On two fronts Nick Attard is deserving of our congratulations. He has a new title – Head Bartender. He also now holds the Level One award from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and he didn’t just pass – he received a mark of 100%.
The first level is an introduction to the wines of the most well-known grape growing regions in the world. The noble grapes and the regions in which they grow were emphasized. In the white wine sphere – Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc and a small lecture on sparkling wines, as well as soave from Veneto Italy. Red wines covered were Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah/Shiraz. Sweet wines were touched on. The final lecture was Canadian wines.
“I would highly recommend this course for any beginner or experienced wine enthusiast. The course was not overwhelming in information to the point where it was not enjoyable, and having an opportunity to blind taste 8 wines every lecture was a great treat for the palate. The course is available in a weekend format or once a week for four weeks which was the format I participated in.”
Nick commences his lectures for WSET level 2 award in wines and spirits this Sunday. He says that the textbook is, no suprise, more intense than the first level, chock full of detail on wine tasting notes and sub regions of the main wine countries. Spirits are also part of the program including distillation processes, brandy & cognac as well as liqueurs.
Wine and Dine – June 5
And, he will be sharing his new expertise with us at the Wine and Dine, featuring France, on June 5.
Above photo was taken from the balcony of our “chateau” in the Champagne district – Howard Moyer’s 50th – great trip.