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    Jade Yu Han, FWS

    Congratulations to Jade Yu Han, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Jade:

    My journey into wine started when I stumbled into the wine collection room at Sotheby’s auction house while I was studying at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York Summer 2015. Deeply fascinated by the beautifully organized wine shelves and seemingly esoteric wine labels, I was intrigued and felt an urge to learn more about this art in flavor and aroma, a different sensory experience from visual arts that I was more familiar with.

    So I enrolled in WSET program knowing that appreciation for wine is no different from art, acquiring systematic knowledge and exposure to diverse portfolio would enhance the experience in folds. After passing WSET Level 2 and 3, as my passion for wine grew, I enrolled in the French Wine Scholar program, wishing to refine my understanding of this complex region that epitomizes old world wine style.

    To me, tasting a wine is like reading a book or travel without stepping out of the door, from the glass we get to experience a different part of the world miles away. Wine learning programs like French Wine Scholar enable me to maximize the joy I get from that glass. It’s no longer just grape juice, you get to ponder over the haunting history, the unique terroir, what occurred in that specific vintage and why one variety thrived on that soil/slope or why a chosen fermentation method really makes it sparkle. You unleash one of a kind memory sealed in each bottle. With wine education, the compounded joy makes every seemingly ordinary day’s dinner become extraordinary.

    The weekly French Wine Scholar class was my get away night. The quality and depth of the program is unmatched, it breaks down the complex French wine regions and highlights the nuances between various terroirs and grape varieties, which helped me immensely in becoming a more confident player in the deductive blind tasting game. Enjoying the wealth of knowledge presented in the FWS program, I plan to continue my journey by enrolling in Italian Wine Scholar soon and eventually pursue WSET diploma.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The weekly French Wine Scholar class was my get away night. The quality and depth of the program is unmatched.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
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    Dori Baker, FWS

    Congratulations to Dori Baker, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Dori:

    I work for a family owned, independent, beverage distribution company that services the entire state of Vermont. I live and work in the Burlington city area, which for our tiny state, is the most important city with a developing food, beer and wine scene, which I love! Aside from selling wine in my day-to-day life, I spend the rest of my free time outside; hiking, running, snowshoeing, you name it! Educating myself has always been a strong value of mine and I am constantly reading and delving into multiple topics.

    When I started working in the distribution channel as a sales representative 6 years ago, I had virtually no wine experience and I learned a lot along the way! As I was introduced to more wines and regions from all over the world, I truly developed an appreciation for the craft. I was particularly drawn to the wines of France, right away. After two years of self-study on the job, I had an opportunity to take the WSET-III course. This course was great for my developing wine knowledge and it strengthened the foundation of my career as a wine professional.

    This year, I was looking for a new challenge that would help me develop my wine studies even further. Taking the French Wine Scholar course was the obvious choice for me not only because of my own personal interest in French wine, but also because France is truly the benchmark for wine producers all over the world. I really enjoyed the independent study format because that suits my learning style more than a traditional class and it also allowed me to work at my own pace. I found myself incorporating my studies into my job and got my customers involved as I learned. It was really a lot of fun! I look forward to taking other Wine Scholar Guild programs in the future and will hopefully be working toward the WSET Diploma some day!

    In completing the French Wine Scholar course, I have gained a significant edge in my career. As a wholesale sales representative, it can be very competitive! The knowledge I have gained from this course is incredibly valuable in my presentation and sampling of wines with my customers and that will help me stay on top. The depth and extent of the material far exceed my expectations. I now have a more intimate understanding of my own portfolio from being able to explore wines from the lesser known regions in France as well as strengthen my understanding of the wines from more benchmark regions. Having “FWS” in my title certainly adds to my credentials and I feel it will help advance my career in the future.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial In completing the French Wine Scholar course, I have gained a significant edge in my career. The knowledge I have gained from this course is incredibly valuable in my presentation and sampling of wines with my customers.
    • Position Sales Representative, Farrell Distributing Corporation
    • Certifications WEST Level 3
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    Emmeli Erséus, FWS

    Congratulations to Emmeli Erséus, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Emmeli:

    Wine tasting has been a hobby for many years. As a member of the wine association “Munskänkarna” I’ve had the opportunity to join many different wine tastings over the years and also take courses to learn more about wine. The wine interest has increased every year since then. My husband and I share this interest and a few months ago we decided to start our own company, Sour & Wine AB. The focus is wine import, wine consultation and tastings.

    When my wine interest started about 10 years ago I jumped right into the courses provided by “Munskänkarna”.  About a year ago I decided that it was time to take my wine interest one step further by studying to become a certified sommelier. I took my exam at Vinkällan, Stockholm, in January 2019 and received a scholarship which gave me some wonderful days at the winery Monterosola in Tuscany together with other former sommelier students where we learnt more about harvest and wine production.

    I have always been a big fan of France and French wines so when the opportunity to take the French Wine Scholar course came up I wasn’t late to sign up.

    I have just started to import Champagne from two different producers and I’m about to search for other French wine producers to introduce to the Swedish market. The FWS program has been a perfect guide to help me decide which areas I want to search in. 

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The FWS program has been a perfect guide to help me decide which areas I want to search in....to introduce other French wine producers to the Swedish market.
    • Position CEO, Sour and Wine AB
    • Certifications Certified Sommelier
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    Harnil Mathur, FWS

    Congratulations to Harnil Mathur, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Harnil:

    I am a Sommelier from the Dry State (Alcohol Prohibited), Gujarat, India and currently residing at Hyderabad, Telangana.

    My journey for wines started in 2016, during my 2nd year of Hotel Management studies at Institute of Hotel Management Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition Hyderabad, one of the top ranked institutes in India. Mr. Mithun Bhadekar, from the Faculty for Food and Beverage Service enlightened me in developing an interest towards Wines. Later during our educational visit to a winery in Nashik, India, he gave me an opportunity to taste few wines and apprised me about viticulture and vinification techniques.

    My keen interest in wines escorted me to The Court of Master Sommeliers, during their maiden visit to India in 2018, to discover Sommeliers in the fastest growing Indian wine market. I am honored to become India’s Youngest Certified Sommelier at the age of 20, by passing both the Introductory Sommelier Exam and Certified Sommelier exam. I am grateful to Mr. Viraj Sawant, Advanced Sommelier, who helped me in processing my candidature and guiding me for assessment.

    Currently, I am promoting wines at ITC Hotels at ITC Kohenur, The Luxury Collection, Hyderabad as Sommelier for the hotel.

    The moment of pride, was when I was named in India’s Top 6 Sommeliers at the Indian Sommelier Championship 2019, organized by Institute of Wine and Beverage Studies.

    I completed my Introductory Sommelier Exam and Certified Sommelier Exam at the first attempt which was a result of lot of hard work and some serious wine studies. I would like to thank Sommelier Cherian Sonker who helped me and pushed me the most to prepare for the Certified Sommelier exam as well as the French Wine Scholar Certification.  I believe in remembering things by making Flashcards and also by making a lot of notes.  I aspire to be a Master Sommelier and currently I’m preparing for my Advanced Sommelier Certification by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

    The French Wine Scholar is a course which is an intense and deep study on each and every region of France and it has simplified the understanding for one of the toughest subjects in Wine Studies. It has helped me now to talk confidently on French Wines and also prepared me well for my Advanced Sommelier Exam.  The French Wine Scholar Course has really introduced me to so many different wines, different aspects of wines and also help to gain and cement the knowledge for French Wines. I am very interested in studying the IWS and SWS Courses. The quality and depth of the program is unmatched. I always have emotional attachment with wines because whatever I am today is because of wines and I would Thank God for whatever he has given me and my parents for supporting me to carry on my passion for Wines.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial It has helped me now to talk confidently on French Wines and also prepared me well for my Advanced Sommelier Exam. The quality and depth of the program is unmatched.
    • Position Sommelier, ITC Kohenur, The Luxury Collection Hyderabad
    • Certifications Court of Master Sommelier Introductory Certificate & Certified Sommelier
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    Tim Kenneally, FWS

    Congratulations to Tim Kenneally, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Timothy:

    I would classify myself as both a wine enthusiast, who is fortunate enough to also work in the wine industry. I grew up in Sonoma County and had an early exposure to the wine industry. I also developed an appreciation for all of the other agricultural products from the area and ultimately an appreciation for the Culinary Arts. This lead to a short career in the Fine Dining side of the restaurant industry including responsibility for a restaurant's wine program. An opportunity presented itself to join Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits in its On-Premise Division. I worked as a Sales Consultant in the Oakland market, a Wine Manager in the city of San Francisco and as a Sales Manager in the Sacramento area, where I still work today.  Regardless of where I have worked in the company during the last twenty-five years. Wine sales has been a major focus of my responsibilities. As the wine industry has expanded, it has become necessary to expand my skills and wine knowledge along with it. My ultimate goal is to run a major wine division or portfolio and to share my enthusiasm and knowledge with both consumers and customers.

    I have passed both the Certified Wine Specialist and Certified Spirits Specialist exams given by the Society of Wine Educators. I am a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. I have passed the Italian Wine Specialist, Rioja Wine Specialist and California Appellation Specialty exams. I have passed the WSET 2 and 3 examinations.

    All of these tests have helped prepare me for the Certified Wine Educator exam from the Society of Wine Educators and the WSET Diploma exams, which I am currently preparing for. All of these programs, including and especially the French Wine Scholar exam, help to build on my total knowledge base and allow for study in a specific area of knowledge. There is a great deal of detailed information and the French Wine Scholar exam helped focus my studies on very relevant information and has increased my appreciation of French wines.

    While passing the test, and achieving the accreditation is rewarding, it is the work that we do to fine tune and acquire additional knowledge that for me is the real prize. The knowledge leads to better appreciations of French wine tastings, which leads to being able to better discuss French wines, which leads to more credibility with buyers and better conversations with suppliers. I have the unique challenge of needing to sell imported wine in California. There is interest and opportunity but the product knowledge of French wine and the industry overall are both very important to ultimate success.
    Accreditations are one way we can demonstrate our passion for wine and separate ourselves from all of the other wine professionals that are in the market today.

     

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial There is a great deal of detailed information and the French Wine Scholar exam helped focus my studies on very relevant information and has increased my appreciation of French wines.
    • Position Regional Sales Director- Sacramento Valley North, Coastal Pacific Wines & Spirits (a Division of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits)
    • Certifications CSW & CSS Society of Wine Educators, Certified Sommelier, WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
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    Laurie McGinnis, IWS

    Congratulations to Laurie McGinnis, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Laurie:

    Although not a wine professional, I am an enthusiast with aspirations to work in the wine industry.  As a military spouse, I have lived in multiple locations over the past 20 years and as a result,  held a couple different jobs to include an elementary school teacher, commercial airline pilot and the education programs manager at an aviation museum on Pearl Harbor.   I am currently enjoying raising my 1 year old daughter and studying wine.  Several years ago, we were stationed in Monterey, California where my love for wine began.  While living there,  I had the opportunity to visit several wineries in the Monterey, Santa Barbara, Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino appellations.  While I loved tasting wines and visiting different vineyards, I developed an interest in learning more about wine from other regions and the industry as a whole.  So I began taking classes.   

    Other wine certification programs I have followed and passed are the WSET2, Society of Wine Educators CSW, California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) through San Francisco Wine School, and Wine Scholar Guild’s FWS program taken at Capital Wine School in Washington DC.  I am currently enrolled in the inaugural Instructor-led online Spanish Wine Scholar program.
     
    IWS has significantly broadened my knowledge of Italian wines and nests perfectly with my other courses of study. The study material is thorough and provided several incredible resources to help make learning the information of this challenging program fun.  The wine tasting suggestion list for each region has been an invaluable resource that further deepened my understanding and appreciation for Italian wines. IWS also provided an opportunity to not only learn about all aspects of the Italian wine industry but also about the rich history and culture of Italy.  
     
    The more I learned through each session, the more motivated I became to continue my wine education.  While I am currently enrolled in and loving the SWS program, I look forward to taking some of Wine Scholar Guild’s Master-level courses of both Italy and France once I complete SWS. 

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial IWS has significantly broadened my knowledge of Italian wines and nests perfectly with my other courses of study.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 2, FWS with highest honors, Society of Wine Educators CSW
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    Celeste Bailey

    Congratulations to Celeste Bailey for passing the Bourgogne Master Level exam with highest honors!

    About Celeste:

    I am both an enthusiast and professional.  I’ve been an enthusiast since I was old enough to legally enjoy wine and have always wanted to become more wine-knowledgeable, but did not have the time due to my legal career and family obligations.  Once I retired early from being a lawyer, I signed up to take a WSET class at the Florida Wine Academy and passed Levels 2 and 3 with distinction.  Shortly thereafter, the founder of the Florida Wine Academy asked me to join her team to help with teaching WSET wine courses.  I then took the FWS program at the Florida Wine Academy and passed with Highest Honors, so I now teach these sessions as well.

    Earlier this year I took the Rhone Master-Level program and passed with Highest Honors. The FWS provides an incredible base of knowledge about all French regions.  The Master Level programs really provide detailed information about a particular region that simply cannot be learned without the thorough coverage in both the reading materials and corresponding webinars. I found the Master program of Bourgogne to be one of the most invaluable courses I’ve taken to date.  Most wine lovers acknowledge that the Bourgogne region is difficult, but after taking the class and the exam, I believe that I have a high level of understanding of the complexities within Bourgogne.  So much so, that I’ve already taught a Bourgogne Masterclass at the Florida Wine Academy since passing my exam!

    I am currently enrolled in the Spanish Wine Scholar Educator program and plan on completing this by April 2020.  I look forward to becoming a Spanish wine scholar and to educate others to become the same.  In addition, I understand that there will be a Master-Level Piedmont program offered soon.  I’m most interested in taking this course as well.

    As stated above, I am now able to teach Master Classes of Bourgogne and Rhone at the Florida Wine Academy. I’m also enrolled to go on the WSG Bourgogne trip this May to put what I learned to work.  Finally, the Master Level classes really do teach you how to become an informed consumer and/or collector of wine.  I collect wines and having the advanced knowledge of a region and its producers really makes a difference when purchasing wines.






    Additional Info

    • Testimonial I found the Master Level program of Bourgogne to be one of the most invaluable courses I’ve taken to date.
    • Position Wine Educator, Florida Wine Academy
    • Certifications WSET Level 2, WSET Level3, FWS with highest honors, Rhone Master Level with highest honors
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    David Bersier, FWS

    Congratulations to David Bersier, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About David:

    I have always had an interest in wine. I started buying local wine (in Switzerland where I used to live) as soon as I started having some money to spend but for a long time I wasn’t really trying to know much about wine. Things got more serious a few years ago when I started looking for a more organised way of learning. I wanted to go beyond just enjoying what I was drinking but I wanted to actually understand what was in the glass. I started going to wine tastings more regularly and I started taking courses. As I’ve always been drawn to French wines, the FWS program looked like an obvious next step and I happily took that step.

    For a long time I was just happy to discover new wines and drink something pleasant, without much knowledge of the aromatic profile of various grape varieties, wine regions, or wine making techniques (and their impact on the wines). After reading a number of books and gathering information from various internet sources, I wanted a more formal wine education so I took the WSET Level 2 and Level 3 courses. While I very much liked the broad view that they provide, I wanted to explore French wines in greater depth for various reasons. One is that my preferences lead me to some specific French wine regions. Another is that, growing up in nearby Switzerland, one can’t help but be influenced by that large neighbor that claims to make the best wines in the world. Yet another is that I will eventually relocate to France and I wanted a deeper knowledge of French wine than I had then. The FWS program was exactly what I needed.

    Having finished the FWS program, I am now enrolled in a course at the University of Bourgogne in Dijon on Wine, Culture, and Wine Tourism. This year-long course focuses on viticulture and wine tourism. This will provide the basis I need to acquire in order to develop a wine tourism activity in South-West France in the future. The FWS program provided a solid foundation in French wine that I can build upon to expand my general knowledge of viticulture and wine-making.

    As I intend to work in the wine tourism industry in South-West France, a thorough knowledge of French wines is a necessary basis. There is such a broad range of characteristics, in terms of soils, climates, wine styles, or grape varieties, that one can use this diversity to illustrate differences and similarities in practices across various regions, the impact of the climate, emphasize the importance of the terroir, etc. The knowledge I gained in the FWS program is really invaluable in this respect as the course is both broad and thorough.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial I intend to work in the wine tourism industry in South-West France...the FWS program is really invaluable in this respect as the course is both broad and thorough.
    • Position Liverpool John Moores University, Reader in Astrophysics
    • Certifications WEST Level 2, WSET Level 3
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    Khem Rai, FWS

    Congratulations to Khem Rai, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Khem:

    I am an avid wine drinker.  I am told my first sip of wine was when I was around 4 years of age but of course I do not remember what I drank!

    After working for 12 years in the financial solutions industry, I decided I wanted to do something different with my life and took a career break. While figuring out what to do next, I started to study wine as I wanted to understand more about what I was drinking and the process that went into making wine.

    I have completed WSET level 2, WSET level 3, French Wine Scholar and Barossa Master level. I am currently a WSET Diploma, Italian Wine Scholar and Sud de France Master level student.  Studying French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar has allowed me to break down these complex wine regions into individual areas which are then easier to study and understand.  I plan to study Spanish Wine Scholar and also join some of the Wine Scholar Guild study trips in the future.  I believe visiting wine regions provides students with knowledge and perspective that cannot be gained through reading books alone.

    I like to collect wines from around the world. Studying wine allows me to make an educated decision on what to buy, collect or drink.  I think wine should be fun, it connects people from different walks of life and it is meant for sharing.  I just wish studying wine was as easy as drinking it!!

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial Studying the French Wine Scholar has allowed me to break down these complex wine regions... I just wish studying wine was as easy as drinking it!!
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
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    Diego Arrebola, FWS

    Congratulations to Diego Arrebola, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Diego:

    I’ve been working with wine and beverages for 15 years now, specifically as a consultor and an educator for 8 years. Wine is day by day more and more important for a great number of businesses and also as a crucial part of people’s social life. This understanding is what took me to look at this market as both a career and a challenge, considering that Brazil isn’t exactly a wine drinking country. I see wine education as the best way to change that, to show consumers better wines and, even more, take them to better understand the wines they’re drinking and so make better choices. My ultimate goal is to help as many people as possible to achieve this.

    I’m a Professional Sommelier, certified by ASI (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale), by the Brazilian Sommelier Association (ABS) and by the Italian Sommelier Association (AIS), I’m a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, a WSET Level 3 in Wines and Spirits and a WSET certified educator. After many years of “general” studies, with courses and certifications covering the wine world as a whole, I’ve felt it was time to go one step further and look for in depth courses focused in single countries and/or regions. Nothing better than starting with the best one, the FWS!

    Besides the fact that I can now teach the FWS courses in Eno Cultura, it makes me more comfortable to talk about French wines. The most important of all the wine producing countries deserves that we talk and teach about it with proper authority, and the FWS certification provides me with a great deal of that.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The most important of all the wine producing countries deserves that we talk and teach about it with proper authority, and the FWS certification provides me with a great deal of that.
    • Position Owner, EntreCopos Consulting
    • Certifications Certified Sommelier, WSET Level 3
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