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Sariya Kampanathsanyakorn, FWS

Congratulations to Sariya Kampanathsanyakorn, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with AWSEC in Hong Kong!

 

About Sariya Kampanathsanyakorn:

"I have been a wine enthusiast for all of my life.  Wine is my passion.  I first studied wine while I was doing a Food Studies degree at NYU and following my graduation I then took the WSET Higher Certificate course (which is now Level 3). I have been a freelance food and wine writer along with my other full-time jobs ever since I came back to Thailand.  After a long break from a classroom environment, I am now back to class for my wine studies in order to advance my career into wine education.

Apart from WSET Diploma, I also took a French Wine Scholar class, which was a very good decision as FWS course helped strengthening my knowledge about French wines.  This is extremely useful when you have to prepare for the last half of the Diploma study.  

I have always been a French wine lover and FWS made my passion for French wines goes even further.  I learned about many interesting French wine regions and appellations in details.  I love the history part, and although the regulation aspects were quite intimidating at first but at the end of the day they were very useful.  FWS made you want to explore more especially about the lesser-known regions.

I recently did the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 exam (eagerly waiting for the result) and I can’t wait to take the Unit 2 class.   I highly recommend FWS to everyone who wants to explore in details about French wines."

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Sylvia Wiedemann, FWS

Congratulations to Sylvia Wiedemann , FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with Northwest wine school in Seattle!

About Sylvia:

"I am currently working in the field of wine as a Wine Stewart at Charles Smith Winery in Seattle. I am also just finishing up my degree in Wine Marketing and Sales from the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College. I will be doing my internship in September at a beautiful little family owned winery in Lirac, France.

I loved the program at NWWA, especially under the guidance and tutelage of Regina Daigneault, an instructor and head of administration of NWWA at the time. In fact, Reggie was my instructor for the FWS program. With her vast knowledge of the subject and passion for wine, this class was an absolute joy.
My future goals are to move into the import/export segment of the wine industry. More specifically, I would like to export Washington wines into the Chinese market.

I truly appreciate and respect the FWS program and feel like it has complemented my wine studies at NWWA. Upon completion of this course, I feel like I have a much better handle on the beauty and complexity of French Wines.


I am also looking forward to taking the Italian Wine Course that FWS has to offer in the near future. The study of wine is a lifelong journey!! Cheers!!"

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Fred Salumunek, FWS

Congratulations to Fred Salumunek, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with Texas Wine School !

About Fred:

"I have been a passionate consumer of wine for many years. I became interested in the technical aspects of wine following a number of trips to California wine areas.  After retiring from a 33 year career in IT at ExxonMobil I became serious about learning about wine and the wine business. I completed level 1 the Court of Master Sommeliers level 1, the WSET level 3, and CSW. They provided broad, general knowledge, but they also whetted my appetite for more in-depth knowledge about the most important wine region in the world: France. 

French Wine Scholar was the logical source for diving deeply into French Wine.  While pursuing this education, I also began a second career in the wine business, first working in distribution and now working with a retail wine shop (Envy Wine Room, in Spring Tx) consulting on wine selection and giving classes. Going forward, I would like to share my knowledge and passion with others by giving more classes.I also plan to further expand my wine knowledge with additional offerings from the Wine Scholar Guild, including Italian Wine Scholar, Spanish Wine Scholar and some of the Master-Level programs."

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Yvonne Davis, FWS

Congratulations to Yvonne Davis, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with northwest wine academy in Seattle !

About Yvonne:

"I am 100% in love with wine! I was a Story Producer working in Reality Television in good old Hollywood and was not happy. I kept dragging my friends out to wine bars/events and they couldn’t understand my infatuation with wine. That’s when I realized my enjoyment of wine might be more than just recreational fun. I decided to take the plunge and packed up my stuff and drove to Seattle. I choose Seattle because I felt it would be tough to break into Napa and Sonoma with no wine experience. Plus, I heard that Washington State was the wild west of wine! I thought that would be perfect and exciting for me to explore. Immediately upon arriving in Seattle I called the Northwest Wine Academy and Reggie Daigneault, who was the Wine Director at the time, told me to come down and check out a class that started in 15 minutes.  I took her up on the offer and haven’t looked back. It’s been 7 years now and moving to Washington and getting involved in the wine industry was the best decision I ever made! Today I am the Operations and Marketing Director at Kerloo Cellars here in Seattle. I work closely with our winemaker Ryan Crane and feel my wine education is definitely an important asset to my team here at Kerloo.

Besides taking classes at Northwest Wine Academy up here in Seattle, I’m also have an Advanced Level WSET certificate and am planning on pursuing Diploma level soon! The WSET is pretty intense since you cover every region in the world. I felt the FWS program was a great asset in regards to concentrating on one region (for me it was France). Being able to explore Frances wine regions with more depth and understanding was extremely enlightening. You really delve into the various AOC’s, soil types, and various wine styles. I thought the class was a great asset and think it will definitely compliment my WSET Diploma level pursuit.

As mentioned, I work at a winery full time and am about to embark on pursuing my WSET Diploma level certificate. FWS is a great tool in any wine education pursuit. I highly recommend the program. Whether you are on the Somm or Wine Education path, FWS can aid in gaining deeper perspective into the main wine regions.


FWS is a clear and in-depth way to learn about the important wine regions of France, Italy, or Spain. I believe it’s important to keep your wine knowledge up to date and current. In the short 7 years that I’ve been in the Washington wine industry some rules, climate, terminology, and even wine trends have changed and evolved. As a wine professional, knowledge is power, and in wine you can never stop learning. Plus, it’s a ton of fun, so why wouldn’t you take your wine knowledge up a notch or two? It’s a real no brainer. Cheers!"

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Jayden Lam, FWS

Congratulations to Jayden Lam, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors !

 

About Jayden:

"I am currently working with wine connection as a trainer. My main responsibilities include imparting wine knowledge to my fellow colleague and developing relevant content for the company. I have always looked forward to work directly with wineries, preferably, in a brand development role.

I have attempted both Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and WSET Level 3 Award in Wine and Spirits. FWS program has gave me a more insight on French wine. I particularly enjoyed the insight on the soil types of the respective region and how it might affect the eventual wine. This is definitely a challenging program, I would recommend it to individuals who seek to constantly improve their knowledge.

I am planning to enroll in either Italian Wine Scholar or Spanish Wine Scholar (when it is available). FWS gave me an insight on how to approach the examination in a clear and concise manner.

FWS gives me the confidence to better approach French wines. I hope that FWS will aid me in my journey in spreading the knowledge of wines. To quote Albert Einstein, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know”. This, I believe, is especially true in this wine world we live in." 

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Don Ward, FWS

Congratulations to Don Ward, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors with northwest wine academy in Seattle.

About Don:

"I am a wine enthusiast and I enjoy traveling to wine regions around the world. I have enjoyed and wanted to learn more about wine since my first trips to France and Italy in 1974.
I own a wine tour company in Seattle that focuses on providing wine tasting experiences that      are both very informative and fun. I have plans for small International tours to France’s many wine regions and as well some of the other wine regions in the world.

I have taken many classes at NW Wine Academy, including semesters of: “Wines of the World”, Sensory, History of WA Wines, Advanced Wines of the World, Food and Wine Pairing, I, II, II, plus Wine and Cheese pairing, Desert and Wine pairing, Everything but Wine and Food Pairing, to name a few. I have also attended many seminars on wine from experts, MS and MW’s speaking on wines from Argentina, France, Spain, Italy etc.  I will continue to take classes and attend seminars for fun and for the educational benefits for myself and my business.

I have a level 1 Sommeliers certificate. I think the FWS was an excellent complement to the court of Master Sommeliers programs. I would like to see more questions on wine styles?  I plan to take the level 2 Sommeliers exam in the next year.

This was a great program, which can only help me in my studies. This additional information can only further enhance what information I can provide to my clients.
I hope to enroll in the fall in some additional programs, possibly the Italian Wine scholar program and or other classes at NW wine academy. I may also take the advanced WSET exam

It helps me to indulge in my passion for wine, but it also adds to the success of my business by providing me with additional credentials to further distinguish myself from my competitors."

 

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Turgut Tokgoz

Congratulations to Turgut Tokgoz for passing the Rhône Master-Level exam with highest honors !

About Turgut:

"I have a career in finance and NGO relations. However my life-long passion for wine led me to study wine formally so that I could have a second career in this area. I am the founder of Oenotrian Wine Advisory, a company that advises the on-trade and educates Turkish wine enthusiasts. Based in Istanbul, I am also the co-founder of the Turkish Wine Hub with Sarah Abbott MW, advising Turkish producers on their endeavor to export to the UK market.

I am currently studying towards the WSET Diploma in Wines & Spirits and I also hold the Court of Sommeliers Introductory Certificate. Having to take the Unit 3 exam in mid-June The Rhone ML program highly contributed to my studies. I have a special interest in the Rhone Valley and I now feel more confident with this great region.

The ML program paved the way for moving forward with my studies and I hope to enroll in the FWS program in the near future."

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Patty Beck

Congratulations to Patty Beck for passing the Rhône Master-Level exam with highest honors !

About Patty: 

"I have been a sommelier in Las Vegas for almost 16 years. I have run wine programs at several restaurants and casinos. I also wrote a book guiding anyone who want to learn how to run a wine program – Selling Wine in Las Vegas. I was initially hired at the Rio as a bartender, but they were opening a new addition that included Napa Restaurant by Chef Jean-Louis Palladin – whom I was lucky enough to work with eventually. The Rio provided several levels of training in both The Court of Master Sommeliers and The Wine and Spirit Education Trust. I took advantage of the education and became fascinated and, eventually, obsessed with wine. I still study every day and am working to help my associate get her advanced in the Court. My favorite part of the job is helping a guest to experience the WOW factor when we select a wine together.

As I have noted, I hold the Diploma from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and the second level from the Court. I am the only sommelier in Las Vegas to pursue studies to this level in the WSET program. All others are Court supported. I found that it is a more rounded program that teaches you to think – not just memorize. That focus is what excited me about the Wine Scholar Guild. They guide you to a complete understanding of the areas you are studying...not just have you memorize rote details. I found the Rhône class totally enjoyable. Even now, after passing, I still research the area and drink the wine.

I find the Wine Scholar Guild programs (I have done Rhône and Burgundy) instill a new passion about what you study. The program is guided, so you know exactly what to learn. The tutors are excellent about answering questions. The videos with the international wine specialists are amazing and fun. There are tons of little details they give that a normal text wouldn't cover. Their overview is valuable but also fun. For me, utilizing the program details to enhance our wine lists with the best choices or most interesting choices is the true professional value of the program. Personally, I just love to learn and the Wine Scholar Guild classes help me in that endeavor. Perception of value for dollar is real and my guests get a more memorable experience". 

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Jim Bushee, FWS

Congratulations to Jim Bushee, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors !

About Jim: 

"I am a wine enthusiast, and I developed a passion for wine during my travels to Tuscany, Bordeaux and Bourgogne. During those travels I came to appreciate the rich history associated with viticulture, particularly given my family’s roots in Basse Normandie, and also enjoyed the opportunity to utilize the French language skills that I learned at the Alliance Française. Those experiences led me to hosting numerous wine-paired dinners and wine tastings for my clients and professional colleagues, where I could share my passion for fine wines. That, in turn, prompted me to seek a more formal wine education. I have been encouraged by my wife who, while not interested in formal wine studies, is always enthusiastic about the tastings.

The FWS program was my first formal wine class. The program was extraordinarily helpful in providing a broader context and expanding on my earlier informal studies. Given the value and enjoyment provided by the FWS program I have enrolled in the Burgundy Master-level program, and anticipate taking additional Masters-level programs.

The FWS program has provided a solid base for further wine studies and enhanced my overall appreciation of wine. Additionally, I plan to retire from the practice of law at the end of this year and the FWS credential will facilitate my post-retirement plans to provide practical wine education and tasting experiences for business professionals."

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Samson Wong, FWS

Congratulations to Samson Wong, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with AWSEC in Hong Kong !

About Samson

"I have been working in the wine industry for over 9 years mainly in Hong Kong. I established my own company in 2014 in Hong Kong before my world trip. During 2014-2015, I spent 500 days travelling over 38 countries which include 13 wine-producing countries, 39 wine regions, visiting over 160 wineries/estates, and tasting over 2,000 different kinds of wines.

After my long journey, I decided to focus on promoting the wine culture like writing and training, not just trading the wines as commodities. I am now carrying mainly Bordeaux fine wines and Italian wines.

I have got WSET Level 3 Certificate and the Professional Certificate in Wine Assessment and Services in The Open University of Hong Kong.

I prefer FWS to WSET because FWS program covers more history and wine culture of the specific wine-producing countries. The FWS tasting framework is more interesting also less rigid than WSET.

I have just completed the exam of the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 in May and I am going to enroll in the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 2 in the 2nd half of this year. I think the online mock exam / self-test questions are very helpful for preparing for the exam. I hope you can provide more online self-practice questions, especially the mock exam questions for the students.

Besides, I think the total classroom-study hours of the FWS program in Hong Kong are among the shortest in the world. I do hope we have longer and more in-depth studies in our classroom-learning program in Hong Kong. And I do hope the instructors should improve their knowledge and understandings of the history and wine culture of the specific wine-producing country, not just focus on the tasting part. I enroll in FWS program because I wish to have more comprehensive, in-depth learning about the history, culture, styles of the wines, not just the tasting skills.

I do hope FWS program will get more and more recognition and reputation in the world, develop more education centers worldwide, and keep providing quality and professional programs in the future"

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Find below the list of individuals who have successfully passed one or more exams offered by the Wine Scholar Guild. You may search by name and filter by program.

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Nancy Reynolds, FWS, IWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Rose-Anne St. Jean, FWS Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Donald McEachern
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
Erika Frey Alsace Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Raymond O'Mara
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Maggie Meroney
Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Nick Hendrix, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Sud de France Master-Level
Provence Master-Level
Bourgogne Master-Level
Alsace Master-Level
French Wine Scholar
Kevin Cleary, FWS Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Lynelle Larson-Greene Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Mike Dutch
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Mark Shipway Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Shaun Tucker, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Hood Hon, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Alsace Master-Level
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
Xu Zhang Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
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