Julien Camus, President
Julien worked as Trade Attaché for wines and spirits at the French Embassy in Washington DC (2004-2006). In this role, he recognized the need for French wine education as a means to spur consumer demand and interest in his country’s wines.
To that end, he founded the Wine Scholar Guild in August of 2005,an organization dedicated to the promotion of French wine and culture through education. Julien invited national importers of French wine to join the organization as Industry Members and 25 key French wine importers did so immediately.
After leaving the embassy, he has devoted his energies to developing the Wine Scholar Guild and its network of program providers around the globe. Julien holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration with a major in International Marketing from the Strasbourg Management School.
In 2019, Julien was one of the "Future 50" award winners, an award created by WSET and IWSC to acknowledge professionals under 40 who have made a significant contribution to the industry.
Andrew Jefford, Academic Advisor
Andrew Jefford grew up in Norfolk, UK and his joint passion for wine and writing led him to write articles and books on wine from 1988 onwards. Throughout the 1990s, he was the multi-award-winning drinks correspondent for The Evening Standard. He has also written on wine for The Times and The Guardian, and has deputised for Jancis Robinson MW at The Financial Times every August since 2004. His book The New France (2002) gained the Wine Book of the Year at the Lanson Awards in 2003, and still serves as a seminal reference for both wine enthusiasts and professionals. He spent 2009-2010 as wine writer in residence at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. 2018 saw a new edition of Andrew Jefford’s Wine Course (first published in 2008 and in print ever since), while his acclaimed 2004 classic on the Hebridean island of Islay and its whiskies was republished in 2019, after sixteen successive reprints, as Whisky Island.
He continues to write a regular monthly column for Decanter magazine and to write the 'One Bottle' column for the quarterly World of Fine Wine; he also acts as Contributing Editor for both journals. He is the Co-Chair of the Decanter World Wine Awards, the world's largest wine competition.
As WSG Academic Advisor, Jefford provides strategic advice on WSG development plans, educational and editorial content, and will act as a liaison with key members of the wine industry.
Lisa M. Airey, Director of Education
Lisa M. Airey, FWS, CWE has thirteen years of experience selling wine at the wholesale level and in training both sales force and wait staff. She sat on the Board of Directors for the Society of Wine Educators from 1998-2004 and co-chaired the committee which launched their Certified Specialist of Wine program and authored and edited the first CSW Study Guide. She served as Education Director of the SWE before assuming the same role for WSG. She oversees all WSG educational programming.
Matthew Landry, French Programs Director
Matthew Landry, FWS, IWS, is a certified sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Matthew recently won the Best Sommelier of British Columbia competition.
Matthew comes to the Wine Scholar Guild with over 15 years experience in the hospitality industry. He is a freelance educator, wine importer and is currently completing his second custom crush wine project in the Okanagan Valley.
Having completed many of the Guild’s Master-level programming, Matthew is excited to take over as the Director of French Wine Programming.
Andrea Eby, Italian Programs Director
Andrea E. Eby comes to the Wine Scholar Guild from a background in wine and education. Andrea is excited to join the WSG team to oversee all aspects of WSG's Italian Wine programs.
Andrea earned the Diploma in Wine and Spirits (with Distinction) from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET)® in 2017 and was awarded the Prowein Scholarship in recognition of her academic achievements.
She is an instructor with Wine Scholars Guild, a Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador and Certified Sommelier. Andrea is also an instructor for WSET® and works as an assessor in their Educator Training Programme. Andrea has worked as a wine buyer and served as a member of the expert judging panels at the International Wine & Spirits Competition, International Wine Challenge and Vinitaly 5 Star Wines.
Rick Fisher, Spanish Programs Director
Rick Fisher developed and currently manages the WSG Spanish Wine Scholar program. He lives and breathes Spain. Part-Catalan, Rick’s passion for his Spanish heritage and a desire to educate others about Spanish culture, food and wine, led him to create Bodega: Eat. Drink. Explore. ESPAÑA! in 2009.
He is a Certified Sherry Educator and has contributed to the Spanish and Portuguese wine site, CataVino as well as Glass of Bubbly, a UK-based magazine focusing on sparkling wine.
Sharon McLean, Instructor & Program Coordinator
Sharon McLean, FWS, IWS, is a Certified Sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild. She teaches Wine Scholar Guild and WSET courses on Vancouver Island and is a freelance wine writer and wine judge.
In 2009, Sharon completed the WSET Diploma with the highest marks in Canada. She coordinates WSG’s Master-Level programs and teaches the French Wine Scholar online, instructor-led sessions.
Celine Camus, Office Manager
Celine Camus joined the FWS in 2006 with an Associate Degree in Marketing and Accounting. As the Wine Scholar Guild got established, she was instrumental in the coordination of events, classes and conferences.
Now, as Office Manager, Celine is in charge of answering and assisting members and students, proctoring online exams, logistics with program providers, certification records as well as accounting.
Pierre Freyermuth, Sales & Marketing Assistant
Pierre was born and raised in Alsace. As a member of a winemaking family, his roots in all things wine and vine run deep. He holds an undergraduate degree in business from the Reims Management School and a masters degree in Wine Management and Tourism from the Strasbourg Business School.
As Marketing and Sales Assistant, Pierre develops the school network and spearheads WSG promotional efforts around the world.
Andrea McEwan, Administrative & Commercial Assistant
Andrea McEwan joined the WSG in January 2019, after moving to Alsace from the UK.
As Administrative & Commercial Assistant she handles the day-to-day enquiries from students and the wider WSG community as well as other administrative duties. A significant part of her work involves proctoring exams.
Mary Kirk, Community and Membership Manager
Mary Kirk is a FWS, certified French Sommelier-Conseil and is currently finishing her WSET Diploma. She has been working in the wine industry in France for over 15 years.
With her work on the WSG study trips, she has had the pleasure of meeting many WSG members. She now also takes care of our members as Community and Membership Manager.
Mary is also a freelance wine educator and teaches wine in Paris. She teaches Sommellerie at Ferrandi Gastronomic school of Paris, as well as the FWS program at the Butler Academy in Paris. Her other activities includes leading wine events and consulting in the French wine sector.
Quentin Sadler, Head of E-learning
Quentin joined WSG in the Autumn of 2020, although prior to that he had created the maps for both the Spanish Wine Scholar and the Italian Wine Scholar Prep courses.
A miss-spent youth in Spain gave him a love of wine and in his 35 years, and counting, in the wine business Quentin has done pretty much everything. He holds all WSET qualifications up to Diploma and his main focus for the last twenty years has been as a wine educator, wine writer and blogger. This in turn led him to use his love of design to create maps that he could use in his courses and on his blog. Map making for books and presentations grew to become the major part of his work and brought him to our attention.
He continues to teach and write and is often found judging wines all around the world.
Corinne Mui, WSG Ambassador - Asia
Based in Hong Kong, Corinne brings her 15 years of experience and connections in the Asia wine education scene to support the development of WSG's programs in Asia.
Corinne Mui was born in Hong Kong and raised in Australia. She holds a WSET Level 4 Diploma and has over 15 years’ experience in specialist wine teaching for luxury hotels, casinos, airlines and wine traders in Asia. She is an accredited educator for WSG, WSET, Bordeaux Wine School (CIVB), Rhone Valley Wines (Inter-Rhone), Sud de France master-level programme, German Wine Academy and Australian Wine Discovered Program.
Corinne gained valuable wine-making experience by working at the world-famous Henschke winery in Eden Valley, Australia. She is also an active experienced wine judge at many international wine competitions in Europe, Australia, China and Hong Kong.
Corinne has appeared as guest wine expert on television and radio programmes in Hong Kong and China. Her expertise in wine has also been sought for a popular Hong Kong television drama. She is also a regular writer for publications across Asia.