how to nail your WSET 3 tasting exam with me!

How to nail your WSET 3 tasting exams

Got WSET 3 tasting exams coming your way? Here is how to pass!

1- Know the grade scale and use it well
2- Know the SAT by heart
3- Practice on the typical wines
4- Write dry tasting notes
5- Be in the perfect conditions on your exam day
6- Book a coaching session with me!

Get more details and resources in the article 😉

Vanessa Guebels, Weeno founder

Vanessa Guebels, Weeno founder, on how to run your own wine school while studying for the MW

Vanessa Guebels, Weeno founder, grew up in Champagne and has always felt connected to wine in a way. She worked in a different career for a while between Paris and abroad though. At the end of 2016, Vanessa comes back to France after a few years spent in China. She is thrilled to get back to French gastronomy and the pleasure to pair wine with food. But, even in France, the art of wine and food pairing remains difficult for most people…
In the wake of this conclusion, Vanessa opens her own wine school in 2017. Her goal? Make people discover wine in a simple way, teach them how to taste wine properly and know their own preferences so that they are able to enjoy wine better.

Vanessa GuĂ©bels a grandi en Champagne et s’est toujours sentie en quelque sorte connectĂ©e au vin. Pendant quelques temps, elle a cependant travaillĂ© dans un secteur diffĂ©rent entre Paris et l’Ă©tranger. A la fin de l’annĂ©e 2016, Vanessa rentre en France, aprĂšs plusieurs annĂ©es passĂ©es en Chine. Elle est ravie de retrouver les joies de la gastronomie française et le plaisir de choisir le vin qui s’accordera parfaitement avec son plat. Mais, mĂȘme en France, cette tĂąche reste difficile pour le plus grand nombre…
Se basant sur cette conclusion, Vanessa crĂ©e sa propre Ă©cole de formation du vin dans la foulĂ©e, en 2017. Son but ? Faire dĂ©couvrir le vin simplement, apprendre aux gens Ă  le dĂ©guster et leur connaĂźtre leurs goĂ»ts pour mieux l’apprĂ©cier.

Senay Ozdemir in a vineyard

Senay Ozdemir empowers women in wine through her expo

Senay Ozdemir, native from Turkey, is a true storyteller and a great actress of women empowerment. She started as a TV-host, then launched her own magazine to become a publisher. She is also a TEDx speaker, and the organiser of the first WomeninWine Expo in Europe. This 2-day event has been created to gather and empower women in wine from all over the world. Build on partnerships with national wine organisations, the aim is to give the opportunity to like-minded women to exchange on the wine world through networking, education, business and fun. Indeed while women wine professionals are in increasing number, there is still a gender gap in the wine industry: they are both under-represented and under-paid.
The first edition took place in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium on 23 & 24 May 2019. It gathered 35 women from Holland, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Georgia, Turkey, Lebanon and the US. All were winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, writers, influencers… and talked about things to overcome and opportunities for women in wine.

Senay Ozdemir, originaire de Turquie, est une vĂ©ritable Ă©crivaine ainsi qu’une grande actrice de l’Ă©mancipation des femmes. Elle a commencĂ© en tant que prĂ©sentatrice tĂ©lĂ© puis a ensuite lancĂ© son propre magazine pour devenir Ă©ditrice. Elle intervient Ă©galement dans les conventions TEDx, elle a crĂ©Ă© et organisĂ© la premiĂšre Expo WomeninWine en Europe. Cet Ă©vĂ©nement se dĂ©roule sur 2 jours dans le but de rassembler et d’Ă©manciper les femmes de l’industrie du vin partout dans le monde. BasĂ© sur des partenariats avec des organisations du vin, le but est de donner l’opportunitĂ© aux femmes d’Ă©changer sur le monde du vin Ă  travers l’interconnexion de rĂ©seaux, l’Ă©ducation, le commerce et l’amusement. En effet, malgrĂ© le fait que les femmes soient de plus en plus nombreuses dans le secteur, il y a toujours des inĂ©galitĂ©s entre les sexes : elles sont Ă  la fois sous-reprĂ©sentĂ©es et sous-payĂ©es.
La premiĂšre Ă©dition de l’exposition a eu lieu Ă  Rotterdam (Pays-Bas) et Bruxelles (Belgique) les 23 et 24 Mai 2019. 35 femmes venant de Hollande, Belgique, Italie, Allemagne, Hongrie, Moldavie, GĂ©orgie, Turquie, Liban et des Etats-Unis se sont rĂ©unies. Elles Ă©taient toutes vigneronnes, sommeliĂšres, acheteuses, Ă©crivaines, influenceuses,… et ont parlĂ© de toutes les choses Ă  surmonter et des opportunitĂ©s pour les femmes du vin.

Christophe Kaczmarek, founder of French Beaches

Christophe Kaczmarek, founder of French Beaches: how to combine audacity, fun and respect for life

Today my guest is Christophe Kaczmarek, founder of French Beaches. He offers both approachable and terroir wines in his range, always respectful of life. His watchwords are audacity, fun and modernity. He wants to create a bridge between the wine worlds through his originality and quirky tone.

Aujourd’hui je suis avec Christophe Kaczmarek, le fondateur de French Beaches. Il propose Ă  travers sa gamme des vins faciles d’approche mais aussi des cuvĂ©es de terroir, toujours dans le respect du vivant. Ses mots d’ordre sont l’audace, le fun et la modernitĂ©. Il souhaite crĂ©er un pont entre les mondes du vin Ă  travers son originalitĂ© et son ton dĂ©calĂ©.

how to spit wine

How to spit wine

Sometimes when I teach WSET, people get afraid when we get to the tasting portion. When I tell them that we will spit the wine, some get scared of having to spit wine 😂 They ask me if they really have to because they feel like: 1. it is disgusting, 2. it is not respectful of the work of the producers.

But you know what: it is actually cool to spit wine. Because it is the way to be able to taste several wines without getting drunk! đŸ„Ž And this will allow you to properly assess all the wines you will encounter at a tasting.

Let me explain you how!

tasting note Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc The Ned 2020

Tasting note Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc The Ned 2020 Marisco Vineyards

Sauvignon Blanc is well known in Sancerre, France. But it’s also widely used in New Zealand in an often more exuberant style.
Let’s taste this fabulous Marisco Vineyards Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 together!
>> Tasting note to download for free đŸ‡ș🇾

Le Sauvignon Blanc est trÚs connu à Sancerre, en France. Il est également trÚs utilisé en Nouvelle-Zélande dans des vins souvent plus exubérants.
Viens déguster ce Marisco Vineyards de Marlborough 2020 avec moi !
>> Note de dĂ©gustation Ă  tĂ©lĂ©charger gratuitement đŸ‡«đŸ‡·

taste with alex priorat doq 2016

TASTE WITH ALEX PRIORAT DOQ – MERUM PRIORATI 2016

Priorat is a wonderful wine region in Spain. Viticulture is heroic there!
Taste this fabulous wine in video with me! You’ll discover what makes it so special 😉
>> Tasting note to download for free đŸ‡ș🇾

Priorat est une rĂ©gion viticole d’excellence en Espagne. La viticulture y est qualifiĂ©e d’hĂ©roĂŻque !
DĂ©guste ce fabuleux vin en vidĂ©o avec moi ! Tu vas dĂ©couvrir ce qui le rend si spĂ©cial 😉
>> Note de dĂ©gustation Ă  tĂ©lĂ©charger gratuitement đŸ‡«đŸ‡·

taste with alex: crémant d'alsace

TASTE WITH ALEX CRÉMANT D’ALSACE COUSU MAIN CAVE DE TURCKHEIM

This CrĂ©mant d’Alsace has been created in collaboration with William Arlotti, a fashion designer. He draws a different gorgeous label each year.
Taste this beautiful wine from Cave de Turckheim in video with me!
>> Tasting note to download for free đŸ‡ș🇾

Ce CrĂ©mant d’Alsace a Ă©tĂ© crĂ©Ă© en collaboration avec William Arlotti, cĂ©lĂšbre fashion designer. Il dessine chaque annĂ©e de merveilleuses Ă©tiquettes diffĂ©rentes.
Déguste ce délicieux vin de la Cave de Turckheim en vidéo avec moi !
>> Note de dĂ©gustation Ă  tĂ©lĂ©charger gratuitement đŸ‡«đŸ‡·

tasting note Christophe Pacalet Saint Amour 2018

Tasting note Christophe Pacalet Saint-Amour 2018

Marcel Lapierre is one of the pioneer of natural winemaking in Beaujolais. He passed on his philosophy to his nephew…
Let’s taste this red wine from Christophe Pacalet together!
>> Tasting note to download for free đŸ‡ș🇾

Marcel Lapierre est l’un de pionniers du vin nature dans le Beaujolais. Il a transmis sa philosophie Ă  son neveu…
Viens déguster ce vin rouge de chez Christophe Pacalet avec moi !
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taste with alex GewĂŒrztraminer SGN 2013

Taste with Alex: SĂ©lection de Grains Nobles Alsace Jean-Baptiste Adam 2013

GewĂŒrztraminer is one of the 4 noble grape varieties of Alsace. SĂ©lection de Grains Nobles means the wines are botrytised and very sweet (minimum 306g/L residual sugar!).
Taste this beautiful wine from Jean-Baptiste Adam in video with me!
>> Tasting note to download for free đŸ‡ș🇾

Le GewĂŒrztraminer est un des 4 cĂ©pages nobles d’Alsace. La SĂ©lection de Grains Nobles veut dire que le vin est botrytisĂ© et trĂšs doux (minimum 306g/L de sucre !).
Déguste ce délicieux vin de Jean-Baptiste Adam en vidéo avec moi !
>> Note de dĂ©gustation Ă  tĂ©lĂ©charger gratuitement đŸ‡«đŸ‡·