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Raise A Glass This September To Wine Education Week
WSET marks its 50th anniversary with its first ever international celebration of wine education, and a Guinness World Record attempt
Whether you’re a novice or knowledgeable, mad for Merlot or puzzled by Pinot, the world of wine is one that’s ripe for discovery. Having awarded over 400,000 wine lovers one of its qualifications in the UK alone since it was founded in 1969, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, the largest global provider of wine and spirits qualifications, is celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary with the first ever global WSET Wine Education Week. The week, taking place from 9 - 15 September 2019, celebrates the diversity, taste and culture of the world of wine with a programme of interactive events, all of which are focused on learning about and enjoying wines from across the globe.
WSET Wine Education Week will kick off with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for wine lovers to help break a Guinness World Record - for the largest ever recorded sommelierie lesson. Taking place on 9th September at The Kia Oval, London SE11, it will be hosted by TV personality and award-winning wine expert Olly Smith and sommelier Virgilio Gennaro (Wine Director at Giorgio Locatelli Consultancy) and will attempt to better the existing record which currently stands at 271 people. The hosts will give attendees an insight into the art of pairing food and wine and guide them through tasting four wines matched with complementary foods. Tickets to the event are priced at £20.00 and are available now via Eventbrite. Similar events across the world will mark the beginning of WSET Wine Education Week, starting in Auckland, New Zealand and ending in Los Angeles, USA.
Following the launch, WSET Wine Education Week will continue with almost 70 events taking place across the UK, with sessions ranging from ‘Deciphering Wine Labels’ to ‘Matches Made In Heaven’ - and ‘All That Sparkles’ for some added fizz! The events will help attendees make wiser choices when choosing a bottle and to discover the delights of lesser-known wines they might not have tasted before.
WSET CEO Ian Harris comments: “WSET Wine Education Week is a celebration of our mission to inspire and inform wine lovers across the world. With exciting events taking place everywhere from New Zealand to Thailand to Mexico and, of course, our home in the UK, I can’t think of a better way to mark WSET’s 50thanniversary and the progress we have made in wine education over the last half-century.”
Olly Smith added: “Wine education enhances the curation of life’s greatest pleasures. By learning the characteristics of a grape or wine region, it’s a shortcut to finding a wine you love at a budget that’s bang on the money. WSET Wine Education Week is all about bringing wine lovers together from across the world to discover and be inspired, so I’m delighted to be involved and, of course, to be raising a few glasses this September.”