I was this close to letting my relationship with wine tip to the hate side of the love/hate equilibrium. Revising relentlessly for an exam for 6 months can do that to you. After 2 (panicked) deferrals, I finally buckled down, studied diligently as many weekends as possible over 5 months, and solidly crammed for the final month ahead of my June 2014, WSET Diploma Unit 3 Tasting and Theory exams.
I can only imagine the day when I’ll have the World Atlas of Wine, the Oxford Companion to Wine, my textbooks and notes, all easily accessible on an iPad while sipping on Champagne in business class. Am I dreaming?
An easy weekend from London, the Champagne region has countless welcoming cellars to visit, both big and small. We pottered our way through the picturesque grand cru villages of the Côte des Blancs, the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne. All three areas are unique both in terms of geography and the
This New Year’s Eve, when you are looking for a bottle of bubbly to share with your loved ones, spend the couple of extra bucks and get a bottle of Bolly… you won’t be disappointed!
There is a crisis amongst Cava producers who have a unique story to tell, in a sector dominated by the marketing giants of Freixenet and Cordoniu who thrive on €2/bottle supermarket volume.
Who would want to drink anything but Tawny?
No study for the WSET diploma fortified unit would be complete without a visit to Jerez de la Frontera, the home of Sherry. We discovered our love for Sherry whilst living in Vancouver and were excited to explore its origins. We visited three very different bodegas during our weekend getaway – Lustau, Bodegas Tradicion and Gonzalez Byass, all located in Jerez de la Frontera.