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    Rex Ting-Chia Ting , SWS

    Congratulations to Rex Ting-Chia Ting, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Rex:

    As chief editor of iCheers (the top 1 wine e-commerce platform in Taiwan), I am passionate to introduce the viticulture and wines around the world to the customers here. Besides, I am also a wine educator, who loves to share the knowledge and the latest information on wine to my students. I believe that teaching wine classes is one of the best ways to keep improving myself in this industry. And I am always enthusiastic to learn everything about wine and explore the wider and deeper global wine context.

    I have just accomplished all the units required for the WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits program, which provides me with a holistic and comprehensive understanding for wine and spirits. In my point of view, it is just a preliminary step in this extensive wine world. I expect that I could always stay hungry and foolish. And that is the reason why I enrolled in various studies of WSG.

    I had already acquired my FWS and IWS certifications. And I think these two programs were very helpful and well-organized in offering a broad perspective on the knowledge of French and Italian wine. Therefore, as soon as I found that the SWS program was released, I registered for it immediately. The course did not let me down. Moreover, it was far beyond my expectation. The SWS provides me with a more accurate and systematic learning about Spanish wine.

    Besides, I am also CSW and CSS holders of SWE. Furthermore, my interest in Sake led me to become an International Kikisake-shi / Sake Sommelier of Sake Service Institute.

    I used to have some stereotypes and misunderstandings about Spanish wine. For me, it was just about limited grape varieties, monotonous climatic and geographical conditions and fewer famous wine regions. In fact, Spanish wine is far beyond this simplification. The SWS program does not just offer me a knowledge construction, but also reveals Spanish wine’s complexity and profoundness.

    Sometimes I feel like being Sisyphus who keeps rolling an immense boulder, but actually I am not in the same place nor the same altitude. I am fortunate with the SWS program, which ignites and feeds my passion. And now I am stronger and more confident.

    Keep learning, keep walking and keep exploring.

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    Devon Lochhead, SWS

    Congratulations to Devon Lochhead, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Devon:

    I am a proudly South African wine enthusiast who became interested in wine at 18. After graduating, I moved to Hong Kong in order to immerse myself in the buzzing wine culture and learn more about the subject. I have worked on the wine sales side with a well established importer, Kedington Fine Wines, on the Sommelier front for Hong Kong’s leading restaurant group, Black Sheep Restaurants Group and currently work as the Regional Manager for Asia with South Africa’s leading independent wine producer, DGB.

    I aspire to continue learning and studying in order to reach my ultimate goal. I aspire to motivate and influence others, encouraging a greater appreciation and understanding of wine from around the globe.

    I have passed the WSET Diploma, French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar programs. The Spanish Wine Scholar program has broadened my knowledge of Spain, shed light on the various regions and their influence on the wines that they produce. The SWS has managed to relate this seemingly complex information in a very approachable, user-friendly manner. This course adds great value by giving me the knowledge and tools needed to confidently tackle the subject of Spanish wines in my future studies. It provides greater appreciation and understanding.

    I feel that I am better equipped to buy, suggest and discuss Spanish wines. The SWS program provides greater confidence when discussing this topic and sharing information with others. It has enhanced my passion for Spanish wines and makes one curious to explore the many styles and expressions that they have to offer.

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    Emily Kate Spruce, FWS

    Congratulations to Emily Kate Spruce, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Emily:

    Hi, my name is Emily. I’ve worked in the hospitality industry most of my life, with a keen interest in the wine side. I’m currently completing a Masters in Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College. I’ve just got my dissertation to write, which is looking at sustainability and sustainable certification in the UK wine industry. Alongside this, I'm also writing a few words for a website of my creation (gooddayforwine.com) and self-studying biodynamics.

    In the future, I'm looking to open a small wine shop featuring quality producers from small appellations, with a focus on sustainable production.

    I took on the French Wine Scholar after completing my WSET Level 3 and it felt like a great transition. I loved learning about the history of regions, with more specifics on geography, geology, grape varieties and blends. Learning about the lesser-known varieties and areas of production was really inspiring for me and I hope to utilise that knowledge in my future wine shop.  Although I am not currently looking towards my WSET Diploma, I would feel fairly confident tackling any French-focussed assessment.

     I’d like to achieve that level of comfort with Italy, so on completion of my dissertation, I’d like to tackle the Italian Wine Scholar. The detail available from the Wine Scholar Guild gives a real insight and really helps with finding products a bit off the beaten track.

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    Asami Yoshikawa, IWS

    Congratulations to Asami Yoshikawa, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Asami:

    I started my career in wine two years ago as an educator at Académie du Vin Tokyo, teaching wine appreciation courses at various levels.  I have been an actress since graduation, focusing mainly on stages and movies, with an upcoming movie screening this summer.  I became interested in Sake since a few years ago, turning into a wine enthusiast then a professional.  I then fell in love with Italian wines because of its fascinating diversity and am  currently an Italian Wine Ambassador of Vinitaly International Academy.

    I passed the WSET Level 3 in wine not long ago.  While studying for Level 3, I joined the IWS course and the Italian Wine Ambassador course of Vinitaly International Academy.  I passed both qualifications roughly at the same time.  IWS certainly helped a lot towards my qualification as Italian Wine Ambassador and vice versa too.  I am currently studying for the WSET Diploma and I am expecting too the knowledge I gained in the IWS program will help a lot especially for the section on Italian wines.

    I think the IWS program is very comprehensive.  It covers not just wines but also with extensive content on the historical, cultural as well as the legislative aspects plus many great wine maps, making the learning process far from mundane but very fun indeed.

    I am seriously considering teaching the course at my wine school sometime in the future.

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