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    Alessandra Esteves, FWS

    Congratulations to Alessandra Esteves, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Alessandra:

    ''I am the co-founder and Director of Wine Education for the Florida Wine Academy in Miami. I started my working career as a corporate lawyer and wrote three books about wine. In 2016, I finished the WSET Diploma in Wine and Spirits and decided to open the wine school in Miami, teaching courses in 3 languages.

    I have the WSET Level 4 Diploma and the Master of Champagne by the Wine Scholar Guild, which I enjoyed very much. The French Wine Scholar has helped me to understand the French wine regions in detail, and now I can apply this knowledge into the classes I teach.

    Burgundy is a very complex wine region, with 33 Grand Cru and more than 600 Premier Cru vineyards. It takes time and effort to discern all of that. The FWS program has helped me understand the region a lot better, so now I can choose more suitable wines for my classes and talk more confidently about the region.''

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    Jeffrey G. Jones

    Congrats to Jeffrey G. Jones for passing the Bordeaux Master-Level exam with the highest honors!

    About Jeffrey G. Jones:

    ''My enthusiasm for wine began years ago in college. I have been a life-long student of wine, especially those of Bordeaux.

    For me, the study of wines ties together the disciplines of chemistry, agriculture, cooking, geology, and history.  I love the fact that, although one can learn many aspects about wine, there are always new dimensions to explore.

    My master-level studies forced me to explore in some depth topics that I had not concentrated on in my independent studies. I appreciate this “rounding out” of my knowledge of Bordeaux.  Also, the studies provided new foundations in which to understand concepts of terroir and philosophy of wine-making. Thank you!''

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    Matt Weaver, FWS

    Congratulations to Matt Weaver, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Matt Weaver:

    "I first began working in the wine industry after university at both the retail level and later at a winery. I enjoy the process of learning about wine. It can be an admittedly complex product but I find the more I learn about it, the more I appreciate it. I tend to vary between serious hobbyist and wine professional.

    I first earned the CSW through the Society of Wine Educators. While I liked learning about all of the different regions, I wanted to focus on France in particular as I studied French in university and spent a couple of months there after graduating. In the future, I would like to become a Certified Sommelier and pursue some of the Master-level programs offered by the Wine Scholar Guild.

    I was very excited to study for the FWS exam. I enjoyed learning about the history of France, its appellations and so much more. My instructors Lisa Airey & Sharon McLean were knowledgeable and encouraging. They identified important concepts to understand and made French wine more accessible. I view understanding France as a critical foundation of my wine journey. I’m not sure where it will take me, but I’m appreciating each moment of it."

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    Marianne Welch, IWS

    Congratulations Marianne Welch, IWS for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

    About Marianne Welch:

    Marianne is a wine educator that has a great passion for enjoying and teaching wines from around the world.  Her focus leans towards Old World Wines with a special appreciation for French and Italian wines.  She plans to continue educating others in the understanding and appreciation of wine through offering classes at various locations. 

    Marianne has completed her Burgundy Masters, is a FWS and a IWS. She past all exams with honors and highest honors.

    Marianne is also a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and plans to pursue her CWE soon. She has hopes to take the upcoming Spanish Wine Scholar class as well as completing several other Masters Classes with Rhone and Bordeaux being at the top of the list.

    Marianne has also past the Court of Masters pre-Sommelier class and plans to take her Sommelier Certification Exam in 2018.

    Marianne also holds a certificate in Viticulture from Washington State University and will receive her Enology certificate in March of 2018.   She has competed the WSET advanced level 3 from the Wine and Spirit Trust.   She also has completed year 1 of the AWS wine judging program.

    Marianne started the first AWS Chapter in Utah and is the Chapter Chair for the Northern Utah Chapter.

    Her dream is to participate in the Burgundy Wine Tour within the next couple of years.

    The Italian Wine Scholar program as well as the French Wine Scholar is of the highest caliber. It goes beyond expectation in its detailed delivery. The staff support is phenomenal with immediate responses to questions. Both programs are highly recommendable for anyone interested in learning about wine whether as an enthusiast or as a professional preparing for exams in other areas.  After taking many other classes I truly believe that the Wine Scholar Guild ranks as the number one superior program.   

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