This was a complete surprise. I was expecting a “closed door” attitude where people might judge me for being a wine rookie. But even in the advanced class the instructor was gracious and patient (although the class skips along at a decent pace so DON’T drift off into a little wine dream, leave that for later, ha!) The instructor, Matthew, is that rare kind of person who shares their knowledge but also makes time to listen to everyone at the table. I was really charmed by how he made time for everyone to share their thoughts. It was a Pinot Noir night and I was lucky enough to sit next to David from the Prince Albert Winery so yeah, there’s a chance to mingle with some real rockstars of the wine industry too. A total pleasure and I’ve already booked into a February 2019 class to try some Cabernet Sauvignon. Five stars, for sure. Five freaking gold stars.
I’ve been coming to Matthew’s tutored wine tastings for years now, enjoy them greatly, always discover something new in every class. Look forward to many more. Superb wines, excellent communication, profound knowledge and experience led by a passionate expert. Highly recommend to anyone.
Matthew runs excellent classes, quite unlike anything else around. High-sensory evaluation method of smelling and tasting the bracket of wines twice - first without food then again after - is really different and revelatory. Having tasted wine for over 30 years I love going to his classes as I come away with a fresh perspective. I strongly recommend these courses to both experienced and novice wine lovers.
Matthew makes his class participants feel at ease and creates a unique environment for learning and enjoyment at the same time. His research and knowledge of both wine and food makes these classes both interesting and informative - I have learnt something new on each occasion. I have also recommended Matthew’s programs to many friends and he has assisted me with business entertainment events too. Above all, he is a gentleman, good natured and attentive to the interests of everyone in the class. Fine Wine Appreciation will meet the needs of a wide range of folks who want explore their personal interest in wine and food and have fun at the same time.
Matthew’s wine classes are a revelation to both beginners and the more experienced wine buffs! Matthew has a wealth of knowledge about wine and is ever ready to impart his knowledge in a manner which is accessible and at times humorous! And the bonus is you get to try some amazing wines, which then spurs you on to your own search for what you have discovered about wine! A great night and recommended to anyone who loves wine. You’ll love it even more after these classes or dinners!
Kenzan has been one of my favourite Melbourne restaurants for years. And I go first to Matthew’s expertise on all things oenological. This was a beautiful night that combined two things I’ve enjoyed for years. Thank you, Matthew.
Matthew’s Beginners’ Wine Class was two hours of delightful conversation, informative banter and, of course, stunning wines. Matthew is a wonderful storyteller and drew us in with his insight and knowledge. It was an evening of laughter with like-minded patrons, and we all left with a fistful of handy information. Kudos to Matthew in creating an experience, which is intimate, joyful, and an in perfect environment, presenting wines which are exquisite to experience.
Matthew I just wanted to say thank you! In all the simplicity of the word and all its complex heartfelt gratitude. The Fine Wine Appreciation Course was wonderfully inclusive and enabled our quite eclectic bunch to enjoy amazing wines, interesting company; and laugh and learn along the way. You have a wonderful ability to encourage anyone who enjoys wine to express and respond to their experience. Thanks for a great four weeks and you will be seeing me soon!
Matthew Hansen’s classes provide a lively and highly informative learning experience in beautiful surroundings, with good food, congenial company and great wines. Each participant has the opportunity to exchange opinions and engage freely in the fascinating journey of discovering the wonderful wines of Australia under the baton of Maestro Matthew!