There are over 400 WSET approved program providers, or schools, in over 50 countries around the world. Each year over 40,000 people take a WSET course in one of 16 languages.
For the award we compete with major Universities, multinational institutes, as well as huge drinks companies. Our performance is judged by an independent panel in England, who considers the volume of courses we run, our student’s exam results, our growth, and our administrative efficiency.
For the last two years we have been nominated for the award, on a short list of four other schools around the world. This year, helped by the successful expansion of our operations to the Middle East and Toronto, we were awarded a beautiful trophy created by George Riedel.
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, our supporters, for being the main reason why we won. You put your trust in us, and we hope we delivered a first class wine education experience. Thank you for coming to our WSET wine courses and for sharing your experience with friends, family and coworkers.
For us, it means we know that our formula of expert instruction, outstanding quality tastings, very competitive pricing, and efficient administration must be working. We look forward to announcing major expansion plans in the coming weeks.
For our family owned and operated company, Sondra and I would like to thank the team. In particular, Lynn Coulthard and Marnie Harfield have done a superb job running courses in a variety of cities and far-flung places. We are also very grateful to Rudy Lovsin, who makes everything run smoothly, and all of the other people who contributed their efforts over the years towards this result.
Thank you again for coming to our wine courses. For more information on courses, and for photos of Lynn accepting the trophy from Jancis, please visit http://www.FineVintageLtd.com or read about Fine Vintage Ltd in the next issue of Drinks International magazine.
Fine Vintage Ltd
5719 Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC, Canada V7W 2R8
Telephone: 1 604 922 4915
Toll Free in North America: 1 866 379 4915
About Fine Vintage Ltd:
Fine Vintage Ltd. is an Approved Program Provider for the UK-based Wine and Spirit Education Trust, recognized as the gold standard in wine education. As a Master of Wine, James is regarded as one of the world's leading experts on wine. The MW is considered to be the pinnacle of qualifications in the wine industry. There are only 30 MW's in North America and 300 worldwide.
Fine Vintage Ltd is owned and operated by James Cluer, Master of Wine, and is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Fine Vintage Ltd operates six WSET wine schools providing Sommelier courses and wine tasting courses in Canada. Wine courses are currently available in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Victoria, Kelowna, Penticton and the Fraser Valley.
As a passionate and enthusiastic wine educator, James Cluer draws on his 18 years of international experience to make the WSET wine courses fascinating, fun and always delivered in a relaxed style. He has worked with high profile winemakers in France, Australia and California and visited the majority of the world's wine regions. He has taught over 3,500 students the WSET courses and has one of the highest pass rates in the industry. The Fine Vintage wine courses are so highly respected that they are offered in partnership with the University of British Columbia.
As a consultant to the wine industry, James is the Wine Consultant for a major international airline, is the wine advisor to Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, and consults to the BC government. He also writes for two magazines and a major newspaper.
Fine Vintage Ltd runs wine tasting tour vacations to renowned wine regions like the Tuscany, Italy, Napa, California, USA, Bordeaux, France, and Rioja and Castile, Spain.
James also operates the popular wine employment website: http://www.WineJobsCanada.com.
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Fine Vintage Ltd. is an Approved Program Provider for the UK-based Wine and Spirit Education Trust, recognized as the gold standard in wine education. The WSET offers 3 internationally recognized wine qualifications - Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced wine studies. We also run our own Fine Vintage Certification courses which offer specialist knowledge on important topics. Fine Vintage operates six WSET wine schools in Canada.