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I am joined today by a good wine friend of mine, Melissa Worrall. We did our WSET diploma together and now she embarks on the next stage: Master of Wine. There are different stages and she is on Stage 1, so she will explain what is required of her, the types of things she is studying right now in details, and how to deal with the incredibly high financial costs. As she is from South Australia, she is going to be taking us overseas and talking about the main wine regions of this area. We will be comparing several of the main grape varieites and seeing what nuances they have depending on where they grow within South Australia.

Follow Mel and her journey on Instagram @mwdrinkswine or @mwwineambassador for winery and wine events.

If you want to skip ahead:

2.08: The famous Terra Rossa wine soils of Coonawarra, South Australia

3.35: Chat with Mel

4.46: Jancis Robinsons wine writing competitions and Mel’s article that won on old vines in the Barossa

9.55: Life affirming moment in a Birgit Braunstein’s vineyard in Austria

12.16: Why study to be a Master of Wine

14.03: The biggest surprises and shocks of being a Master of Wine Student

15.48: Ways to deal with the financial costs associated with becoming an MW

19.47: The subjects and what you have to study to pass Stage 1 MW

25.12: How to structure the learning

28.23: Talking about the wine regions of South Australia- where they are and their main grape varieties

34.07: Looking at the volume wine region Riverland which is now creating some very interesting wines from old vines

38.16: The wines of Kangaroo Island

40.30: Comparing Riesling from Clare Valley and Eden Valley

41.57: Comparing Shiraz from Barossa Valley and Eden Valley

43.14: Comparing Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra and Langhorne Creek

44.16: Comparing Grenache from McClaren Vale and Barossa Valley

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Until next time, Cheers to you

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