About Caroline Conner

Caroline Conner AIWS

Associate of the Institute of Wine and Spirits

Hi, I’m Caroline Conner, a British and American chef, sommèlier, and writer living in Lyon, France. I run Lyon Wine Tastings, Lyon’s only English-language wine experience.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, I moved to London when I was 16 to live with my dad. I stayed in the UK for a decade, gaining my British citizenship in 2010.

Caroline Conner creating a cheeseboard for Lyon Wine tastings

I became interested in wine while studying archaeology and anthropology at the University of Oxford, where I was a member of the Oxford Blind Tasting Society. I competed in the 2009 Varsity Blind Tasting Match against Cambridge and awarded Top Taster in 2009.

University was followed by a cuisine and pastry diploma at Le Cordon Bleu in London, during which time I also began to further study wine with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. In 2012 I was awarded my WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine and Spirits.​ That means I get to be “Caroline Conner AIWS”, or “Associate of the Institute of Wine and Spirits”.

I have lived and worked in food and wine in London, Paris, Bordeaux, the French Alps, San Francisco, and now Lyon. I currently run Lyon’s only dedicated English-language wine tasting experience.

My approach to wine tasting is inspired by my blind tasting experience, focusing on teaching wine analysis skills in an approachable and fun way. I moved from California to Lyon in 2017 to be in the famed culinary capital of France, and I love living in the Croix-Rousse. My favorite things about Lyon are staircases, terracotta rooftops, proximity to vineyards, the local market, and my flat in an old silk factory. ​

I contribute to This is Lyon, the Vintner Project, and WineTraveler.com.

My desert island wine is Mosel Riesling, sorry not sorry.​

I love Instagram, you can follow me @winedinecaroline


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