Penny Gold completed the KWV wine courses in 1998. She attended a French wine course with The International Wine Academy in 1987 and a one-week course with The Italian Wine Academy in Alba, Piedmont in 1988. In 1988 Penny travelled through Piedmont and in 1989 through Napa and Sonoma.
Penny completed the Cape Wine Master examinations in 1988 and her research project was “Bordeaux Blends – Fad or Fact? Do South African Cabernet Sauvignon Wines need to be Blended?” In 1991, she went to VinExpo and travelled through Bordeaux, Champagne, the Loire, Cognac, Burgundy and the Rhone.
Penny lectured at the CWA in Durban. She also lectured and did presentations and promotions for The Wine Glass. She has judged wines on SAA twice and Veritas once.
Penny was a member of numerous wine clubs, including the Durban Wine Society, Highway Wine Society, The Wine Bags and PCats.
Her special wine interests were Bordeaux, Italy, Spain and California. She enjoyed running and completed the Two Oceans Marathon in 2000. She also enjoyed walking and mountain biking. Penny enjoyed travelling and went to England and Europe, where she worked in London and on a Kibbutz.
She has also hitch hiked through South America, North America and Canada. She worked in the States before returning to South Africa via the Far East, stopping in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Thailand, the Seychelles and Mauritius. Penny also packed fish in Iceland.