Fine Vintage Ltd operates six WSET wine schools providing Sommelier courses and wine tasting courses in Canada. Wine courses are available in Vancouver, Toronto, Victoria, Kelowna, Penticton and Calgary.
The company is owned and operated by James Cluer, a wine consultant expert. As a consultant to the wine industry, he manages the selection of wines for a major international airline, is the wine advisor to Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, buys wine for a chain of retail stores, and consults to the BC government. He is also an advisor to several wineries and writes for two magazines.
As a Master of Wine, James is regarded as one of the world's experts on wine. The MW is considered to be the pinnacle of qualifications in the wine industry. There are only 26 MW's in North America and 270 worldwide.
As a passionate and enthusiastic wine educator, James draws on his 18 years of international experience to make the WSET wine courses fascinating, fun and always delivered in a relaxed style. He has worked with high profile winemakers in France, Australia and California and visited the majority of the world's wine regions. He has taught over 3,500 students the WSET courses and has one of the highest pass rates in the industry. The Fine Vintage wine courses are so highly respected that they are offered in partnership with the University of British Columbia.
Fine Vintage also runs the FV Tasting Club in Vancouver and offers guided wine tours to Bordeaux, Napa Valley and Tuscany.