AWE Member



Ian Symonds

BEd(Hons) DipWSET
@iansymonds
UK

The interest in wine began in the 1970’s when a neighbour was studying with the newly formed Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). Nineteen years later in 1999 and living in Hong Kong I joined a WSET L2 course, my studies continued with WSET through to attaining the L4 Diploma in 2003, thirty years after my neighbour! I am a teacher with thirteen years of experience in UK schools, sixteen years in commercial training, six years at CDNIS that merged with twenty years in further and adult education; listed below.
I hold a CertEd from Birmingham University; a BEd(Hons) from Sussex University and many short courses that provided the basis for these three phases spanning over forty years. I began teaching wine classes in Hong Kong as soon as I had passed the WSET L3 in 2000. When WSET created their Certified Educator scheme in 2002 I registered. I now have over twenty years of experience in wine education including in the UK since 2015. City College Norwich Hotel School contacted me and we ran tastings and WSET Levels 2 and 3. Now in Cornwall I hope to re-energise my teaching.
I have been a jury member for the Hong Kong “Everyday Bordeaux” selection held by CIVB/SOPEXA and judged at many local events for the HKWJA. Visited wine producing regions around the world including visits to Bourgogne, Bordeaux, Alsace, Austria, Australia, Chile for wine and Japan for an intensive Sake course. In addition to teaching I also attend major wine and wine related shows in Hong Kong speaking in a number of master-classes and write regularly for a number of wine publications, both in print and on the Internet.

• HKU Space (Hong Kong University School of Professional & Continuing Education)
• Hong Kong University
• OUHK LiPace
• Macau IFT (Institute for Tourism Studies)
• Hong Kong PolyTechnic University School of Hotel & Tourism Management (Food and Wine Academy)
• Hong Kong Management Association
• AWSEC (temp teacher)

Certifications:
• WSET Diploma
• WSET Certified Educator (and Educator of potential new WSET teachers for five years in HK)
• WSET Certified Sake Educator
• Official Bourgogne Wine Instructor
• International Bordeaux Wine Educator
• Wines of Portugal Academy Level III Advanced Ambassador
• Sherry Educator for the Consejos Reguladores del Marco de Jerez
• New Zealand Wine Professional Level 2
• Court of Master Sommelier ‘Certified Sommelier’ (CS)
• Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)
• Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS)
• AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment Course graduate

Membership of professional wine bodies:
• Association of Wine Educators (UK);
• Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Sommelier
• Guild of Sommeliers
• Society of Wine Educators – CSW and CSS
• Circle of Wine Writers (UK)
• Wine Writers Circle (HK);Hong Kong Wine Society
• Knights of Alba (Hong Kong)
• Wine Century Club (Hong Kong)
• Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne
• Hong Kong Wine Judges Association
• Hong Kong Wine Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce

Available for

Corporate events, Club/Society tastings, Private tastings, WSET courses, Wine courses, Trade/Sommelier training, Public/trade wine shows, Food and wine matching

Other wine work

Sake education

Specialities

Bourgogne, Bordeaux, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Sherry, Sake, Wine Faults

Qualifications

WSET Diploma, WSET Certified Educator, WSET Certified Sake Educator, AWRI Advance Wine Assessment Course graduate, Bourgogne L’Ecole du Vin Educator, Bordeaux L’École du Vin Educator, Sherry Educator, New Zealand Wine Educator, Wines of Portugal Educator, Vintage Port Academy graduate, Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Sommelier, Certified Sake Sommelier

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