The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is launching a new series of educational talk sessions exploring key issues in the drinks industry.

Launching on Monday November 27 at 3pm, the first discussion in the series will focus on how climate change is impacting viticulture practices, and how producers are adapting to extreme weather conditions.  

The ‘Sipping sustainably: navigating climate change in the drinks industry’ session will be chaired by Tom Owtram, general manager of the Sustainable Wine Roundtable. Panellists include sommelier and author, Michelle Bouffard DipWSET; programme manager for Sustainable Winegrowing British Columbia, Ruth King; sustainability and process engineering director for Cork Supply, Rui Pedro Silva; and founder and chief executive of Nc’Nean Distillery, Annabel Thomas.

Speaking about the first session, Ami Wilkinson, head of events and partnerships at WSET, said: “We’re excited to be launching the first industry talk on our Events Hub, working in partnership with the Sustainable Wine Roundtable. 

“The impact of climate change on the global drinks industry is an issue that affects all of us, so it’s great that we can facilitate and inspire conversations like this through our series of industry talks.” 

Future sessions are set to cover the increasing prevalence of mindful drinking habits and how this trend is shaping the industry, corporate social responsibility, and the importance of diversity in the trade. 

Sign up to the sessions here: Events | Wine & Spirit Education Trust (