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We’ve just put up a guest post over on Insects & Wine, with the wonderful title of ‘Sophisticated and whimsical, elegant and messy,’ (for which I claim no credit). It’s a great summary of the Insects & Wine pairing evening we hosted at the end of November at Trinity College, Cambridge, written by Sioned Cox, one of the attendees, who was also one of the people who helped out with the preparation for the...

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Autumnal Update

Autumnal Update


Posted By on Nov 30, 2017

While the blog has been quieter than I had planned (as almost always!) for much longer than it should have, Anthroenology continues apace.  I’m not going to go into the various behind the scenes bits and pieces. I’ll save those for when they are ready. But there are some things to mention. First, the general stuff:   The More Sociable Half (aka Julia) has been busy with her photography and design work. Check it (and like) the Facebook...

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Due to irreconcilable differences. Or at least, that’s how I think of it. Since taking the WSET Diploma Unit 3 exam (aka The Big One) in June, when people asked how I did, I’d reply that I thought I’d pass, if it wasn’t a WSET exam. Alas, the comment turned out to be prophetic. I failed both parts of the exam. And did so rather decisively. A brief recap: The tasting exam was of four flights of wines, 3 wines per flight. I passed one...

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As part of my summer reading, I’ve been going through some of Nicolas Joly and Gerard Bertrand’s writings on biodynamics and wine. (See the list of readings at the end of this post.) It is fascinating reading, and I wish I could find more writings by winemakers who practice biodynamics in English. (Or, in a pinch, Mongolian…) If anyone has suggestions, please do get in touch.  This is going to be even more of a rambling post than mine...

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To continue from the last post, this time I’m going to cover the teaching aspect of WSET. There are some things I’m not going to write about. This is for two main reasons. First, I’ve covered this topic relatively recently, and don’t really feel the need to repeat myself. Second, teaching is a lot more individual, on the part of both the student and the instructor than taking exams. That said, there are things that can and...

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Readers will know that I’m not a particular fan of the WSET approach to teaching, tasting and exams (see here and here among other previous posts). Now that I’ve done the whole Diploma, I want to take a different approach. (Note: I mean ‘done’ as in I’ve gone through all the classes, exams, etc. at least once. That’s not the same as passing the exams, but I have done them.)  What I’m going to do in this post, and the next, is talk...

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