Kelli Coxhead, dipWSET
The Wine Tasting Co. Founder & Wine Tasting Host
While travelling in New Zealand in 2006, my passion for wine was born. I was lucky enough to visit a handful of wineries and, unexpectedly, I found the experience enchanting. That was it, I was hooked.
I created The Wine Tasting Co. in 2009, out of a passion and love for wine, and a desire to share this with other people. I then opened The Wine Shop in Winscombe in 2012, continuing the desire to share with other people.
Throughout this time I have qualified in the WSET Diploma, qualified in the teaching of WSET, which now enables me to teach others to support & guide them through their education of wine. Want to gain a qualification in wine? Find out more here.
I have had the honour to be invited by Deutz Champagne to join the Order des Coteaux de Champagne to support in the promotion of this wonderful sparkling wine.
Bit of history of my journey – After returning to the UK, I was employed by a London-based international wine company. I was able to learn more about this exciting new world which was opening up in front of me.
A position became available with an independent wine merchant in Clifton, Bristol, and since working at Clifton Wine Cellars, I have been involved in arranging and tutoring tasting events. The real joy with wine is there is always so much more to learn. It’s an ever-developing and changing subject as more winemakers evolve and create new and exciting wines. There are many occasions on which to drink wine and, while you don’t have to break the bank to get the right wine for the right occasion, it can make all the difference.
This is why I wanted to share my passion with others and to take away the often-pompous attitude that can be associated with wine. I want people to enjoy wine as it should be, based on the sensory experience of smell, taste and sight. Love wine, love tasting.”
Diana Lyalle, The Wine Tasting Co. Wine Tasting Host
My love affair with wine has been a slow burn. It all began with the delights of Fino Sherry, Hock, Sekt and St Emilion on high days and holidays at home, augmented by whatever was cheapest at Uni, and my woeful home vinified strawberry wine.
Like so many people, my wine eyes were opened by the New World sales drive to bring approachable fruit driven wine to our shores. I started wine tasting evening classes 10 years ago as something to do. I soon realised that there was a lot more to wine than a few evening classes were going to teach me! I vowed to myself that there would be no more exams after qualifying as a solicitor, but without even realising, wine had hooked me and before I knew it, I was a WSET Advanced Certificate Award Winner which lead me on to study for my Diploma!
The world of wine has also reached its tentacles into my family. Even my husband, always a lager man, cannot now resist the allure of Sauternes or Beaujolais. My list of favourites is indecisively long, but up at the top it’s still a chilled Fino for me. Or maybe Manzanilla with its hint of sea air… or nutty dry oloroso… mmmmm