About us

SIP-

We love sipping wine but the choice can be intimidating, what's the best value for money? And how do you go about trying to descibe one wine from another anyway? Removing the old fashioned traditions around wine, our workshops are laid back, informal affairs.

You will get to taste at least six different wines, learn about many more and figure out what works for you, with like-minded folk who are keen to experiment and expand their tastes.

-OLOGIST

Genetics are a big factor as to why we all have such different food and drink tastes.

At SipSoc, we base our experiments on exactly this science and use maths, geography and sometimes even music to take you on a taste adventure.

This twist makes the classes memorable and simplifies wine so you can take your new knowledge out into your everyday lives.


SOCIAL

Being social is fundamental to what we do at SipSoc. We want you to explore and learn in a relaxed setting.

  • Come along and meet neighbours who have similar interests

  • Get a group of mates together for your own private class

  • Build your confidence to order the right wine on a date

  • Impress your colleagues as you reel off smells they can only find once you’ve said it

  • Or just get to know your palate better

The SipSoc Story

I’ve worked in wine and spirits since finishing university but mainly by accident. I had been tennis coaching that summer with an aim to be a physio but instead on a bit of a whim I took myself off to Australia for some sunshine and ended up working in a winery to learn about the drink I'd always loved but also just to fill the purse again. I had no idea that work could be so fun, educational and delicious. On returning to the UK, I did my wine qualifications and have never looked back.

I love wine. Making it, developing it, learning about it, tasting it, talking about it and of course, drinking it.

I’ve always wanted to share this love with others in a way that makes them love wine too. So that’s why I started SipSoc. There is a wine out there for everyone, even if you don't know what it is yet.

I’ve taken my many years of experience in the trade as a buyer, account manager and specialist wine trainer and developed a modern view and teaching style. Whether you’ve never been to a tasting or have your own private cellar, come along, try some great wines, learn something new and have a laugh whilst doing so.

Currently relaunching in Dorset after a successful six years in London I run the buisness WFH alongside looking after my twins.

SipSoc Awards

We welcomed our first award in Nov 2019 winning 'Most Unique Wine Tasting' from the LUXlife Magazine and have since picked up the 2021 award for 'Best Wine Tasting Class Experience Provider' at SME news before we relocated

Mandy also won a nomination for the 2016 Imbibe Personality of the Year in Education award and the 2015 WSET Global Wine Educator for Enotria Winecellars


Association of Wine Educators

I am very honoured to have taken on the role of Chairman of the Association of Wine Educators. For me it's so important that talented Educators have an accreditation to show who's the best in the business so wine enthusiasts and other members of the trade can confidently see not only who knows their stuff but who is able to deliver clear and engaging tastings. Sadly, it’s very easy to manipulate a job title or experience an individual may have in wine with an impressive looking website/ social media. I’ve written a Blog on the issue should you want to gain more information on this and what wine roles we have in the trade. The AWE prides itself on frequent learning and one of it’s perks is a packed Continual Development Program.

Make sure you look out for the branding when booking tastings and events or go to the website to find an Educator in your area.

They also publish the 100 AWEsome Wines, now online here, with up to date wine recommendations from all members

Click here for the Press Release.

WSET- Wine and Spirt Education Trust

I am also qualified to teach Level 1, 2, 3 in Wine and Spirits and regulary go back to the Wine School in London to do so.

Having just relocated the business I am working on setting up some courses in Dorset and the surrounding areas. I also have a long background in Wine Training in bars and resturants teaching both WSET and bespoke sessions.

If you'd be interested in either please do get in touch.

Taste-i-monials

You can find many reviews on our Google business page too- all 5 star and glowing, thanks everyone ;) But here are some of the ones we have in our 'Vistors Book' we keep for new Sipologists and their thoughts on becoming part of the Club.


"I thought I knew a lot about wine already having been in the business for 10 years. However, there is still so much more to learn and understand. A great day out!"

Dario A, London (Bespoke Family Christmas Present)


"Thank you! A brilliant time and so interesting to learn in an interactive way. Would very much come again."

Ginny R, London (Hen Party)


"A wonderful evening. I learnt more than I thought I knew and knew more than I thought! Thank you."

Dave S, Brighton (Spanish ReWined in Tooting -Birthday Party)


"Brilliant! A very interesting day. I just wish I had done this earlier."

Rupert C, London (Bespoke Taste Buddies, Chelsea)


"Really informative afternoon with lots of laughs. I really liked the wines and will be taking my new knowledge to the shops."

Emily P, Leicester (Hen Party)