Sergio dos Santos of The Atlantic Hotel is awarded Level 4 Diploma from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust
18 October 2011
The Level 4 Diploma is the Wine and Spirits Education Trust’s (WSET) flagship qualification. It is a specialist qualification and aims to give in depth knowledge of the principal wines and spirits of the world and a thorough understanding for the professional evaluation of wines and spirits. The Diploma is viewed universally as the stepping-stone to the Master of Wine qualification.
Upon successfully passing the WSET® Diploma, candidates are eligible to become an Associate member of the Institute of Wines & Spirits; they are entitled to use the letters AIWS after their name, and also to go on and study for the Trust’s highest level of qualification, the Level 5 Honours Diploma.
Sergio has spent many months studying hard to attain this Level 4 qualification and in due course plans to go on to undertake an individual wine and spirit research project in order to achieve the final Level 5 Honours Diploma.
Commenting on this achievement Patrick Burke owner of The Atlantic Hotel said “We were delighted to hear of Sergio’s success and commend him for all his hard work during the time he has been studying for this diploma. The qualifications awarded by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust are recognized within the industry throughout in world, and the programme helps its members to achieve the highest levels of professionalism and effectiveness throughout their career.”
Earlier this year Sergio was, for the third year running, shortlisted to compete amongst sommeliers from some of the best restaurants in the country in the annual Sommelier of the Year Competition 2011 organised by the Academy of Food and Wine Service and finished in the Top 16.