the Cornish son of a Cornish father who took his family and journalistic career
from Cornwall to Kent in the early sixties. A next-door neighbour studying for
WSTA and then WSET exams gave Ian his first taste of wine as a teenager. A few
molecules of something must have carried forward until the mid-90’s when in Hong
Kong some WSET courses captured his attention and then imagination and passion.
The rest, as they say, is history!
teacher by training who slipped out of the UK system after thirteen years;
started in 1987 to follow a sixteen year period in commercial training,
management and IT. In the middle of this period a re-location to Hong Kong
began to change everything. Retirement in 2003 enabled the change to continue
with a summer of revision for the final papers of the WSET Diploma. By then
local wine schools had already been using Ian’s spare time to teach, which was,
for him, a great way to learn.
since taught for a number of the wine schools in Hong Kong at a variety of
levels. Professional development is vital and to that end he has been able to
attend courses at the Australian Wine Research Institute, the L'École du Vin in
Bordeaux, join several WSET tutor tours and attend many excellent seminars and
tastings in Hong Kong. Currently lecturing at the Hong Kong Open University and
Hong Kong University schools of continuing education offers excellent
opportunities to teach WSET and Bordeaux courses as well as design courses at
higher levels for the universities.