Bryterlater Brambles Field Blend 2020 – tasting note

Bryterlater Wines is a new project from James Graves Opie, making unusual and funky, natural wines in North Canterbury, New Zealand. We found the bottle of Bryterlater Brambles Field Blend 2020 during our first visit to the Everyday Wine shop in Auckland. The wine is a blend of Syrah, Riesling, and Muscat made with carbonic …

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Top 8 podcasts to complement your wine studies

Podcasts are booming! They came about 15 years ago and slowly overtook the world of audio. They started as “time-shifted radio” to soon become one of the crucial ways to connect with one’s audience, share knowledge, start conversations and ignite movements. There are now over 900,000 podcasts! Yes, almost 1 million, and over 20% of …

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Resources to pass WSET Diploma D1 (Previous Unit 2), Wine production

Before you start reading, take into account that I took my exam in August 2017 so some of the information about the D1 exam can be outdated. As you know, I managed to pass my WSET Diploma Unit 2 exam with a pretty good result. Some of you asked me to share a few more …

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My journey towards WSET Diploma, part 3 – D5 (previous Unit 6) – Fortified wines

Before you start reading, take into account that I took my exam in November 2017 so some of the information about the fortified wines exam can be outdated. After the D1 exam (Previous Unit 2 – Wine production) I had about 2.5 months to prep for the next exam. This time it was D2 (previous …

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Memento Mori Etcetera Etcetera 2018 – tasting note

WSET specifications for all levels focus only on the conventional wines. Sure, you may get an organic or a biodynamic wine from a respecter producer to taste. But you will never get a wine that is a bit weird, a bit funky. It’s almost as if these wines did not exist. Fortunately, they fo exist …

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Alzinger Loibner Loibenberg Smaragd Grüner Veltliner 2015

Before we jump into the review and tasting note, let’s learn more about the Loibenberg vineyard. It is a 35ha vineyard site in the Wachau region of Austria. The vineyard is terraced, with the max slope at 81%, with the west and south-east aspect. With an altitude between 212 – 394 meters above sea level. …

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My journey towards WSET Diploma, Part 2 – Spirits

Before you start reading, take into account that I took my exam in March 2018 so some of the information about the Spirits exam can be outdated. Like every WSET Diploma exam, Unit 5 (Spirits) exam was a hard one for me. However, there were two other factors that made this exam extremely difficult for …

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My journey towards WSET Diploma, part 1 – D1 (previous Unit 2), Wine production

Before you start reading, take into account that I took my exam in August 2017 so some of the information about the WIne Production exam might be outdated. I must say that starting my Diploma adventure with Unit 2 (it the new Diploma specification it is D1 – Wine Production) was the best start that …

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