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Bibendum reveals first Wine Minds candidates

Published:  18 October, 2018

Bibendum Wine has revealed the first two candidates to come out of its Wine Minds Apprenticeship initiative.

Romain de Courcy, sommelier at Gazelle in Mayfair, and Sam Ameye, bartender at Bar Swift in Soho, will both be provided with WSET L2 or L3 training, a bespoke internship with a leading producer, as well as a full calendar of masterclasses and trips to a host of wineries throughout the world.

The response to the programme had been “incredible positive”, said head of brand communications Elona Hesseling.

“It’s great to see so much emerging industry talent. Romain and Sam have been avid Wine Minds members since the start of the programme and we are excited to work with them more closely during their apprenticeships,” she said.

Romain and Sam will be starting their part-time apprenticeships in the New Year, which will include a harvest internship at leading Bibendum producers: Journey’s End in South Africa and Argento in Argentina.

Launched early in 2018, Bibendum’s Wine Minds initiative has been designed to empower emerging industry talent by creating a network of like-minded individuals, giving them an opportunity to develop their skills and get ahead in their careers.

It gives participants an in-depth and unique knowledge on specific topics with a combination of industry events, tastings and masterclasses hosted by experts from around the globe., with the ongoing programme open to all hospitality workers in the UK who are still busy climbing the career ladder and have a good basic knowledge of wine.