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WSET Diploma Studies: Rum Part 1 – The Rum Trade

Rum is the fastest growing spirits category in key markets worldwide. China has seen phenomenal growth, between 2005-2010 rum volume sales in China  increased by 286% and value sales increased by a crazy 401%. Here in the UK, sales are … Continue reading

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WSET Diploma studies: Italian sparkling wine

Italy is doing pretty darn well in the sales stakes, it is the number three country of origin for sparkling wine. In 2010, Italian sparkling wine sales in the UK were up 19% set against a relatively flat sparkling market … Continue reading

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WSET Diploma Studies: Champagne Part 2 – The Champagne Trade

My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne“ John Maynard Keynes   Champagne covers just 34,500 hectares, yet is spread over 301 villages and 19,000 growers – including a good many part-time growers with tiny parcels of grapes. … Continue reading

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WSET Diploma studies – Champagne and Sparkling wine what it is and how it’s made?

Champagne and sparkling wine has the ability to enhance any drinking occasion and add a certain sparkle to proceedings. In order the create wine, grapes are crushed and fermented. During fermentation the grapes’ sugars are converted into alcohol, the byproduct … Continue reading

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Fortified Wines tasting exam advice from Jeremy Rockett of Gonzalez Byass UK

The drinks industry is such a beautiful place, there are no end of people willing to lend your their ear, show you round a bodega or pass on some helpful hints and tips to keen Diploma students bricking it about their … Continue reading

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WSET Diploma, Week 6, Factors Affecting Quality and Style (1)

Week 6 of the WSET Diploma got all geeky again and we looked at some of the different adjustments a winemaker can make to improve the final quality and balance of a wine. Enrichment – this is where sugar is … Continue reading

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WSET Diploma, Week Four – Wine Production: Natural Factors and Human Influences (2)

In Week Three of the WSET Diploma we covered how climate can impact on the suitability of an area for growing certain grapes varieties and how the same grape can produce a very different style if grown in a different … Continue reading

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WSET Diploma, Week Three – Wine Production: Natural Factors and Human Influences (1)

Apologies – I’ve got  little behind with documenting my WSET Diploma wine studies but document I will, better late than never! The next two viticulture classes were taken by Anna Martens, an Australian who has spent time as a flying winemaker … Continue reading

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New Year’s resolutions – so cliché I know, but will totally stick to them this year!

Christmas is almost here and already my I’ve caught myself making promises for the New Year. I’m not a big believer in New Year’s resolutions but I seem to have quite a lot I want to acheive in 2011 so … Continue reading

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