Helen Savage

Enjoying wine with Helen Savage

Helen Savage is one of Britain's most respected and knowledgeable wine writers and educators. She is a member of the Association of Wine Educators, which sets the highest standards in wine education in the UK and an increasing number of other countries. She is also a much-respected wine writer and a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. She has twice been short-listed for a prestigious Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Award and has been a national finalist in the Champagne Ambassador's Award - organised by the Champagne Industry for wine educators - three times. As part of her studies to become a Master of Wine she was awarded the 2012 Champagne Trinity and AXA Millésimes Scholarships.

Every year since 1986, as part of her busy and ever-popular schedule of wine education, Helen Savage has run wine study tours to France and other European countries. Her depth of experience in this field formed the basis of Vine Visit, through which, since April 2008, she has been offering an exciting programme of wine events, from tastings and classes to holidays to a dozen different venues.

Jamie's New Zealand: Take Two

On Thursday 29 June at 6.30pm at Northern Counties Club, Hood Street, Newcastle: Jamie Harrison, safely home after his lengthy tour of the New Zealand vineyards will present some of his most exciting discoveries. Helen is looking forward to it immensely. Places are strictly limited, so please email as soon as possible if you'd like to come. Tickets are £42 each and will include a fine two-course dinner with coffee.

All you wanted to know about Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec

On Friday 7 July at 7.30pm at Holy Saviour's Hall, Manor Road, Tynemouth: Helen will be presenting a 'Tynemouth Club' special on Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec - arguably the two most voguish grapes. She so much enjoyed a wine dinner on the same theme that she did recently at Eslington Villa that she thought she'd reprise the theme and dig a little deeper, also making use of some of the discoveries from our recent trip (just home!) to Cahors, Bergerac and the Loire Valley. As ever, tickets are just £15 and include a simple supper dish - this time, a favourite Ottolenghi recipe Chermoula aubergine with bulgar and yoghurt - with a meaty alternative for the very few people who don't like yoghurt. Please email if you'd like to come.

Please watch out for more news soon - and some great new events!

For an introduction to Helen's educational approach, watch a video of a mini-tutorial on how to taste wine (and why you might want to practice in the bath first!)

For twenty years Helen Savage was wine correspondent of the The Journal (the leading UK regional daily paper, based in Newcastle). She now writes monthly for The Journal's Culture Magazine.

Her passion for wine and her determination to find the brightest, most innovative winemakers is indefatigable. As a freelance wine writer Helen is delighted to consider commissions from publishers in the UK and abroad. Some in-depth essays on great - and up and coming - wine regions are published exclusively on this web site; and for a lighter note, you can now also read Helen's blog.

Helen has a superb first-hand knowledge of French wine. Over many years, she has visited hundreds of small growers across the country. She has owned a house in France since 1991 and speaks fluent French. She has a special interest in the wines of France, especially the Sout West, Burgundy, Champagne and Alsace. Another area of interest is research on organic and biodynamic wine production.

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