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Explore alternative grape growing and winemaking options
October 24, 2022 @ 18:30 - 20:30
A tasting of four wines made using sustainable, organic or biodynamic principals.
Viticultural practices have changed over the 20th Century – where it once was common to use chemicals in the vineyard to control various aspects of grape growing, many producers are now moving away from such practices. This has led to several different “alternative” options, such as sustainable viticulture, organic viticulture and biodynamic viticulture.
Likewise, there are options when it comes to winemaking too, with some producers choosing to control all elements of the process, and others going for a minimal intervention or natural approach.
With the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, students are expected to have an understanding of these practices, but it can be tricky to differentiate between them and understand how this relates to the taste of the wines.
Join WSET School London educator Sam Povey to taste four wines made using different approaches, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®, and you’ll discover what each approach means and how they affect the taste of the wines.
Who is this session for?
This session is perfect for both current and prospective Level 3 students. It will give those who are thinking about enroling on the Level 3 qualification an introduction to the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® and will give current students the opportunity to compare wines made using different viticultural and winemaking practices.
This session has been arranged as a follow up to WSET’s Virtual Open House, a free event being run by the WSET awarding body on 19-20 October. If you haven’t already, make sure you register for the “An overview of the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines” session at 11am or 7pm BST on Wednesday 19 October! For sessions being run by the team at WSET School London, please check our tastings and events page. We have a selection of events for prospective students taking place throughout Monday 24 October 2022, both online and at our London HQ, including:
- 1pm: Introduction to the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines – webinar
- 3pm: How your wine tasting technique will develop from Level 2-3
- 4pm: Understanding the quality level of a wine – webinar
Example wine list
- Yves Duport – Pinot Gris
- Mas des Agrunelles – Barbaste
- Azul y Garanza – Clarete
- Chateau Musar – Red
About the presenter, Sam Povey
Sam Povey is a wine educator from Aberdeen, Scotland. He first discovered his interest in wine at university and pursued it by travelling to Georgia and his local wine shop. Before joining the industry, he was an economics tutor but fell into wine when he took a job behind the bar at an urban winery. He then moved into wine and food retail in north London: managing wine lists, hosting tastings and training staff. Today, he teaches the WSET Levels 1-2 Awards in Wines and hosts events at WSET School London.