WOSA’s brave project to train 2010 sommeliers in time for the Fifa Soccer World Cup was completed last month according to Allister Kreft from service provider Let’s Sell Lobster. About 90% of the trainees were from previously disadvantaged communities and many of them were unemployed. Several have since found employment after being trained as sommeliers, so although missing the World Cup kickoff deadline by six months, lives have been changed by the initiative in a meaningful way.
The lobsters have now turned their attention to whisky and are involved in an educational video project with several Scottish distilleries in partnership with Dave Broom, the Robert Parker of Scotch. So visitors to the Highlands of Scotland should not be alarmed at an upsurge in sightings of the Loch Ness Monster midyear, it is probably just lobster Fasie Malherbe in a kilt.