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 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.
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). Similar events across the world will mark the beginning of Wine Education Week, starting in Auckland, New Zealand and ending in Los Angeles, USA.
Following the launch, 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. In Hertfordshire, the following events are taking place for Wine Education Week:
- 9.19 St Albans Vine to glass Hertfordshire Wine School
WSET CEO Ian Harris comments: ‘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 50th anniversary 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. 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.’
Full details about Wine Education Week and the events taking place can be found at www.wineeducationweek.com.