Wine education: Learn from those that know

My name is Andrew Jones, I have been in the hospitality industry since 1994, starting as a waiter/bar staff, then onto Bar Manager, Venue Manager and now General Manager.

While having a strong business knowledge on running bars, restaurants and bottleshops, I have always wanted to extend my knowledge base on alcohol, especially wine. On the recommendation of one of my staff, I attended Andrew and Peter’s tasting group, and was exposed to a completely new world of education and experience.

Learning to tell what wine is Old World or New World, what the varietal is, the styles, regionality, and quality, all from a blind tasting, and listening to my senses, matched to the knowledge gained with two Masters of Wine, is fantastic, and thoroughly worth any expense and effort.

Andrew’s wine masterclass experiences

It was probably the most challenging and rewarding experience of my career, and has stood me in good stead with my peers, clients, customers and employers. I have gone on to complete WSET 3 and am going on to WSET 4 (then hopefully to MW), and had great opportunities working with wineries, and winemakers from all over Australia and Overseas. I have also worked at the Barossa Wine Show as an Associate Judge (a most rewarding and enjoyable experience).

I would thoroughly recommend Uncorked and Cultivated as a great way “to learn from those that know”.

Andrew visited September 2015

Ned Goodwin MW shares his Master of Wine mentorship story

Peter was instrumental in my passing the notorious Master of Wine exam: mentorship, camaraderie but most of all, instilling the self-belief and the confidence necessary to believe in success.

Peter and I worked together for over a year leading up to the exam. Essays and questions about the various disciplines that constitute the Theory portion of the exam were exchanged via e-mail. I was living in Tokyo at the time.

Subsequently I visited Peter in Brisbane, tackling the equivalent of a tasting boot-camp across a litany of wine styles: twice each day; for three-days!

Ned Goodwin MW shares his Master of Wine mentorship story

Peter’s office provided mock exams, suitable stemware and an ideal environment in which to concentrate while analysing the wines at hand. All wines were tasted blind under time-pressure, an environment designed to replicate that of the examination.

Be it to enhance one’s wine knowledge, for more rigorous academic pursuits, or for sheer pleasure, I can’t recommend Peter and his facilities highly enough.

Ned Goodwin MW

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Kenichi prepares for his Master of Wine exams with Peter

I really appreciate Peter.  Actually I visited Peter’s office in my final preparation stage of  Master of Wine exams. This was one-on-one tasting training involving practical  paper-1 to 3. I did these three mock-practical papers for three days  like real exams and wines were carefully selected by Peter. These selections were considered to point out various styles of question, I could learn how to think, how to funnel down and how to detect in detail there.

In fact, most Japanese are regarded as very shy characters. I  think so. But in this lecture, I could ask a lot of questions directly to Peter.

Kenichi prepares for his Master of Wine exams

After these three days, I went to join real MW residential seminar in Adelaide. Of course, I did three more practicals and one more mock exam.

Through these many practical training, I thought that I could get consistency to answer each questions while practical paper questions were so various. Absolutely I got to feel more confident rather than  ever. On the final day out of three days, Peter kindly invited me to enjoy dinner together in his house because I am his grandchild student; my mentor, Mr.Ned Goodwin MW was his mentee.

Once again, I really appreciate Peter, and also really appreciate my mentor, Ned, who strongly recommended me to join Peter’s practical bootcamp and set it up for me.

Thank you very much, Peter.

Kenichi Ohashi MW

Masters of Wine mentoring at Uncorked and Cultivated Brisbane

Visiting the Uncorked & Cultivated premises of Peter Scudamore-Smith MW is always a great experience. ‘From the earth to the table’, you will find a motivating story and lessons full of wisdom at Peter’s wine studio.

Peter’s mentoring at Uncorked & Cultivated for my Masters of Wine studies has been crucial in supporting me to develop a global perspective when wine tasting. He consistently challenges my tastebuds and mindset.

Tasting with the Master

His tasting exercises and methodology have also helped both Ned Goodwin and Kenichi Ohashi to become Masters of Wine — both having passed through his door, looking for advise & mentoring at their time, and both received what they needed to gain this prestigious qualification, the pinnacle of all qualifications in the world of wine.

I feel with his support that I am also well on the road to achieving the Masters of Wine qualification also, to have the wine studio ‘Uncorked & Cultivated’ in Brisbane’s Woolloongabba is such a privilege.

The premises is conveniently located; close to the Gabba’s cafes, bistros & restaurants; within easy access to public transport; and is definitely a great option for presentations, training or small gatherings with wine professionals & aficionados.

I highly recommend the fabulous wine studio of Peter Scudamore-Smith MW.

David Stevens-Castro
Wine Expert & Consultant

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