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Liquid Icons and the Gérard Basset Foundation Announce the Winners of the 2023 Golden Vines® Wine Scholar Guild Scholarships

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19 JUNE 2023 | LONDON, UK – Liquid Icons and the Gérard Basset Foundation are delighted to announce the 10 winners of the 2023 Golden Vines® Wine Scholar Guild Scholarships. Offering Scholars the opportunity to undertake their choice of the Wine Scholar Guild’s extensive courses specialising in some of the world’s most interesting wine regions, these allow winners to deepen their expertise as they continue their career progression. Scholarship winners have the opportunity to specialise in the country of their choice, by selecting enrolment in one of the Wine Scholar Guild’s advanced French, Spanish or Italian Wine Scholar Certification Programs.

These Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Taylor’s Port Golden Vines® Diversity Scholarship Judging Panel to outstanding applicants who the Judges wish to recognise, encourage and aid on their educational path. The Judging Panel for the 2023 Scholarships comprised: Angela Scott as Head Judge, one of 2021’s Taylor’s Port Golden Vines® Diversity Scholarship winners; Nina Basset FIH; Rajat Parr (Sandhi Wines); Clement Robert MS (The Birley Clubs / Annabel’s); and Jancis Robinson OBE MW.

The Winners:

  • Chidiebere Irondi
  • Jing Jin
  • Juyong Kim
  • Jiachen Lu
  • Lele Ma
  • Harnil Mathur
  • Lei Peng
  • Brandon Street
  • Deborah Van Dam
  • Ina Yoon

Preston Mohr, Sales & Marketing Director of the Wine Scholar Guild, commented: “At Wine Scholar Guild, we know that education and scholarships change lives, and this is why we have proudly supported the mission and the initiatives of the Golden Vines® Scholarships since their inception. We are confident that the Judges’ selection of the awardees is also in full alignment with our own core values of diversity and empowerment, and we are looking forward to welcoming the new Scholars into their WSG courses”.

About Gérard Basset Foundation

Set up to honour the legacy and memory of Gérard Basset OBE MS MW by addressing the wine industry’s most pressing issues through education, training & mentorship, the Gérard Basset Foundation comprises a multidisciplinary team of industry-leading professionals: Nina Basset FIH, Romané Basset, Lewis Chester DipWSET, Ian Harris MBE DipWSET, Sasha Lushnikov, Jancis Robinson OBE MW: https://gerardbassetfoundation.org

About Liquid Icons

Liquid Icons is a fine wine research and content production company founded by two friends to “do stuff in wine” – the late, great Gérard Basset OBE MW MS and Lewis Chester DipWSET. We create first-class original content and research about the world’s greatest fine wines and spirits. Our work encompasses motion picture, industry research, recognition and celebration of wine and spirits excellence, charitable and fundraising activities, as well as educational initiatives: https://liquidicons.com

About Wine Scholar Guild

Wine Scholar Guild is the leading provider of specialised certification programs on the wines of France, Italy and Spain with a school network spanning 30 countries and 5 continents. WSG’s flagship study programs (French Wine Scholar™, Italian Wine Scholar™, and Spanish Wine Scholar™) are considered to be the most advanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date country-specific wine courses. The WSG alumni and membership community provides a welcoming place for wine professionals and committed students of wine to keep their knowledge in constant motion: https://www.winescholarguild.org

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