Congratulations to Devon Lochhead, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar program, with highest honors!
I started working as a barman for a fine dining restaurant at 19 years old, while a student. This restaurant, coincidentally, happened to have the largest wine list in our Province (Eastern Cape) and all wines were, conveniently, served by glass. Our boss was a good tutor/mentor and we were a close team - often staying behind after service to taste/drink and discuss the open bottles at the end of the evening. This was my introduction to “good” wine and where the bug bit! I eventually became the wine steward of this restaurant.
After graduating, I followed my passion for wine and moved to Hong Kong to work in the industry. My wine career began with Kedington wines and I started studying my WSET courses and French Wine Scholar. I then had the opportunity to move to a Top Restaurant Group in Hong Kong where I was appointed the Sommelier of their flagship restaurant. I worked my way up to Head Sommelier of this group and then decided to go back to my roots and promote South African wine in Asia.
I currently work as the Regional Manager in Asia for DGB Pty. Ltd, which is currently South Africa’s largest private Wine, Spirits & Craft Beer producer and distributor with a focus on enhancing the image of Premium South African wine.
I aspire to continue studying in order to understand this subject further and have rather ambitious goals set for the future.
I have completed my WSET courses, passing my Diploma in July 2018. I have also completed my French Wine Scholar which provided a great deal of focus and understanding to that particular part of my Diploma program.
I have recently enrolled in the Spanish Wine Scholar program and do plan on studying further. I believe that the IWS will provide a great deal of value and offers confidence & comfort when tackling the intricacies of Italy in my future studies
It has allowed me to explore new regions/territories of Italy, their extraordinary wines and unique varietals that they have to offer. This will provide an advantage moving forward as you can now apply this knowledge and introduce fellow wine enthusiasts to wines that they may not have considered previously. It also allows you the privilege of sharing this knowledge with others.