A sommelier (/ˈsɒməljeɪ/ or /sʌməlˈjeɪ/; French pronunciation: [sɔməlje]), or wine steward, is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants, who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing.
Master of Wine (MW) is a qualification (not an academic degree) issued by The Institute of Masters of Wine in the United Kingdom. The MW qualification is generally regarded in the wine industry as one of the highest standards of professional knowledge.
Wine Educator is an individual who has an in-depth grasp of wine characteristics, history and the business of wine and trains and educates people on it. It is similar to what sommelier does, but according to Kelvin Wanjira, our scope is not limited to a restaurant.
With that dynamic in mind, meet Kelvin Wanjira. You will always find him at The Good House (What’s Good Studios HQ and home to wgnetworks.tv) hands dart, wine bottles around him and always willing to share a thing or two about wine.
Do you enjoy a glass of wine and want to know a bit more about what’s in your glass? Do you want to be able to navigate confidently around the shelves of your local supermarket or wine shop, and order wine in a restaurant without embarrassment? Do you wish to avoid the waiters/ess embarrassments on white or red, sweet or dry wine questions? Then this bit is for you.
Kelvin is a wine educator with Distell wines’ Nederburg Wines and teaches about wines, their history and how best to sell wines.
Kelvin began experimenting wine tasting through buying dry wines, adding ice and lime and trying out different tastes. The more wines you try, the more you’ll develop your palate – it really is that simple. From that, he has traversed this nation alongside celebrated Kenyan musician and brand ambassador of Nederburg Wines, Eric Wainaina talking about wine.
From then on, a featured on Daily Nation and a training certificate from Wines of South Africa sealed, Kelvin has been to Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania educating people on wines. He is now working towards becoming a master of wine.
For those who know a bit about wine but want to know more:
What does it take to be a wine educator?
A good course takes three years of research and trainings and taking various tests.
Wine educator in Kenya?
You will need an international certificate, Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET).
How much does a wine educator charge?
It varies depending on the number of participants, ranging from Kshs 35,000 for a group or starting from Kshs 2,000 per person.
Can I study wine locally?
Where do I start?
Here’s an idea – start a wine-tasting group with your friends. Head over to wine tasting events too. Follow the experts like Kelvin Wanjira.