The WSET Diploma – Epilogue


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.

Wine reference books enter the digital age

Oxford Companion

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?

The big and small of Champagne

Paul-Eteinne Saint Germain

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

Bollinger Madness

WCVR Champagne - 24

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!

Cava – a crisis of identity

The height of Cava's brand image?

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.

Tawny: Port’s unsung hero


Who would want to drink anything but Tawny?

Uncovering the mystery of the Sherry Triangle

Surface-film flor in a sherry butt

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.

Wine truths

“Burgundy makes you think of silly things, Bordeaux makes you talk of them and Champagne makes you do them.”
by Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.