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    Andrea Mcewan

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    Wednesday, 31 March 2021 05:01

    Bertrand de Cabarrus, FWS

    Congratulations to Bertrand de Cabarrus, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Bertrand

    My first encounter with the world of wine started when I was 2 years old by spending holidays with my grandparents in Villie Morgon where they owned a vineyard ..
    My first real appreciation of wines started in Singapore several years ago as I embarked into a wine education journey taking various wine exams.. and with the FWS being the latest one.. I also discovered the joy of sharing my knowledge with others and have created a Wine club and organize on a regular basis wine tastings for my office as well as for a French association in Singapore.

    I have passed the WSET 1-2-3, the CSW and now the FWS. I studied the IWS North but never took the exam. I enjoyed the depth of knowledge that the FWS brings.. I find it very complementary with other multi region diplomas such as WSET or CSW as those will bring the solid foundations to understand vini/viticulture and the country specific diplomas like FWS build upon those foundations.

    The FWS has given me an extensive and deep knowledge of French wines, grapes, regions and I find that anyone willing to go deep into the wine industry should have a strong grasp of historical producing countries like France or Italy.

    Monday, 29 March 2021 11:10

    Jamie Evans, FWS

    Congratulations to Jamie Evans, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar with highest honors with the San Francisco Wine School!

    About Jamie

    My name is Jamie Evans and I’m the founder of The Herb Somm, a cannabis blog and lifestyle brand that focuses on the gourmet side of the industry. I’m probably best known for my wine and cannabis educational events in California, but I am also the author of two published books, The Ultimate Guide to CBD and Cannabis Drinks releasing in April 2021.  

    Alongside my work in the cannabis industry, I’m a Certified Specialist of Wine (and most recently a French Wine Scholar!) with over a decade of wine industry experience. Throughout my wine career, I’ve been very lucky to work with some of the world’s top winemaking families and companies including Folio Fine Wine Partners, Jackson Family Wines, JAX Vineyards, and the Napa Valley Grapegrowers. I also had the opportunity to work in many diverse roles in the wine industry, which has contributed to the work that I am doing today as an entrepreneur.
    As a thought leader, I was named as one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers in 2018 and as a 2018 Innovator by SevenFifty Daily. Since launching my business, I continue to look for ways to collaborate in both the wine and cannabis space and help bridge the gap between the two industries.

    My passion for wine began at the young age of 18 while studying Wine & Viticulture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. This 4-year Bachelor degree program provided me with an in-depth understanding of the wine industry, sensory evaluation, viticulture, and winemaking. In addition, during my sophomore and junior year, I was selected to study wine abroad in Australia, Italy, France, and Switzerland to gain international wine experience. After returning, I graduated with a Wine Business degree and quickly began working full-time in the industry.

    The amazing thing about wine is there is so much to learn! To continue my studies, I decided to pursue the Certified Specialist of Wine Program at the San Francisco Wine School. I was excited to learn more about the international wine world, particularly France, Italy, and Spain since I grew very fond of these wine-producing regions while studying abroad. After I passed the CSW exam in April 2019, I wanted to continue learning, which led me to the French Wine Scholar program.

    With a love for French wines, I decided to pursue this exciting program in the fall of 2020 with the San Francisco Wine School. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, my entire program was hosted online, but I was very impressed with how the course was conducted virtually. My instructors were incredibly knowledgeable and the wines that were selected for each session helped bring each French wine region and terroir to life.

    In the future, I plan to take additional Wine Scholar Guild programs and perhaps explore the Master-Level sessions that are offered for France since it’s my favorite wine region.

    I truly loved taking the FWS course. It was a fantastic way to refresh my knowledge about French wine as well as deepen my appreciation and love for each of the special French winemaking regions. While my trip to France this year has been postponed due to covid-19, I am planning a wine excursion in 2022, which will compliment everything that I’ve learned in this course. This program has also given me the knowledge to navigate any wine list featuring French wines and I can happily order or recommend these wines with confidence. Santé!

    Monday, 29 March 2021 10:45

    Scott Daniel Weiss, IWS

    Congratulations to Scott Daniel Weiss, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Scott

    I fell in love with wine when I was in college, when I was fortunate to spend a semester in Südtirol in northern Italy. I most recently worked for a family business bringing the regional wines of Italy to DC, especially with a focus on the delicious wines of Umbria’s Montefalco area. I am now taking my learning beyond Italy (but also learning to remember why I love Italian wine so much) and hope to one day own my own wine shop bringing delicious wines to the masses.  

    I have taken levels two and three of the WSET program. By going in depth into each region of Italy, the detail on indigenous grapes and winemaking traditions in each region has enriched the contextualized (in the broader wine world) information about Italy – and given me a leg up on some unique winemaking techniques that originate in Italy.

    I am currently enrolled in the French and Spanish Wine Scholar programs with the Wine Scholar Guild. I also plan to begin my WSET Diploma studies soon. Knowing the Italian wines will help me see that the European wine world doesn’t stop with borders, that while each culture brings its own contributions, the agriculture runs deep.

    The IWS program will help me seek out new and unique wines from Italy to share with friends, family, and customers all alike. That’s the beauty of Italian wine, even if it is your job, it is a labor of love!

    Thursday, 25 March 2021 06:18

    Adrian Matei, FWS

    Congratulations to Adrian Matei, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Adrian

    I started my wine journey in 2006 and since then I realized now that I love wine, I want to know more about wine and understand all about wines and vines.

    As for wine courses I did a few with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (Level 3 in Wine) Jan. 2021 passed with merit,  Wine & Spirit Education Trust (Level 2 in Wine) passed with Distinction Nov. 2019, Romania “WineTaste” - Sommelier School by Sergiu Nedelea June 2019, Pernod Ricard Wine & Spirit College (Master Class Certificate), New Zealand May 2007, Wine School “Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts”, US  Sommelier Association May 2007… Jan 2021 Highest Honors for FWS and currently student of Spanish Wine Scholar.

    I consider the Wine Scholar Guild a fantastic tool to continue my wine education journey, and you are doing a fantastic job in every way.  Of course, it can help with moving on in career but it is difficult at this time of with the pandemic situation and I hope for future opportunities.

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