Navigate the world of wines – in school

Cayman’s first wine school, Wine School 3, is designed to help enthusiasts navigate the world of wines with a range of classes for everyone, from novices to oenophiles. 

The school, which held its grand opening last week, offers certification under the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, described as the largest wine and spirits educator in the world. WSET provides internationally recognizable certificates to enhance employment in the food and beverage industry, said Wine School 3 owner Shalico Christian. 

“WSET courses are designed for those who want more in-depth wine knowledge, or those working towards a sommelier diploma. A school in St. Lucia is the only other in the Caribbean to offer WSET training,” Christian said. Christian, along with co-owner and wine expert Christian Esser, explained why they decided to set up Wine School 3 here.  

“Cayman is becoming a contender in the region for hosting great culinary events, and we felt that regular people and servers should also up the game on wine and wine knowledge,” Christian said.  

Classes typically run two hours and cover a range of topics including wine service, food and wine pairings, sparkling wines, unique and rare wines and grape varietals. Catering to Cayman’s flourishing cocktail culture, Wine School 3 also offers mixology classes and a Rum 101 class. More classes are planned in the future.  

Classes, designed for up to 12 people, are taught by Esser, a sommelier with more than 10 years experience and a registered WSET educator. Esser trained at the Culinary Institute of Salzburg, Austria, and has worked at Ortanique and Grand Old House restaurants as an in-house wine expert. 

The classes are scheduled to be held either at the school’s location in the Mirco Centre, George Town, or at locations island-wide, including the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. A boat cruise is in the works for a class on Champagne, and Christian and Esser are also planning to host overseas trips to wineries next year.  

“There is something in the works for next spring to a trip to Verona, Italy,” Christian revealed.  

In addition, the school is working with the National Workforce Development Agency and the University College of the Cayman Islands hospitality school to offer a limited number of scholarships to help young Caymanians interested in the food and beverage industry.  

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A new wine school in Cayman is designed to help enthusiasts navigate the fruit of the wine.
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