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Diploma Unit 5 Course Info

Diploma Unit 5 Exam Info

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Sparkling Wine Tasting Portfolios

How and Why to Submit Tasting Portfolios

The WSET no longer requires tasting portfolios; however, we recommend that our students hand in tasting notes for us to evaluate at due dates we specify so that they can receive feedback in advance of their exams.

These tasting notes must be done in "neat and legible hand-written English" (as per the WSET Diploma Candidate Assessment Guide, which can be accessed online here). The notes may not be typed. They should be done using the standard WSET Diploma Tasting Note found in the Unit Study Guides.


WSET Diploma Unit 5 Portfolio Categories

These sparkling wines will be among those poured at our Unit 5 classes.

In tasting these sparkling wines you should use the WSET Level 4 Diploma Systematic Approach to Sparkling Wine Tasting. This includes the tasting categories that the graders of the Unit 5 tasting exams will be looking for, so you should memorize all categories to optimize your chances of passing the exam.

Sparkling Wines
1 of 3 Basic quality Brut tank method Premium quality Brut tank method Asti
2 of 2 Non-Vintage Champagne Vintage Champagne  
2 of 3 Vouvray or Saumur Crémant style AC sparkling wine Other European Traditional Method Sparkling Wine
1 of 2 Cava (traditional varieties only) Cava (with Chardonnay)  
1 of 2 New World sparkling wine made by Champagne company New World sparkling wine made by non-Champagne company  


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