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An Invitation

I got this in the mail, and by e-mail: an invitation to the WSET graduation ceremony in London. I wonder if anyone from the states is going. It’d be a good excuse to go to London, which I haven’t visited since 1986, but I don’t know anyone there.

A presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by wine and canapés. Sounds posh.



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WSET course at Southampton

There is still time to sign up for the level 1 course of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust to be given by the Stony Brook Center for Food, Wine and Culture. The course will be one day, December 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The course will be taught by Chris Tracy, the winemaker at Channing Daughters and a holder of the WSET Diploma. Register online here.

This is a basic course with no prerequisites. It’s a great way to start a wine education.

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Big excitement here today. As with all the other letters from the International Wine Center, this, the final one, arrived on a Saturday. A thick envelope, which I agreed to let be a good omen. And inside was the results for my final two papers to earn the Diploma in Wine & Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

Which I passed!

Thus ended my two-year effort for the qualification, and it puts me in good company. I’m the second on the East End to get the diploma. The first was Chris Tracy, winemaker at Channing Daughters in Bridgehampton. Chris is going on for the MW, and I hope to, too.

Update: Tracy Ellen Kamens, who was in my diploma class also got some good news in Saturday’s mail. She and her husband own Mattituck-based Grand Cru Classes.

Update #2: On writing the above I completely forgot about Lisa Donneson of Bouké, who earned her diploma in 2006, which makes her the second on the East End. (She’s a part-time resident of Sagaponack). Tracy and I tie for third.

The papers comprise the work for Unit 1 of the diploma, which the WSET calls course work assignments, or CWA. Four CWAs are required and the topics concern the business of wine. The two I wrote were “Supply and Demand in the Champagne region” and “The co-operative movement in wine production.” Continue reading


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