I love wine. My first experience, I remember it well, a bottle of Hock, enjoyed on a camping trip whilst at university. It didn’t put me off and since then wine has pretty much shaped everything I do.
A move to Scotland, in 2005 prompted me to leave behind a ten year career as a chemist in the Pharmaceutical industry and set up Case Studies Wine School. The school’s objective was and still is, to provide wine training and development opportunities for businesses and individuals, professionals and enthusiasts in Scotland. Case Studies Wine School, has become a well-respected provider of WSET courses up to and including Level 3. I’ve worked with over 400 students from a wide range of backgrounds.
Through the school, since 2006, I have hosted the Edinburgh Festival Fringe event “Wine School at the Fringe”, a celebration of wines and spirits.
I thoroughly enjoy my role as an ambassador for wine and the wine industry seeking to communicate knowledgeably and enthusiastically with a wide range of audiences. I am a Certified Educator for the WSET, a member of the Association of Wine Educators and I’m a student of the Institute of Masters of Wine (currently working on Stage 3 of the programme, the Research Paper). I am an examiner for the WSET, judge in wine competitions, write about wine and work with a number of clients to organise events, provide marketing support, develop wine lists and offer wine buying advice.
Clients include The Three Chimneys (Skye), Gleneagles Hotel, Wedgwood the Restaurant, The Witchery by the Castle, The Tower Restaurant, Glenmorangie, Aizle, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Whyte & Mackay, Wines of Bordeaux, WSET, Mitchells & Butler, Wine Australia, Saga Holidays, Channel 4, QD Events. Please have a look here at some of the nice things people have said about CSWS and the work I do:
My other love is Crystal Palace Football Club. I’m sure they’ll be finishing in the top 5 this season!
When I’m not talking/drinking/thinking about wine or football I’m cooking, eating, walking or skiing.