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Posted on | July 28, 2010 | No Comments

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An email from Dermot Nolan MW the other day prompted me to have another look at the WSET Diploma course to see whether or not I wanted to apply to do it. I really enjoyed completing the WSET advanced course and my wine knowledge increased immensely. But the diploma course is a massive jump in both money and time commitment.

Putting both those concerns to one side, I had a perusal through the course schedule to see what areas would be covered, what the coursework and exams entail.

Some of the sections really appeal to me. I would love to learn more about wine production, the light wines of the world, sparkling and fortified wines. But, if I’m to be honest, I have little interest in the whole sections on spirits or on the global business of alcoholic beverages. The coursework titles of  “The  “premiumisation” of white spirits ” and “Agents,  importers and distributors” don’t fill me with enthusiasm, alas.

I realise that WSET courses are tailored to those in the wine trade and therefore these sections and coursework assignments are relevant.  I could ofcourse research, buy the books and do whichever sections/regions I pleased on my own. But I must admit, I really like the camraderie, the social and “having dedicated time to learn” aspects of a taught course.

I guess what I’m looking for is an alternative course. Is there such a thing in Ireland? Or should I just bite the bullet and consider the WSET diploma even though its not perfect for me?

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