Sarah Malik

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 1998

Professor Sarah Malik

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Originally from the United Kingdom, Sarah Malik studied Institutional Management and Hotel Catering at Manchester Metropolitan University and earned a master's degree in Business from Oxford Brookes University. She has worked for Hilton International and Queens Moat Houses as a Food and Beverage Director, Bass Charrington Breweries and West Midland Taverns as a General Manager. Studying in Switzerland with Don Smith and the pioneering menu-engineering program for a summer developed into a five-year assignment, where she was involved in educating students in hotel management. As a visiting professor to Johnson & Wales University in Providence R.I., she realized this was where she wanted to settle and raise her family.

Malik worked as a general manager running two hotels in New England and then returned to Johnson & Wales University where she has worked for twenty two years as a wine and spirit educator. She received Teacher of the Year at Johnson & Wales University in 2004.

Malik is a WSET (Wine Spirit Education Trust) Diploma (Merit) recipient and a member of the Society of Wine Educators where she has Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) and the Certified Wine Educator (CWE) awards. She has also earned a Diploma from the International Sommelier Guild and has been part of the Banfi Wine Education Program and the Napa Valley Wine Academy.
Malik regularly appears on television presenting segments on wines and spirits. She has also presented at Society of Wine Educators’ Conference and BevCon discussing the English Sparkling Wine Revolution.


  • MBA, International Marketing & European Community Issues, Oxford Brooks University
  • BTEC HND, Hotel, Catering & Institutional Management, Manchester Metropolitan University

At JWU, we don’t just follow textbooks. We really get into the real world. Professors continually recertify. Recently I worked directly with winemakers in Bordeaux and Napa

Teaching Interests

I teach Wine Spirit and Education Trust Certifications Levels 1, 2 and 3 Wines for the general public, alumni and students.

Scholarly Interests

I regularly present and conferences. Topics include:
English Sparkling Wine
Mind of the Millennial
Beyond Champagne
North Carolina Wines


  • CUL4045 Spirits and Mixology
  • CUL3020 Foundations of Wine
  • CUL4030 Old World Wines
  • CUL4020 New World Wines
  • BEV5200 Advaced Global Wine Studies

Professional Affiliations

Member of the Society of Wine Educators
Member of the Guild of Sommeliers


Honors And Awards

  • Teacher of the Year Johnson & Wales 2004 Charleston Campus
  • Special Merit Professional Development 2011