Esteemed New Zealand wine industry specialist Colin Ford is now teaching NZMA hospitality students all they need to know about wine.
His two-hour wine appreciation course is delivered at NZMA twice each term, thanks to a new partnership between the training provider and Ford’s company, Wineworks Solutions. The course was originally designed for the New Zealand Defence Force and the Royal New Zealand Navy.
Ford’s first session was held in the Oasis Bar at NZMA Auckland Central last month, and was a huge highlight for hospitality students.
“It was a brilliant session – absolutely fantastic,” says NZMA Employment Advisor Tim Green.
“The course covers everything including the history of wine, how it is made, where it is made, wine evaluation and taste buds, glassware and also wine and food matching. It is a very in-depth and informative session.
“Colin Ford is one of New Zealand’s top wine writers, judges and consultants and we are very privileged to have such an industry leader on board to give regular training to our students.”
Ford has been an associate judge at the New Zealand International Wine Show, the Liquorland Top 100 wine show and the Royal Easter Show wine competition. A contributing writer and panel leader for Wine NZ magazine tastings, Ford has also been heavily involved in the Institute of Masters of Wine (London) education programme, where he developed his professional and tasting skills to a high level.
Also new for NZMA’s hospitality students are workshops run by leading hospitality employment consultants, The Service People. The sessions are hosted by Kiri McCabe and Miria Wynyard, who between them have over 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
The first workshop was held recently and focussed on professionalism, customer experiences, employability and working in hospitality.
“The session covered an extensive range of employment related topics which are specifically relevant to the hospitality industry,” says NZMA Employment Advisor Tim Green.
“It included things like designing your own business cards and bar logo, upselling at the table, and dealing with industry and customer complaints.”
The Service People is a business whose top priority is to improve the standard of front-of-house service in New Zealand, by teaching vital industry skills to hospitality professionals.