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    Xavier Ligot, FWS

    Congratulations to Xavier Ligot, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Xavier:

    I am passionate about wine, a hobby inoculated by my grand-father while browsing through bottles in his cellar.

    I started studying wine at the Office Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin (OIV). This was followed by WSET 2 and 3, CSW and FWS. The French Wine Scholar program allowed me to explore France in depth, a must for any serious wine amateur. I am currently pursuing the “Certified Specialist in Spirit” certificate.

    FWS is helping me prepare for the next step. My ambition is to continue the journey with WSET4 or the Court of Master Sommelier, hopefully this year!

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The French Wine Scholar program allowed me to explore France in depth, a must for any serious wine amateur.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3, Certified Specialist of Wine
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    Joyce Leung, FWS

    Congratulations to Joyce Leung, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Joyce:

    I’m a wine enthusiast. I want to learn more about what I really like and enjoy.  FWS is my first wine course.

    FWS is a perfect combination of history, geography, geology and hard core knowledge of wine growing. I don’t plan to become a sommelier so the WSET course does not appeal to me. The Wine Scholar Guild program is an excellent alternative for me.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial FWS is a perfect combination of history, geography, geology and hard core knowledge of wine growing.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
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    Kumar Sandrasegaran, FWS

    Congratulations to Kumar Sandrasegaran, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Kumar:

    I have been enthusiastic about wine and viticulture for about 30 years, since college. However, wine is a hobby as I work full time in the medical field. I have travelled to many vineyards, particularly in France and USA. I am also fluent in French. I like to teach about wine and have had many “wine parties” with friends and colleagues.

    I hope to complete Italian and Spanish Wine Scholar programs and then sit WSET III and IV. May be one day I may work as a sommelier, though working full time as a radiologist does not give me time for a second job at present.

    I have taken classes in Napa Valley Wine Academy and more recently Las Vegas Wine Academy. Gina Marano of LVWA was very helpful in getting logistics set up. Maurizio was a fantastic teacher who put in the extra mile to help us do well in the FWS. His dedication was definitely the reason I did well in the FWS.

    I have passed the WSET II. I would like to complete the Wine Scholar programs and WSET in next 2-3 years. I will probably consider the Master level programs in one or more French regions.

    FWS gave me a thorough understanding of French wine – more so than needed for WSET. Similarly, I expect the other courses (SWS, IWS) to prepare me well for WSET. Now, I have no issues in ordering a French with a meal and am the go-to wine person for my friends while at a restaurant.  I hope one day you will have an American Wine Scholar course.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial Now, I have no issues in ordering a French wine with a meal and am the go-to wine person for my friends at a restaurant.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 2
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    Sharmian Duke, FWS

    Congratulations to Sharmian Duke, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Sharmian:

    I presently work in health care but have been planning for a career change. I have always been a wine enthusiast but started studying around 4 years ago. I plan to do the WSET Diploma this fall so I want to study as much as I can before that. Next year I plan to move to our local wine region here in BC called the Okanagan Valley to start a career in winemaking.

    I started with WSET and completed up to level 3. Then I completed the UC Davis Winemaking program. I am currently enrolled in WSET 2 Spirits and the Italian Wine Scholar. If I have time to finish the Spanish Wine Scholar before September I will do that as well. I believe that having knowledge of many wines and their regions will make me a more well-rounded winemaker.

    I really enjoyed the FWS course and I learned a lot. Just as I finished we had a large wine festival in my city and the focus was France. Having the knowledge of the regions and grape varieties made it so easy to navigate and choose which I wanted to try. This course really built on what I had learned in WSET and I’m sure it will help me with the diploma.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial This course really built on what I had learned in WSET and I’m sure it will help me with the diploma.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3,
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    Bizhen Chen, FWS

    Congratulations to Bizhen Chen, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Bizhen:

    I am the co-founder of a wine trading and sales company, meanwhile I deliver lectures as a wine educator in a wine school. Undoubtedly my career is quite involved with wine industry, however rather than defining myself as a wine professional, I would like to use the status ‘a wine enthusiast’. I have fallen in love with wine since the legal drinking age haha! Stay thirsty, stay foolish. I believe that Enthusiasm, which leads me to the professional journey, makes a master.

    I also own these wine certification: WSET Diploma, WSET Nominated Educator, VIA Italian Wine Ambassador.
    The FWS program provides good knowledge supplement toward wine educators. It has a systematic structure with up-to-date information. The language is allusive and witty, yet easy to understand.

    The FWS program is insightful and helps to broaden and solidify my knowledge. Sincerely speaking, the program is great and I would love to introduce it to my students.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The FWS program is insightful and helps to broaden and solidify my knowledge.
    • Position Co-Founder, Hangzhou Vinoholic Trading Co., Ltd. and Wine Educator, Hangzhou Wine Family Education & Consulting Co, Ltd.
    • Certifications WSET Diploma
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    Oksana Wengryniuk, FWS

    Congratulations to Oksana Wengryniuk, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Oksana:

    I work at Nightingale restaurant as a Sommelier. The restaurant has a diverse family style menu with an adventurous wine list to pair. I started working as a server, but became more and more interested with wine, and I was lucky to have many wine team members mentor me. I decided to take my WSET level 2 to start building a foundation of wine knowledge. After I took my WSET level 3 I joined the wine team as a Junior Sommelier and took my French wine Scholar. I’m hoping to take the Italian Wine Scholar course next!

    I feel the FWS course helped immensely with my confidence in speaking about French Wine. I have a better understanding of the geography and wine styles of France. The course really gave me a good context when referring to French wines on our wine list. I definitely was able to dive into French wine in far more detail than I have with other programs.  

    I think the FWS is a great thing to have under your belt as a Sommelier. I hope to take my CMS certified exam in the future and I know that FWS has given me a great foundation to do that. I look forward to furthering my knowledge in French wine and working with it everyday with the new understanding I’ve gained. 

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial I feel the FWS course helped immensely with my confidence in speaking about French Wine.
    • Position Sommelier, Nightingale Restaurant, Vancouver
    • Certifications WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
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    Aradhna Chhachhi, FWS

    Congratulations to Aradhna Chhachhi, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Aradhna:

    I’m a wine professional & enthusiast, I grew up watching my parents enjoy wine and would be very excited to taste a bit of what that beautiful glass held, I discovered so many styles of wine and started learning about it as a fun activity, but very soon got sucked in by the knowledge and experience of learning about the process of winemaking, production & the various factors that go into getting a wine from vineyard to table.

    I’ve completed my WSET Levels 1 & 2 and I wanted a more in depth, culture rich course on wine. I came across the Wine Scholar Guild and absolutely admired how focused the French Wine Scholar course was on the winemaking, wine styles, grapes, climate, food, hazards, soils & so many other factors specific to France. It gave me so many answers I was looking for while studying WSET Level 2, and it has me excited for so much more pertaining to wine.

    I plan to pursue WSET Level 3 in the future & I believe that the richness of this course has me better equipped to take on the challenges Level 3 offers, I’m also sure that when I open my books to study for Level 3, I’ll be able to connect the dots a lot better especially when it comes to the wine regions of France.

    Now that I’m a certified French Wine Scholar, I plan to create experiences for wine enthusiasts on French Wine tasting in partnership with French wine vineyards. I’m already in touch with a few vineyard owners in France.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial Now that I’m a certified French Wine Scholar, I plan to create experiences for wine enthusiasts on French Wine tasting in partnership with French wine vineyards.
    • Position Founder, Tannin by Aradhna
    • Certifications WSET Level 1, WSET Level 2
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    Catherine Gregg, FWS

    Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Catherine Gregg, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Catherine:

    I am a wine enthusiast who sees wine as a metaphor for life.  It’s symbolic as well as it’s material nature provides me with a lens to ponder mysteries and be fully present to the present moment.

    I’ve completed the WSET Level II Wine and Spirits certifications, and I’m currently enrolled in the WSG Italian course.  The FWS program deeply and widely expanded my knowledge of French wines and helped me better understand the role of wine in human history.  Studying for the FWS Certification enabled me to explore this exciting place where the art and science of winemaking has been defined for the entire world.  

    My plan is to complete the Italian, and then the Spanish courses through WSG, and then do the Level III course through WSET.  

    I am combining two of my passions:  spirituality and wine-tasting - by offering workshops and seminars entitled “The Spirituality of Wine-Tasting.”  These workshops bring together the mindfulness involved in wine-tasting along with the delight of appreciating the vast complexity of French wines.  I believe there is a natural connection between our inner need for meaning, and our body’s wonderful gifts of taste, sight, smell, hearing and touch.  Wine-tasting using a variety of French wines from different regions highlights the particularities and the unity of all things.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The FWS program deeply and widely expanded my knowledge of French wines and helped me better understand the role of wine in human history.
    • Position Priest, The Episcopal Diocese of Nevada
    • Certifications WSET Level 2
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    Carlos Eduardo Mazon, FWS

    Congratulations to Carlos Eduardo Mazon, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Carlos:

    I still consider myself a wine enthusiast who has been gradually moving to become a Wine Professional.  I have been a Wine Collector for 15 years and which love for wine was raised through the professional lunches and dinners I had during my career as an IT Executive.

    I have acted as a Broker since 2018 in the Brazilian Wine Marketplace leveraging my previous professional relationship to connect importers, wineries, suppliers, retailers, wine press, wine schools and even wine enthusiasts in trading activities such as selling, procurement and partnerships. I have also acted as a freelancer technical writer and instructor for brazilian wine blogs and wine schools.

    Other qualifications I have undertaken are:
    - Certified Sommelier by ABS-SP (an ASI affiliated in Brazil)
    - WSET 2 – Approved with Distinction
    - WSET 3 – Approved with Distinction
    - EVP - Expert des Vins de Provence – Approved with Distinction
    - Wines Of Chile Ambassador Program 2019 – Approved Finalist

    I am currently enrolled in the DipWSET thru Eno Cultura ASP in Brazil and preparing myself for the CSW Exam (Society of Wine Educators) in 2020.  I am sure that my learning from the FWS program will be key to obtaining these additional and important certifications as well as helping me to consolidate the professional knowledge of this passionate wine country.

    The deep level of detail of the FWS program and the comprehensive way it approaches all the French wine regions are both key to generating solid knowledge of French wine.  Moreover, it’s an international and widely acknowledged certification that promotes real differentiation and recognition to the approved professionals and constitutes an important credential in any wine professional résumé.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The deep level of detail of the FWS program and the comprehensive way it approaches all the French wine regions are both key to generating solid knowledge of French wine.
    • Position Independent Wine Consultant
    • Certifications Certified Sommelier, WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
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    Adriana Cruz, FWS

    Congratulations to Adriana Cruz, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Adriana:

    I am an economist. I don’t work directly with wine. I am more of a wine enthusiast. I like to study wine because it is culturally enriching, I like to study the history of wine, the different regions and the cultural aspects. I aspire to better appreciate wine, to have the opportunity to taste different wines with better quality.

    I have the WSET – level 2 and I want to get the level 3 certificate soon. The FWS program will definitely contribute to this objective.

    The FWS program has given me solid knowledge for better selecting the wines and the ability and necessary skills to taste them more properly, expanding my personal  possibilities to appreciate wines.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The FWS program has given me solid knowledge for better selecting the wines and the ability and necessary skills to taste them properly.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 2
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