Cathy Marston

Cathy Marston not only writes about wine, she also leads the WSET course in South Africa which offers beginner to expert training in the knowledge of wine.

Originally hailing from the U.K, she has a wicked sense of humour and a no-nonsense approach to wine.

After completing her degree in English at Cambridge University, she joined Adnams Wine Merchants as their marketing manager. Believing that you need to know a product in order to sell it, they put her through all the Wine & Spirit Education Trust exams, culminating in Diploma.

She came to SA in 2001 and opened and ran The Nose Restaurant & Wine Bar with husband Kevin, selling it after seven successful years.

Cathy now concentrates on tasting, writing for local and international publications and increasingly, educating people about wine.
She is an associate of the Institute of Wines & Spirits and is currently the only Approved Programme Provider in Africa for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). WSET are the only internationally-recognised wine courses available in SA and if you want more details of the wine and spirit courses she offers, go to