As we look back on the past year, we have so much to celebrate. From another group of amazing Pinotage Youth Development Academy graduates to two of our lecturers attending the Wine and Spirits Education Trust Educators course. In no particular order, here are six of our favourite moments from 2018.
Cathy Passes Her Masters Of Wine Year 1:
In June this year, Cathy Marston, head of The Wine Centre passed the first year of her Masters of Wine course. This prestigious and rigorous course is well know for its intensity and difficulty. People become Masters of Wine by passing the stage 1 assessment (S1A) and the three parts of the Master of Wine examination (theory and practical examination and the research paper). Candidates need to achieve a pass in both the theory and practical papers within five attempts over six years. Read more about the course here.
WineLand Magazine Article:
The below fantastic article was written by Tshepang Molisana, a WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Level 2 graduate and writer, about the day in the life of a wine educator featuring Cathy Marston for September's WineLand Magazine.
International Wine Challenge Sponsorships:
Eric and Victor from Eziko Cooking School in Langa with Chris and Alex of the International Wine Challenge over from the UK in January giving the thumbs-up for another successful year of IWC sponsorship of WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) training for their students.
Continued Involvement With Pinotage Youth Development Academy (PYDA):
This year we continued our involvement with the Pinotage Youth Development Academy and saw several WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Level 2 graduates and the first WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Level 3 graduate, Shannon Fortuin pictured below right with her cousin Flordeliza Fortuin (also a Level 2 graduate).
Cathy Tours Jerez And Becomes A Certified Sherry Educator:
In October, Cathy Marston, head of The Wine Centre, travelled, tasted and learned about Sherry as part of her Masters of Wine training at the Consejo Regulador's Certified Sherry Educators course in Jerez, Spain (Vinos de Jerez Sherry Wines).
The Wine Centre Lecturers Attend The WSET Educators Course In London:
Debi van Flymen and Elizma Myburgh Venter attended the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Educators course in London in December. We’re so lucky to have such knowledgeable and talented women on our team and can’t wait to see what they get up to with their new qualification.
Catching Up With WSET Lecturers During Cape Wine:
In September Cathy caught up with some WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) lecturers after Cape Wine.