The Wine & Spirit Education Trust, WSET, provides education and qualifications in wines for professionals and enthusiasts. Level 2 Award in Wines is an intermediate level qualification.
During the course we studied about wines, grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown and the styles of wine they produce.
Through a combination of (a lot) wine tasting and theory we explored the quality, the style and how to describe the wines.
Emily O’ Hare
Our teacher for WSET level 2 is Emily O’Hare. Emily is wine writer, sommelier and she teaches WSET courses in Tuscany. Originally she’s from London but is now based in Siena.
I personally enjoyed the wine study and the courses with Emily. We had a lovely group. Some participants were from my FISAR Sommelier course and some people were new. It was a nice experience and definitely a do thing. I look forward to start soon with WSET level 3.
I got my classification! I passed my exam. Result 94% and Grade Pass with distinction. Now I have two wonderful certificates, FISAR Sommelier and WSET level 2 Award in Wines.
I still need to learn a lot more about wines. But I have a lot of interest and I am passionate about wine. I live in a wine growing area and I work in the tourism and wine business.
At this time of the year food is an important part of the Italian Christmas tradition. It’s not easy to say what Italians eat with Christmas because it vary widely across Italy. Every region has its own flavors and cooking style.
As Christmas is coming, FISAR organized a Christmas dinner for members in restaurant Betulia in Bettole. Bettole is a small village in the Valdichiana area, 25 minutes drive from Montepulciano.
The restaurant is in the centre of the town. It has a really cozy and nice atmosphere. The food is outstanding, especially when it comes to meat and traditional pastas. Highly recommended!
Betulia is owned by chef and FISAR sommelier Nicola Masiello. I know Nicola Masiello since I started with the sommelier course. He was one of my teachers. Nicola is very knowledgeable about wine and local food. Moreover Nicola is an excellent cook!
The Christmas dinner meal at restaurant Betulia was a full course dinner traditionally based on (Chianina and wild boar) meat. Yummy!
The menu was filled with delicious mouth-watering Tuscan food and wines. Here’s the special menu from our FISAR Christmas dinner at Betulia (in Italian..sorry)
Composta di salumi caldi in salsa balsamica e cialda di Parmigiano Reggiano; Rolle di coniglio “porchetto”; millefoglie di patate al Pecorino Toscano DOP wine : Toscana Rosso IGT 2017 winery Centine
Cinghiale in dolce e forte su polentina mantecata wine : Brunello di Montalcino DOCG winery Banfi
Mosaico della tradizione natalizia wine : Moscadello di Montalcino DOC 2016 Florus
I had a wonderful evening and a great Christmas dinner. Above all I enjoyed meeting the other members of FISAR. Restaurant Betulia is a good restaurant and worth the detour. I hope to come back soon and repeat my foodie experience in this amazing location in Tuscany.
Last weekend I visited the event Food and Wine in Progress in Florence Tuscany. An event in the heart of Florence to explore the world of Tuscany wines and food. This event takes place in “Stazione Leopolda” and attracts many food and wine lovers each year!
Exhibitors show many food and wine delicacies. Chefs prepare local dishes and propose creative food combinations. In addition big names and small producers of the most famous wineries of Tuscany participate to the Food & Wine in Progress event. Wine tastings are offered to guests and many wines are accompanied by events, presentations and show cooking.
Wineries I work with represented their wines. Sada produces different types of quality wines including: Vermentino, Toscana IGT and Bolgheri Superiore.
Piandaccoli instead showcased their Chianti Reserve and a variety Tuscany IGT wines made from autochthonous grapes: Mammalo and Foglia Tonda.
The Food and Wine in Progress event gives you also the opportunity to visit Florence. The weather in November is not very warm and it’s less crowded in the historical centre. One more reason to visit this event in Florence!
Restaurant in Florence
Before visiting the Food and Wine in Progress event I went out to Florence for a delightful lunch. Trattoria “Nella” is near Piazza della Signoria. It is a great traditionally restaurant for delicious food and nice service. The owner is charismatic and he looked after me very well!
They have a good ri-bollita (Tuscan bread – vegetable soup) and the best homemade chocolate cake I’ve every had. Yummy!
Adres: Trattoria Nella Via delle Terme 19R 50123 Firenze