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    Nicolas Quillé, SWS

    Congratulations to Nicolas Quillé, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Nicolas:

    Nicolas Quillé MW was born in Lyon, France, into a family with three generations working in the wine business. Nicolas holds a master's in enology from the University of Dijon in Burgundy, a postgraduate degree in sparkling winery management from the University of Reims in Champagne, an MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle and is a member of the prestigious Institute of Masters of Wine. Nicolas has worked for wineries in Burgundy, Provence, Champagne, the Rhône valley, the Douro valley, Oregon, Washington and California.

    Nicolas has more than 25 years of experience in the wine industry with an emphasis on viticulture, winemaking, quality control, wine business management, wine portfolio management and merger and acquisitions. He has judged at numerous wine competitions and is speaking at wine conferences on a regular basis. Currently Nicolas is the Chief Winemaking and Operations Officer for the Crimson Wine Group based in Napa, California.  He is currently also teaching and wanted to teach the Spanish Wine Scholar program, prompting him to go through the curriculum.


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    Luis Alejandro Perez, FWS

    Congratulations to Luis Alejandro Perez, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Luis:

    I was born in Santiago de Chile and I worked in the Financial Market for 20 years.

    In 2001 I came to live in Brazil and I started to work in wines in 2005.
    I already worked as a sommelier in some restaurants, wine shops sales and as wine educator.

    I currently work as a Brand Ambassador of a Chilean winery, but my passion for wine and wine-making lead me to learn even further about Old World wines and their culture, mainly the French wines. I’m an enthusiast of the regions of Champagne and Bourgogne, as well as other amazing regions of France.

    I really appreciated the format and the content of the course, as well as the course support material, it was pretty clear and accurate, as well as the extra activities available on the website.

    I’m confident that this prestigious certification will give an extra boost to my career and I expect it to add new opportunities and open new paths for my professional development.

    My interest is to take the Italian Wines course.  In my opinion, learning is an ongoing and never-ending process. I intend to learn even further both for my professional and personal development.

    I intend to make the most of the knowledge acquired about French wines and their culture, as well as their rich history and cuisine. I hope that my passion for wine will propel me to engage in learning about this beautiful country and its vocation for producing fantastic wines.

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    David Emes, FWS

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

    About David

    I work full-time in private equity investments, based in Singapore, completely unrelated to wine. I have been a keen wine enthusiast for many years, going all the way back to university. My knowledge and taste for wine has developed over time having travelled extensively for business and pleasure, taking me to many different places. For instance, I worked for a French insurance company that even owned its own vineyards (and still does).

    I began studying wine only relatively recently in Abu Dhabi, of all places, in 2015. The WSET level 2 was on offer and I thought it would be interesting as I was looking for something to keep my brain engaged outside of work. It was a good course and I achieved a distinction but level 3 was not available there and it wasn’t until I came to Singapore to work that I continued my studies.

    I have completed three wine courses this year including the French Wine Scholar. The other two are the WSET level 3 (Distinction) and the Certified Specialist of Wine (Distinction), from the Society of Wine Educators.

    The FWS has complemented my studies well, helping me to enrich my knowledge of French wines and to fill in some gaps I had relating to the more obscure regions in France. I am currently enrolled in the WSET Diploma program, which is online.

    My ultimate dream (and one I intend to fulfil) is to own a vineyard and I am planning to establish one in the UK, my home. I intend to keep my knowledge up and this will include completing the diploma and the other courses that FWS is offering (Spain and Italy), and potentially other courses in viticulture.

     

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    Juan Lo Bello, FWS

    Congratulations to Juan Lo Bello, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Juan Lo Bello:

    My passion for wine started in Mendoza, Argentina, close to the original “Juan” (my grandfather), who introduced me to the world of wine.

    I continued my professional career in the UK, where I finished my WSET Level 4 Diploma in 2008. I worked for 15 years in international management roles focusing on sales and marketing. I have experienced the world of wine from every angle: producers, distributors/ importers, markets, brand development and consumers.

    In 2016, we moved with my family from London to Alsace to continue my wine career once again closer to a wine region. I founded the Wine Guru on Wheels in Basel (just next door to Alsace) to provide personalized wine experiences and wine education to private individuals and corporate business customers. This venture lead to becoming a WSET Certified Wine Educator to teach WSET courses.

    Teaching quickly evolved into a second passion of mine. Hence my current enthusiasm to introduce French Wine Scholar education in Switzerland for the first time. 

    My ultimate purpose is to reach curious wine drinkers to improve their wine appreciation and understanding. I would love everyone to feel more comfortable, confident and independent around wines.

    I finished my WSET Diploma in London in 2008 and completed and passed the WSET Wine Educator program in 2017. I always compare the WSET studies with a GP (General Practitioner) doctor. WSET studies give you a broad and comprehensive overview of the wine world. You know a little of everything but you are not a specialist. That’s why I have enjoyed the French Scholar studies and I am excited about teaching it because I can add detail and new knowledge to the base I had with the WSET.  France is the benchmark country that many others have followed, either by replanting its native grape varieties in new origins, using consultants for winemaking knowledge or importing French wine technology. After studying the FWS  it is more evident how much France has influenced the wine world.

    On a more personal note, since I moved to Alsace, French wines are more present on my table. It is great to have now a much wider understanding of France and more choice to enjoy! 

    The FWS has provided me with an excellent base to communicate France better, it has also enhanced vastly my own knowledge about French wines. It is a great beginning, I am now very keen to follow up with the Spanish and Italian program. 

     

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