Frank Smulders MW and Jeni Wilson at Gómez Cruzado
Frank Smulders MW and Jeni Wilson at Gómez Cruzado

Master of Wine Frank Smulders to teach Wine & Spirit Education Trust Advanced Level 3 Course June 11th - 15th at Gómez Cruzado

Smulders will lead a preparatory tasting for the Level 4 WSET Diploma in Wines on Thursday, June 13th for students interested in this qualification, professionals and enthusiasts

17 of April of 2019

Dutch Master of Wine Frank Smulders will teach the advanced level 3 course of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in English June 11th – 15th at the Gómez Cruzado Winery located in the Barrio de la Estación of Haro. This course is part of the annual academic program offered in this Rioja winery by Vintage Class – the official WSET provider in Spain. In 2019 WSET, the world’s most acclaimed and recognized wine education and training institution, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

What’s more, Master of Wine Frank Smulders will lead a preparatory tasting for the Level 4 WSET Diploma in Wines on Thursday, June 13th for students interested in this qualification, professionals and enthusiasts. Prior registration is required. During this tasting, participants will experience the depth of knowledge required for this qualification, which is an essential step to obtaining to the highly-demanding title of Master of Wine which only 383 people in the world hold at this time. The tasting will include six wines: three of them defined by their place of origin, while the other three represent a certain variety.

The advanced level instructor, Master of Wine Frank Smulder, boasts 30 years of experience in the international wine business and has represented wineries on the international market as well. Smulders also works as a consultant and is a WSET instructor for several different levels in various European countries. He has managed the five-star wine cellar Hotel Residenz Palais Coburg in Vienna, which received the honor of 'World’s Best Wine List' in 2014 from the magazine 'The World of Fine Wines'.

The Level 3 WSET course delves deep into viticulture and oenology topics, and also covers the world's foremost wine regions, grape varieties, and styles of wine that define different production areas, as well as other matters such as pairing and serving. Nevertheless, the primary focus of this course is tasting technique, with a total of 80 wines tasted during the training.

Jeni Wilson, will also teach the intermediate Level 2 course in Spanish on May 18th and 19th and in English on June 21st and 22nd. Wilson runs the English language school Vintage Class, which is located in Aranda de Duero and specializes in language education related to the wine world. A native English speaker, Wilson hails from Australia and Scotland and boasts over 20 years of teaching experience in Mexico, Thailand, Australia, Cambridge and Spain.

WSET: 50 year history

Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) has its headquarters in London and was founded in 1969 to provide wines and spirits education and qualifications of the utmost quality to professionals and enthusiasts. WSET qualifications are internationally recognized and its courses are open to those starting a career in the wine and spirits sectors, established professionals, and students as well. WSET also trains future Masters of Wine which is the sector’s highest qualification. Pedro Ballesteros, Fernando Mora, Andreas Kubach and Almudena Alberca are the only Spaniard to have earned this title. Since its founding over four decades ago, over half a million people have received WSET qualifications.

2019 marks 50 years since the WSET was founded to provide wine and spirits education to the industry. Looking ahead to the next 50 years, WSET is partnering with International Wine&Spirit Competition (IWSC), also celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, for a new initiative that will identify the next generation of leading wine and spirits professionals and emphasise the importance of developing new talent through education and awards. Chosen by an illustrious panel of judges, "The Future 50" will recognise 50 of the global industry’s up-and-coming talent at a range of levels from all reaches of the trade. Nominations are due to open in February with winners announced ahead of IWSC’s annual banquet in November 2019.


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