Recent times have witnessed a few such achievers within Singapore in the field of wine knowledge and education. I’ve had the opportunity to meet a few of these individuals during recent wine tasting sessions and wine events. Their achievements not only do the Singapore tribe proud; more importantly, they act to inspire others pursuing wine education as well.
The first local Certified Wine Educator (CWE) in SingaporeJoshua Kalinan, I had the opportunity to meet him during a trade tasting event organized by WineStore Singapore recently. He has successfully completed the Certified Wine Educator certification awarded by the Society of Wine Educators (USA) in 2014.
The first local Ambassador of Italian Wines (Vinitaly International)Chan Wai Xin (a popular and passionate wine educator well known to many in the local wine scene) became the first person here to be awarded the Ambassador of Italian Wines certification under Vinitaly International Academy in 2014.
|Chan Wai Xin|
The first local Master of Wine (Institute of Masters of Wine)
|Tan Ying Hsien|
This credit goes to Tan Ying Hsien who recently became the first Singaporean Master of Wine (MW). This certification is awarded by the Institute of Masters of Wine (London) and it goes without saying that it is one of the most rigorous certification and a prestigious award to attain in the world of wine. Less than 400 people in the world have been certified as an MW and it is heartening to see one coming from this little island of ours.
Good role models I must say!