What’s WSET you ask?
WSET the Wine and Spirits Education Trust offers educational programs for people in the wine and spirits business. My cousin Paul has a WSET Diploma Level 4 which provides specialist-level knowledge in wine and spirits, for both the trade professional and serious wine enthusiast.
Paul is an architect in the UK but his company supports life long learning, so when asked what he’d like to take courses in, he chose WSET. Although it has nothing to do with his work, it gives focus to a lot of his travel choices.
He took classes once a week for two years. The course involved written papers on wine regions, styles, viticulture, vinification and marketing as well as blind tastings similar to those on WineAlign‘s annual So You Think You Know Wine Challenge videos requiring experts to identify the grape variety, region, quality and age of a selection of anonymous wines.
When Paul visited us in Ontario, he wanted a wine tour in Prince Edward County which included a visit to Norman Hardie’s Winery. The Wine Society of UK of which he is a member imports cases of Norm’s unfiltered County Pinot Noir and Norm’s Niagara Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Continue reading