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    A new logo for French, Italian and Spanish Wine Scholar graduates

    Today this date, 2000 students have earned the French Wine Scholar title and FWS post-nominal. 250 committed students of wine have also earned the IWS (Italian Wine Scholar) post-nominal since the program was launched in 2017.

    Upon request from these FWS and IWS graduates, we have created new logos which you can add to your email signature and business card.


    INTERVIEW: Ettore Donadeo from Caplan Wine Academy (Tokyo, Japan)

    Meet Ettore Donadeo, instructor at Caplan Wine Academy in Tokyo, first wine school to launch the Italian Wine Scholar in Japan!

    Their first IWS session is scheduled to begin April 16th, more information and registration HERE.


    Ettore, could you give us a bit of background on your personal and/or professional history in wine and how you got to Japan?

    I arrived in Japan in 2008 after having graduated in Japanese language in Venice. First I worked as a software programmer, learning everything from scratch, but then I discovered my "true calling". In 2012 I went for some months in New Zealand where I got WSET Level 2 and Level 3, then back to Japan I started working in the industry. In 2017 I got the WSET Diploma and started working as a wine teacher at Caplan Wine Academy in Tokyo. Finally in 2019 I passed the IWS exam with High-est Honors!


    2018 Wine Scholar Guild Awards

    The Wine Scholar Guild takes great pride in its high-caliber program provider network. Our instructors are consummate and extraordinarily educated wine professionals. They stand out among their peers.
    Each year, we honor the best of the best in recognition of their stellar accomplishments as teachers and program providers. The Wine Scholar Guild is pleased to reward the best Instructors and Program Providers with WSG Awards for each category: French Wine Scholar™ and Italian Wine Scholar™.

    Cru Consultancy
    (Vancouver, Canada)

    Tanya Morning Star Darling
    (Seattle, WA)

    (Hong Kong)

    Jimmy Smith
    (London, UK)

    Andrew Jefford joins the Wine Scholar Guild as Academic Advisor

    The Wine Scholar Guild is starting 2019 with a bang. Andrew Jefford, award winning author and columnist for Decanter, has joined the WSG education team as Academic Advisor.

    This marks an exciting new chapter in the Guild’s evolution and growth. Julien Camus, WSG President, comments, “We are thrilled to have Andrew come on board and are looking forward to his contribution towards our goal of becoming the preeminent provider of specialized wine study programs.” 


    #WineScholar Instagram Contest

    Where is your wine journey taking you?

    Diving into your study materials, tasting a memorable wine, enjoying an exquisite meal, attending a tasting or touring wine country?

    Put your Wine Scholar Tag on the picture and share your experience on Instagram with #WineScholar hashtag!


    INTERVIEW: Paul Miles, Executive Director at IWEG, a WSG provider in Toronto

    Meet Paul Miles, educator at IWEG in Toronto, Canada. 

    School: IWEG
    Educator: Paul Miles
    Location: Toronto

    Paul Miles has worked in both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage industry for over twenty years, specializing in brand strategy, channel and trade marketing, strategic account and distributor management, as well as business development. He is a graduate of Bristol University in England and has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh Business School in Scotland. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in France. In 2014 he completed the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits (Pass with Merit).

    What made you decide to move into wine and, more specifically wine education?

    Wine has always been an integral part of my life. I was born into a British family in the wine industry in the island of Madeira, Portugal...


    Industry Testimonial: US Importer Peter Weygandt reviews the French Wine Scholar™ manual

    We would like to thank Peter Weygandt, one of the most highly respected importer of French wine in the USA, for taking the time to carefully review the French Wine Scholar™ study manual and write us such beautiful words of testimonial.


    "To anyone for whom knowledge of the subject of French wine is important, I would give the French Wine Scholar Study Manual my most complete commendation.

    It presents clearly, concisely, and accurately the sometimes intricate French viticultural appellations and rules, bringing them into one handy book where a quick reference provides one with the information. Organizing by region is practical and efficient for the reader.

    As important as the technical knowledge is, though, I find equally interesting and important the work that has gone into explaining the history of each region--political, religious, social--and the geology and climate of each region.

    There is no true comprehension of wine without an understanding of the history of how a variety(varieties) came to be planted where they are, the geology of the soil on which these grapes are planted, and the effect of climate--
    in short to truly understand the term "Terroir" one must have knowledge of all of these aspects.

    This Manual provides a serious reader with these essentials. Indeed, there is much to be learned by anyone who reads this book. At least there was for me.

    To everyone who worked so diligently to prepare and write this Manual, I thank you. – Peter Weygandt"


    Since 1987, Peter Weygandt has been an importer of French wines and has gained a national and international reputation for the quality of his selections and his portfolio of top “boutique” French wines.

    Peter Weygandt Selections are a near constant feature of top wine journals including Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, The Wine Spectator, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, and Burghound, and Peter Weygandt has been mentioned in articles in Time Magazine, The New York Times, and featured in Business Monthly and numerous times in various wine publications, most recently Food and Wine Magazine.

    In recent years he has expanded his portfolio to include Italian, German, Austrian, Australian, and Spanish wines, more than 120 producers in all.

    "One of the small specialty importers with impeccable credentials as well as a great palate, the unassuming gentleman, Peter Weygandt, does as fine a job as anybody in the business, culling out great wines from France and Australia. His low profile personality rarely generates much noise for himself, but he does not have to given the impeccable quality of his portfolio. Readers who do not have access to Weygandt-Metzler offerings are missing some of the finest values as well as best imports in the United States." – Robert M. Parker, Jr. – Wine Personalities of the Year, The Wine Advocate, 144.


    • Domaine Albert Mann in Alsace
    • Domaine des Lambrays in Morey St Denis, Côte d'Or
    • Pierre-Marie Chermette in Bourgogne and Beaujolais
    • Domaine de la Pinte in Arbois, Jura
    • Clos Marie in Pic St Loup, Languedoc
    • Domaine Gauby in Roussillon
    • Château Bellegrave in Pomerol
    • Domaine Raymond Usseglio in Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    • Yann Chave in Hermitage
    • Pascal & Nicolas Reverdy in Sancerre

    And many more!

    You will find more info about Peter Weygandt on his website: www.weygandtmetzler.com


    INTERVIEW: Sharon McLean of Cru Consultancy, WSG provider in British Columbia


    Sharon McLean is a Certified sommelier, DipWSET and Approved French Wine Scholar Program Provider at her firm Cru Consultancy, which she owns and operates with her partner, Treve Ring.

    She is also the Lead Instructor for the Wine Scholar Guild’s Live Online French Wine Scholar course series, an MW candidate, freelance wine writer and international consultant!

    Sharon, given that we couldn’t fit all of your accolades and projects into that introduction it’s safe to say you are one incredibly busy woman! How do you fit all of this in? And... how did you start your wine journey? 


    INTERVIEW: Sybille Troubleyn of WineWise in Belgium

    An Interview With WSG's Newest French Wine Scholar Program Provider

    We were recently lucky enough to add a fantastic Belgian school to our global French Wine Scholar Program Provider network. Sybille Troubleyn of Winewise in Antwerp tells us in this interview about how she got into wine, why she feels the French Wine Scholar program is a great addition to a WSET education provider's repertoire and how her school and the style of education they offer to wine students in Belgium is unique.  

    1)  What  type  of  education  experience  do  you  provide  at  your  wine  school that  sets  you  apart?   

    We offer international wine qualifications and "Keep Up" sessions for wine professionals...


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