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WSET to launch beer qualifications in 2024

Published:  02 October, 2023

WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust), the world’s largest provider of drinks education, is to launch two new beer qualifications, Level 1 Award in Beer and Level 2 Award in Beer, from February 2024.  


Millar moves on from Theatre of Wine

Published:  28 September, 2023

Jason Millar has relinquished his role as company director at Theatre of Wine, which he had held since 2018.


Wine industry makes strides in diversity

Published:  28 September, 2023

Dom Pérignon, the renowned Champagne House, announced today (28 September) alongside Liquid Icons and the Gérard Basset Foundation the winner of the new Dom Pérignon Golden Vines MW Scholarship.


Ellis Wharton Wines joins Harpers Sustainability Charter

Published:  11 September, 2023

Ellis Wharton Wines has become the latest signatory to the Harpers Sustainability Charter, an initiative designed to galvanise the trade into climate action.


Hallgarten aims for industry springboard with ‘Inclusivity’ WSET course

Published:  01 June, 2023

Specialist wine importer, Hallgarten & Novum Wines, has announced it is running an ‘Inclusivity in Wine’ course in conjunction with the WSET, which will offer places free of charge exclusively for members of the hospitality industry from diverse backgrounds.


LWF reveals 'mini preview' ahead of May opening

Published:  25 April, 2023

Held between 15-17 May at the London Olympia, the London Wine Fair (LWF) has revealed a preview of what attendees might expect from the UK’s largest drinks industry exhibition.


Majestic makes ‘biggest investment ever in pay’ for its staff

Published:  24 April, 2023

Majestic has made its biggest-ever investment in colleague pay to recognise the “expertise and experience” of store teams and shield its people from the impact of the cost-of-living crisis.


Laura Catena elected as new honorary president at WSET graduation ceremony

Published:  20 April, 2023

Dr Laura Catena was announced as the new honorary president of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) at its annual graduation ceremony at London’s Guildhall last night (19 April).


WSET launches programme for ‘management-level’ wine professionals

Published:  21 March, 2023

WSET (the Wine & Spirit Education Trust) has announced the launch of its new Impact in Wine leadership programme. 


Gérard Basset Foundation publishes two year Impact Report

Published:  11 January, 2023

The trustees of the Gérard Basset Foundation have released an impact assessment report, detailing the work undertaken by the charity and its performance results over the past two years.


BAME Wine Professionals announce winners of Louis Roederer Bursary

Published:  18 November, 2022

BAME Wine Professionals, the not-for-profit initiative that shines a light on wine talent in the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, has revealed the winners of its annual Champagne Louis Roederer Bursary.


The sommelier work shift

Published:  10 November, 2022

Chefs used to steal all the limelight in restaurants, leaving front-of-house in the shadows, except for a few exalted characters who managed to gain notoriety across the trade. The rise of the superstar sommelier, however, shifted more focus to the service side, with films and documentaries adding to the allure of the wine gurus fronting the drinks offer that complements the food.


Louis Jadot offers training and support package for indie merchants

Published:  25 October, 2022

As part of a Drinks Trust initiative, Louis Jadot will sponsor 20 places for independent merchants on WSET Level 1 courses, it has been revealed. 


Liquid Icons & Gérard Basset Foundation announce recipient of inaugural diversity scholarship in spirits

Published:  05 October, 2022

Liquid Icons, the fine wine research and content production company founded by the late Gérard Basset OBE MW MS and Lewis Chester DipWSET, have announced the recipient of the inaugural Hennessy Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship in Spirits.


WSET to hold first virtual open house for prospective students

Published:  13 September, 2022

WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) is to hold its first ‘virtual open house’ event on 19-20 October 2022 as part of an ongoing drive to raise awareness of its qualifications within the global drinks trade. 


Nyetimber hosts winemaking days for WSET and Plumpton students

Published:  27 July, 2022

Nyetimber, the English sparkling winemaker, recently hosted its first educational days at its West Sussex estate for students at Plumpton College and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).


Harpers' 30 Under 30 winners announced

Published:  06 June, 2022

What a couple of years the trade has had. What ups and downs. During the worst months of Covid, we’re sure there are some who felt a bit like Midas’s barber in the ancient tales. Forced under pain of death to keep his master’s secret – that the former Greek king was hiding a pair of donkey’s ears beneath his hat – the unfortunate barber was only able to vent by taking himself to a bed of reeds and screaming that the king had, indeed, become part-ass.


Wet stones and other WSET befuddlements

Published:  20 May, 2022

As a Senior Reporter for Harpers, I am required to know a thing or two about wine. This was made clear when I was appointed three months ago, after three years of working as a general news reporter for numerous titles.


Outgoing WSET CEO Ian Harris bids farewell at annual graduation and awards ceremony

Published:  12 April, 2022

Last night the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) staged its annual Graduation & Awards Ceremony at the Guildhall in the City of London. Having held a virtual ceremony in 2021, WSET returned to the Guildhall with a hybrid event this year. It was WSET’s most inclusive graduation ceremony to date, with 70% of the year’s graduates from around the globe attending either virtually or in person.


Hennessy Partners with Golden Vines for diversity scholarship

Published:  11 April, 2022

Hennessy, the leading Cognac Maison and the premium spirits brand leader (#1 in value worldwide in 2021), is proud to support the newly introduced Hennessy Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship in Spirits in partnership with the Gérard Basset Foundation and Liquid Icons.