Inspired by her friends’ calls of despair about what to select at the bottle shop, 28-year-old wine raconteur, foodie and educator Clare Burder has created The Humble Tumbler, a four-week introductory wine course.

“Many people perceive wine appreciation to be quite difficult, when actually the opposite is true,” she says.

“If you spend money on wine regularly, it’s worth having some ideas about what you like and why you like it, especially when it comes to different wine regions and grape varieties.”

The Humbler Tumbler comes complete with a wine appreciation textbook and salty nibbles by the crew at Backstreet to stave off dinner hunger pangs. The course is split into an introductory session, white wine, red wine and bubbly sessions, each of which run for two hours on a Tuesday evening.

Burder believes it’s the perfect time to explore Australia’s wine industry, which has never been more focused on quality, value and diversity.

“I love wine and Australia’s wine industry, because it’s full of stories, places and people who are all a bit mad about what they do. I love how a wine can express its origin and even some of the personality of the person who made it.”

The Humble Tumbler Introductory Wine Course
152 Kerr Street, Fitzroy
Tuesday evenings in July and August, 6pm–8pm, $350 per person