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John Parisi, FWS

Congratulations to John Parisi, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors with the Sydney Wine Academy!

About John:

''I have been a wine enthusiast for some 30 years, having tasted and collected wine from all over the world.  After retiring from my business (retail / wholesale fresh produce) I decided to formalize my wine education in preparation for a career in the wine industry.

My other wine certifications and completed courses are WSET Level 2, and Level 3. Italian Wine Scholar unit 1. I am currently enrolled WEST Diploma of Wine and spirits.  I believe the FWS course allowed me to build upon my previous learning in greater detail particularly the lesser know regions of France which are all covered in the course.  I see FWS course to be a valuable supplement to the WSET diploma that I am currently enrolled. The specific detail of the FWS content gives a great base for the knowledge needed for the French unit of the WSET diploma.

My passion for French wine has been enhanced by the exposure to previously less known regions, grape varieties and wine styles produced in France. My successful completion of the course has also given me the confidence to pursue higher wine education and a career in wine.''

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Kathryn Latour

Congratulations to Kathryn Latour for passing the Champagne Master-Level exam with honors!

About Kathryn:

''I am a wine aficionado and student of wine. I teach Wine Marketing (and soon Luxury Marketing) so the Champagne region is particularly of interest to me professionally, and personally, one of my favorite styles of wine.

I received my diploma from the International Sommelier Guild, my sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers, and will be returning to the Master of Wine program next year. I found this class extremely helpful in getting deep knowledge into the Champagne region.

The webinar presentations were fabulous, very insightful, from experts in the region. I am hoping to offer the class to students here at Cornell and the broader Ithaca region to supplement work they are doing in their own wine studies.''

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Andrew Belcher

Congratulations to Andrew Belcher for passing the Champagne Master-Level exam with the highest honors!

About Andrew:

''I am a wine enthusiast. My first real introduction to wines was years ago at University through the wines of Chablis and Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie. Today I enjoy the tasting wines  from all over the globe, but I still love the wines of Chablis and also enjoy the wines of Southern Italy and the Champagne area.

My last visit to a wine area was to Bordeaux where i visited a number of Chateau across the region. Loved the wines of Sauternes.

This January I was at the Guildhall in London for the WSET Diploma presentation.

Having just completed the Champagne ML program, I am now working on the Bordeaux program. I enjoy these course as it helps to focus on specific areas that I have an interest with.

The wine tasting suggestions within the Master-Level program do help with understanding the differences in the specific regions and also encourage you to go out and try different producers and styles of wines.

Having visited the areas that I have studied or am studying does allow for a better context of the areas. The historical references are also very useful in putting everything in perspective.

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Hillary Cole, FWS

Congratulations to Hillary Cole, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors with the Napa Valley Wine Academy!

About Hillary:

''I’m a wine enthusiast-turned-professional. I spent my 20s in military intelligence in the DC area and early 30s in logistics management. I started visiting vineyards in Northern Virginia and Europe when I was 21 and was immediately hooked. I loved the romanticism of the vineyards that were such a stark contrast to the gravity of my intelligence career. About four years ago, I was toiling away in logistics and realized that I didn’t actually cared about the job itself. I only worked to do well at it because I’m competitive, not because I actually cared about the work. It was then that I realized that wine was the staple that remained a constant source of interest for me.  I decided to merge my passion for wine with my background in analysis and business. I have been very fortunate to be able to marry the two and build what has thus far been a very rewarding and enjoyable career in hospitality.

I passed all three levels of Gallo Wine Academy between March 2014 and June 2014. In March 2015, I took and passed the Intro Sommelier exam for the Court of Master Sommeliers and shortly thereafter took my first restaurant GM/Somm job where I got to procure a really fun, difficult-but-approachable list that was 1/3 California, 1/3 French, and 1/3 weird stuff: German Lemberger, NE Italian Lagrein, Erbaluce, Rutherford Picpoul … some really special wines that I came to have great affection for on our list.

My FWS studies reinvigorated my desire to continue to learn about wine, while also giving me some direction. For instance, I really felt that Burgundy gave me the biggest fits when preparing for FWS, so I have decided to enroll in the Burgundy Master program next month so I can trade the uncertainty for mastery. I am also scheduled to sit WSET 3 August 20th. After those two, I’ll go onto another Master course and WSET 4.

I’m a very fervent believer in continuing education and the power of professional certifications when mapping one’s career. As such, I suspect that as I continue to certify in wine, my wine selections for our restaurant will reflect the education; projects that I get accepted to assist with will come along more frequently; and most importantly – I will have the confidence to know that one day I’ll reach my personal goal of being able to stand on any vineyard virtually anywhere in the world and not only appreciate its romanticism, but also exactly what it is, and why and how it is.''

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John Lis, FWS

Congratulations to John Lis, FWS for passing successfully the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors, with Vendange Institute in Canada!

About John:

''I am a wine enthusiast and lifelong student of all things wine.  I enjoy learning about the complete process from grape to glass. I am fascinated by the history, viticulture, production and marketing of wine, and of course tastings. Eventually, I plan to transition from an enthusiast to a wine professional.

In addition to the FWS, I have completed WSET Level 3 and the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1. I eagerly await IWS Unit 2.  I also have a Graduate Certificate in Wine Business Management from Niagara College. The FWS has delivered an in depth look at French wines and has expanded upon the foundation of my knowledge attained in other programs.

As I look to enter into the wine industry on a professional basis, the FWS and other programs provide the knowledge and credibility to ensure success.''

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Flemmich Webb, FWS

Congratulations to Flemmich Webb, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the honors, with the Sussex Wine School in UK!

About Flemmich:

''It all began with a Christmas present: a voucher for an Introduction to Wine course at Sussex Wine School in the UK. Under the expert tutelage of Jonny Gibson, who runs the school, I found a passion for wine that I didn’t know existed. I became swept up in the heady blend of social history, geology, agriculture, chemistry, meteorology and, of course, the taste of wine itself. I kept learning and kept tasting until finally Jonny took me on as a wine tutor for Sussex Wine School – a job I do whenever I can in my spare time (I have another full-time job). Where do I want to take my wine study? I’m not sure where it is going to take me but right now I am enjoying the journey so much that I have not given much thought to the destination. Sometimes it’s just good to go with the flow (of wine!).

I have WSET 2 and 3. The FWS was an excellent way to go into France in more detail – in a way that WSET 3 does not. My challenge now is to keep remembering what I learnt and then to think about the next course. I am tempted by the Italian course next! Then, who knows? Diploma perhaps?

FWS has given me a really in-depth knowledge of French wine, which is invaluable for my wine tutoring. It has given me the confidence that I can absorb and remember detailed wine knowledge, and is has helped me realize that actually the world of wine gets more interesting, the deeper you go.''

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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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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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