There are wine tasters, and wine judges… and then there is Zimbabwe’s Tinashe Nyamudoka

I have gained extensive wine knowledge and experience in a span of 10 years. Starting all the way from the bottom as a wine waiter, I rose from wine butler, assistant sommelier to sommelier during my five-year tenure

 

Dear Zimbabwe Digital News reader

 

My name is Tinashe Nyamudoka, and I’m nominated for the personality of the year award at the 2018 Zimbabwe Excellence Awards.

Thank you readers and everyone else who has nominated me, it’s always an honour being recognised for one’s efforts.

2016 was an amazing year for me, as I was nominated and chosen as Mansi’s Top 100 inspiring and aspiring leader by The Young Independent Organisation.
http://tyi.co.za/n…/mzasis-100-influencer-tinashe-nyamudoka/

– I also got the Mercedes Benz 2016 Eat Out Awards, best wine service.
http://www.eatout.co.za/…/wine-whisperer-winner-2016-wine-…/

I managed to be a Wine Judge in various top Wine Competitions in the country and also made contribution to the new Platter Guide hand book “Everything you wanted to know about wine but were afraid to ask.”

I was featured in various publications and magazines, and I’m featured in CNN’s Inside Africa program which was aired sometime in February last year year.

This has been a culminnation of nine years of dedication, hard work and perseverance. From my humble beginnings as a waiter at The Roundhouse Restuarant, I’ve worked myself up through top class establishments such as The One and Only hotel, Oyster Box hotel.

Now I’m working at No 22 On the St Pellegrino, which is among the top 50 Worlds Best Restaurants, and number 1 in Africa and South Africa for the last 5 consecutive years.

Here are some of my achievements to date:

Best Wine Service – 2016 Mercedes Benz Eat Out Top 20 Restaurant Awards
Best Wine Steward – 2013 Showcook Inter-Hotel Challenge
100 Inspiring and Aspiring Leader in South Africa – 2016 Young Independents
Team Zimbabwe 2017 – World Blind Tasting Championships (France)

Profile:

I have gained my extensive wine knowledge and experience in a span of 10 years. Starting all the way from the bottom as a wine waiter, working at the Roundhouse Restaurant in 2008. I rose from wine butler, assistant sommelier to sommelier during my five-year tenure (2009-2014) at the One and Only Hotel Cape Town.

During that period I worked in world-class restaurants (Maze by Gordon Ramsey, Reuben’s and NOBU) and had the opportunity to work alongside these talented chefs). I assumed position as Head Sommelier of The Oyster Box Hotel in 2014 where I was responsible for the hotel’s wine program.

Under my watch the hotel’s wine list won the 2014 Dinners Club Wine List of the year. Currently I am managing the wine and beverage program at The Test Kitchen, number one restaurant in South Africa and Africa and recently named 63rd on the Pellegrino 50 Worlds Best Restaurants.

I am a regular wine judge on various local wine competitions and have judged for World Class Bartending Regional finals for 2017 South Africa’s best mixologist.

I have been featured in various local publications and even caught the eye of one of the world’s best wine critic Jancis Robinson. I have also been featured on CNN’s Inside Africa program representing South African Brandy Foundation.

Over the years I have built strong networks and connections in the local wine industries. These include producers, wine sales representatives, wine distributors, wine marketers, private wine merchants, fellow sommeliers and wine writers.

This allowed me to come up with my own wine brand, Kumusha Wines which I launched late in 2017.
http://www.theworlds50best.com/…/1-50-winn…/The-Test-Kitchen

This year, 2018 will see me launch a grassroots social wine tasting club, my own wine label, and high on the cards is a wine and brandy bar.
I hope to continue inspiring other people the same way I’ve been inspired and promote the responsible enjoyment of wine and brandy locally.

Check out my facebook profile, and feel free to get back to me if you require further information on wine and anything else. Remember to vote.

Kind Regards

Tinashe

 

Voting: www.zimexcellenceawards.com/vote

 

I was featured in various publications and magazines, and I’m featured in CNN’s Inside Africa program which was aired sometime in February last year year.

 

 

 

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