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...

5 Reasons to Start the WSET Diploma this Summer

The WSET Diploma Certificate (Level 4) is one of the most recognized and valuable credentials in the wine world.  This challenging two-year program offers people who already have strong wine knowledge, the opportunity to go to an elite level.  The program will be...

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...

Innovation & Shortlist for WSET 2017 Educator of the Year

[slider]Every WSET Certified Educator and Approved Program Provider brings new ideas and methods to the classes they teach.  These approaches often put a unique spin that can make material more relevant to the geographic area and understandable for the student.  Grape...

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...

WSET Level 2 In Wine & Spirts – The Perfect Beginner Course

One of the most common things I hear from people interested in the WSET program is “I want to take Level 2 but I can’t because I haven’t taken Level 1 yet.” Let me set the record straight: you do not have to take Level 1 to take Level 2.  In fact, for most people who...

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 qualification I...

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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Grape Experience Wine & Spirit School, the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Boston's leading WSET course provider publishes articles on wine, spirits and sake written by our WSE Certified Educators, students and guest columnists. Our articles are designed to give people new perspectives, ideas and suggestions of wine, spirits and sake
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