John Butterwick (trading as Winetalks) is based near Wetherby, West Yorkshire and specialises in various forms of wine education.

In 1991, John began to develop his longstanding interest in wine, by establishing his first wine tasting group, which soon became his main hobby. The research necessary to run such a group broadened his knowledge of wine.

In 1997 he passed the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Certificate and in 2001 he achieved the WSET Higher Certificate (since re-named the WSET Advanced Certificate). He has ambitions to pursue the WSET Diploma as soon as time permits, leading to an application for membership of the Association of Wine Educators.

In 2002 he was asked to develop and deliver a 10-week Wine Appreciation course ("Exploring the World of Wine") by the North Yorkshire Adult Education Service based at Tadcaster Grammar School. This was followed by another 10-week course, "The Wines of France". The courses ran for 5 years in Tadcaster and Sherburn-in-Elmet, but withdrawal of the Government subsidy for this kind of 'leisure' evening class, with a consequent increase in fees, resulted in a drop in the level of interest and those courses have not run since 2007. The courses recently resumed for a while at Wetherby High School for Leeds City College. John has been asked regularly by former course participants, to re-establish wine education opportunities in the local area. He has also collaborated with local restaurants (Fennel in Wetherby, Mirabelle in Harrogate, Le Box Bistro in Boston Spa, Spikes Bistro at Scarthingwell Golf Club and Hardwicke Hall Manor near Hartlepool), local vineyards (Leventhorpe Vineyard near Leeds, Yorkshire Heart Vineyard near York and Ryedale Vineyard near Malton) and with an international hotel chain (Holiday Inn).

He concludes that there is plenty of interest from people who wish to increase their knowledge of wine, in a variety of different ways. He now offers a wide range of learning experiences:-

Boston Spa Wine Workshops, South Milford Wine Workshops and Wetherby Wine Workshops offer members a package of informal monthly tastings on a wide variety of themes chosen by members;

Wine and Dine evenings in conjunction with local restaurants give diners an all-inclusive meal with something extra - a chance to learn informally a little more about the food, the wine and the culture of the featured region; 

Promoted through the Yorkshire Speakers' Directory and the West Yorkshire Federation of WIs Yearbook, Winetalks to groups of all kinds, tailored to the specific needs of the group or company;

Winetalks at Home offer private tutored tastings for groups of friends in the host's home.