Bowman, Winifred (Dr)

Year Qualified: 2008

I am a qualified physiotherapist, biomedical scientist and obtained a PhD in Education (Didactics). In my non-wine occupation I am an industry consultant and lecturer at Stellenbosch University in Occupational Health (Ergonomics) and Quality Improvement Management.

I have served as a wine tasting judge for more than 10 years including:

  • Wine-of-the-Month Club selection panel,
  • Platter’s South African Wine Guide: Wine and Brandy/Husk Spirit (panel chair),
  • Veritas Awards (panel chair),
  • International Wine and Spirit Competition (panel chair)
  • International Wine Challenge
  • Concours Mondial
  • Mondial du Merlot
  • Decanter World Wine Awards
  • ABSA Top 10 Pinotage Competition
  • ABSA Peroldt Competition for Cape Blends
  • Battle of the Berge
  • Nedbank Green Wine Awards
  • Diners Club Winelist of the Year
  • FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Nederburg Auction Selection
  • Worcester and Breedekloof Winemaker of the Year
  • Ultra Best Value Competition
  • RECM Best Value (panel chair)
  • Breedekloof Food and Wine Pairing Competition
  • Shiraz Challenge
  • CAPPA Port Challenge
  • Muscadel Association Competition
  • South African Port Association Challenge
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards
  • Nedbank Getaway Best Value Awards
  • Various other wine selection panels.

I present regular corporate and private wine and brandy tastings. These include:

  • Visiting international delegates
  • International conference attendees
  • Hemel en Aarde Chardonnay Celebration
  • Bi-annual Cape Wine Fair
  • Cape Wine Masters Institute
  • International Wine and Spirit Competition
  • South African Brandy Foundation
  • Wines of South Africa (WOSA)
  • Chardonnay Association
  • Old Mutual Wine Club
  • International Wine Education Centre (Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses)
  • The Wine Education Service
  • Hermanus Fine Arts Celebration

In addition, I am a member of the exclusive South African Brandy Guild, as well as the Grand Maître of the Commanderie de Bordeaux en Afrique du Sud.

I appeared as a guest on the lifestyle programme, Signature Living with Reuben, and curated a South African Brandy exhibition for the Pendock Wine Gallery.

I am a member of the Education Committee of the ICWM. I serve as a committee member of the Circle of Wine Writers, as well as a member of the Association of Wine Educators (both British associations).

Writing includes wine/brandy and restaurant reviews for the 021 Magazine, Classic Wine, Good Taste, Die Burger newspaper, Cheers, Graffiti, Stellenbosch Visio, and Mango Airlines inflight magazine.

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An accreditation programme for a South African wine education institute