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    Friday, 09 April 2021 10:28

    Renato Nahas Batista, IWS

    Congratulations to Renato Nahas Batista, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors! 

    About Renato:

    Above all I am a wine enthusiast. But recently I became a Wine Educator at Brazilian Association of Sommeliers-SP.

    After 25 years playing different roles on a multi billion dollar Beverage Company in Brazil, Europe and US, on Commercial, Finance, Distribution and IT, I decided to dedicate my time to my real passion: wine education.

    In order to get prepared for this new challenge, I got the Sommelier Certification at Brazilian Association of Sommelier (affiliated to ASI) where I became a Wine Educator. After this I’ve been looking for international certifications in order to perform with excellence my new role.

    Since then, I got the Bourgogne Master Level, FWS and IWS at Wine Scholar Guild, where I am also enrolled to Spanish Wine Scholar (SWS) and Bordeaux Master Level. In addition, I also got the WSET 3 and the CWS (Society Wine Educator).

    Moving forward, I’ve plans to enroll for the other regions Master Level Programs at WSG and to the WSET Diploma.

    Italy is a fragmented wine country with an incredible diversity of grapes, styles and regions. IWS enabled me to understand the full Italian wine picture. The Study Manual is clear and updated, with a good and balanced level of details. On my journey to get the IWS certification I figured out an amazing number of grapes and regions I’ve never had any contact before. I feel now much more prepared to teach Italian Wines. And, on top of this, better enjoy them.

    Thursday, 01 April 2021 09:56

    Alex Gapinski, FWS

    Congratulations to Alex Gapinski, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with Vine Lab Wine & Spirits Academy, Minnesota!

    About Alex:

    I have been interested in food for a long time which led me to working in restaurants throughout my college years studying chemistry and food science. My interest in wine began after a trip to France in the summer of 2014 with my food science program. After graduating, I had the opportunity to take culinary and wine courses at St. Paul College in Minnesota. This really opened my eyes to possibilities that would combine my work experience, formal scientific schooling, and passion for food and wine. WIth these at the core, wine has also provided a framework to learn about language, culture, art, history, geology, agriculture, and many other subjects that I would not have otherwise pursued. I can’t wait to keep learning and expanding my understanding of this fun and complicated subject!

    My first wine course was a semester-long Certified Wine Professional course at St. Paul College in Minnesota. I now hold the WSET level 3 Award and FWS. I would like to continue with the WSET Diploma program and eventually pursue the Master of Wine certification. The FWS program gave me a taste of how organized and well-presented the material will be for their other courses which drives me to complete SWS and IWS as soon as I can. FWS has also provided a deeper and broader understanding of French wine that was outside the scope of WSET level 3, but I hope it will aid my studies as I continue with the WSET Diploma program.  I am also following the Science of Wine Tasting series with the WSG which has complimented and expanded my food science foundation along with several books that I have read on the topics discussed.  

    Working through the FWS program immediately gave me a better understanding of what is on my store’s shelves which in turn helps me make better recommendations to my customers. Also, I now have a list of lesser known French wines to seek out as I continue my journey!

    Thursday, 01 April 2021 08:51

    Rebecca Richardson, FWS

    Congratulations to Rebecca Richardson, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar with highest honors with IWEG, Toronto!

    About Rebecca

    I have always been a lover of wine and trying new varieties or regions. However, it wasn’t until 4 or 5 years ago that I took that love further and decided to learn and study wine. I started by taking some evening wine courses as a hobby, which then turned into me taking my Sommelier and continuing with my French Wine Scholar. I love that the world of wine is ever changing but has a solid foundation in history and tradition which is reflected in every bottle. With that being said, there is always a new region or variety for me to try, keeping my hunger for learning alive.

    I am currently enrolled in the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 (IWS), also through IWEG, which is mainly due to how much I enjoyed the FWS Program. Since this is my second course with the Wine Scholar Guild, I hopefully will have a better understanding of what’s expected on the final exam, as well as week to week.

    As of recent I have started my own Wine Blog and Online Tastings, which I don’t think would have happened without taking my FWS. It has given me the confidence to share my knowledge not only with friends and family but with a broader audience.

    Wednesday, 31 March 2021 05:24

    Sun Young Myung, IWS

    Congratulations to Sun Young Myung, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with the WSA Wine Academy in Seoul!

    About Sun Young

    I am not a wine professional, but I have a lot of friends who buy and taste good wine from around the world. While casually drinking with my friends, I eventually became fascinated with the different aspects of wine: the aroma which changed through time and the distinct color each bottle had. My longing to answer the mysteries hidden behind the different aromas and visual sparkle of wine motivated me to study it in a more official capacity.

    I’m not sure if I have the best sense of taste and smell in the world — I still cannot recognize some specific aromas that more seasoned veterans can recognize. However, studying details about grape species and wine production through senses such as taste and smell gave me a better grasp of my wine studies.

    I started to study wine with WSET Level 2 to solve the mysteries of wine aromas. I continued to study wine with WSET Level 3, because Level 2 did not quite quench my curiosity. After passing both examinations with distinction, I thought I knew some of the basics of growing vines and making wine around the world. However, even after these tests, I was still not able to guess the aroma and taste of wine while looking solely at the labels. Italian Wine Scholar program gave insights of vine growing and wine making of each state of Italy, as the program covers history, geography, geology, climate, as well as ampelography and vinification of all 20 states in Italy. It was not an easy program, because I had to memorize a myriad of grape varieties and blending details of DOCs and DOCGs. However, after studying the differences of wine production in the northern, central, and southern states of Italy, I was very happy to organize my knowledge of Italian wine. Now I can guess the aroma and taste of wines in Italy while looking at the labels on a basic level. Thank you for the amazing program!

    I plan to enroll in French Wine Scholar and Spanish Wine Scholar provided that the WSA wine academy continues to provide the programs in the future. I believe that these programs will give insights on wines across various areas in France and Spain, just as the Italian Wine Scholar program did.

    I think that the IWS program will allow me to substantially build upon my wine knowledge and help me create a mind map where I can organize future truths about wine — It will guide and enrich my wine experience. I don’t know where it will lead me to in the future, but I know that my curiosity and studies will carry me to greater heights.

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