In addition to originating the wine brand, Le Vendangeur, Vincent DeKime is an authoritative professional in his field. He holds the WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) Level 4 Diploma, their highest qualification and is also a Certified WSET Wine Educator. On hiatus from his studies with the Institute of Masters of Wine, Vincent successfully completed the first year including a seminar in Napa Valley and successful promotion to the second year. Topping up his qualifications, Vincentcompleted three class levels at Bordeaux’ Ecole du Vin and has subsequently gained hands-on experience working as a harvester, vine pruner, winery hand and assistant winemaker in the southern Rhone Valley. Recently completing his 11th year as a Judge for the International Wine Challenge (IWC), Vincenthas been collaborating on tasting panels in London with others in all areas of the wine trade.
A keen follower of and investor in the fine wine market himself and one with key contacts in wine auction houses, Vincent DeKime can assist in choosing investment grade wines to broaden any portfolio. Along the same lines, Vincentis available to advise on selecting a diverse assortment of wines to start a home cellar at a variety of budget levels and which will provide the collector satisfaction drinking wines that may be immediately accessible as well as those that will improve with age and give decades of drinking enjoyment.
For restaurants, wine bars and other food and wine retail outfits VincentDeKime can expertly advise management on choosing an eclectic list of wines to complement food offerings and afford customers wide-ranging options which provide both good value and interest. A creative wine list with offerings from the old and new world can increase revenues significantly and enhance the customer experience.
As a certified wine educator, VincentDeKime is authorized to deliver the WSET (http://www.wsetglobal.com/) program Levels 1 through 3 to suit both the needs of professionals and amateurs alike. An experienced tutor, Vincentcan impart his knowledge and passion for wine to wide ranging groups of students in accordance with the WSET program.