Congratulations to Patricia Maffetano, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar with highest honors!
Part of my family is Italian and wine has always been part of my life. However, it was in 2010, when I made my first trip to Europe (Portugal) and visited a vineyard for the first time, that I started looking at wine with much more curiosity. That’s when I became a wine enthusiast.
Back to Brazil, I started taking all the available courses, trainings, workshops and tastings, trying to expand my knowledge on wine. It was only in 2016 that I obtained my first certification, as a Professional Sommelier certified by the Brazilian Association of Sommeliers (AIS partner).
It was then I realized that I didn’t just want to study about it, I also wanted to work with it! That’s when I became a wine professional and started working with it in parallel to my other job, on the weekends, participating in fairs, giving private classes.
It was also in 2016 that I took the WSET1, then in 2017 the WSET2 and in 2018 the WSET3.
Next month I’m going to take the next step, I left my old job and I am going to start a MBA in Wine and Spirits at Burgundy School of Business. This is one of the reasons, in addition to my passion for French wine, that I took FWS certification. It has definitely enriched my knowledge of French wine appellations, industry, culture and history more than any other certification I took before.