Our very own Angus Barcroft was lucky enough to be granted a place on L’Academie du Champagne’s summer course. This is no industry jolly. The week includes lectures led by the principals and winemakers of the sixteen member Houses covering all aspects of Champagne from viticulture to marketing. There are visits to vineyards, press houses, cellars and bottling plants, not to mention a host of tutored tastings. Each day is finished with an exam and, if one passes muster, candidates are awarded the prestigious Champagne Academy Diploma at the end of the week.