This month, the Wine Scholar Guild celebrates its 15th anniversary! Such a milestone gives pause for thought. I’d like to share with you—our students, members and supporters—some key moments, joys and stressors we’ve had on this extraordinary journey.
We are thrilled to announce that Mary Kirk will be joining the WSG team as our Community and Membership Manager.
Mary has been part of the WSG family since its beginnings and we are delighted to have her come onboard in this capacity as we know that she will be a great addition not only to our team, but more importantly, to our members!
Some of you already know Mary as she has been accompanying the WSG study trips for a number of years as tour manager. Her role on the trips is to make sure the logistics run smoothly and to provide friendly support to the trip participants.
As WSG Community and Membership Manager, she will continue to provide this same friendly support and will focus on building a stronger network and community between our members around the world, who already share the common passion of wine.
She is enthusiastic about her new role and can’t wait to get started to help bring WSG members closer together and to help the team create more educational wine benefits for our members, so stay tuned!
A little about Mary, she is French-American and has been working in the wine industry in France for over 15 years. In addition to her work with the WSG study trips, she also leads wine events, does wine consulting, and works in wine education. She teaches Sommellerie at Ferrandi Gastronomic school of Paris, as well as the FWS program at the Butler Academy also in Paris.
Fun facts about Mary: She is an avid swimmer and loves yoga. One of her favorite things to on a Sunday morning is to go to her local food market, make a delicious seasonal lunch and pair it with one of her favorite wines. Just this past weekend she cooked a homemade ratatouille (her local market has set up an innovative drive-through service in response to COVID) that she served with black olive tapenade, fresh goat cheese, homemade crouton toasts and a Bandol rosé, Domaine de Terrebrune!
We extend a warm welcome to Mary and look forward to working with her. We are sure that she will be a great addition to our team!
Andrea E. Eby comes to the Wine Scholar Guild from a background in wine and education. Andrea is excited to join the WSG team to oversee all aspects of WSG's Italian Wine programs.
Andrea earned the Diploma in Wine and Spirits (with Distinction) from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET)® in 2017 and was awarded the Prowein Scholarship in recognition of her academic achievements.
She is an instructor with Wine Scholars Guild, a Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador and Certified Sommelier. Andrea is also an instructor for WSET® and works as an assessor in their Educator Training Programme. Andrea has worked as a wine buyer and served as a member of the expert judging panels at the International Wine & Spirits Competition, International Wine Challenge and Vinitaly 5 Star Wines.
Andrea E. Eby graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Education, with a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Special Education. After working in the public school system, Andrea found herself drawn to the world of wine.
She has worked for more than a decade in the wine world; as a wine buyer, in retail sales, and as a drinks educator at one of Canada’s top wine stores. She has recently started her own freelance consulting company, Vinsanity Consulting. Her passion for the wine’s of Italy has led her to work a winery stage in Toscana and to pursue higher education through the Institute of Masters of Wine.
Wine Scholar Guild is proud to honor those who set themselves apart by their extraordinary professional accomplishment in 2019. We take great pleasure in announcing the WSG Program Provider Awards, WSG Top Scorers Awards and WSG Master of Wine Candidate scholarships.
Wine Scholar Guild is excited to announce the list of top exam scorers for 2019!
Each year, the Wine Scholar Guild awards a full scholarship for each of the following programs to three students of the Institute of Masters of Wine: French Wine ScholarTM, Italian Wine ScholarTM and Spanish Wine ScholarTM study & certification programs.
These scholarships are designed to allow students preparing for the Master of Wine exam to further and strengthen their French, Italian or Spanish wine knowledge.
Meet Reto Thörig and Juan Lo Bello from Wein-Werkstatt in Basel, first wine school to offer the French Wine Scholar™ program in Switzerland!
The first FWS sessions at Wein-Werkstatt are scheduled to begin March and June 2020, more information and registration HERE
You state on your website that you help students to “experience wine – understand wine – promote wine”. Could you please introduce all the activities offered by Wein Werkstatt, your wine school in Basel?
The Wine Scholar Guild is proud to announce that Julien Camus, WSG President, has received a “Future 50” award!
The Future 50 list, compiled by Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), recognizes 50 talented and enterprising professionals representing the next generation of leaders within the global wine, spirit and sake industries. With over 600 nominees, Camus was selected for the award by an illustrious and international panel of judges in London in November of 2019.
The first FWS session at l'Université du Vin is scheduled to begin December 2nd 2019, more information and registration HERE
L'Université du Vin is one of the oldest wine education centers in France... Can you tell us more about the University, its origin, mission and importance in wine education in France?
WSG Academic Advisor Andrew Jefford was recently interviewed by Gavin Smith for the blog of wine merchant Fine+Rare.
Words from Andrew on this thought-provoking interview:
"I asked him to leave out the softballs, as 'polite' or 'respectful' interviews are tedious. He didn't actually lay into me (though I'm eminently attackable) but he did ask some fascinatingly deep questions which I enjoyed answering.
Among the topics we covered were the language of wine, wine and philosophy, wine writing, wine judging, the wine competitions I'm involved in, the scoring of wines and its effect on wine craftsmen and craftswomen, wine writers and corruption, the definition of 'great wine', the importance of wine-makers in wine creation and their relationship to terroir, exciting wine regions, varietal plurality, alcohol in wine -- and a question on recent wine experiences, which I was able to answer by referring to a recent Wine Scholar Guild study trip in Alsace."
You can read the full interview HERE
Andrew will be leading the following WSG study trips in 2020:
- Bourgogne Wine Study Trip (May 2020 - SOLD OUT)
- Alsace Wine Study Trip (June 2020)
- Rhône Wine Study Trip (October 2020)
- Languedoc-Roussillon Wine Study Trip (October 2020)
The Wine Scholar Guild would like to announce that their own Tanya Morning Star Darling (WSG program provider in the Seattle area through her school Cellar Muse) has embarked on an exciting project with the Consorzio of Orvieto DOC, with an aim to bring awareness to a historical wine region, it’s exceptional terroirs and wines. Acting as Orvieto DOC’s first official Ambassador of Orvieto Wines, Tanya is embarking on a comprehensive Master Class project to be launched via Wine Scholar Guild member webinar, and in schools teaching Wine Scholar Guild programs globally in 2020.