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Come To University To Taste The Grape

If working out formulae, inventing theories or dreaming up designs sounds like too much hard work, about a university course in the art of quaffing?

People who prefer to learn through the haze of a good wine will be well suited to a course on offer at Coventry University.

It is one of the few universities in the country to offer the range of wine courses from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

The course will help people learn the difference between Sancerre and St Emilion, and also includes a trip to the Champagne region in France.

Course organiser Steve Smith said:

“These courses are the trade qualifications for the wine industry, and are a must for anyone contemplating a career in wine - but can also be studied simply for enjoyment, to find out more about wine and how to enjoy it.”

And following the increased popularity in the study of grapes, a variety of ways of taking the course have been introduced.

Dr Smith said:

“Previously we have only offered these courses during the evening, but in this, our sixth year, daytime classes and home study packs are being introduced.”

“For the last couple of years the courses have also included a study trip to the French vineyards, and this year we are visiting the Champagne region.

“Here we will visit the vineyards and meet the growers, and will be based in the beautiful and historic city of Reims.”

Last year nearly 100 people studied wine courses at the University, from Certificate to Diploma level, and student continued their success in the exams, achieving a 95 per cent pass rate.

But if the thought of remembering the difference between a Malbec and a Merlot proves too much of a headache, there is no obligation to take an exam at all.

If you would like to find our more about WSET courses at Coventry University, contact Sue Walton on 024 7688 8373, or email

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