WSET Diploma in Dublin, 2015


The 2015 WSET Diploma in Dublin is open for enrolment and full details can be found on the WSET website. The course is scheduled to start on November 9th 2015, and will be run as a block release of 3 sessions, following by exams. This is subject to sufficient numbers enrolling. Dublin is currently one of […]


Gonzalez Byass study tour


Gonzalez Byass have organised a wine study tour, inviting a group of  students out to visit them in Jerez.  People studying WSET wine courses  are eligible – this is an outstanding opportunity to learn more about sherry. Travel between the vineyard and the bodega, two lunches and a dinner are generously covered by Gonzalez Byass.  However students […]

IWC Bursaries now open

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The IWC is now accepting international applications for bursaries for WSET Level 3 Award in Wine & Spirits and the WSET Diploma. The Wine & Spirit Education Trust, or WSET  is the world’s largest provider of vocational wine training, with over 56,000 students sitting WSET wine exams last year, in 62 countries around the world.  […]

French Wine Scholar course

French Wine Scholar

Premier Wine Training is now providing the French Wine Scholar programme in Ireland. This wine course was developed and administrated by the Wine Scholar Guild, based in Washington DC, with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture. Wine students who follow this in-depth curriculum and pass the wine exam will earn the French Wine […]

Chris Hatcher – an inside track

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Wolf Blass President’s Selection is for many people, the wine of choice for special occasions. About fifteen years ago, Ireland drank more of this level than any other country in the world!  I was lucky recently to spend an hour with Chris Hatcher, the winemaker behind Wolf Blass for the last 25 years. In 2013 […]

Flying winemakers

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People over a certain age might remember a TV series called The Flying Doctors.  Set in Australia, doctors were dispatched out to medical dramas in the outback by helicopter. In the wine world, flying winemakers take advantage of seasonal variation between northern and southern hemispheres, by making  two vintages per year, one in northern Europe […]

Great results!


I am delighted to say that Premier Wine Training students have achieved above average marks for wine courses in the year ending June 2013. As part of ongoing monitoring of its awards, WSET compile a list of average marks for all its WSET wine course providers.    WSET’s importance in vocational wine training around the […]

Gruner Veltliner

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If you consider that there are somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 varieties of vitis vinifera, the vine species used to make wine, it is hardly surprising that many remain obscure.   Grüner Veltliner has less than 20,000 hectares of vines planted around the world, in contrast to more popular Chardonnay, which has more than 160,000. […]

1 day wine tasting comes to Cork

I am delighted to announce that I am offering my popular 1 day wine tasting course in Cork as well as Dublin, next year. How popular? – here is what someone posted on “Maureen … is very open, pleasant and very easy to listen to. It’s obvious she has a wealth of experience of […]

McGuigan City Vineyard masterclass on wine

McGuigan City Vineyard

The McGuigan City Vineyard will bring a taste of the Australian winelands to Dublin as they create a city centre vineyard in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, complete with 70 year old Australian vines. During the event, and in partnership with WSET, McGuigan will be running two-hour masterclasses, exclusively for WSET students. Each masterclass will […]