Steve DePalma, one of the the owners of The Barn at Smugglers's Notch, Smugglers' Notch Winery and Stowe Winery, has progressed through the first 5 sections of the prestigious Diploma Award through Wine & Spirits Education Trust. After completing the first three levels of WSET locally at the Vermont Wine School, Steve has been studying for Level 4, which is the Diploma Level. WSET Diploma in Wine and Spirits is the 4th of 5 levels towards the Master of Wine. There are only roughly 300 MW's (Master of Wine) in the world. Steve has been studying and testing through Grape Experience, a wine school in Boston and San Francisco. The Diploma level takes a minimum of two years to complete. Steve has taken 5 of the 6 required sections and has passed all of them on the first try. 5 sections down and one to go! The Barn at Smugglers' Notch is a year-round, full service wedding and event venue near Stowe, VT.