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Brendan Feeney

Congratulations to Brendan Feeney for passing the Provence Master-Level exam with highest honors!

About Brendan:

''My interest in French food and wine was initiated by the exploits of the infamous Keith Floyd. Opportunities to enjoy at first hand the very distinct and much varied regional fare and libations were afforded by subsequent periods of study in Paris, careers in hospitality, sales, education and interpreting (Dutch, English, French and German) and many a summer spent traveling throughout France.

As a way of adding more specific, in-depth industry knowledge to that experience and to the WSET certification and seminars taken with IWEG in Toronto, enrollment in the French Wine Scholar course was ideal.

The Provence Master Level Program, with its comprehensive content and opportunity to learn from such an expert as Elizabeth Gabay, has allowed me to develop a sound understanding and acute appreciation of the complexity of all that is Provencal. Upon completion of the Rhone Master Level course, I am looking forward to embarking on an exciting career in the industry, completing the transition from wine enthusiast to wine professional.''

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Carrie Britton, FWS

Congrats to Carrie Britton, FWS for successfully passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors with the Napa Valley Wine Academy!

ABOUT CARRIE:

''As the mother of six and the grandmother of eight, I have really done my career backwards. Although, I have liked wine for a long time, I have really gotten serious about wine and my wine career in the last seven years. 

I own a restaurant/wine bar called The Funky Door in Lubbock, Texas. I realized that I needed to educate myself in order to be able to choose wines wisely and to be able to help guests and staff with selections. In my search to expand my knowledge, I found The Court of Master Sommeliers, I began to study and took my first test in San Francisco in 2012. I was hooked and have been in love with the study of wine ever since.

I took my Certified CMS in 2013 in Seattle and hope to sit for my Advanced CMS in 2018. I signed up for FWS to help me to have a well-rounded grasp on France. I absolutely love France and believe that all wine study begins and ends in France. The online course was incredible, and I learned so much more than I anticipated! I had great instructors at The Napa Valley Wine Academy that helped bring it all together in an insightful and entertaining way.

I know the course will help me in my Somm educational journey, with pairings, as well as to be a better educated buyer of wine. I teach a Summer Passport Series and now I am really excited to teach all about France, even Jura and Savoie! FWS has been the single best choice I have made for my wine career and education, by far! I would love to someday be an instructor.

We are planning on opening several more restaurants in the next few years. I hope to continue in my studies of certification. The Wine Scholar Guild is so very helpful, The Court does not really have curriculum and so it is great to have this course available. It will be instrumental in my future success; I just wish I had found it earlier!

Now, on to Italy!''

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Gonzalo Adolfo Ríos, FWS

Congratulations to Gonzalo Adolfo Ríos, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors with the San Francisco Wine School!

ABOUT GONZALO:

''I love French culture in general and French wine in particular.  Every day after a French Wine Scholar class, I would go to Kermit Lynch in Berkeley to explore the region we had just covered and to take a few bottles home for research.  This study has benefited me in the restaurant environment where I have been a server for a few years now.  I hope to one day work in a café or wine shop in Paris.

The French Wine Scholar was my first wine certification program.  I plan to eventually take the Italian & Spanish Wine Scholar programs and the California Appellation course.

The French Wine Scholar program can only strengthen my standing as a French wine enthusiast and aspiring sommelier particularly when my travels take me back to France.''

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Richard Milot, FWS

Congratulations to Richard Milot, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors (and a perfect 100% score!) at Vendange Institute in Ottawa, Canada!

About Richard Milot, FWS:

The spark came as a young boy at my grand-mother’s table where wine was served not poured. Sunday meals where wine pairing was underlined in my wife and I families then fueled a growing interest which never abated when I entered professional life as an officer in the Canadian Army. The thirst for wine knowledge vastly increased over nearly four decades of service and thus upon retirement, I initiated a transition from professional soldier to wine professional and completed in 2014 with distinction the WSET Level 3.  This qualification allowed me to build upon my Algonquin College Sommelier Certification (Ottawa) achieved in 2008 (Best Sommelier Award).

Yet, what always mattered to me is ‘’boots on the ground’’. I was most fortunate to serve for over fifteen years in Europe as a soldier and in Africa as a soldier-diplomat. This unique proximity to venerable terroirs allowed me to fuel my passion, to explore many a vineyard in France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain and South-Africa and develop a profound respect for the vignerons and all those whose life centers on crafting the divine beverage.

My exposure to winemaking, vineyard management, and wine business was shaped and mentored in Alsace thanks to a long and rewarding friendship with the Adam family whose wine history in Ammerschwihr goes back four hundred years. In 2003, I was invited to join the Confrérie St-Etienne d’Alsace, one of France’s most venerable wine brotherhoods and since 2005 I am a proud Master of the Confrérie. No surprise then, if I next turn my attention to the WSG Alsace Master Level.

I much appreciated the FWS for its framework, its access to a rich web-based material and its commendable efforts in maintaining an up to date package using authoritative sources. My thanks go to Linda McPhee for her most enjoyable and relevant sessions at the Institute. I have joined forces with Importation Vins Sélect Privée a modest but dynamic Montreal based wine import agency and I remain a humble student of wine working towards becoming a fully certified wine educator.

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Nathalie Walterscheid

Congratulations to Nathalie Walterscheid for passing the Rhône Master-Level exam with the highest honors!

About Nathalie:

''I started to follow wine studies in Holland in 1998 when I stopped working as a trader. As I love food and that the Dutch people started to be intereted in wine i decided to import french wine during 2 years. Later I moved to south of France where I discovered rock climbing and than I traveled several years the world for mountain climbing my other passion which I still practice today. End 2012 I decided to work in wine so in 2013 I did my WSET level 3 and followed the sommelier course in Université du Vin de Suze-la-Rousse for which I did a stage in a 2 stars restaurant. 2014 till 2016 I did the WSET Diploma, as most of my future clients are anglo-saxons (and also because it interests me!) and I did the ML Languedoc-Roussillon. During these years I was a member of 10 (yes 10!) ladies association which took care of 3,5 ha of vines in South of France, which enabled me to learn about pruning, all the cellar work...and of course sell the wine! (about 9500 bottles).     

I followed the ML Rhône as Inter-Rhône is planning to open a big wine center in Avignon with a wine school, so I would like to join this project at the beginning April 2017. They are looking for people with of course wine knowledge, but also foreign languages (my specialty will probably be German and Dutch).

Maybe after one or two years of work I would like to follow the MW course, will see.... how everything goes! Would love to!''

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José Arimatéa Calsaverini, FWS

Congratulations to José Arimatéa Calsaverini, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors with The Wine School in São Paulo!

About José:

'I’m an amateur, passionate for wine since the 1980’s. It‘s a passion that just grew along the years, and I have spent a great extent of my  free time  studying wine , traveling to wine regions in several countries, and, of course tasting a lot of  wine...

Maybe my second career will be in the wine world. Who knows…

I’m now in the half way to conclude the WSET Diploma, in London. The FWS helped me a lot to be prepared for the next exams.
The FWS course offers a real in depth approach of the French wines, with very accurate and useful materials both in paper and online, which allows to go further in the matter. Moreover, we had classes with a really knowledgeable and competent teacher.''

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Qian Yun Li, FWS

Congratulations to Qian Yun Li, FWS student of Tasting Annex in Shenzhen China for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors!

About Qian Yun Li, FWS:

''I have many years of experienced as operator in importation of wines, and procurement. Specialized in offering consultancy services to wine producers on product and strategic planning, channel management and other professional services. And I aspire to become wine expert and specialist for French, Italian, and Spanish wines. I have passed the WSET level 3 award in wines and spirits, and A+ Australian wine school level 2. The FWS program is very helpful, and I enjoyed studying it.''

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Erik Casterud FWS

Congratulations to Erik Casterud FWS, Education Director at the Scandinavian Wine Academy in Sweden,  for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

Actually, not one but three instructors from the Scandinavian Wine Academy have passed the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors: Pontus Jennerholm FWS (pictured to the right), Dick Samuelsson FWS and Erik Casterud FWS (pictured left)!

Scandinavian Wine Academy will soon be offering the French Wine Scholar program in Sweden!

About Erik Casterud FWS:

"My first encounter to wine, in a more professional sense, was during my first year as an employee for the state owned Swedish wine monopoly. That was ten years ago. Thanks to a skillful and passionate colleague of mine, my interest for wine started to grow. As time went by, I started to work my way up in this business, leaving the monopoly for a fine dining restaurant in Stockholm, Restaurant GQ (Grossmans), as responsible for their wine bar. Eager to learn even more, I moved down to Gothenburg to study geology & oenology. When I came back to Stockholm I started to work for the Scandinavian Wine Academy, as the Director of Education.

I got my certification through the Scandinavian Wine Academy 2010 and has since then complemented it with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wine & Spirits and is now currently studying the WSET Level 4 Diploma. The FWS program has given me the opportunity to solely study the French regions and its wines. Thanks to its up-to-date and often accurate study manual and materials, it has helped me filling various blanks of mine, useful for my WSET Level 4 Diploma studies.

As an approved instructor of FWS, this will give our students at the Scandinavian Wine Academy the ability to reach a complementary knowledge in French wines, at the same time guiding them towards an international market and to help them succeed in the world of wine!"

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Pontus Jennerholm FWS

Congratulations to Pontus Jennerholm FWS, instructor at the Scandinavian Wine Academy in Sweden,  for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

Actually, not one but three instructors from the Scandinavian Wine Academy have passed the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors: Pontus Jennerholm FWS (pictured to the right), Dick Samuelsson FWS and Erik Casterud FWS (pictured left)!

Scandinavian Wine Academywill soon be offering the French Wine Scholar program in Sweden!

About Pontus Jennerholm FWS:

"I have worked as a wine educator full time for almost 10 years, and studied wine for 15. I am currently studying to become a Master of Wines. But I still manage to be a wine enthusiast, enjoying wine with food, books, movies and cigars. Very fond of simple things like Muscadet and oysters, Jura and Comté, or some Beaujolais with friends and laughter.

I have a bachelor degree in Hospitality and Culinary arts from Örebro University as well as the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits. I wish I had done the French Wine Scholar before I did the Diploma as it would have helped a lot.

I am currently studying to become a Master of Wine but have already past the theory.

I will start teaching the FWS program this spring at Scandinavian Wine Academy, and I think it will help me to further my student’s passion for French wine. Especially the focus on the history and culture of the wine regions of France will help my students to better understand and appreciate the wines from the respective regions."

 

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Shawn McVay, FWS

Congratulations Shawn McVay, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar with the highest honors (and with a perfect score of 100%!) with our program provider Wine Smarties in San Diego, CA!

About Shawn:

"I am both a wine enthusiast and work in the profession.  I have always had a great curiosity for wine, spirits, and culinary matters.  This curiosity remained largely just that until a little over 3 years ago when I transitioned from a medical-focused career to hospitality. 

Along with my move to San Diego from Seattle, it was time to pursue my passions! I’ve since then worked my way through various positions in restaurants while embarking on serious wine studies, beginning with WSET.  It’s a big world to try and understand, and my hope is to always keep learning and growing and eventually put the knowledge to use as a winemaker.

As much as I enjoy the studying and selling aspects of wine, I feel my calling is to craft with my hands.  I just resigned from my previous position as a wine director and bartender at a great restaurant in order to pursue my winemaking goals.  I plan on focusing on my studies for a while and interning at local wineries until I have enough experience to establish my own place.

So far, I have completed the  WSET Level 2 & 3,  the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Level 1, and the FWS.  I am currently enrolled to take the Certified Sommelier exam in March of this year.

Regarding longer-term educational goals, I plan on moving forward with my WSET Diploma as well as the Advanced Sommelier certification. And in the meantime I look forward to taking the Italian Wine Scholar and other supplemental educational workshops and programs.

I am a person who thrives on details;  I am always asking myself “what is the difference between this and that?”  France is such a pivotal axis around which the world of wine turns, that understanding its regions and laws has laid a better foundation for me to understand everything else.  Additionally, it was a great asset, at an early stage in my journey, to boost my confidence with one of the most complicated regions in the world.

The FWS truly helped me grasp the complexity of French wine law and I am always referring back to the materials for review. I greatly appreciate the WSG for such solid educational resources!"

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Alumni

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 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
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
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
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
Bordeaux Master-Level
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar
Jo-Ann Ross, DWS, FWS
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Honors
Alsace Master-Level
French Wine Scholar with Honors
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