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Welcome to Day 3 of the WSET Diploma student summit 2021 where I’m speaking with Derek Crookes. Derek was awarded The Moët & Chandon Prize for his performance in Unit 5 Sparkling wines, the equivalent of the current D4. 


  • Episode outline:
  • Origin Story and entry into the wine trade
  • Transition from Level 3 to Level 4
  • Broader reflections on the Diploma
  • Sparkling wine
  • Spirits
  • Light Wines
  • Attendee Question 1: Recommended order for theory/tasting in D4/D5
  • Attendee Question 2: Tips for studying theory, including what not to do.
  • Attendee Question 3: Overcoming exam jitters
  • The Moët & Chandon Prize
  • Closing thoughts
  • Intro and outro music
    The New Investors

    Guest: Derek Crookes DipWSET

    Date recorded: 4 January 2021

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