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    Thursday, 06 September 2018 08:27

    Gordana Josovic, IWS

    Congratulations to Gordana Josovic, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Gordana:
    I am a wine buyer and an instructor at San Francisco Wine School. 
    I was bitten by a wine bug one summer in the late ‘80s during a vacation at the Dalmatian coast while sampling local wines. From that moment on, I used every opportunity to taste and discover more about each wine in front of me.


    After my move to the US, I spent years of working in San Francisco restaurant industry where I learned from some of the best wine professionals in California.  This new knowledge coupled with my love for wine inspired me to pursue wine studies as a career. I have held different positions from Server and Bartender to Sommelier, Wine Director, and Beverage Director at various companies.  Becoming a Wine Educator was a natural progression for me, since it runs in my blood; my parents, my sister, my cousins, all have been teachers.


    My profession and the participation in numerous wine competitions allowed me to spend time at many wine regions all over the world.  I have gotten to know amazing people and stories behind my favorite wines. Everything that had led me to this point in my life transformed my passion for all things wine, food and beverage into a life style.

    I hold the French Wine Scholar with highest honors credential from the Wine Scholar Guild, the Certified Beverage Specialist with the Society of Wine Educators, the California Wine Appellation Specialist with highest honors from San Francisco Wine School, and the Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
    I am currently studying to sit for my Master Sommelier Exam. Italian Wine Scholar program helps me tremendously while covering Italy since it is much more comprehensive than some of the materials I have been using.  My colleges and study groups members have noted that the program’s different approach and information cannot be found in other studying guides.

    The program is helping me in my studies for the Master Sommelier Diploma. Its in depth approach to all of the Italian regions separates it from other studying materials and provides a complete picture of the Italian wine landscape.
    I am looking forward to teaching new generations of Italian Wine Scholars for years to come!


    Thursday, 06 September 2018 08:17

    Kathy Phillips, FWS


    Congratulations to Kathy Phillips, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Kathy:
    I’m a lifelong hospitality professional. I got my start 30 years ago working for a Michelin Star chef who served classic French cuisine. Time and space doesn’t permit a full recounting of all my F&B experience; however, I must report that working for over a decade on Maui for The Four Seasons was a highlight of my career.


    I’ve passed The Court of Master Sommeliers level 1, and I’m preparing to take the level 2 sometime in 2019. I think the FWS course is in and by itself a fabulous stand-alone course that is in a class all by itself. And, of course, the FWS helped me tremendously in preparing for not only the Court of Master Sommeliers examination, but also the Hospitality Beverage Specialist (a program through the Society of Wine Educators) that I just recently completed.
    I’m also currently enrolled and studying for the WSET 2. So the FWS is a very big help in that regard.  

    France is the most important wine growing region in the world. French history, viticulture,  innovation, tradition and the terroir is second to none. It is paramount for any wine professional or oenophile to have an in depth understanding and a firm grasp on France.   I use what I’ve learned in the FWS on a daily basis, and I would highly recommend the FWS to those of whom want a comprehensive knowledge of the most important region in the world.  





    Thursday, 06 September 2018 08:06

    José Luiz Ferrazzo Neto, FWS


    Congratulations to José Luiz Ferrazzo Neto, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About José:
    At the beginning I was just a wine drinker, as my whole family, to honor our Italian descendance. In 2005 I went to Spain to walk the “Camino de Santiago” or “Way to St. James”, and wine became my true passion. Dozens of wine courses and eno-trips introduced me to WSET. Level 1, 2, 3 and 4…...finally DIP WSET. I´ve sold my company and totally changed my life. Started working for British Berkmann Wine Cellars in Brasil, become wine educator in Enocultura and after a year in wine business Im totally happy working as a general manager for Portus Importer, one of the greatest and oldest importers in Brasil.  My passion for French wine leads me to FWS and what a great pleasure studying and having such a great grade. Italy and Spain will be next steps for sure.

    I did many small wine courses in ABS (brasilian somm association) but my biggest tittle is WSET level 4 that I finished this year. Now that I finished my FWS I realized that would have been great to have this graduation before my WSET exams (would have helped a lot). As my plan is to be accepted to the MW program, my next step will be IWS and SWS.

    FWS will not just “open doors” for me as a French wine educator. FWS, and the whole Wine Scholar Guild, will keep me updated…..and being updated is just the best thing you can do in the wine world if you want to succeed!!


    Thursday, 06 September 2018 06:56

    Fabio Lobosco, FWS


    Congratulations to Fabio Lobosco, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Fabio:
    I spend half of my time as a criminal lawyer and college teacher at Law School, and half of my time as a teacher and wine consultant. When I was studying for my Master Degree in Political and Economy Law I started my first sommelier course at a local institution. When I was studying for my PhD in Law, I also started to focus more on wine knowledge.

    I´ve studied at Wine & Spirits Education Trust from level 1 to 4 (Diploma) in wine, level 1 for spirits and now coursing level 1 in sake. Also took a sommelier course at a local Brazilian institution named Senac, in São Paulo – SP.  FWS added a lot to my previous wine studies, first because it was more focused and detailed in the France wine scenario. Second, it was a different approach, that expanded my comprehension.


    I´m giving a break now. I´ll start an extension of Law PhD decree soon, and aiming at the Italian Wine program of FWS…so hope to comeback soon.








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