Thursday, 19 April 2012

WSET Diploma: Day Four

Following the previous three tasting-heavy days at the WSET, it was a considerable shift to be told to arrive for day four with no glasses whatsoever. Day Four focuses on the Global Drinks market and, as such, is more to do with the interpretation of data than the liquid itself.

The day had enormous potential to be stiflingly dull but, thankfully, was presented by a Mr Philip Goodband MW who is a truly fascinating chap. Philip is gifted in bringing stats to life, and encouraged the class to look beyond the experiences of our own time in the industry. I, along with many others, am guilty of a very Westernized view of the world of wines and spirits (and spent longer than you would believe debating the 'z' in that word). Whilst it is almost impossible to be unaware of the influence of the Chinese market on European winemakers at the moment, the scales involved are well beyond anything I had imagined.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Breaking News: The Cambridge Distillery

Since I started this blog I've had the pleasure of writing up a number of products and events before they are released to the general public. Today, I am very excited to be able to share with you a new development in the spirits world: a brand new distillery, in Cambridge, dedicated to producing tailored gin.