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When I finished my Biochemistry degree, I was looking to start a career in wine and applied to the French Wine universities and was accepted by Montpellier to do a 2-year course in Enology.
My love of wine was given to me by my father who is a Francophile and had some nice bottles which he would let me taste!!
I think that depends on where you are working. For me, I am able to cover quite a few areas within my company as the MW course covers a wide range of topics. Tasting is the most important skill I would think but there are many other skills that I use in my daily work, such as market analysis and quality control.
I don’t know if the role has evolved because there are still journalists, winemakers, marketing and businessmen and women who are MWs. The biggest difference is that there are far more non-English MWs and more women. This has to lead to the MW being more universally recognized and the members are more diverse than before.
For my company, we are looking for well-made wine at the right price but also we need to ensure complete traceability of the product. For myself, I have a few perennial favorites but otherwise, look to try new and interesting wines.
The hardest thing at the moment is trying to sell some of the excellent wines from the Languedoc region at a sustainable price which will enable the producers to reinvest in the vineyards and wineries and continue to make these great wines.
Over the last 10 years, rosé has become a huge success story with consumers now drinking it all year round and not just in the summer. The sweet VDN wines from the south have seen a major decline in sales as people are moving away from this style.
This is a hard question as it is difficult to predict the future however I think that with global warming continuing we will see the emergence of more drought-resistant grape varieties and some cooler regions such as Terrasses de Larzac will emerge as providers of quality wines.
The biggest trend that I am seeing in the French market is the demand for HVE wines (sustainable development certificate) On the export markets such as the UK or Scandinavia there is a large demand for Vegan wines.
Apart from my own home-brewed beer!! I am drinking some Syrah Cabernet Franc from the Languedoc and some white Mas de Lunes.
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