Deborah Zbinden DipWSET

Likes telling stories... about wine

After 15 years marketing some of the best-loved names in the UK's wine aisles, Deborah qualified as a WSET Certified Educator in early 2015.  After testing the waters running in-house training whilst working as Marketing Manager at Accolade Wines, Wine Confidence was officially born the following year with the proud highlight of being confirmed as a WSET Approved Programme Provider.  Four exciting years followed filled with tastings and training for clients based in London, Surrey and New Zealand before a too-good-to-miss opportunity came up at one of the UK's most exciting wine agencies, to tell some of their stories too. 

The tasting glasses are still polished and ready for action however and with a new blog planned to coincide with a website revamp in 2021 there is potential for lots more to come so watch this space for the next chapter!

Official Sherry Educator

"Starting a wine career at Ehrmanns, who have long been the UK home of the Williams & Humbert Sherry, my first visit to Jerez, Spain's home of Sherry, was in 2003 on a study tour having been awarded the Sherry Institute of Spain's scholarship award as part of the WSET Diploma.  While I was interested in the theory about Sherry's history and production methods from my wine studies, it wasn't until I spent time in Jerez that my mind was truly blown by the variety available and the Sherry bug really had me hooked.

Over a decade later in 2017, the unmissable opportunity came up to spend some time in Jerez to add "Sherry Educator" to my creds. Sherry takes years, decades, even generations to develop and mature but in the decade since my last visit the landscape of drinking Sherry had evolved almost unrecognisably.  

Truly a renaissance with many tipping Sherry as set to becoming the "next Gin". A new generation of foodies are discovering Sherry's diversity in style from searingly bone dry to lusciously sweet and everything in between."

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Welcome to the Wine Confessions blog, a sharing space to increase your Wine Confidence one wine at a time. 

While the website is being updated this section may be a little light on content but some highlights from the #WednesdayNightWineSchool days will be coming back soon together with some new bits and pieces!