Scala School of Wine is a leading UK provider of special wine tasting and food events, for business, private clients and charities. As part of this we run celebrated guided trips to Champagne, Bordeaux and the Douro Valley in northern Portgual - the home of Port. Most of our corporate clients are drawn from in and around London, especially the City in law and finance; we readily travel further afield.
We have one aim: to consult with you and present the best wine and food possible in the most intelligent and exciting way. Our role is to bring your people together and closer to you, through the medium of fine wine.
We founded Scala in 1995, with wine education classes from Scala Street, London W1 and later from 7-9, Charlotte Street W1 in the heart of Fitzrovia. We were asked increasingly to present corporate wine events and came to specialise in them.
The Observer national newspaper has called us:
'...the best communicator on the wine circuit.'
We are particularly proud of this endorsement, as for us, skilled communication is vital if expertise is to engage and fascinate. 'Informative fun' is the name of the game. That's why everyone who presents wine, guides or just pours for Scala is first and foremost a good communicator, often with qualifications and experience in that area. Wine is our professional expertise. But we never forget that unless you can fascinate on your feet, all the wine expertise in the world is pointless.
After a degree in history and government, Scala's director Tim Hall worked in journalism, teaching and education inspection. He took his Masters in Language and Education, with Distinction, at London University's Institute of Education. Having caught the wine bug, he joined leading importer Ehrmanns. He gained the two year WSET Wines and Spirits Diploma in one and later, a Master of Wine dissertation pass but has (yet) to finish the MW qualification.
Tim loves champagne (and Champagne!) and it is his specialism. In October 2009 he was made a Chevalier of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, and in June 2014 was promoted Officier at the Chapitre de la Fleur de Vigne, Palais du Tau, Reims, proposed by Champagne Drappier. In 2013 Tim won the national competition final to be UK Champagne Ambassador 2013-14. A month later he was awarded Vice-Lauréat (2nd place) out of the eight European national champions competing in the final to be European Champagne Ambassador 2013-14.
After his family and wine, Tim's passions are food, cooking, West Ham United and coaching rugby.