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sean@thebeverageclique.com

Mr. Sean Ou

DipWSET, CSS, CSW, FWS, CS

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PRINCIPAL TRAINER

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Mr Sean Ou served the highly acclaimed SINGAPORE AIRLINES as a Sommelier and Trainer for 11 years before clipping his wings. His long aspiration to become Master of Wine has led him down the path of achieving the elusive WSET Level 4 Diploma. His repertoire also extends to being a Master Sake Sommelier and Certified Whisky Ambassador.

He was the Head of Wine for Southeast Asia under the SARMENT (SAIS) Group and Head of Territory & Product Development for DE MAJESTIC VINES (DMV) and has now pledge his allegiance as the Principal Trainer for the BEVERAGE CLIQUE.

Other high profile involvement:

  • Prowein Asia Singapore 2018 Sake Masterclass Speaker
  • Wine Advocate's (Robert Parker) Matter of Taste 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Dr. NK Yong's Charity Gala & Masterclass Sommelier 2014, 2017
  • Singapore Airlines F1 Suite designated Sommelier 2016
  • Channel News Asia LUXE palate host for Dalmore Whisky
  • JETRO - JFOODO Sake Masterclass Speaker 2019
  • Food Japan 2019 Singapore Sake Masterclass Speaker
  • IWSC Panel Judge
  • IWC Associate Judge
  • Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador
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  • Bachelor of Science in Business (University of London)
  • WSQ Professional Diploma in Leadership & People Management
  • WSQ ACTA certified trainer
  • WSQ Provide Wine Service
  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 4 Diploma
  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Spirits
  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Sake
  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Certified Educator
  • French Wine Scholar (FWS)
  • Certified Rioja Educator (Rioja DOCa)
  • Certified Specialist of Spirits (Society of Wine Educators)
  • Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educators)
  • Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommelier)
  • Master Sake Sommelier (Sake Sommelier Association UK)
  • Certified Whisky Ambassador (UK Accredited)
  • Certified Ambassador ViniPortugal Level 2 (Academy of Wines of Portugal)
  • A+ Australian Wine School Level 1
  • Certified Beer Server (Cicerone Certification Program)
  • Certified Tea Sommelier (Australian Tea Masters)
  • Diploma in Single Malt (Edinburgh Whisky Academy)

Mr Sean Ou served the highly acclaimed SINGAPORE AIRLINES as a Sommelier and Trainer for 11 years before clipping his wings. His long aspiration to become Master of Wine has led him down the path of achieving the elusive WSET Level 4 Diploma. His repertoire also extends to being a Master Sake Sommelier and Certified Whisky Ambassador.

He was the Head of Wine for Southeast Asia under the SARMENT (SAIS) Group and Head of Territory & Product Development for DE MAJESTIC VINES (DMV) and has now pledge his allegiance as the Principal Trainer for the BEVERAGE CLIQUE.

Other high profile involvement:

  • Prowein Asia Singapore 2018 Sake Masterclass Speaker
  • Wine Advocate's (Robert Parker) Matter of Taste 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Dr. NK Yong's Charity Gala & Masterclass Sommelier 2014, 2017
  • Singapore Airlines F1 Suite designated Sommelier 2016
  • Channel News Asia LUXE palate host for Dalmore Whisky
  • JETRO - JFOODO Sake
  • SAKENOMY App Contributor
  • Food Japan 2019 Singapore Sake Masterclass Speaker
  • IWSC Panel Judge
  • IWC Associate Judge

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leo@thebeverageclique.com

MR. Leo Yau

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HONGKONG PRINCIPAL TRAINER

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Mr James Ting currently serves as the Manager of Prestige and Brand Education for EDRINGTON and gone through prolific tours with PERNOD RICARD as the Luxury & Corporate Relations Manager as well as a Brand Ambassador.

His sommelier and training experience acquired during his time in SINGAPORE AIRLINES also adds to his ever expanding arsenal of knowledge for beverages.

Besides being a consultant for the BEVERAGE CLIQUE, he also fulfills the role of Senior Associate Trainer.

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  • WSQ ACTA certified trainer

  • WSQ Provide Wine Service

  • Certified Whisky Ambassador

  • Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Wine Advanced certified

  • Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Spirits certified

  • SSA Certified Sake Sommelier

Mr Leo Yau practices law in Hong Kong, his clients include listed companies in Hong Kong and Singapore. He has completed WSET Level 3 Awards in Wines and Spirits and pursuing WSET Diploma. He has been an active member of trade associations in wine & sprit/ F&B sector since 2013. He speaks in trade exhibitions regularly on wine judging and thematic topics and he is in charge of several wine events, in particular,  “RBHK Hong Kong House Wine Awards”, the longest established wine award in Hong Kong.   

He is very into native Italian grapes and Australian wines. Besides trade shows, he lecture in the Open University and give talks for professional bodies and charity associations occasionally.


Ms. Kanako Takahashi

(髙橋哉子)

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ASSOCIATE TRAINER

Ms. Kanako Takahashi is a Japanese native that is trained in the art of Sake. Completing a hat trick of WSET, SSA & SSI Sake credentials, she has also completed her WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. Her prowess also extends beyond Sake knowledge and lies in hospitality work as well as event management from the likes of SSA, CAPE, Vinopolis & THG Sports.

She's a special guest speaker to the Beverage Clique and shares valuable insights from an insider's point of view.

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Ms. Kanako Takahashi is a Japanese native that is trained in the art of Sake. Completing a hat trick of WSET, SSA & SSI Sake credentials, she has also completed her WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. Her prowess also extends beyond Sake knowledge and lies in hospitality work as well as event management from the likes of SSA, CAPE, Vinopolis & THG Sports.

She's a special guest speaker to the Beverage Clique and shares valuable insights from an insider's point of view.

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  • Post Graduate in Event Management (University of Buckingham)
  • WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
  • WSET Level 3 Award in Sake
  • SSA Certified Sake Sommelier
  • SSI International Kikisake-shi
  • SSI International Shochu Kikisake-shi

MR. JAMES TING

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SENIOR ASSOCIATE TRAINER

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Mr James Ting currently serves as the Manager of Prestige and Brand Education for EDRINGTON and gone through prolific tours with PERNOD RICARD as the Luxury & Corporate Relations Manager as well as a Brand Ambassador.

His sommelier and training experience acquired during his time in SINGAPORE AIRLINES also adds to his ever expanding arsenal of knowledge for beverages.

Besides being a consultant for the BEVERAGE CLIQUE, he also fulfills the role of Senior Associate Trainer.

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  • WSQ ACTA certified trainer

  • WSQ Provide Wine Service

  • Certified Whisky Ambassador

  • Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Wine Advanced certified

  • Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Spirits certified

  • SSA Certified Sake Sommelier

An avid and experienced taster with years of experience in the Wines and Spirits industry, Mr. James Ting previously helmed the portfolio of Brand Ambassador for Wines and Spirits with one of the biggest players in the alcohol industry, representing various brands with a focus on product education, while spearheading major brand activations.

Since joining the Edrington Singapore as the Group’s Manager for Brand Education in 2017, James assists in overseeing the domestic and regional brand trainings for The Macallan, Highland Park and The Glenrothes. The enthusiastic advocate also plays an active role in curating consumer experiential events as well as being placed in charge of creating and developing both Corporate and Consumer Loyalty Programmes for Erdington’s portfolio of brands.

Prior to joining the Wines and Spirits industry, James was working in a major International Airline where he was one of the youngest to attain a supervisory crew rank in the cabin crew division whilst also holding the prestigious position of an Air Sommelier. He was also a designated trainer dedicated to conducting F&B service training for the Airlines, specializing in the intricate knowledge and skills required in fine Wines and Alcoholic beverages service.

Over the years, James has coordinated and ran many successful Wines and Spirits appreciation events in partnership with various brand principals from around the world, and has also facilitated many pairing dinners in collaboration with numerous hotels and restaurants, working alongside some of the top names in the industry.

On the academic front, James holds an Advanced WSET (UK) with Distinction, is a certified Whisky Ambassador (UK), as well as a Singapore WSQ and ACTA certified trainer. Besides also being sake-trained, his other accolades includes various other certifications in the field of Wines and Spirits.

James is also an inducted member of both the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and Confrerie Du Sabre D’Or, exclusive fraternities dedicated to promoting the love of Champagne worldwide.


MS. Stephanie lim

DipWSET
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ASSOCIATE TRAINER

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Mr James Ting currently serves as the Manager of Prestige and Brand Education for EDRINGTON and gone through prolific tours with PERNOD RICARD as the Luxury & Corporate Relations Manager as well as a Brand Ambassador.

His sommelier and training experience acquired during his time in SINGAPORE AIRLINES also adds to his ever expanding arsenal of knowledge for beverages.

Besides being a consultant for the BEVERAGE CLIQUE, he also fulfills the role of Senior Associate Trainer.

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  • WSQ ACTA certified trainer

  • WSQ Provide Wine Service

  • Certified Whisky Ambassador

  • Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Wine Advanced certified

  • Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Spirits certified

  • SSA Certified Sake Sommelier

Ms. Stephanie Lim, DipWSET is currently an MW Student. She is constantly working her way to increase her wine knowledge and improving her tasting skill. When she is not studying, she will be seen sharing her passion and knowledge on wine with her peers. She also loves to organise tasting and coaching sessions for WSET Level 3 and 4 Diploma in Wines candidates here in Singapore.

Stephanie is a passionate wine lover without a doubt. She has traveled widely to most wine regions of France and Australia. Her curiosity has led her to travel to other wine regions of the world as well, whenever opportunity arises. Some of her travels include wine regions in Italy, Spain, New Zealand, USA and Germany. She had visited Porto and stepped foot in the vineyards of Dyrehøj and Klagshamn too.

Her aspiration is to be a credible wine educator and she enjoys seeing others succeeding in their wine pursuits.


MR. Matt Ayre

DipWSET
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ASSOCIATE TRAINER

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Mr Matt Ayre has worked in retail, trade sales and marketing at some of his native UK’s most famous merchants, including MAJESTIC WINE and LAY & WHEELER, where he also passed the WSET Level 4 Diploma and won a prize from The Worshipful Company of Vintners.

He arrived in Singapore in 2018, fresh from working a harvest in Burgundy, to work as an e-commerce wine and spirits buyer, and loves most of all to share the stories and flavours of the wine world.

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  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 4 Diploma
  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 in Wine
  • BA(Hons) in Classics - UCL
  • MA in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies - King's London

Mr Matt Ayre has worked in retail, trade sales and marketing at some of his native UK’s most famous merchants, including MAJESTIC WINE and LAY & WHEELER, where he also passed the WSET Level 4 Diploma and won a prize from The Worshipful Company of Vintners.

He arrived in Singapore in 2018, fresh from working a harvest in Burgundy, to work as an e-commerce wine and spirits buyer, and loves most of all to share the stories and flavours of the wine world.


MR. Daniel Brian Neo

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ASSOCIATE TRAINER

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Mr Matt Ayre has worked in retail, trade sales and marketing at some of his native UK’s most famous merchants, including MAJESTIC WINE and LAY & WHEELER, where he also passed the WSET Level 4 Diploma and won a prize from The Worshipful Company of Vintners.

He arrived in Singapore in 2018, fresh from working a harvest in Burgundy, to work as an e-commerce wine and spirits buyer, and loves most of all to share the stories and flavours of the wine world.

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  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 4 Diploma
  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 in Wine
  • BA(Hons) in Classics - UCL
  • MA in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies - King's London

Mr. Daniel Brian Neo has been delving into the wonderful world of alcoholic beverages, from learner to practitioner, before finding his passion as an educator.
He believes the learning journey should be equally rewarding for both the participant and facilitator, and has been actively involved in training and facilitation development.
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

Ms Ingrid Yu Nan

(于楠)
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ASSOCIATE TRAINER

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Mr Matt Ayre has worked in retail, trade sales and marketing at some of his native UK’s most famous merchants, including MAJESTIC WINE and LAY & WHEELER, where he also passed the WSET Level 4 Diploma and won a prize from The Worshipful Company of Vintners.

He arrived in Singapore in 2018, fresh from working a harvest in Burgundy, to work as an e-commerce wine and spirits buyer, and loves most of all to share the stories and flavours of the wine world.

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  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 4 Diploma
  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 in Wine
  • BA(Hons) in Classics - UCL
  • MA in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies - King's London

Ms Ingrid Yu Nan's (于楠) frequent travels have taken her to many different corners of the world, including the most famous wine regions of France, Italy, Spain, Napa (US) and South Africa.

Every place she goes to she observes and personally practices grape planting, picking and wine making. Having tasted excellent food and nice wine, include some worldʼs finest wines, she is keen to share her passion and knowledge with fellow wine lovers and friends. She believes that wines are good only when shared among fellow wine lovers.

旅⾏,美⻝与美酒⼀直是Ingrid于 楠⽣命⾥最为热爱的,她也⼀直坚 信这些是世界各地不同⽂化和⽣活 最好的代表。

在过去的⼗⼏年⾥, Ingrid于楠⾛遍了世界的很多地 ⽅,包括⻄班⽛, 法国,美国加 州和南⾮等多地的著名的葡萄酒产 区,每到⼀个地区她都会品尝当地 的美酒与美⻝,去亲⾃实践和观摩 葡萄种植,采摘,酿酒的过程。也 品尝过很多世界顶级的酒。独乐乐 不如众乐乐,她⾮常愿意把她所学 到的,经历的所有的葡萄酒的知识 和⼤家⼀起分享,所有的美酒和⼤ 家⼀起品尝,来⼀起探索和徜徉在 葡萄酒的美好世界⾥。

Ms Low Yee Wei

(儀瑋)
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ASSOCIATE TRAINER

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Mr Matt Ayre has worked in retail, trade sales and marketing at some of his native UK’s most famous merchants, including MAJESTIC WINE and LAY & WHEELER, where he also passed the WSET Level 4 Diploma and won a prize from The Worshipful Company of Vintners.

He arrived in Singapore in 2018, fresh from working a harvest in Burgundy, to work as an e-commerce wine and spirits buyer, and loves most of all to share the stories and flavours of the wine world.

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  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 4 Diploma
  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 in Wine
  • BA(Hons) in Classics - UCL
  • MA in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies - King's London

Ms Low Yee Wei first visitation to vineyards in Waiheke Island, New Zealand, had opened her eyes that wines can be so much more than just an alcoholic beverage.

It is an expression of a region, the people and a vintage. Unquenchable thirst for knowledge has brought her to study about wines with WSET. While acquiring her higher qualifications, she worked as an Air Sommelier to keep her knowledge in practice. Graduated from WSET Level 4 Diploma (Year 2019), she is now ready to share her passion and knowledge on wines with the wine lovers.

一次新西兰葡萄酒庄的观光,打开了Yee Wei (儀瑋)对葡萄酒的认知。她发现这杯看似普通的酒精饮料里竟然包含着这么丰富的学问。酒是‘天地人和’的结合。这份求知欲带引她去报考英国伦敦‘葡萄酒与烈酒教育基金会’ WSET Diploma。2019年毕业后,她希望跟所有爱酒的朋友们一起分享这大自然的宝贵珍酿背后的知识。


MR. Jake Ho

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SENIOR ASSOCIATE MIXOLOGIST

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Mr Matt Ayre has worked in retail, trade sales and marketing at some of his native UK’s most famous merchants, including MAJESTIC WINE and LAY & WHEELER, where he also passed the WSET Level 4 Diploma and won a prize from The Worshipful Company of Vintners.

He arrived in Singapore in 2018, fresh from working a harvest in Burgundy, to work as an e-commerce wine and spirits buyer, and loves most of all to share the stories and flavours of the wine world.

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  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 4 Diploma
  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 in Wine
  • BA(Hons) in Classics - UCL
  • MA in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies - King's London

Mr. Jake Ho has been in the industry for the past 13 years, working for bar to mixologist work for Brand Principals, curating cocktail for experience and pairing. He has been working closely with Pernod Ricard Singapore, Edrington Asia Pacific, Remy Cointreau International Pte Ltd & Moet Hennessy Diageo Singapore Pte Ltd taking care of various brands and tasting masterclasses.

His in-depth understanding of individual spirits and liqueur permit him to endless creations and constant exploration in his mixologist works.

He always believes in bespoke services and satisfying individual preferences for consumer on the other end.


MR. DONOVAN LIM

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ASSOCIATE MIXOLOGIST

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Mr James Ting currently serves as the Manager of Prestige and Brand Education for EDRINGTON and gone through prolific tours with PERNOD RICARD as the Luxury & Corporate Relations Manager as well as a Brand Ambassador.

His sommelier and training experience acquired during his time in SINGAPORE AIRLINES also adds to his ever expanding arsenal of knowledge for beverages.

Besides being a consultant for the BEVERAGE CLIQUE, he also fulfills the role of Senior Associate Trainer.

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  • WSQ ACTA certified trainer

  • WSQ Provide Wine Service

  • Certified Whisky Ambassador

  • Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Wine Advanced certified

  • Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Spirits certified

  • SSA Certified Sake Sommelier

Mr. Donovan Lim currently serves as a Business Development Manager for Concocted Affairs Pte Ltd, taking care of various whisky brand profiles and creating experiential brand experiences.

His understanding of cocktails and mixology experience acquired during his time working behind the bar, has inspired and motivated him to bring the bar experience out to the public; bringing the bar experience to them.

Donovan took part in many cocktail competitions to showcase his creation and spread the passion of mixology. By sharing the craft through cocktail masterclasses, Donovan believes that the art of cocktail is not just about the drinks, it’s the experience.

MR. Clement Lim

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ASSOCIATE TRAINER

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Mr Matt Ayre has worked in retail, trade sales and marketing at some of his native UK’s most famous merchants, including MAJESTIC WINE and LAY & WHEELER, where he also passed the WSET Level 4 Diploma and won a prize from The Worshipful Company of Vintners.

He arrived in Singapore in 2018, fresh from working a harvest in Burgundy, to work as an e-commerce wine and spirits buyer, and loves most of all to share the stories and flavours of the wine world.

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  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 4 Diploma
  • Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 in Wine
  • BA(Hons) in Classics - UCL
  • MA in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies - King's London

Mr. Clement Lim has been in the F&B industry for over 15 years. His interest in alcoholic beverages stem from the love of good food and how to elevate the whole dining experience. It started out with wines and soon, he began to delve into other beverages such as sake, spirits, coffee and tea.

He champions not only theoretical learning but also hands on approach to fully understand the complex and dynamic processes of producing beverages. This is evident from his travels to the countless sake breweries in Japan, the vineyards in Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy and Portugal and the tea plantations in Korea, China and Japan.

He endeavours to bring tea and sake onto the same playing field as other beverages and has lead many focussed appreciation workshops with the use of wine glasses. On his free time, Clement organises thematic wine and sake tastings for fellow sommeliers in the industry.