GuildSomm International X WSET School London: wines of the USA

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Immerse yourself in the vineyards of the USA with not one, but two, world experts: Jenny Hemmer of GuildSomm International and Master of Wine Lydia Harrison.

Event details

Join us for this extra special collaboration tasting between WSET School London and GuildSomm International.

GuildSomm’s Executive Director, Jenny Hemmer, and our very own Lydia Harrison MW will guide you through eight wines from key sub-regions of the USA.

Together, Jenny and Lydia will explore how climate, topography, and grape selection influence the diverse styles of wine that can be found across the United States.

Guests will enjoy the wines alongside some cheese and charcuterie.

Wine List:

• Heron Hill Winery Reserve Riesling Finger Lakes 2020
• Element Winery Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Red Blend Finger Lakes 2018
• Inman Family Wines Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2019
• St. Francis "Old Vines" Zinfandel Sonoma County 2019
• L'Ecole Merlot Columbia Valley 2019
• Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain 2019
• Corison Winery Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 2016
• Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2016


Tasting level

Masterclass: Our most advanced sessions, suitable for those who have a WSET Level 3 qualification or equivalent knowledge. Gain expert knowledge and insights from a specialist speaker.

About Lydia Harrison MW

Lydia Harrison MW

Lydia is a born and bred Londoner and has spent her entire career in the wine industry, starting in retail at Majestic Wine where she worked for six years, during which time she completed the WSET Diploma with Distinction and won the coveted Vintners' Scholarship for the highest mark in the UK trade.

Today, Lydia is Head of Education and Events at WSET School London, ensuring that our offering is packed with opportunities for you to taste an eclectic range of wines, spirits, sake and now beer.

Lydia is also one of our core educators, teaching about wine at all levels including the Level 4 Diploma in Wines.

She became a Master of Wine in August 2019 after completing a research paper focused on online wine education. She is also a Bordeaux Ambassador for the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) and a Certified Sherry Educator. Read our Q&A with Lydia.

About Jenny Hemmer

Jenny Hemmer

Jenny is the Executive Director of GuildSomm International. Her 20 years in the industry includes leadership roles in distributor and regional sales, talent acquisition, corporate public relations and communications, sales training, and wine and spirits education. Prior to taking on the Executive Director role at GuildSomm in 2022, Jenny spent a long career with Gallo.

She is a WSET Diploma candidate as well as a Certified Sommelier, Certified Wine Educator, and Certified Specialist of Spirits. Jenny lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

About Guildsomm International

GuildSomm International is a nonprofit membership organization for wine, spirits, and beverage professionals and aficionados. We create and deliver the most accurate, comprehensive, and accessible educational content in support of the global beverage community. GuildSomm connects its over 9,000 members with a range of content on and through classes, events, videos, and a popular podcast.

Thank you to our sponsors: Sonoma County Winegrowers, Napa Valley Vintners, Washington Wine Commission, and New York Wine and Grape Foundation.

Booking terms and conditions

Payment in full must be made at the time of booking and places are not confirmed until payment has been received. Unfortunately we cannot take provisional bookings.

Cancellations and transfers

  • Cancellations and transfers can be made up to two weeks before the event.
  • Cancellations within 10 working days are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another event.
  • If you need to change a name on the booking, please give us as much notice as possible.
  • WSET School London reserves the right to cancel an event. If necessary, a full refund or transfer will be offered.

Please note: The sample list and speaker/s may be subject to change.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this event, please call our Student Services team on 020 7089 3841 or email