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Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine and Spirit Association (WSA) has organised a wine course for members of the All-Party Parliamentary Wine Group, in a bid to give them the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the subject. Designed by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and the Institute of Masters of Wine, the course covers tasting techniques, viticulture and vinification, alongside an overview of the classic wines of the world. A presentation on the issues faced by the United Kingdom wine trade will also be included, to ensure that those participating are fully aware of the current problems affecting the trade. Quentin Rappoport, the WSA's director, explained: The programme of events for the Parliamentary Wine Group is now well underway and we felt that it was important to support activity with an educational programme for the participants.' The All-Party Parliamentary Wine Group is the second largest All-Party Parliamentary group, with 186 members. The group is jointly chaired by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (Conservative) and Lindsay Hoyle MP (Labour). We are delighted by the success of the group and hope that members will find benefit from additional educational input,' said Rappoport. Together with events such as the recent visit to New Wave Wines at Tenterden [the country's largest producer] and the forthcoming joint meeting on social issues of alcohol misuse, we feel that the MPs and Peers involved will be well placed to lobby on behalf of the trade when it comes to legislation affecting the wine industry.' The course is open to all members of the All-Party Parliamentary Wine Group for a nominal cost of 50 per head (a discount of 75% on the normal fee). Participants may also use the course to gain the WSET Intermediate Certificate exam at no extra cost.