Thirty Fifty is run by Chris and his wife, both wine enthusiasts they "set out to demystify wine by bringing fun & no-nonsense wine tastings to people in their own homes," they also offer tastings for corporations and organised tastings for fund raising charity events.
My reasons for attending the tasting was a recommendation from Jamie Goode, another wine enthusiast and highly regarded wine professionals singing the praises of Chris, also because Gill and I have been thinking of doing something along the same lines (not in the UK I might add) and I wanted to get an idea of how it should be done.
Chris has a very fun and light hearted, yet enthusiastic teaching style, never getting too technical and adapting his methods according to the knowledge of his audience. Being a Kiwi Chris has a heavy bias towards New Zealand wines, but then I suppose we all have our own preferences, (I wonder if Chris has been recognised for "outstanding efforts in the promotion of Kiwi wines").
Gill and I had a great evening and I would highly recommend taking a look at the Thirty Fifty website to see what Chris and his team can offer you.
Thirty Fifty also do a highly informative podcast entitled "The UK Wine Show," with interviews and news from a variety sources within the wine trade via his website, free of charge for which he has been shortlisted for "International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year award"
It is not my intention to plagiarize what Chris has achieved here in the UK but at the same time I hope he does not mind me using him as a role model.
"If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third, place".