Congratulations to Clara de Nijs from Netherlands for passing successfully the Champagne Master-Level exam with honors!
''I had my first glass of champagne when I was fifteen years old, and it made a huge impression. Years went by before I started drinking it more regularly, and I developed an interest in grower champagnes. When it was time for a change in my life, a little less than four years ago, I thought about what would truly make me happy, and I could only think of one thing: working with champagne!
Not having any background in the wine business whatsoever, I just went for the plunge, and started to import one of the small houses I‘d been loving for years. Through the following years I made a selection of grower champagnes I’m representing in the Netherlands, and I am proud of each and every one of them!
Before I started as an importer, I took the WSET intermediate and advanced courses for an overall knowledge of wine. But once I started working with champagne I was looking for a more detailed insight on this region. So when I came across the WSG Champagne Master Level course, I found what I’d been looking for! This program has taught me more than I could think of beforehand: it truly covers every aspect having to do with champagne.
This master level program has given me the tools to explain more precisely to my customers what is inside those bottles, and why each one of them is so special. I’m currently exploring ways to bring my knowledge out there as I’d like to take the subject of champagne a little bit further than the ‘usual’ tastings and I am looking forward to include all the profound knowledge into these and other future projects.''