Nose for wine for nine PCA play­ers

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE - By Seth Fran­cis

NINE past and present county crick­eters have de­vel­oped a nose for wine on cour­ses or­gan­ised by the Pro­fes­sional Crick­eters’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

The PCA teamed up with the Wine & Spirit Ed­u­ca­tion Trust and Accolade Wines to run the cour­ses at the Oval and Edg­bas­ton which, if they pass suc­cess­fully, will lead to the play­ers gain­ing the WSET Level One Award in Wine.

The award is a be­gin­ner level in­tro­duc­tion to wine and is suit­able for those in­ter­ested in start­ing a ca­reer in or pur­su­ing an in­ter­est in wine with cour­ses be­ing run by WSET cer­ti­fied ed­u­ca­tors from Ap­proved Pro­gramme Providers WSET School Lon­don and Birm­ing­ham Wine School.

Mid­dle­sex cap­tain James Franklin, who was one of the play­ers who com­pleted the WSET course, was full of praise for an un­ex­pected area of per­sonal de­vel­op­ment.

“Thanks to the PCA and WSET for pro­vid­ing a great plat­form to get a valu­able in­tro­duc­tion in to the vast world of wine,” said the for­mer New Zealand all-rounder. “It was a great day full of in­for­ma­tion and fun.”

Franklin’s Mid­dle­sex team mate Ol­lie Rayner sec­onded his views: “Gen­er­ally I'm not fussy about what I drink but thought maybe as I like wine, why not find out why and what to look for in the fu­ture.

“Be­fore the course my taste in wines was quite af­ford­able, now, not so much. It was a great day and well put to­gether.”

At the end of the course, all the play­ers took a 30 ques­tion mul­ti­ple choice exam and will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate and lapel pin if they pass suc­cess­fully.

The play­ers were also given ad­vice on how to fur­ther de­velop their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence and about the range of ca­reers in the wine and spir­its in­dus­try.

Play­ers who at­tended the WSET cour­ses: James Franklin, Ol­lie Rayner (Mid­dle­sex), Mat Pil­lans (Sur­rey), Luke Wells, Lau­rie Evans (both Sus­sex), Jack Shantry, Ge­orge Rhodes (both Worcestershire), Chris Wright (War­wick­shire), Nick Den­ning (Es­sex)

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