A very warm welcome to Fizz on Foot from your hosts Victoria South and Ian Shearer
Victoria is extremely passionate about wine. Having worked for the NHS for over 40 years, she has now retired from being an Occupational Therapist in Older Peoples Mental Health and can indulge her real passion!
Her fascination with wine started as a hobby about 20 years ago. Being interested in food and cooking she accommodated this pleasure by entertaining and trying to match up dishes with wines which she thought might pair well and complement each other. This led to her attaining the WSET [Wine and Spirit Education Trust] Intermediate and Advanced Certificates at Plumpton College, gaining a Distinction in both – she was then hooked!
Victoria is now Vice Chairperson of the Eastbourne Wine Society and is a member of several other Wine Clubs across Sussex. She loves talking about wine, and regularly presents Wine Tasting Evenings throughout the county and gives a “History of Wine” talk to WI Clubs.
She is Wine Consultant to Hailsham Cellars, an independent wine merchant, and contributes to wine magazine articles as well as being Fizz on Foots Newsletter editor.
Victoria has visited many wineries in Europe, and also further afield in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. There is not a single style of wine that she does not appreciate, but on a continuum, sparkling and dessert wines are her absolute favourite. She continues to attend numerous wine tastings to help deepen and increase her knowledge – you never stop learning about wine, and she hopes this will enthuse, and tempt you to learn more about this captivating and absorbing subject!
She also loves walking and meeting new people, so she joins the majority of the tours for the walk, the vineyard tours and the tastings. Now that English wine is being recognised worldwide, she is glad to be a part of this fast growing industry.
Finally, Victoria now hosts all the Fizz on Foot wine pairing dinners and wine tasting evenings, which showcase a variety of wines throughout the world.
Ian has been a business leader all of his career, having worked in London Advertising Agencies, he then set up a graphic design, PR and marketing company and subsequently became a director and major shareholder in a large Design and Printing company based in East Sussex.
Since his retirement he wants to use his marketing skills to promote this exciting new holiday experience. Ian’s particular interest in Fizz on Foot is more about the ‘fizz’. He is keen to bring the beauty of the Sussex downland, where he was born and grew up to share with others, who would like a walking holiday in this beautiful part of the country. Ian is passionate about your enjoyment. He has personally met and seen all the accommodation providers and seen the superb standard on offer. Ian has also visited all the restaurants and vineyards to sample their fare. It was a very hard job but it had to be done!
The English wine industry is one of the fastest growing in Europe and English sparkling wine is now renowned throughout the world and Ian would like you to sample some of these exciting new wines. He can guarantee that your holiday on one of these tours will be a wonderful experience of excellent hotel accommodation, walking with an experienced guide, good food, award winning wine and the most beautiful countryside.
Why not try this new holiday experience – you will not be disappointed.