Educational insights and innovations from ThirtyFifty
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Main image: Jane Scott, WSET CEO Michelle Brampton, and Chris Scott At the recent International Wine Challenge, two of our course providers were celebrated as Consumer Educator of the Year and Trade Educator of the Year. These awards celebrate UK-based course providers who go above and beyond to offer the best experiences for students, whether they are wine enthusiasts or work in the trade. First up we’re sharing some industry insights from the IWC Consumer Educator of the Year ThirtyFifty, but check back soon to learn more from Bibendum, the IWC Trade Educator of the Year. London-based tastin ..read more
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Understanding grapes: spotlight on Riesling in Germany
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4d ago
Riesling is one of the world's most versatile grape varieties. It has the potential to produce wines that range from completely dry to lusciously sweet, from simple to complex, and from fresh fruit flavours to ripe. On the vine Riesling’s natural home is Germany, where it has been documented as having been used to make wines from at least 1435! Many of Germany's wine regions experience a cool climate, with an annual threat of spring frosts. These frosts can damage the young bud of the vine and severely affect both the quality and the quantity of wine produced.  Luckily, Riesling buds ..read more
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Five things you don’t know about Cava (but should!)
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1w ago
It’s time to celebrate Cava! While many of us are familiar with arguably the most famous sparkling wine, Champagne, its Spanish counterpart, Cava, also deserves to be in the spotlight. We’re uncorking five key facts about Cava that we hope will teach you something new about this sparkling wine. 1. Cava is made in the traditional method Sparkling wines made in the traditional method undergo a second fermentation in the bottle. In short, sugar and yeast are added to a base wine, which is bottled and sealed with a crown cap. The base wine typically has light flavours of apple and lemon. The secon ..read more
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The ultimate guide to wine bottle shapes and sizes
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2w ago
While there are thousands of grape varieties and dozens of wine glass styles to suit different types of wine, there are only a few standard wine bottle shapes and sizes. Here we break down the differences and why, if at all, they matter? In short, different bottle sizes don’t mean better wine quality, although smaller bottles are believed to hasten the ageing process.  If you're keen to look "behind the label", with the Level 2 Award in Wines, you'll gain an understanding of the factors that influence the style and quality of the wines you love and discover new styles and regions. Click h ..read more
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Your guide to the most popular cocktails
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1M ago
From the bustling bars of New York to the sandy shores of the Caribbean, cocktails have become a universal symbol of leisure and relaxation. Whether you're a seasoned mixologist or just love mixing drinks at home, the art of crafting cocktails offers endless opportunities for creativity and innovation. In this blog, we'll take you on a journey through some of the most popular cocktails. We'll delve into their fascinating origins, explore why they're so popular, and, of course, share how to make them. The Old Fashioned Origins: The Old Fashioned is often hailed as the original cocktail, dating ..read more
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Five common misconceptions about the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines
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1M ago
Do you have your sights set on completing the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and earning that coveted ‘DipWSET’ postnominal? If you’re thinking about enrolling on this challenging and rewarding course, take a look at the five common misconceptions listed below – including reasons why you don’t need to be intimidated by the tasting exams. 1. You'll be a sommelier when you finish the course The word ‘sommelier’ is often used interchangeably with ‘wine expert’. However, this is actually a job title. At its most basic definition, a sommelier is a waiter in a restaurant who is responsible for servin ..read more
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Busting sake industry jargon
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1M ago
Sake is increasingly making its mark across the world appearing on wine lists, retail shelves, and in the cocktails of drinks professionals in-the-know. But, it’s a drinks category that is still not widely understood - partly because of its seemingly complicated labelling. Don’t let this put you off. Once you can understand some of the key terms, you will start recognising some of the main styles of sake. To start you off on your sake journey, here are eight key terms to learn: Kōji This refers to one of the key ingredients in sake. It’s a type of mould or fungus called kōji-kin which is grown ..read more
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The brewer's craft: insights from industry experts
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2M ago
Behind every pint are passionate people who dedicate their lives to perfecting their craft. But what drives them, and what challenges do they face on a daily basis?  We interviewed three experts to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes in the beer industry. Jayne Lewis is a trailblazer in the Australian brewing scene, known for founding Two Birds Brewing, the country's first female-owned brewery. With accolades like Entrepreneur of the Year and multiple brewing awards, she has made a lasting impact. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture & O ..read more
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Alex Tsui's journey to the Vintners' Cup
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2M ago
Each year at our graduation ceremony, the Vintners' Cup is awarded to the graduate achieving the highest mark across all areas of the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines. No mean feat, and a remarkable achievement!  This year's winner, Che Chun Alex Tsui, completed his Diploma with Neptune School of Wine in the USA. We interviewed him to learn more about his introduction to wine, his study tips, and how he views wine education.  Who or what inspired you to start learning about wine? I don’t come from a wine-drinking family, so my wine journey really started during my university d ..read more
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Winner of the Develop Prize: Alex Preston
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2M ago
Our graduation ceremony boasted a new award this year. The WSET Develop Prize, presented in collaboration between WSET and The Drinks Trust, recognises a student who has demonstrated their commitment to their educational progression within the drinks industry. This year's winner, Alex Preston, is the co-owner of The Bottle Top, a small business based in Nottingham. She has worked in the drinks and hospitality industry for more than 15 years, gaining a number of accolades including being selected as the Top 100 Female entrepreneurs in the country.  Alex recently passed the WSET L ..read more
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