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WTF is Structure?

July 19, 2018

It’s time for another edition of Wine WTFs! In this series we’ll explore wine terms and ideas and try to figure out what the fuss is all about. Last time we discovered wtf the deal is with sweetness in wine.

This time around we tackle a concept that has confounded many, including myself, at one time or another. It’s a weird word for the wine world. It feels like it fits better in relation to sculpture or architecture.

Seriously, wtf is structure?

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A long weekend WSET binge

June 28, 2018

I’ve spoken to many people over the past year about my adventures learning with WSET, the Wine Spirit and Education Trust. I’ve also shared my journey in posts here and there, but not all in one go – that changes now.

As we head into our first summer long weekend I wanted to bring you a post filled with lots of things to read. I’m spending this long weekend at the cottage and with family and just before I close my laptop and truly turn off I leave you with a round-up of posts about all things WSET.

Enjoy!

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WTF is Acidity?

May 24, 2018

Welcome to another edition of Wine WTFs! In this series we’ll explore wine terms and ideas and try to figure out what the fuss is all about. Last time we talked about wtf the deal is with tannins.

You drink it in your coffee and your coke. You love it in your salads and sometimes even clean your house with it.

You’ve heard of it in the context of wine, but aren’t quite sure you know what it means, much less how to identify it.

Seriously, wtf is acidity?

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4 Tips on Hosting Your Very Own Wine Tasting

April 26, 2018

A couple of weekends ago I made a trip home to my parents’ house for my brother Nick’s annual birthday wine tasting. Since I’ve bragged to you about how great they are before I thought that this time around I would shake it up. Instead of a recap I’ve decided to bring you, dear reader, into the tradition.

Hosting your own wine tasting is simple and fun. Here are four tips to get you started.

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The WSET Results Are In

July 20, 2017

[You guys, I don’t mean to make a big thing of it or anything, but this is my 100th post. !!! Does this mean I get a giant slab cake like they do for tv shows? #milestone]

I think the universe might have been listening to my last WSET post – a few hours after it went out into the world I got an email from the college where I took the course to say that my results were in and to expect them in the mail within the next week. FINALLY!

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Wine Websites Across the Internet

May 25, 2017

It’s probably no surprise that when I’m not learning or writing about wine I’m often reading about it. Yes, I’m a little obsessed! But there’s so much to know!

These are some of the places I’ve found online that keep me coming back again and again. They consistently have great stories and information and some of them are written by people I know. If you’re looking to branch out in your wine reading, take a look at these websites.

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Tasting With WSET Level 3

March 9, 2017

I’m now past the halfway point in my journey through WSET level 3. I’ve begun studying for the exam (50 multiple choice questions, 4 short answer questions and 2 blind tastings – one white and one red) but am still waiting for my confidence to show. I had a similar problem with the last class I took – it wasn’t until the last few weeks of class that I finally started feeling like ‘hey, I think I can do this!’. Hopefully that feeling comes to my WSET studies soon. Better late than never, I suppose.

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The Point of WSET Level 3

February 23, 2017
woman with wine

I’m now past the halfway point of my WSET 3 classes, and I’ve started to notice something as I explain with enthusiasm what I’m doing and how it’s going.

People’s eyes tend to glaze over. I can see them start to nod and smile, not really knowing or understanding why I’m talking so animatedly.

This leads me to wonder…

 

What is the point of WSET level 3?

(or any wine course, for that matter)

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