winner of Wine Australia's Daniel Pontifex Scholarship
A while ago, I put up a post about Wine Australia's Daniel Pontifex scholarship and thought little more about it other than to note that quite a few people had read it so some may be inspired to apply.
It turns out that the winner is a friend and Cambridge local - albeit an interloper from the New World;
Quinby Frey, Events and Tasting Manager at Cambridge Wine Merchants.
Quin spent a week in South Australia and has now joined nine industry guests who are travelling with Wine Australia, culminating in Margaret River’s Gourmet Escape festival.
The Daniel Pontifex Scholarship, run in conjunction with Wine Australia and The Daniel Pontifex Memorial Trust, supports up-and-coming hospitality professionals by providing them with an educative visit to Australia’s vineyards.
As a long-term fan of Australian wine, Quinby says the wine and hospitality industry in the UK needs a greater appreciation of the varieties within Australia.
‘One message that I shall be keen to take back with me will be to encourage people to try some of the newer styles and varieties,’ she says.
Judge Laura Jewell MW noted that of the record number of applicants, and a short-list of half a dozen, Quinby’s submission stood out.
‘Quinby impressed the judges with her enthusiasm and inspirational desire to share her knowledge of wine,’ she says.
‘In her education role with Cambridge Wine Merchants she will be able to use the experiences gained during her visit to the regions of Australia to great effect.’
And for those that didn't make it this time, there is always next year.
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