Congratulations to Alexandre Ma, SWS for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!
My wine dream was taking off from my dear hometown Ningxia, where you can find some pretty iconic Chinese wines. After almost a decade of studies and works from Rhone Valley to Bordeaux, London, etc., I decided to devote myself to the wine education industry, particularly for Chinese speaking wine lovers who live in France. Therefore, I created my wine education school AMA Education in Bordeaux, with my wife Phydiasse REN. One year later, we cooperated with the most influenced Chinese wine school Grapea Co. to develop WSET courses in Europe.
Each year, I spend at least four months in China for an abundance of education courses and tasting events. For the rest of the time, I stay in Bordeaux.
In 2016, I was lucky to win RVF World Blind Tasting Championship in the name of China. It was the first time for a non-European country to achieve this title. In 2017, the oldest wine magazine La Revue du Vin de France (RVF) invited me to be a part-time wine journalist and wine critic. It was my great honor to be the first Asian wine critic since the creation of RVF.
After three years of impressive cooperation, I told myself that maybe it's time to do something interesting for our Chinese wine consumers, so I started to establish my personal channel AMA Wine Media, through the social network. I have to say that it's a brave challenge, but it is well worth trying.
My other certifications include:
Italian Wine Scholar – with Highest Honors
WSET Diploma Level 4
Master degree Wine Marketing and Management - INSEEC, Bordeaux International Wine Institute – Bordeaux
French National Diploma of Sommelier - Université du Vin - Suze La Rousse, France
I registered for French Wine Scholar just one week ago. Honestly, I didn't think about enrolling in this program because I took several diplomas in France, and I've gone to nearly every French wine region. However, when I was learning IWS and SWS, I gradually found that WSG's study programs always have some knowledge points that I haven't paid attention to; most of all, they are pretty exciting and impressive. I suppose it's probably an excellent opportunity to review and significantly optimize my French wine knowledge through the FWS program.
The SWS program is absolutely the best and the most detailed Spanish wine study program in the World. I enrolled in it once I finished the IWS program, and I have to say that it's instrumental and helpful. Because of that, I applied to be an SWS program provider as soon as I received the result, I sincerely wish to bring this study program to our wine school. I'm confident that it will help more Chinese wine consumers and wine professionals to feel the spirit and Spanish wine. I can't wait to share a glass of nice VORS with our students.