MacKinnon, who completed the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and
Spirits, won the Fine Wine Partners (FWP) Scholarship and will receive
a $1,000 grant towards further wine studies and $1,000 towards a
cellar from FWP's portfolio, as well as an engraved Spiegelau
decanter. MacKinnon said he was "honoured and humbled in
receiving this award".
Resident Manager of Shangri-La Hotel Sydney, Milan Drager, said,
"We are delighted, but not surprised, to hear that John has done
so incredibly well in the WSET Level 4 Diploma. John has impeccable
knowledge and a passion for wine. His ability to create the perfect
wine pairing has greatly enhanced the dining experience for our guests
at Altitude, our signature restaurant."
Beerden completed the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits and won
the Laithwaite's Scholarship, which includes a travel grant of £700
(AU$1450) to study a wine and/or spirit producing region.
Both students studied with Clive Hartley at TAFE Sydney Wine Academy,
who said: "I'm delighted that both John and Joel have won WSET
prizes this year. Our students are extremely passionate about wine and
spirits. I'm sure both prizes and study grants will be put to great use!"
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