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From class to glass: PE teacher launches a wine school in Cheltenham

A secondary school teacher is switching career into an exciting new venture for wine lovers in Cheltenham.

Chris Glassock, a 48-year-old PE teacher who lives locally, has recently launched Cheltenham Local Wine School, the biggest independent wine education company in the area.
The wine school offers a dedicated calendar of in-person wine tastings and courses to those keen to learn more about wine.

Cheltenham Local Wine School is part of the rapidly expanding family – a UK-wide network of more than 30 independent wine school franchisees, providing a wide range of wine events for beginners and enthusiasts alike.
Chris has gained qualifications to teach wine from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

After working for 20 years as a secondary school PE teacher in the Oxford and Swindon areas, Chris now relishes the opportunity to switch subject and teach about understanding wine. He wants to help wine lovers grow in confidence selecting wine from the bewildering range we see in shops and supermarkets.
He said: “There’s a wine school opening in Cheltenham and it will be great for people interested in food and wine or anyone who likes wine and wants to find out more. We’ll be covering a brilliant variety of topics, from food and wine matching experiences to New World discoveries, and because we don’t sell wine there is never any pressure to buy at our events. It’s just about the fun of learning and experiencing something new.”

Chris will hold a range of events from introductory evening sessions to eight-week courses aimed at both beginners and more experienced wine drinkers, and will gradually start to bring in speciality courses and WSET classes. He will also stage food pairing events and seasonal events.
In the run up to Christmas, Chris will be delivering a range of events, including the Chocolate and Wine Indulgence event on the 7th December. Many events will take place at The Strand pub in Cheltenham, but he will also host events at Hotel du Vin including his Saturday ‘Introduction to Wine’ day with lunch, and Steak and Wine evening.
Evening events start at £30 per person and include key topics such as how to pair wine with food, why some wines are so much more expensive than others, and what some common labelling terms mean.

Chris is also planning to expand out to Cirencester, Stroud, Tewkesbury and Gloucester in subsequent months. All his events can be seen on the website
Chris Powell, owner of the Local Wine School, said: “We are delighted to welcome Chris as the new franchisee for Cheltenham. His experience and knowledge make him an ideal candidate to run wine classes and courses and we’re looking forward to watching the business grow.”

In his spare time, Chris Glassock enjoys running, cycling and basketball as well as travelling, listening to music and days out with his family.

Chris’s top 10 wine tips

  1. Don’t be afraid to try something different.
  2. Try a wine merchant as opposed to a supermarket from time to time. You may pay a little more, but you get advice from people who know about wine and can help you find one you’ll like.
  3. Don’t rule out Cava! It gets a bad rep sometimes but can be a genuine Champagne alternative for much less money if you find a good one.
  4. Buy one £10 wine instead of two £5 ones. The extra is often worth it!
  5. Don’t be afraid to slightly chill a red wine on a warm day.
  6. A screw top does not necessarily mean a lower quality wine. Some great wines come with a screw top.
  7. Try a natural wine. They are not everyone’s cup of tea but are different and can be very enjoyable.
  8. If you like the thought of wine being organic. look for a Chilean or Argentinian wine as they rarely use pesticides since they are not required there.
  9. Attend a wine tasting event. You will get to try a variety of different styles without committing to buying a bottle of something you’ve never heard of!
  10. Explore food and wine combinations. The taste of certain wine can totally change when paired with the right food.

For further information about upcoming dates and prices for Cheltenham Local Wine School, visit or email or call 01242 350 046

For more updates you can follow the school on
Facebook by searching Cheltenham Local Wine School
Instagram: @cheltenhamlocalwineschool



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