

“We will also be helping to train future generations for careers in our flourishing hospitality sector – it will truly be ‘wine tasting for everyone’!”

Courses at the Belfast Wine School will give hands-on, enjoyable learning through tasting sessions. The courses are designed to broaden knowledge of the world of wine, boost confidence in selection, and most importantly offer a great, fun experience to anyone wanting to learn more about wine.

The Belfast Wine School will host its first classes in October 2018, located at two popular Belfast city centre locations, The Mac and Bullitt Hotel.

Tastings and courses are available to book now – For further information about Belfast Wine School, visit www.belfastwineschool.com email info@belfastwineschool.comor call 028 9050 4731 / 07810 482084

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