Photo courtesy of TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney Institute
Television's Kath and Kim may enjoy their daily "wine time" or rather, "woine toime" guzzling Chateau de Box on their back patio under the limpid gaze of a concrete emu.
But these TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney Institute Sydney Wine Academy (SWA) graduates represent the opposite end of the evolutionary spectrum. They're the first 10 proud holders of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 4 Diploma in Wine and Spirits.
The program, launched in February 2010, gives graduates the opportunity to further their Wine & Spirit Education Trust studies, gain specialised industry and product knowledge and qualifies them to evaluate wines and spirits on a professional basis. The Sydney Wine Academy has an excellent reputation and was awarded WSET’s International Educator of the Year 2010-2011.
Most significantly, the graduates are now eligible for Associate Member status of the internationally-recognised, London-based Institute of Wines and Spirits which can provide ongoing professional development throughout their careers.
The Director of the Sydney Wine Academy, Clive Hartley, described the graduates as "a pleasure to work with and outstandingly dedicated students."
Global CEO of WSET, Ian Harris, said the Sydney Wine Academy "has demonstrated a firm commitment to the development of the diploma students."
This significant milestone was celebrated in May 2012 with a graduation dinner where WSET's Business Development Director (Asia Pacific), Jude Mullins, presented the graduates with their diplomas.
A far cry from Kath and Kim's 5pm noshing on the patio. And it goes without saying that the wine was perfectly matched to the food.
The Sydney Wine Academy is holding an information evening about 2013 WSET courses on Tuesday 13 November 2012 from 6.30pm at Ushers Bar, Level 4 Building A, TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney, Ryde College, 250 Blaxland Road, Ryde NSW 2112.