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New GOCV Scholar announced
Wednesday 22 January, 2020
The Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino is delighted to announce that the 2020 recipient of its annual WSET Diploma prize has been awarded to Tom Boddy, retail support manager, Majestic Wine.
As part of the prize, the GOCV will host Tom on an educational trip round Spain’s leading wine regions later this year and also welcome him as an honorary member for 2020 at the GOCV investiture dinner in London in March.
I fell in love with wine on family holidays to the Languedoc in my early teens, and knew that I wanted to explore more about the subject. After finishing my university studies (studying French, Spanish & Catalan at the University of Birmingham) I began working for Majestic Wine. Whilst working across our stores in the West Midlands, I worked my way up through the WSET qualifications, culminating in receiving the Diploma in January 2020. Five years since I joined the company, I now work at Majestic Support Centre in Watford, dealing with our network of 200 stores on a daily basis. Outside of work, my hobbies include playing and watching sport, cooking and learning to play the bass guitar. I am excited to continue working in wine for the rest of my career and to see how far in the industry I can progress!Tom Boddy, 2020 WSET Diploma Prize winner: Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino
35th Annual Investiture Dinner
Wednesday 6 March, 2019
The Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino annual dinner event, held on Tuesday 5th March, welcomed members and their guests to honour two new Caballeros who were officially inducted into the order: Pierre Mansour and Paul Shinnie.
The ceremony was officiated by His Excellency, the Ambassador of Spain, Don Carlos Bastarreche Sagües, and the CEO of ICEX, María Peña Mateos.
Hosted at The Dorchester Hotel, guests dined on a menu inspired by Spain and prepared by chef Mario Perera, paired with — unsurprisingly — a superb selection of Spanish wines.
New 2019 Caballeros announced
Wednesday 6 March, 2019
The Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino is delighted to announce two new members have been elected in 2019; Pierre Mansour, head of buying, The Society; and Paul Shinnie, buyer, Alliance Wines.
Mansour is an industry veteran and is currently the head of buying for The Wine Society. He sources the Spanish wines and, during his tenure, sales of those wines have increased notably. As he has a close relationship with many top winemakers from Spain, he has special access to some of their best and most unusual wines.
Shinnie has extensive experience in importing and retail and he used to run wine import company Vinites UK. His focus there was on providing the UK market with top quality wines from Spain, especially ones from lesser known regions. He eventually sold it to Alliance Wine and joined their team as a buyer.
Following these two appointments the GOCV currently has 66 active members.