Caroline Conner AIWS
Associate of the Institute of Wine and Spirits
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.
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.
My desert island wine is Mosel Riesling, sorry not sorry.
I love Instagram, you can follow me @winedinecaroline