WSET Bitesize - How to taste wine - without drinking wine

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This 30 minute bitesize session will teach you the techniques you need to taste wine like a pro.

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Drinking wine should be easy, right? But can you describe what you are tasting?

Descriptions of wine can be surprisingly complicated. Wine labels can often have too many words and sometimes can poorly reflect what we're tasting. Luckily, there are a few tricks you can use to help identify what you are tasting using some kitchen staples.

In this interactive session, we'll be rummaging through the kitchen cupboards to help you learn about tasting wine. These will represent the structure and flavour of wines to help build a picture of how the different elements interact and balance each other out.

To get the most out of the session, come prepared with:

  • jug of water
  • 4 glasses or cups
  • 2 or 3 grapes of any colour
  • two slices of lemon
  • tea bag
  • white sugar

The new series of free bitesize 30-minute webinars are open to anyone and are ideal for beginners looking to learn more about wine.


Joseph Hallam DipWSET, Senior Business Development Manager, EMEA, WSET

Joseph has worked at WSET for eight years and is currently Senior Business Development Manager in the Europe, Middle-East and Africa team. As well as advising on business strategy, Joseph works closely with educators to make sure students across the region have the best WSET experience. This includes helping to deliver WSET’s Educator Training Programme.

His fascination with all wine styles started when studying and teaching in Spain and Italy, leading to a first job in the industry with Majestic Wine. Joseph won the CIVB Scholarship in 2014 for exceptional results in his Level 3 Award in Wines and went on to win the Vintners’ Cup in 2018 having achieved the highest mark that year in the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines. He is also Certified Sherry Educator and holds a Level 3 Award in Education & Training.

This event does not necessarily constitute official WSET course material and should not be used as such.

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