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Bob Campbell’s Wine Diploma Course

As a Wedding Anniversary gift to each other the Kiwi and I registered for Bob Campbell’s Wine Diploma Course, held at Regional Wines in Wellington.  Bob Campbell is one of only 278 Masters of Wine in the world and New Zealand’s leading wine educator, running his well-known courses since 1986. In the course, Bob covered subjects such as how to taste wine like a professional, wine profiling, the language of wine, identifying faulty wines, matching wine and food and cellaring and more.

I wondered what Mr Campbell would be like – personable, friendly, honest, humble, knowledgeable and very entertaining, as it turned out!  He welcomed questions and digressed from time to time, but it was all amusing or interesting.

He enlightened us with ideas such as blitzing a bottle of red wine in the microwave for 30 seconds to get wine to the right temperature, which can totally transform and enhance a wine, also he sometimes freezes leftover wine!

It was a fabulous day, although by mid afternoon I was flagging a little bit as it is quite a bit of information to take in.  Bob is a delightful man and great instructor.  I would happily sign up to one of his courses again.

On the down side, Regional Wines tasting room is a little on the shabby side and could do with a facelift to make a day course a more pleasurable experience!  But the staff are lovely!

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