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    Tuesday, 08 August 2017 08:28

    Michael Tremblay, FWS

    Congratulations to Michael Tremblay, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with IWEG in Toronto!

    About Michael: 

    "I am a wine professional and have been running the wine and sake program at Ki for about 6 years. We currently have a beverage list that consists of about 60 Japanese sake and 150 wines from all over the world. I like to keep learning, and the French Wine Scholar course gave me the opportunity to delve deeper into my understanding of French Wine, especially its history and the super geeky stuff! My hope is to further my Wine Scholar studies and complete the Italian Wine Scholar in the near future. I currently have my WSET Level 3 Award in Wine and Spirits, the WSET Level 3 Award in Sake, the Advanced Sake Professional certification from Tokyo, and the International Kikisake-shi from the Sake Service Institute of Japan. I also teach the WSET Level 3 Award in Sake.

    The world of wine is so vast and it’s virtually impossible to know everything there is to know (or retain!), especially when my focus is on Japanese sake. Thus, revisiting the world of French wine, a part of the world that began my passion for wine two decades ago, has been totally worthwhile in pushing the boundaries of my knowledge, in particular learning more about the French wine regions that are off the beaten path.

    I loved the FWS program! The online tutorials are great, and the textbook is packed with information on every corner of France’s wine industry. The in-class learning complemented this and piqued my interest in regions, such as Jura, that I had forgotten about. It’s a badge of honour to hold the FWS pin, given the vast amount of information you need to learn in order to successfully pass the exam. While I am not sure where my career in wine, sake and hospitality will take me, completing the FWS program will not doubt play a role in my future endeavours."

    Tuesday, 08 August 2017 08:24

    Robert W. Fullerton, FWS

    Congratulations to Robert W. Fullerton, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with Napa Valley Wine Academy!

    About Robert

    "A native of the Pittsburgh, PA area, I attended Westminster College in new Wilmington, PA and graduated in 1983 with a BS in Computer Science and Engineering. Following college graduation I accepted a job offer from Texas Instruments (TI) in Dallas, TX. After a few months of sink or swim training TI sent me to San Diego, CA where I spent 17 years in various technical sales and sales management roles in TI’s Semiconductor Sales & Marketing organization. It was in California where I began to form a basic appreciation for wine, taking numerous trips to the Napa/Sonoma area, including a special trip over Valentine’s Day weekend in 1988 where I proposed to my future bride in a hot air balloon over the vineyards at dawn. The next step in my TI career led me to Lexington, KY where I spent the next 16 years as worldwide account manager for one of TI’s largest customers. It was shortly after moving to Lexington that I had my life changing ah ha wine moment in the form of a 1978 DRC La Tache. After that first sip, which lingered for minutes, I knew right then that fine wine was going to be a part of my eventual second career. Fifteen years later, in early 2016 as I was entering my 33rd year in the high tech industry, I put pen to paper and drafted a plan to get serious about fine wine as a second career. I officially retired from TI on June 30, 2016 and with the car fully packed began the drive to California where the first step of my plan awaited me, the Intensive Sommelier Training program at the International Culinary Center in Campbell, CA.

    July 6 - September 16, 2016: Intensive Sommelier Training program at the International Culinary Center in Campbell, CA. Studied for ten weeks under four Master Somms with daily lectures and wine tastings. Graduated with Dean’s List honors on September 16, 2016.

    September 19-21, 2016: Level 1 and 2 examinations with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Passed the Level 1 exam on September 20, 2016. Passed the Level 2 Certified Sommelier exam on September 21, 2016.

    February 16 - 19, 2017: French Wine Scholar examination with the Wine Scholar Guild thru the Napa Valley Wine Academy. Passed with Highest Honors on February 19, 2017.

    Future plans:

    1. CSW studies and examination in Fall/Winter 2017

    2. WSET Level 3 studies and examination in Spring 2018

    3. Champagne Master studies and examination in 2018

    4. Advanced Sommelier examination in 2019/2020

    The wine geek in me needs to be challenged with new opportunities for learning. The FWS program proved to be a perfect next step for continuing my wine education. I was very impressed with the high quality of the workbook materials and the on-line lectures offered by the Wine Scholar Guild. Those excellent resources definitely helped me to get the most out of the 100+ hours of preparation leading up to the final in-person lectures and examination. The world of wine is constantly changing, industry trends, viti and vini practices, laws and regulations, vintages. If you are not continuously learning then you are falling behind. With that in mind I definitely plan to continue my future studies by taking advantage of the excellent programs offered by the Wine Scholar Guild."

    Tuesday, 08 August 2017 08:19

    Joseph Broom, FWS

    Congratulations to Joseph Broom for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with Wasatch Wine Academy in Utah!

    About Joseph

    "I am a newcomer to the world of wine. After attending a lifelong learning class on Italian wines last summer taught by Sheral Schowe of Wasatch Academy of Wine, I decided to enroll in Italian Wine Scholar I through Wasatch Academy. My appetite whet, I then enrolled in the French Wine Scholar course, followed by Italian Wine Scholar II. I now hold both certifications.

    The French Wine Scholar program opened up a side of France to me that I certainly didn’t experience as a Mormon missionary there when I was young. Besides serving as a gateway to the wonderful world of French wine, I also met some wonderful people who have become good friends and with whom I can share my new-found passion for wine. I plan to go on to take regional courses through the Wine Scholar Guild as well as explore other wine education programs such as ISW."

    Tuesday, 08 August 2017 08:16

    Diego Rech, FWS

    Congratulations to Diego Rech, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors, with JWU in North Miami !

    About Diego: 

    "I started my career as a cook back in 2000 after some time I became interested in wines on my first job in NY at a east Village trattoria. I started my wine studies working in Aspen, Colorado, a small town where a lot of good wine is consumed and traded. Every week great producers from around the world visited us, tasting us on their wines. Since then wine has become a passion.

    I am a certified wine professional and a chef, I consider myself a restauranteur. I’m a Court of Masters Sommeliers Certified level 2 and a WSET level 3, Also completed the Italian Wine Specialist with the American Sommeliers Association, Now I’m enrolled in 3 Master Levels with the Wine Scholar Guild.

    I found the FWS course very helpful to go in detail on the knowledge needed for the CMS Advance level."

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