IWSC hosts inaugural Back To School Tasting

IWSC news

Wed 13 Oct 2021

By Gemma Duncan

At the start of the week the IWSC hosted its first Back to School tasting – creating a new opportunity for students of the trade to taste a range of unusual wines and spirits as well as test their skills on several blind tasting challenges.


The event was the first of its kind for the IWSC Foundation which was created back in 2018 to advance the causes that are key to the growth and long-term health of the wine and spirit industry globally. This includes the advancement of education which the purpose of the Back To School tasting.

Over 150 wines and 130 spirits were open to taste and the event also provided a number of blind tasting challenges including a mystery flight of brown spirits and white spirits. For wine, the blind tastings included a sparkling wine style and region challenge plus in collaboration with Cider Is Wine, a blind tasting designed to challenge students to awareness of what was an ice wine versus what was a cider.


The IWSC would like to extend its thanks to all its event partners who assisted in publicising this event to their databases. A warm thank you to The Buyer, WSET, IMW, Trade Hospitality, The Drinks Trust and Cider Is Wine.

The IWSC also wishes to thank Sensible Wine Services for its support as well as China Exchange for the venue.

We will keep you notified of news of a repeat of the Back To School event for 2022.


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