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Major International Award for Fine Vintage Ltd.

Jancis Robinson giving the WSET 2012 Riedel Trophy for Educator of the Year to Lynn Coulthard of Fine Vintage Ltd.

The Riedel Trophy for WSET Educator of the Year

On January 23rd, at a ceremony in London, Fine Vintage was awarded the most sought-after trophy amongst wine schools around the world – The Riedel Trophy for WSET Educator of the Year 2011. Jancis Robinson presented the award at a packed ceremony at Guild Hall.
There are over 400 WSET approved program providers, or schools, in over 50 countries around the world. Each year over 40,000 people take a WSET course in one of 16 languages.

For the award we compete with major Universities, multinational institutes, as well as huge drinks companies. Our performance is judged by an independent panel in England, who considers the volume of courses we run, our student’s exam results, our growth, and our administrative efficiency.

For the last two years we have been nominated for the award, on a short list of four other schools around the world. This year, helped by the successful expansion of our operations to the Middle East and Toronto, we were awarded a beautiful trophy created by George Riedel.
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, our supporters, for being the main reason why we won. You put your trust in us, and we hope we delivered a first class wine education experience. Thank you for coming to our courses and for sharing your experience with friends, family and coworkers.

For us, it means we know that our formula of expert instruction, outstanding quality tastings, very competitive pricing, and efficient administration must be working. We look forward to announcing major expansion plans in the coming weeks.

For our family owned and operated company, Sondra and I would like to thank the team. In particular, Lynn Coulthard and Marnie Harfield have done a superb job running courses in a variety of cities and far-flung places. We are also very grateful to Rudy Lovsin, who makes everything run smoothly, and all of the other people who contributed their efforts over the years towards this result.

Thank you again for coming to our courses. For more information on courses, and for photos of Lynn accepting the trophy from Jancis, please visit or read about us in the next issue of Drinks International magazine.