Traveling through Vineyards of Eastern France

There is no better way to learn about wines than to travel the vineyards where the grapes are grown.  Photos in books and videos are great, but they are framed to give the best view and evoke a desired image. As a wine educator, being “on the ground” makes me see...

The Awesome New WSET Diploma in Wine starts August 3

Q&A with Grape Experience educator and DipWSET Matthew Gaughan on why the WSET Diploma is a must for wine trade professionals. What were you doing when you started the Diploma and where are you now? I started the Diploma in Manchester in the UK when I was working...

The New Level 2 Wine Certificate – What’s Changed

This fall WSET and Grape Experience will debut the new WSET Level 2 Certificate in Wine.  It starts September 10 in San Francisco and September 18 in Boston.  Registration information is at https://www.grapeexperience.com/beginner-wine-courses/ The following interview...

Why You Should Take a Wine Class this Spring or Summer

You’ve been thinking about taking a wine course for some time, but for whatever reason you’ve been putting it off.  Well now is the best time of the year to take a wine class. Here’s why:   It's spring, the time of year for outdoor parties, picnics and outings...

So You Want to Become A Wine Educator

People constantly ask me how they can become a wine educator (often hoping to teach WSET courses).  My first response is to ask, “why do you want to teach?” The answers fall into five categories: I want to share what I know with others I think it is the logical thing...

New WSET Diploma in Wines Starts August 3

In January and February, all of Grape Experience educators – including myself – attended day-long workshops to learn about the new WSET Diploma in Wine that’s being introduced in August. There are some major changes to the current Diploma program in both teaching...

WSET New Spirits Classes

2019 will mark the start of several new WSET Spirits programs.  The renowned education company has created a suite of Spirits only courses focused on today's drinks business and the trends shaping it.  With three Levels (1-3) in Spirits there is a course for everyone....

Sauvignon Blanc & Oak

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular white wine varietals, especially since New Zealand producers started exporting their crisp fruit driven styles in the late 1980s.  American Sauvignon Blancs are often labeled "Fume Blanc." This branding was started by Robert...

The Truth About Sulfites

You’re waking up from a good night out. There were laughs and scandalous behaviour. You are now faced with a killer headache and you immediately assume it’s the sulfites in the copious amounts of glasses you drank last night. Is it really though? I am here to debunk...

Marina Giordano’s Sake Journey

Grape Experience sake expert Marina Giordano’s passion for the Japanese beverage has led her to travel extensively in Japan, studying production in multiple regions with officials of the National Brewery Council. She is a WSET Certified Sake Educator and has earned...

2018 The Year To Join A WSET Class!

I hear from many people with interest in Grape Experience WSET courses who are unsure where to start or if they want to make the commitment. Those who do take the plunge always feel great about it.  If you are thinking you would like to explore WSET Wine, Sake or...

Sake vs. Wine: A Fresh Perspective

Grape Experience’s WSET Level 1 Sake course provides an insight into Japanese culture, an overview of sake, and a good idea of the different styles and how they pair with food. Most importantly, it explains why sake tastes like it does, the reasons behind each style, and is a great help for walking into a shop or a restaurant and knowing which sake to buy and why.

Taking WSET Level 1 Sake

A few years ago, I attended a sake tasting in Manchester in the UK at hangingditch, the wine shop where I was then working. It was a fantastic tasting, featuring many different styles of sake. In its range of styles, diversity of food pairings, and salty, sometimes...

Building Confidence with WSET Level 1 and WSET Level 2

You’ve decided to start a career in wine. Your excited but nervous and keep asking yourself, “am I really qualified and do I know as much as I need to know to be successful?” Or maybe you’ve just started getting interested in wine, and your friends seem to know so...

The All New WSET Level 3 Certificate in Wine

This August, WSET will launch an all new Level 3 Certificate in Wine, and Grape Experience Wine & Spirit School will be among the first providers to implement the new course.  The new Level 3 is the most dramatic and best revision of this sought after...

Two Spanish Standouts

Spain continues to soar in the wine world. The country now claims to be the largest wine producer in the world, and the styles and quality of wines from Spain continue to grow. Modern viticulture and winemaking techniques are changing sleepy small ancient regions into...

Great Unexpected Gavi

I’m always looking for something new to serve at a summer party. There is only so much Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc I can take. This 4th of July I thought why not Gavi? This Italian white wine is light and has the crispness, and lemony, slightly grassy flavors...

Time for a Cocktail

More and more bars, pubs and restaurants are focusing on their cocktail lists with the result that a customer has a huge range of options from which to choose. I like the trend of many smaller restaurants specializing in one particular type of spirit – Bourbon,...

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