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sean@thebeverageclique.com

Mr. Sean Ou

DipWSET, CSS, CSW, FWS, CS

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
  • Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador

Ms. Kanako Takahashi

(髙橋哉子)

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

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

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.

MR. Matt Ayre

DipWSET

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. DONOVAN LIM

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. Jake Ho

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.