My interest in wine began in the 1970’s when a neighbor was studying for wine exams with the newly formed Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). Some years later, in 1999 and living in Hong Kong, I joined a WSET Level 2 course, my studies continued with WSET through to attaining the Diploma in 2003, thirty years after my neighbor! I am a teacher with thirteen years experience in UK schools, then into commerce, including training, for sixteen years. I have a Certificate of Education from Birmingham University; a Bachelor of Education (Honours) from Sussex University and many short courses that provided the basis for these two careers spanning twenty-nine years. I began teaching wine classes in Hong Kong as soon as I had passed the WSET Level 3 in 2000. When WSET created their Certified Educator scheme in 2002 I registered. I now have eighteen years experience in wine education and taught wine classes almost every day in one or more of the following before moving to the UK:
• HKU Space (Hong Kong University School of Professional & Continuing Education)
I have also taught for the Open University of Hong Kong and a number of other local wine schools. I am a jury member for the Hong Kong “Everyday Bordeaux” selection held by CIVB/SOPEXA and judge local events for the HKWJA. I have been to wine producing regions around the world including specialized tutor visits to Bourgogne, Bordeaux, Australia, Chile and Japan for an intensive Sake course; and hold the:
• WSET Diploma
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.
Association of Wine Educators (UK);
Once settled in the UK City College Norwich Hotel School contacted me and we are offering some tastings and WSET Levels 2 and 3.
Club/Society tastings, Private tastings, WSET courses, Wine courses, Trade/Sommelier training, Public/trade wine shows, Food and wine matching
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Bourgogne, Bordeaux, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Sherry, Sake, Wine Faults
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