Discovery Course: undiscovered New Zealand

21 June, 2021 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am BST

The Sommelier Collective is delighted to announce the next Discovery Course with Wines of New Zealand. “Undiscovered New Zealand” is a two part educational course, which will take place on the 21st and 28th June from 10.00am-11.30am.

Led by New Zealand’s only Master Sommelier, Cameron Douglas MS, the course will delve into the intricacies of the country’s rarer varieties, smaller regions and innovative winemaking techniques.

The first session will look at the new and discovered aspects of New Zealand’s winemaking.

The second session will take a deep dive into New Zealand’s finest Chardonnays and Syrah – not varietals that you would necessarily associate the country with  – and discuss the variety of different soil types, climates and viticultural techniques that make New Zealand expressions of these grapes so spectacular.

Applications now open

Delivery details for tasting samples

Please note: wine samples are available for only 50 members. If you have been allocated tasting samples you will be contacted by email with delivery details.

The information you provide below is required for the courier company, please be accurate. Wines will arrive by APC Courier on the Friday before the session so please ensure someone is present at the address provided in order to receive the delivery. A text message will be sent to the mobile number you provide below to track the consignment. UK Mainland delivery only. Delays, loss and damages are beyond our control.

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POLITE NOTICE TO ALL

We understand you have work commitments and may, at the very last minute, not be able to join the webinar. Please do try to let us know in advance because the winemakers will be expecting you.

Tasting kits are very popular. We give priority to new members and those who have not yet received one of these fabulous FREE tasting kits. Every member is eligible to apply for a tasting kit, and there are hundreds of you now – so please do not be disappointed if you don’t get a set of wines on this occasion. We have plenty more tastings planned and we will ensure everyone gets their fair share (we have a lovely excel spreadsheet keeping track of all requests – so you won’t be overlooked!).

Discovery Course: South Africa Wine Regions – Part 2

24 May, 2021 @ 4:00 pm 5:30 pm BST

The Sommelier Collective is excited to host the Wines of South Africa Discovery Course – a deep dive into the fascinating diversity of the very best South African wine producing regions.

Running over two sessions this online course for sommeliers takes you through eight of the country’s top spots for great wines with eight winemakers introducing you to their wines and their regions, direct from the winery.

This is definitely a great opportunity to get to grips with what differentiates South Africa’s varied and complex regions, whilst learning straight from the experts on the ground about what is happening right now in the vineyards and what these skilled winemakers think makes their region, and its wines, so special.

This is the second of two deep-dive webinars about eight wine regions of South Africa. You can catch up with part one by watching the video, click here to watch on-demand.

On this session, members will be introduced to the wines and winemakers of the following regions:

  • Breedekloof
  • Robertson
  • Franschhoek
  • Elgin

Registration

Over 70 members have already registered to join this webinar.

If you have NOT YET signed up you can register to join the Zoom webinar, please provide your details below. No more tasting kits are available for this event.

Discovery Course: South Africa

26 April, 2021 @ 4:00 pm 5:30 pm BST

The Sommelier Collective is excited to announce the Wines of South Africa Discovery Course – a deep dive into the fascinating diversity of the very best South African wine producing regions.

Running over two sessions this online course for sommeliers will take you through eight of the country’s top spots for great wines with eight winemakers introducing you to their wines and their regions, direct from the winery.

This is definitely a great opportunity to get to grips with what differentiates South Africa’s varied and complex regions, whilst learning straight from the experts on the ground about what is happening right now in the vineyards and what these skilled winemakers think makes their region, and its wines, so special.

The Wines

Each session will show 12 wines, covering four regions. There will be three wines per region all of which will be  from different producers. What better way to get a snapshot of South African quality wine in the current climate?

The regions being covered in Wine of South Africa Discovery Course are: Stellenbosch, Swartland, Constantia, Hemel-en-Aarde
, Fanschhoek, Robertson, Elgin and Breedekloof

Course Dates

Monday 26th April at 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Stellenbosch, Swartland, Constantia and Hemel-en-Aarde  (12 wines)
Monday 24th May at 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Fanschhoek, Robertson, Elgin and Breedekloof (12 wines)

Apply now for a place on the Discovery Course: South Africa that will teach you about the wines that are really breaking ground in South Africa.

Frequently asked questions

Is this a certified qualification?

No, this is a special two-part educational webinar for sommeliers in the UK and it is not a formal qualification. However, you will receive a certificate of attendance from Wines of South Africa if you are logged in for both sessions and actively take part in sharing tasting notes and asking questions throughout the two webinars.

Why do I have to fill in this form every time I apply for a tasting?

We do not store your details and do not assume your details will remain the same over time.

Why do I not get selected for wine samples?

The tasting kits are provided free to members but are limited to 30-40 packs on each occasion. We keep a record of recipients so we can balance out who receives a pack. There are plenty more tastings planned in future so please apply for each session you are interested to join.

Do you share my details with sponsors?

No, in accordance with the membership privacy policy, we do not give your contact details to anyone, ever.

Can I buy tasting samples?

No, we do not have additional tasting kits available for you to purchase. All wines are kindly provided free by hosts.

Application form

This session will be video recorded and be available to watch by all members after the tasting. Details will be included in a forthcoming newsletter.

Delivery details for tasting samples

ALL TASTING PACKS HAVE NOW SOLD OUT.

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Discovery Course: Washington State part 2

15 February, 2021 @ 4:00 pm 5:30 pm GMT

A new two-part education programme developed exclusively for members of The Sommelier Collective, in association with Washington State Wines.

Enrolment

All members will be invited to enrol later this month and will be expected to attend both sessions in order to attain accreditation.

Course times

Session one: Monday 1 February, 4.00pm – 5.30pm (includes tasting of six wines)
Session two: Monday 15 February, 4.00pm – 5.30pm (includes tasting of six wines)

Accreditation

There will be no exam but students will be required to attend both sessions. A certificate of attendance will be issued to those who actively participate.

Fees

Members of The Sommelier Collective will not be charged for taking the course.

Registration has now closed.

If you would like to join the live session on Monday 15 February, 2021 please email us for the link. Session one was video recorded and is now available to view here.