Licence to swirl.
I have given up my premises licence. I am not selling wine anymore BUT I am keeping what I call my licence to swirl.
You see, I love wine. I also love clothes and shoes and it probably would have been easier to sell those than sell wine because wine sales must obey licensing laws. To be able to sell wine, I had to do the following:
- acquire a personal licence. To do this “You must be 18 years or older and hold a licensing qualification – for example the Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) Level 2.”
- acquire a premises licence: this was much more lengthy and costly and it did create some misunderstandings with some people in my neighbourhood who opposed my application without even looking in detail at what it was: something that was never going to impact on their life. Just in case you are one of them… I have not forgiven you….
All in all, it was quite an investment for a small business like mine. Every year there is also a renewal fee to pay for the premises licence and, because delivery of wine is both expensive and time consuming, I reluctantly decided not to renew in September, which mean that I no longer can sell wine from my home.
But I still have my licence to swirl 🙂 ! That one is not compulsory but obviously this is the one I am most proud of. It is nearly a year since I became WSET certified. That also was a bit of an investment but one that was worthwhile. I passed with merit, despite having a cold on the day of the practical exam. The course was extremely interesting and my certified status is something that I think is important for the people who book me to talk to them about wine, it gives me and Mimi’s Wine-tastings official credibility.
Talking about wine is what I love doing. I would never be able to talk about shoes or clothes with as much passion. There is so much to say about each bottle: each wine (worth of this name) has stories behind it; people, a terroir, at least one grape variety, a growing story, a wine-making story a labeling story and even a marketing story. And as well as the past that has shaped it, it has a personality and a destiny: will it be drunk and properly appreciated or will the drinker fail to see what it’s about? Will it be kept? Will it age gracefully or turn sour?
Through its story and practical steps to discover its personality I try to make you appreciate it. It does not always mean that you will like it. Wines are like people; you can find yourself attracted to them instantly or it can take a while to get to know them. And there are some that, no matter what you do, you will never like. But that’s also useful to find out. I always find it easier to advise someone once I know what they don’t like and/or why they don’t like it.
So, this is what I concentrate on now: the wine-tasting, the wine appreciation. My mission is to kill preconceived ideas to unlock the next level in your wine experience. This is how I can do it:
Wine-tasting evenings or afternoons at your house or chosen venue with wines I select.
For this type of event I will need to apply for a temporary’s event’s notice ( 3 weeks ’notice required so the paperwork can be done and approved) Prices start at just £16.00 pp and I bring one bottle of wine per guest.
Wine-tasting voucher gifts available.
Hen night packages start at £16/per person. For the hen nights at Jollydays Glamping I use the wines from the licensed shop, you get to find out which are your favourite ones and can buy more later!
Wine-tasting tutorials with your own wines or the venue’s own wines. For this type of events, the fee is a flat one that we negotiate at the time of the quote. Wine-tasting voucher gifts available.
Wine recommendations for people who seek organic, vegetarian and vegan wines that they can’t find in shops. This is free to previous clients and I charge an hourly rate for new clients.
Feel free to contact me with any queries or suggestions you may have!