The date is set for our first WSET Foundation course for 2011: Saturday 19 February, running from 9am at the Edinburgh Hotel and Cellars in Mitcham. Registrations close at 5pm on Monday 7 February (this allows us time to order the exams from the UK) and places are limited. The course fee remains $200 and, as usual, this fee includes lunch at the Ed, all textbooks and notes, and (most importantly) the wine tasting. All you need to bring is yourself! If you’d like to join us, or you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
On the same day we’re also offering a very limited number of places for distance learning students to sit the WSET Intermediate exam. The fee for this is $250 and if you are interested in sitting the Intermediate exam on this date please contact me as soon as possible.
Last week I headed to Melbourne to participate in the L’Erudito Lorenzo Galli Scholarship. This is an annual two day Italian wine masterclass, held in honour of Lorenzo Galli who founded Galli Estate, a winery in Sunbury, Victoria. Fifteen scholars were invited from around the country so I feel very privileged to have participated. The dux of the masterclass won a $10,000 trip to Italy to further his studies of Italian wine. And the dux was a former Wine Academy student, Brendan Carter. Brendan completed WSET Intermediate with us in 2010 and has just finished his first year at the University of Adelaide studying (naturally) oenology and viticulture. So massive congratulations to Brendan and hopefully he’ll keep us all up to date on his adventures in Italy!