Meet Brigid your course Coordinator......

Brigid O’Hora is a WSET (hdip) trained sommelier who has worked for many years in the operational and sales side of the wine industry, including front of house in Shanahan’s, L'Ecrivain, and as a Sommelier in Dromoland Castle and Locks. During this time her passion was always for the educational aspect of wine; and she really caught the bug for teaching during a year lecturing on wine at Cathal Brugha St DIT (now TU Dublin).

The small matter of having triplets in 2006 saw Brigid take a career break, during which time she completed her MSc in Hospitality Management. By 2020 she was ready to re-enter wine education- just in time to embrace the new opportunities for online learning that this strange and challenging year brought.

In September 2020 Brigid launched Virtual Vineyards. This is an online wine tasting events business. Incorporating wine classes, tastings and events. As the world has opened back up Virtual Vineyards is also operating on an ‘in person’ event basis. These
events consist of 6 Week Wine Appreciation courses, Wine Tasting team building events, and Restaurant and Bar Staff Training. With the benefit of Brigid’s master’s in hospitality
management and HDip in WSET Wine and Spirits, she is in a qualified position to independently upskill hospitality professionals in both wine and service in the wake of the reopening of the industry.

Whats in this course....

The idea of this particular course is to offer those at home the opportunity to learn in their own time, in the comfort of their own home.

-This course consists of bitesize digestible learning videos.

-Interactive wine tasting tutorials.


-Specifically curated recipes to pair with.

-Wine Journal & wine notes.

-10 hours of engaging wine content.

-From grapes, to styles, to regions, to costings, marketing and wine buying.

-Free downloads.

-Educator support.


Just wanted to say thank you again for that amazing evening. I think everyone loved interacting and have learned a bit more about wine in general. I hope we can do this again in the future.

Thanks again.



New follower, but I really love your page... your recommendations are spot on, which can be so hard to pick and I think we always tend to stay with the old familiars. But you have really inspired me to go out and try new ones. I now slow down and really think about the flavours and savour it, so thank you!



Thank you so much for these wine classes. We've picked up a lot of info which will be really helpful at home or whenever we go to a restaurant again. You have such a talent for what you do. Looking forward to the next one.


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Why this course is perfect for you...

If you are tired of spending your heard earned money on bad wine, or perhaps you feel overwhelmed ordering off a restaurant list, or indeed bowled over by the gargantuan selection in the supermarkets, than this is the course for you.

This course will help you understand how wine is made. It will bring your on a journey exploring grapes and the flavours they give, so you can decide what you actually like for yourself! Understanding what you like in terms of weight, flavour and style really helps you choose better wines in the shops. Knowing where the best qaulity, best value wine regions are also a key factor in buying better.

It will also help you to judge quality in a wine, so you can order with confidence in a restaurant or hotel. Each tasting tutorial teaches you where and how to look for balance and quality, thus giving you the understanding of whether the wine is good or bad, or prehaps just not to your own taste.