Congratulations to Khem Rai, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!
I am an avid wine drinker. I am told my first sip of wine was when I was around 4 years of age but of course I do not remember what I drank!
After working for 12 years in the financial solutions industry, I decided I wanted to do something different with my life and took a career break. While figuring out what to do next, I started to study wine as I wanted to understand more about what I was drinking and the process that went into making wine.
I have completed WSET level 2, WSET level 3, French Wine Scholar and Barossa Master level. I am currently a WSET Diploma, Italian Wine Scholar and Sud de France Master level student. Studying French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar has allowed me to break down these complex wine regions into individual areas which are then easier to study and understand. I plan to study Spanish Wine Scholar and also join some of the Wine Scholar Guild study trips in the future. I believe visiting wine regions provides students with knowledge and perspective that cannot be gained through reading books alone.
I like to collect wines from around the world. Studying wine allows me to make an educated decision on what to buy, collect or drink. I think wine should be fun, it connects people from different walks of life and it is meant for sharing. I just wish studying wine was as easy as drinking it!!