Sidcup resident wins prestigious drinks industry award

PUBLISHED: 13:09 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:09 31 January 2018

Nicolas Clerc received the award last week. Picture: WSET

Nicolas Clerc received the award last week. Picture: WSET


Sidcup resident Nicolas Clerc was honoured as the winner of a prestigious drinks industry award on Monday (January 22), from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET), the world’s largest provider of wine and spirits qualifications.

More than 500 of the most influential wine and spirits professionals in the world gathered at the historic Guildhall, City of London, to celebrate the annual WSET Awards and Graduation.

Hosted for the first time by the organisation’s honourary president, Steven Spurrier, alongside WSET Chief Executive, Ian Harris, the occasion attracted attendance from industry leaders and influencers including 
famous writer and critic Jancis Robinson OBE, and the Wine Show’s Joe Fattorini.

Nicolas Clerc, a high achieving WSET Diploma graduate 
who is working in the wine trade, was the winner of the Concha y Toro prize.

Mr Clerc studied his diploma at the group’s school in London, and is now prestige account manager at Fields, Morris & Verdin - a specialist wine importer and distributor.

He said: “I chose to enter the WSET program in order to have a more global view and a more academic approach of the world of wine.

“Despite the high quality 
and the precise organisation 
of the courses and the high profile tutors, I enjoyed most 
the contact with other students, and the dynamics within the study groups”.

No stranger to awards, Nicolas also won UK Sommelier of the Year in 2007 and was named a Master Sommelier in 2010.

He will also receive a study trip to Chile as a guest of Concha y Toro – the world’s largest distributor of Latin and South American wines.

Mr Clerc added: “I am very proud and humbled to have passed the diploma and to have won the Concha y Toro scholarship.

“I am looking forward to discovering the Chilean vineyard, and most of all the country and the culture.”

Mr Clerc also paid tribute to Gerard Basset, one of the world’s most successful sommelier’s.

He added: “If I achieve a small amount of what he had done I will be a happy man.”


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