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Issue:- 8 May 2014

Wine fans see double as twins launch Cheshire Mersey Wine School

IDENTICAL twins are pouring their passion for wine into a new venture for those who would like to know more about the popular tipple. Entrepreneurial brothers Mark and Richard Winnington, who hail from Congleton, are opening Cheshire Mersey Wine School; an independent wine education company; to offer a range of fun tastings and courses for people who are keen to learn about wine.

The graduates; both former assistant managers at Majestic Wine; are the newest franchisees within the successful and rapidly expanding  family; a UK wide network of independent wine schools providing evening tastings, Saturday events, 4 and 8 week courses, private parties, bespoke tastings and corporate events for beginners and experts alike.

The brothers' school will cater especially for the Cheshire and Merseyside areas with venues based in the vibrant heart of Liverpool's Albert Dock and in the beautiful historic city of Chester.

The school's first Liverpool event, an Introduction to Wine Tasting evening, will take place at 7.00pm on Friday, 11 July 2014, at Jury's Inn, Albert Docks, L3 4FN. The first similar Chester event will take place at 7.00pm on Friday, 18 July 2014, at The Pitcher and Piano, St John St, CH1 1DA. Tickets are now on sale at:-

The 24 year old twins' love of wine stemmed from a trip to Italy in 2010, when they visited Franciacorta; a regional vineyard specialising in sparkling wine. After taking a tour of the vineyards, the presses and production facilities and experiencing a tasting session, they were completely hooked on the world of wine and were determined to pursue careers in the industry.

The duo both achieved places on Majestic Wine's graduate management scheme, based in separate branches, where they gained Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) qualifications, honed their retail skills, visited wine making countries, ran customer tastings and were promoted to assistant manager roles.

Mark, who holds a degree in Media and Marketing from Liverpool John Moores University, worked in Majestic's Kendal, Birkdale and Macclesfield branches. His twin Richard – who studied Hospitality Business Management and Events at Sheffield Hallam University - worked throughout the Clitheroe, Macclesfield, Chester and Ashbourne stores.

Mark said:- "At Majestic, we most enjoyed hosting tastings, interacting with customers and talking about hundreds of different styles, grape varieties and regions. We decided to look for a new challenge this year which would enable us to work for ourselves and create our own tasting experiences. We found when browsing online, and thought it presented an ideal opportunity to do what we love most; talking about and tasting wine; within a fun, relaxed environment in the local area we know best. At Cheshire Mersey Wine School we aim to offer an entertaining, informative and local wine tasting service, designed to helpeveryone enjoy learning about the most exciting liquid on the planet."

Richard said:- "We're really looking forward to bringing more people into the wonderful world of wine and wine tasting. Few hobbies are as much fun as learning about wine, and it's a great pleasure to go out and open up this world that many people find confusing and complicated, so that this fantastic product can be enjoyed and understood by anyone with an interest in it. We want to bring a contemporary, fresh twist to wine tasting; and to get rid of any notions of these events being intimidating, formal experiences."

The network has schools in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Newcastle, Lancashire, Hertfordshire, Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, Sussex, Surrey, and Hampshire. Chris Powell, the founder and owner, set up the first school in Newcastle in 2000.

Chris said:- "The twins bring so much energy and passion to the wine school network and we're delighted to have them on board. Their enthusiasm and customer-facing skills, as well as their in-depth knowledge of the Cheshire and Merseyside areas, made them the ideal candidates to launch our newest franchise."

The brothers will also be appearing at the Congleton Food and Drink Festival on Sunday, 15 June 2014, from 10.30am to 4.30pm in Congleton Town Centre.

Richard and Mark's top 10 wine tips:-

1. Don't be afraid to try new wines

2. Ask plenty of questions and no question is a stupid question.

3. Try pairing regional dishes with regional wines – it works!

4. Screw caps are just as good as corks despite what people say!

5. The more you spend on your bottle of wine, the more 'wine' you're paying for after all the tax & duty.

6. Share it – Good wine is always drunk best with good company.

7. Drink what you enjoy, doesn't matter if it's cheap and cheerful – Wine is completely subjective.

8. If you struggle to match the right wine to the right food then follow the basic principle of 'Red Wine – Red Meat' and
'White wine – Fish, White meat.'

9. The colder your wine the less flavour and aromas you'll detect. Whites can come across quite watery and reds become
very tannic and alcoholic (whites between 8 to 10 degrees also reds between 14 to 18 degrees Celsius).

10. Monks were the best wine makers; Thanks to Dom Perignon we have one of the finest champagnes and its principles and
production are still used today.

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THE charity Relate Cheshire and Merseyside is seeking a Charity Shop Manager to be part of an exciting new venture in Northwich where we have set up a furniture and homeware outlet, Relate at Home.  The shop is located in Northwich and is for 25 hours per week on pay of £13,468 – pro rata.  To be considered for this post you must have retail experience, the ability to motivate and work as part of a team, good administrative and organisational skills, and the creativity and enthusiasm necessary to help develop a new shop successfully. A working pattern will be agreed with the successful candidate but applications are sought from those with the ability to work flexibly and provide additional time to help keep the shop trading six days a week.  This post is subject to a Basic Check conducted by Disclosures Scotland (an office of the Scottish Government which is acting on behalf of the UK).  You must agree to promote strong and healthy relationships as the basis of a thriving society.  Closing date for this job is:- 19 May 2014 (9am).  Interview date is on:- 30 May 2014.  For an application pack please contact:-  Relate is committed to equality of opportunity.  It is a registered charity in the UK, number:- 1064180.

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