Diploma in Wines & Spirits
Unit 1: The Global Business of Alcoholic Beverages

Candidate Case Study Brief for the written closed-book theory exam - 12 June 2019
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June 2019 – The lower alcohol wines and spirits category

There is an ever-increasing portfolio of alcohol-free and reduced alcohol products available in the marketplace. Whilst a focus on issues such as public health and social responsibility might have kickstarted this trend, a vibrant new category has emerged as a result of engagement by both consumers and producers.

There are a number of different options to reduce or virtually eliminate alcohol from wines. There are even brands of non-alcoholic distilled drinks. Ever-more-sophisticated techniques have been developed in the interests of efficiency and authenticity, but feedback from consumers suggests that they remain qualitatively inferior to their more alcoholic counterparts.

There is a tension between aficionados who argue that such products necessarily mean a compromise on quality and realists who acknowledge there is a demand for them. There are also those who simply like to drink them.


Candidates are reminded of the need to research the topic thoroughly using the course materials, trade/general press and other industry sources. Answers in the Unit 1 case study examination should show clear evidence of critical analysis of source material and wellreasoned personal commentary, together with relevant examples to support the points made.

Candidates are advised to read the Study Guide for further guidance on the Unit 1 case study and how to prepare for the examination.

Candidates must address all required sections in the examination and gain a minimum overall mark of 55% to qualify for a pass grade.

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