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Wine lovers set for record-breaking event at Oval

Wine education week sees London well represented

Whether you’re a novice or knowledgeable, mad for Merlot or puzzled by Pinot, the world of wine is one that’s ripe for discovery. And next month will see the first global Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Wine Education Week which includes several events in London. 

Having awarded more than 400,000 wine lovers one of its qualifications in the UK since it was founded in 1969, WSET, the largest global provider of wine and spirits qualifications, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the special week from 9-15 September.

The week will celebrate the diversity, taste and culture of the world of wine with a programme of interactive events, all of which are focused on learning about and enjoying wines from across the globe.

WSET Wine Education Week will kick off with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for wine lovers to help break a Guinness World Record for the largest-ever recorded sommelierie lesson:

  • When: Monday September 9, from 6pm
  • Where: The Kia Oval
  • What: Hosted by TV personality and award-winning wine expert Olly Smith and sommelier Virgilio Gennaro (wine director at Giorgio Locatelli Consultancy), attendees will attempt to better the existing record which stands at 271 people. The hosts will provide an insight into the art of pairing food and wine and guide guests through tasting four wines matched with complementary foods. 
  • Tickets: £20.00 via Eventbrite.

Following the launch, WSET Wine Education Week will continue with almost 70 events taking place across the UK, with sessions ranging from ‘Deciphering Wine Labels’ to ‘Matches Made In Heaven’ – and ‘All That Sparkles’ for some added fizz! The London area is well represented and you should be able to find an event near you easily. 

The events will help attendees make wiser choices when choosing a bottle and to discover the delights of lesser-known wines they might not have tasted before.

Full details about WSET Wine Education Week and the complete list of events taking place can be found here www.wineeducationweek.com.You need to drill down a bit once there by clicking on Events/All Countries/UK. We were able to spot 11 London-based events on the page with a good geographical spread throughout the capital. 

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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