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Pouring Points

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Statistically speaking, if a student fails the WSET Level 3 exam it’s because they failed the theory section, specifically, because they failed the short-answer questions.

How does this happen? Most often it’s because students didn’t answer the question completely, missing valuable points.

The method described below provides an easy-to-follow set of actions to take to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.

Get to Know Dr. Dale Archer

Dr. Dale Archer is a returning student to Napa Valley Wine Academy from Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is a Medical Doctor, board certified Psychiatrist and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also a New York Times Bestselling author and now add WSET graduate to his accomplishments.

An Underdog Revisited: 8 Reasons to Have More Vermouth in Your Life

Vermouth is as much a potion as a botanical tonic, the ultimate cocktail builder, and also a cocktail in its own right. More often than not, this specialty wine attracts very little attention, and not always niceties. In theory, every proper bar needs vermouth for the most classic mixed drinks: Manhattan, Negroni, Martini, and most recently the Swing State cocktail.

Top Ten Reasons You Need to Taste Tokaj

Even though a vast majority of my winemaking career has taken place in California, I cannot ever hide the fact that my heart belongs to Hungary. Ten years ago, I had the good fortune to work a harvest with Kiralyudvar Winery and spend a few months tasting wines all around Tokaj. I came away from that experience with an even stronger love and appreciation for this special region in my home country and what it has to offer.

Advice for Students Taking the Certified Sommelier Examination

The Certified Sommelier Examination was introduced in December of 2005. Previously students who passed the MS Introductory examination could apply directly to the Advanced Course after waiting the required years’ time.  More often than not first time...

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