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  1. Great resource for educators from WSET

    By Heather Dougherty
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    Many of you, as WSET alumni, will have received the recent WSET update which included a download of a report by Tim Jackson MW, Consumer Wine Education: Should The Wine Trade Care? – a subject close to all our hearts. The report is based on Tim’s Master of Wine dissertation, so is based on real research. Richard Bampfield MW was at seminar that Tim made at Prowein this year, presenting his findings and heartily recommends it to members. The report includes findings that we probably already “know”, for example that educated wine consumers spend more on a bottle of wine than those who have not had any wine education. But it is good to see that these things are borne out by concrete research – and could be a useful resource for all of us in approaching potential clients and in tailoring marketing for our courses. If you have not already received a link via WSET, you can download Tim’s report here: https://mailchi.mp/wset/alumni-update-november-839841?e=debc4fb31c  
  2. Sherry

    By Richard Bampfield MW
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    I dare say many of us will have been taught about Spanish wines and Sherry by Philip Rowles at some stage. At long last he has written a book on Sherry which can be bought at www.thesherrybook.co.uk   – an indispensable read, I see it as literary tapas to accompany my Palo Cortado……  
  3. Australia Day Tastings

    By Heather Dougherty
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    Australia Day Tasting 2018 Members of AWE are invited to register for Wine Australia’s Australia Day Tasting in January 2018. It’s the largest trade tasting of Australian wine outside Australia and it takes place in London, Edinburgh and Dublin. Across the three tastings, there will be 1200 wines from 245 wineries. There will also be themed focus tables and master classes, ensuring that you have a full and exciting day of immersion into Australian wine.  A number of winemakers and winery owners will be flying over from Australia to pour their wines and share their stories. At the London event, this list includes Martin Spedding (Ten Minutes by Tractor), Jeremy Dineen (Josef Chromy), Rory Lane (The Story), Damian North (Journey Wines), Andrew Hardy (Petaluma) and Toby Barlow (St Hallett).  London Tuesday 23 January 10am – 5pm B1, Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4DA Edinburgh Thursday 25 January 1pm – 6pm The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ Dublin Monday 29 January 1pm – 6pm The Round Room, The Mansion House, 2 Dawson Street, Dublin More information and registration here .