About Colin Bell.

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About Colin Bell  (the Kilted Sommelier)

With nearly 30 years of experience in the wine industry, Colin Bell has gained valuable knowledge across the hotel, restaurant, and retail services sectors.

Recognised as a passionate wine educator with great enthusiasm for wine, he demonstrates excellent communication and interpersonal skills and finds fulfilment in conversing and interacting with people from around the world.

Colin at Wineweinvinovin was a wonderful host. He organised an online tasting session across three countries, three time zones, and found wonderful wines for us all to taste in our respective nations. Despite being online, Colin’s warm and knowledgeable demeanor broke through the third wall and created an intimate tasting session enjoyed by all. We would definitely recommend Colin as a host and his knowledge, enthusiasm and experience shows within minutes of starting. Thank you for the experience! CandCwanderlust December 2020

Most notably, he was awarded the prestigious Sommelier of the Year honours by a select judging panel of internationally renowned journalists, chefs, and sommeliers at Wine International Magazine (2003-2004).

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My knowledge of wine regions and spirits around the world is expansive. With a distinguished record of leading beverage operations at luxury hotels, fine dining, and high-end restaurants, as well as extensive experience in running wine tastings.

“We experienced an informal wine tasting, and Colin’s knowledge was evident. We held it during these uncertain times, through an Internet platform, and met with people from 2 other countries. Colin was so skilled as to be able to explain our wines, albeit they differed from each other owing to availability. Colin Bell was not only informative but brought a note of fun and ease into the proceedings”. gailhS5111OG 29th December 2020

I plan, prepare, and implement wine tastings in relaxed, informal, and educational settings that appeal to both the beginner and the professional. I can confidently present tastings to groups of 6 to 25 people with varying knowledge and experiences.
I like to demystify the world of wine and show how much fun wine can be while enhancing your understanding of wine and providing in-depth education on how to get the most out of the wine in your glass.

My wine tasting events feature exciting themes, introductions to food and wine pairings, and education on deciphering the label as well as storing and serving the wine.