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    Paul Van Calster

    Paul Van Calster
    The Master-Level Program helps gives me more ‘body’ in discussions with winemakers and clients.
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, French Wine Scholar

    Congratulations to Paul Van Calster for passing the Rhône Master Level exam with highest honors!

    About Paul

    Born 31/12/1954.
    My professional career  : 43 years in KBC (retailbank), from Junior Clerk to Office-Director with 12 employees.

    Wine-enthusiast since the beginning of the 1980’s starting with supermarket-wines and then always going up in quality… always attracted to know more  … always searching for reasons of taste, aroma’s, mouthfeel, …  trying to understand the wine.

    In 1989 I fell in love with the region Dentelles de Montmirail (Vaucluse, France) and the grenache-syrah-mourvèdre-wines. I go there yearly since 30 years for touristic vacation and visiting winemakers.  After my professional retirement, I decided to start with a small/local wine-business, specializing in wines of the Dentelles de Montmirail-region.

    Wine Education
    > First course was Amicitia Leuven ( 1989 - teacher Harry De Schepper).
    > COOVI-CERIA Anderlecht (1990/91 – teachers Harry De Schepper and Jef Bessemans), a course of 2 evenings during a  whole schoolyear. Wines of France one evening,  the other evening was for  winemaking processes + Italy and Spain.
    > Then 15 years of tasting…tasting ... tasting and focusing on France. Visiting almost all de French wine-regions.  Some small courses : Licata Academy (Italy) and Australian Wines.
    > PIVA Antwerp (2014-2016) wine-course 5 semesters (and at the same time finishing my career office-director KBC).
    > Starting my own small wine-company with direct import from the ‘vigneron indépendant’ in favorite region Le Pays des Dentelles de Montmirail.
    >  Wine Spirit Education Trust Level 3  ( 2018 - Winewise Antwerp) passed With Distinction.
    >  French Wine Scholar (2019 – Winewise Antwerp) with Highest Honors.
    >  FWS Master-Level Rhône  (2020).

    The Master-Level Program helps me to understand more the soil, grapes and climat and the link between them.   It gives me more ‘body’ in discussions with winemakers and clients.  

    Last thing I want to do is a  Tasting-course in ‘Université de Suze le Rousse’,  tasting of Rhône wines. 

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