The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced the shortlist of nominees for its WSET Educator of the Year Award 2018.
The winner will be decided by a panel of judges led by WSET Chief Executive Ian Harris, and including Richard Bampfield MW, Laura Jewell MW of Wine Australia and Matt Knight of Riedel UK. The judges will look for the educator that has demonstrated clear dedication and growth in delivering WSET’s courses, as well as innovation in wine and spirits education.
The winner will be announced at the WSET Awards and Graduation ceremony at the Guildhall, City of London, UK on 21 January 2019.
The nominees for the 2o18 Riedel Trophy for WSET Educator of the Year include Adam Chase, DipWSET, director of grape experience, who won WSET Educator of the Year 2012 and was nominated as an individual for the second year running.
The nominees also include Republic National Distributing Company (pictured atop). Using WSET Educator Programmes to develop talent internally, RNDC has grown its capability to support staff through WSET qualifications and increased candidate numbers for wine and spirits qualifications five-fold in just two years. With attention to quality assurance, it is also launching a custom WSET Diploma course.
“We are proud to see our APPs and educators across the world developing new strategies to expand their business and encourage more professionals and consumers to reap the benefits that wine and spirits education can offer,” says Ian Harris, WSET chief executive. “The nominees for this award have stood out for their innovation and passion to share our mission and we look forward to celebrating the winner.”