WineSkills scheduled wine tasting workshop

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Course Description

Plumpton College is offering a one-day course on the sensory evaluation of sparking wines. Its aim is to prepare judges for the prestigious Effervescents du Monde (EDM) competition,a world-leading sparking wine event held every year in Dijon (Burgundy). See for further details.

This session will focus on sparking wine effervescence and foam (mousse), and will train judges in the objective measurement of wine quality, using the EDM judging system. There will, of course, be a wide range of sparking wines to taste. At the end of this one-day programme, delegates will be assessed to become qualified judges at this year's EDM competition.  

Course Content

  • Influence of carbon dioxide on sensory perception
  • Nucleation and effervescence- mechanism & importance
  • Foam- mechanism & importance
  • Systematic assessment of sparkling wines
  • Effervescent du Monde competition
  • Objective of sensory evaluation & judging method
  • Scoring and medals
  • Practical tasting
  • Presentation of the tasting/competition scorecard and its implementation, followed by group and then individual assessment of wines.

Entry Requirements:

Suitable only for people currently involved in the wine industry either in production (vineyeard/winery) or trade (sales/education).

No equipment required.

Dates & Location:

Date: 24th September 2018 

Time: 10:00- 16:15

Location: Plumpton College


1 day course



I chose the principles winemaking course, as well as the viticulture course, as I couldn’t fit in a full diploma around working my normal day job.

It was the perfect solution to get a week away while still cramming so much information in.

The setup of morning theory and afternoon practice was brilliant, really helping everyone experience the processes.

My aim was to get work back at home in Australia in the wine industry, which I did. 

Starting with a vintage at Domain Chandon (Moet Chandon Australia) and then moving into a cellar door tasting and sales role, able to talk to customers about the wine making process with experience and knowledge.

I also made many contacts through the process and the staff have always been more than helpful.

Plumpton was definitely the most enjoyable and stimulating study I’ve ever undertaken!

Nadia Pope

Principles of winemaking course

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