Caroline Conner wine tasting teacher of online wine courses caroline-and-buffy

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Hi! I’m Caroline, and I love teaching people about wine.

I’ve been in the wine business for 15 years so I know exactly how confusing and intimidating wine can be.

Originally from San Francisco, I moved to London when I was 16.

I  first got into wine during my undergrad in archaeology & anthropology at the University of Oxford, where I did competitive blind wine tasting. In 2009 I was awarded Top Taster at the Varsity Blind Wine Tasting Match against Cambridge, judged by Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson.

After Oxford I stayed in London to study cooking at Le Cordon Bleu, and then worked in the London wine trade selling to bars and restaurants. I once poured rosé for Baby Spice in a nightclub! She was great.​

I completed my Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 4 Diploma in 2012, and am currently a student of the Master of Wine (the hardest qualification in the world)!

In 2017 I moved to the culinary capital of France, Lyon. I found a charming apartment in an old silk factory and started Lyon Wine Tastings, the only English-language wine experience in the center of Lyon. 

The pandemic saw me pivot into online wine education, and I was one of the first people to host virtual wine tastings (and got mentioned in the NYT for it). The pandemic also saw me get a puppy, who is the best thing in my life, so it was a double edged sword.

These days I’m back in action running Lyon Wine Tastings, I have a fabulous podcast chatting about French food and wine with my friend Emily, I’m on YouTube, and I organize French wine retreats.

I love cooking, karaoke, skiing, and of course my dog Buffy.

Want to hang out? I’d love to meet you sometime in Lyon!

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