What it’s like to be a wine trainer

We shadowed Camilla Nash, one of Corney & Barrow’s wine educators while she gave service staff on a P&O’s cruise ship a run-down on the essentials of selling wine to the masses.

Nash has worked with Corney & Barrow for three years, one of the UK’s oldest established merchants, although her journey into the world of wine started when she was just 18. Like most vino-veterans, she fell into her first role.

There are many ways to receive an education in wine. Some hospitality firms in the on-trade offer to subsidise their staff’s enrolment in WSET courses, while others offer in-house training.

As an educator for C&B, Nash travels across the country each week, visiting hotels, bars and restaurants that buy their wine from the merchant to brief them on exactly what they need to know about their range. We asked her why she loves her job, and the lessons she’s learnt along the way.

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