Hi everyone!!

We live in a world/society in which it is truly essential how a service is given for it to be a success. Medicine, business, communications, education, the hotel and catering industry ... you name it.

When a language such as English is learnt, teachers and professors usually resort to a useful communicational approach with an emphasis on the grammar.

How then is it possible for people who get trained to become professionals to find a course that has these characteristics but also focuses on the specific language of their career without neglecting the proper pronunciation and intonation or the extremely useful email and report composition?

English Red Booths offers this alternative. For ages, a booth in its varied forms, has successfully been used to allow people to communicate in a private, comfortable, easygoing way. This is the concept embraced by this service.

Check the blog to learn about it and contact The Booths if you have any questions, or if you wish to take a course. 



Business Spanish - Level 1 (Beginners/Elementary) - Workshop
Schedule: Mondays and Fridays (9 a.m./11 a.m.)

Business English - Level 1 (False Beginners) - Crash Course
Schedule: Mondays and Fridays (11.30 / 13.30)

Bookings at the usual email addresses


You are welcome to contact us

You can request both English and Spanish lessons.
For interviews, placement tests or bookings, write to us:

Att.: Maria Darcy / Head teacher

Current Courses at ERB Studio

The English Red Booths studio is currently offering the following courses:

Kind: Immersion courses/seminars (with provided material)

Immersion:  English for sommeliers   
                           English for tour guides

Seminars:  English basics for waiters/waitresses,
                        Medical care (patient care). Focus: How to present complaints.

Schedule:  Tuesdays and Saturdays (email the studio to check specific schedule/vacancies).


Glass closure on a bottle of wine we bought recently | Flickr: Intercambio de fotos

Glass closure on a bottle of wine we bought recently Flickr: Intercambio de fotos

What a hip glass closure!

Alternative wine closures?

Yes, these are substitute closures used in the wine industry for sealing wine bottles in place of traditional cork closures.

What are they?

1. Synthetic corks: They are made from plastic compounds designed to look and "pop" like natural cork. They avoid the TCA or trichloroamisole contamination but have certain disadvantages such as a risk of harmful air entering the bottle after 18 months as well as the difficulty of extracting the cork from the bottle.

2. Screw caps or Stelvin caps: These are closures made only from aluminium that threads onto the bottleneck. They are the predominant closure used by New Zealand wineries. Quality tests show that apart from protecting against cork taint, screwcaps are beneficial in the aging of wine, particularly preserving the aromatic freshness. However, in some cases, after the first ten years, the plastic in the caps may go brittle and let air in or the cap may go through a process of sulphidisation by which the sulphur in the wine reeks, thus altering and spoiling the bouquet of the wine.

3. Vino-Seal or Vino-lok: This is a plastic/glass closure released by Alcoa. This method, which uses a glass stopper with an inert o-ring, creates a hermetic seal which prevents oxidation and TCA contamination. However, the plug is costly and so is the manual bottling due to the lack of compatible bottling equipment outside Europe.

4. Zork: This alternative closure, invented in South Australia by McKenna and Brooks, seals like a screw cap and pops like a cork. It consists of three parts:

a. an outer cap providing a  clamp locking onto the band of a standard cork mouth bottle.
b. an inner metal foil which acts as an oxygen barrier similar to a screw cap.
c. an inner plug that creates a "pop" on extraction and reseals after use.

5. Crown caps: They have been used in the sparkling wine industry, as a closure during the bottle fermentation process. The cap is replaced with a cork before shipping. Crown caps provide a tight seal without risking cork-taint. Although they are easier to open, crown caps eliminate part of the ceremony and mystique of opening a sparkling one.

OK, then. Should we be romantic or practical? Come on, let´s make up your minds!

The Wine Bottle

I´m sure nobody´s ever paid any special attention to the bottle that holds the precious elixir that wine is. Remember Othello? Let´s focus on the modest container, shall we?

It is generally made of glass. Some wines are fermented in the bottle and others are bottled only after fermentation.

They come in a large variety of sizes, several named for biblical kings and other figures. The standard bottle contains 750 ml., although this is a relatively recent development.

Wine bottles are susually sealed with cork, but screw-top caps are becoming popular, and there are several other methods used to seal a bottle.