Wednesday, November 4, 2009

WSET, Class 7 (Final Class)

Tonight was my final class in the Intermediate series for the Wine and Spirits Trust. I've really enjoyed the class and I have learned a great deal. I'm sad to see it come to a close, though I'm not necessarily looking forward to next week's final exam!

So what did we do in our final class? We ended with the spirits portion of the class. Suffice it to say, I prefer the wine portion. Luckily we also did sherries and ports and I love good port.

To give you the highlights would mean trying to explain the difference between the Pot Still process of distillation and the Continuous Still process of distillation. Unfortunately I haven't studied enough to go through that. Other highlights included the look on my classmates and my face as we tasted vodka, gin, scotch and whisky in the same way we've been tasting wines. We had sniff vigorously and roll it around our tongues as we would a wine to try to pull out the flavors. I'm sure this would have been lovely for whisky connoisseurs, but this was a room of wine fans!

One other thing I learned tonight - gin is essentially vodka infused with juniper berries and often other botanicals.

This weekend I'm off to another wedding and hopefully I'll have some good wine to write about. If not, I'm sure I'll be drinking something good in the near future!

Until the next sniff, sip or quaff,


Alli M.

1 comment:

elliej said...

Enjoy the nuptials -- and give Trish our heartiest congrats.