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Nathalie Walterscheid

Congratulations to Nathalie Walterscheid for passing the Rhône Master-Level exam with the highest honors!

About Nathalie:

''I started to follow wine studies in Holland in 1998 when I stopped working as a trader. As I love food and that the Dutch people started to be intereted in wine i decided to import french wine during 2 years. Later I moved to south of France where I discovered rock climbing and than I traveled several years the world for mountain climbing my other passion which I still practice today. End 2012 I decided to work in wine so in 2013 I did my WSET level 3 and followed the sommelier course in Université du Vin de Suze-la-Rousse for which I did a stage in a 2 stars restaurant. 2014 till 2016 I did the WSET Diploma, as most of my future clients are anglo-saxons (and also because it interests me!) and I did the ML Languedoc-Roussillon. During these years I was a member of 10 (yes 10!) ladies association which took care of 3,5 ha of vines in South of France, which enabled me to learn about pruning, all the cellar work...and of course sell the wine! (about 9500 bottles).     

I followed the ML Rhône as Inter-Rhône is planning to open a big wine center in Avignon with a wine school, so I would like to join this project at the beginning April 2017. They are looking for people with of course wine knowledge, but also foreign languages (my specialty will probably be German and Dutch).

Maybe after one or two years of work I would like to follow the MW course, will see.... how everything goes! Would love to!''

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José Arimatéa Calsaverini, FWS

Congratulations to José Arimatéa Calsaverini, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors with The Wine School in São Paulo!

About José:

'I’m an amateur, passionate for wine since the 1980’s. It‘s a passion that just grew along the years, and I have spent a great extent of my  free time  studying wine , traveling to wine regions in several countries, and, of course tasting a lot of  wine...

Maybe my second career will be in the wine world. Who knows…

I’m now in the half way to conclude the WSET Diploma, in London. The FWS helped me a lot to be prepared for the next exams.
The FWS course offers a real in depth approach of the French wines, with very accurate and useful materials both in paper and online, which allows to go further in the matter. Moreover, we had classes with a really knowledgeable and competent teacher.''

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Qian Yun Li, FWS

Congratulations to Qian Yun Li, FWS student of Tasting Annex in Shenzhen China for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors!

About Qian Yun Li, FWS:

''I have many years of experienced as operator in importation of wines, and procurement. Specialized in offering consultancy services to wine producers on product and strategic planning, channel management and other professional services. And I aspire to become wine expert and specialist for French, Italian, and Spanish wines. I have passed the WSET level 3 award in wines and spirits, and A+ Australian wine school level 2. The FWS program is very helpful, and I enjoyed studying it.''

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Erik Casterud FWS

Congratulations to Erik Casterud FWS, Education Director at the Scandinavian Wine Academy in Sweden,  for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

Actually, not one but three instructors from the Scandinavian Wine Academy have passed the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors: Pontus Jennerholm FWS (pictured to the right), Dick Samuelsson FWS and Erik Casterud FWS (pictured left)!

Scandinavian Wine Academy will soon be offering the French Wine Scholar program in Sweden!

About Erik Casterud FWS:

"My first encounter to wine, in a more professional sense, was during my first year as an employee for the state owned Swedish wine monopoly. That was ten years ago. Thanks to a skillful and passionate colleague of mine, my interest for wine started to grow. As time went by, I started to work my way up in this business, leaving the monopoly for a fine dining restaurant in Stockholm, Restaurant GQ (Grossmans), as responsible for their wine bar. Eager to learn even more, I moved down to Gothenburg to study geology & oenology. When I came back to Stockholm I started to work for the Scandinavian Wine Academy, as the Director of Education.

I got my certification through the Scandinavian Wine Academy 2010 and has since then complemented it with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wine & Spirits and is now currently studying the WSET Level 4 Diploma. The FWS program has given me the opportunity to solely study the French regions and its wines. Thanks to its up-to-date and often accurate study manual and materials, it has helped me filling various blanks of mine, useful for my WSET Level 4 Diploma studies.

As an approved instructor of FWS, this will give our students at the Scandinavian Wine Academy the ability to reach a complementary knowledge in French wines, at the same time guiding them towards an international market and to help them succeed in the world of wine!"

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Pontus Jennerholm FWS

Congratulations to Pontus Jennerholm FWS, instructor at the Scandinavian Wine Academy in Sweden,  for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

Actually, not one but three instructors from the Scandinavian Wine Academy have passed the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors: Pontus Jennerholm FWS (pictured to the right), Dick Samuelsson FWS and Erik Casterud FWS (pictured left)!

Scandinavian Wine Academywill soon be offering the French Wine Scholar program in Sweden!

About Pontus Jennerholm FWS:

"I have worked as a wine educator full time for almost 10 years, and studied wine for 15. I am currently studying to become a Master of Wines. But I still manage to be a wine enthusiast, enjoying wine with food, books, movies and cigars. Very fond of simple things like Muscadet and oysters, Jura and Comté, or some Beaujolais with friends and laughter.

I have a bachelor degree in Hospitality and Culinary arts from Örebro University as well as the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits. I wish I had done the French Wine Scholar before I did the Diploma as it would have helped a lot.

I am currently studying to become a Master of Wine but have already past the theory.

I will start teaching the FWS program this spring at Scandinavian Wine Academy, and I think it will help me to further my student’s passion for French wine. Especially the focus on the history and culture of the wine regions of France will help my students to better understand and appreciate the wines from the respective regions."

 

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Shawn McVay, FWS

Congratulations Shawn McVay, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar with the highest honors (and with a perfect score of 100%!) with our program provider Wine Smarties in San Diego, CA!

About Shawn:

"I am both a wine enthusiast and work in the profession.  I have always had a great curiosity for wine, spirits, and culinary matters.  This curiosity remained largely just that until a little over 3 years ago when I transitioned from a medical-focused career to hospitality. 

Along with my move to San Diego from Seattle, it was time to pursue my passions! I’ve since then worked my way through various positions in restaurants while embarking on serious wine studies, beginning with WSET.  It’s a big world to try and understand, and my hope is to always keep learning and growing and eventually put the knowledge to use as a winemaker.

As much as I enjoy the studying and selling aspects of wine, I feel my calling is to craft with my hands.  I just resigned from my previous position as a wine director and bartender at a great restaurant in order to pursue my winemaking goals.  I plan on focusing on my studies for a while and interning at local wineries until I have enough experience to establish my own place.

So far, I have completed the  WSET Level 2 & 3,  the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Level 1, and the FWS.  I am currently enrolled to take the Certified Sommelier exam in March of this year.

Regarding longer-term educational goals, I plan on moving forward with my WSET Diploma as well as the Advanced Sommelier certification. And in the meantime I look forward to taking the Italian Wine Scholar and other supplemental educational workshops and programs.

I am a person who thrives on details;  I am always asking myself “what is the difference between this and that?”  France is such a pivotal axis around which the world of wine turns, that understanding its regions and laws has laid a better foundation for me to understand everything else.  Additionally, it was a great asset, at an early stage in my journey, to boost my confidence with one of the most complicated regions in the world.

The FWS truly helped me grasp the complexity of French wine law and I am always referring back to the materials for review. I greatly appreciate the WSG for such solid educational resources!"

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Kari Dawson

Congratulations Kari Dawson for passing the Bourgogne Master-level Program with the highest honors.

About Kari:

"I am a dedicated wine enthusiast who has traveled to wine producing areas throughout the United States, France and Italy.

I hold a WSET Level 3 (advanced) certification and am a Certified Specialist of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits.  The Master-Level program allowed me to take a more general understanding of wine and focus on a specific area and type of wine.  I love understanding how the history, natural attributes and culture of a given place shape its wines.

I am currently enrolled in the Alsace Master-Level course."

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Lillian Lim, FWS

Congratulations Lillian Lim, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar with the highest honors with our program provider San Francisco Wine School in San Francisco!

About Lillian:

"My journey began as a wine enthusiast. Tasting some unforgettable wines from Burgundy forever changed my wine world and inspired me to make the transition into a second career from software engineer to wine professional.  I devoted myself to studying different wine regions and grape varieties and became a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

I set a goal for my new career: creating a comfortable, enjoyable, and accessible environment for my customers to experience and learn about wine. As a wine buyer, sommelier, teacher and consultant, I strive to find undiscovered gems for my customers. I look for wines that are first and foremost delicious, are unique in the marketplace, feature a quality level that far exceeds their price point, and have an intriguing story behind them. I also run tasting events and teach classes that introduce my customers and students to wine regions, small producers and pairing suggestions.

I am presently in the process of launching my own company, the Curious Wine Drinker, an online forum with the mission of helping individuals discover their dream wines. On my website, I provide publicly accessible educational materials, keep a blog and post wine reviews. I also offer consulting services for restaurant and retail wine selection.

My certifications include: Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, Certified Specialist of Wines with the Society of Wine Educators (currently pursuing the Certified Wine Educator, too) and California Wine Appellation Specialist.

Although the CMS and SWE programs covered a wide breadth of knowledge, the FWS program gave me the opportunity to pursue my passion for French wines.  It provided me with a deeper understanding of the historical, sociological and geological factors that have contributed to the development of French wines. I learned about the early civilizations that first produced wine in each region, how events such as war or changes of nationality impact the community around the wine, the geological history of the soils, the soil and climate conditions in which certain grapes thrive and the relationship of wine to local cuisine. Through my studies with the FWS program, I felt as if I had taken a tour of France over thousands of years.

Because the wines of Champagne and Burgundy have a special place in my heart, I am eager to explore those regions in greater depth through Master Level programs with the Wine Scholar Guild. I would also like to complement my experience with an exploration of Spanish wines through the Spanish Wine Scholar program.

I am additionally interested in programs with the Wine Spirit and Education Trust. I believe that I will come out of both institutions with a diverse range of experiences and knowledge.

Taking the FWS program has enabled me to further pursue my dream of turning my passion for wine into my calling. I am eager to share my newfound knowledge with other wine lovers.

The FWS program helped me to recognize the plethora of factors behind every glass of wine. I now look at wine and all its complexities through a more sophisticated lens. Future studies through Master Level programs with the Wine Scholar Guild will facilitate me in furthering my knowledge and experience at a regional level. I will continue to develop the tools I need to become a specialist in old world wines.

My experiences with the FWS program have also allowed me to better teach, advise and serve my customers and students. I am inspired to create new, in-depth curricula for my classes and as I continue with Master Level programs within the Wine Scholar Guild, I hope to expand from teaching consumers to also developing classes for wine students and industry professionals."

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Blake Cherrington

Congratulations to Blake Cherrington for passing both the Rhone & Provence Master-Level exams with the highest honors!

About Blake:

''I didn’t grow up in a wine drinking family. We had the obligatory Sherry and Port decanters on the sideboard but, being good Canadians, our usual celebratory family drink was Seagram’s VO.  It wasn’t until late in my career when I moved to the University of Dayton as Dean of the School of Engineering that I discovered the pleasures of wine. Professor Tom Davis at UD had an extensive wine cellar and twice a year he collaborated with the university chef to hold a wine dinner where they paired a number of wines with each course. I was delighted, amazed and immediately hooked. Later my colleague Jim Brandeberry, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University, introduced me to amateur winemaking. That gave me valuable experience in the production of both white and red wine.

When I retired from my full time academic career, I decided to make wine my primary hobby and immediately started seriously studying (and tasting) wine. Like any area of knowledge, I find that it is like peeling an onion and an endlessly enjoyable undertaking.

While teaching business and engineering students part-time at Georgia Tech, I departed from my syllabus one day prior to Thanksgiving and engaged the class in a brief pre-class discussion of what wines to pair with Thanksgiving dinner. After class, one of the students introduced himself to me as Chair of the Georgia Tech Student Center Programs Council  ‘Options’ Program, a series of non-credit classes offered to Georgia Tech students for general interest. He asked me if I could teach a ‘Wine Class’ for students at Tech. To make a long story short, this Spring Semester I will offer my nine session class on ‘Discovering Fine Wine’ for the ninth year.  This is my primary wine activity and a very enjoyable opportunity to educate the ‘millennial’ generation about wine.  I have the good fortune of combining my two passions, teaching and wine!

When we moved to the Atlanta area in 2005, I took a class on wine from Anita LaRaia, author of ‘Pick a Perfect Wine in No Time’. After the class I asked Anita for recommendations on how to increase my wine knowledge and she told me about the Society of Wine Educators. I found their Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) study manual to be an excellent introduction so I self- studied the manual, took the exam, and received that certification. Later, six of us got together to study for the Certified Wine Educator (CWE) exams. That turned out to be a very challenging task but after persisting I successfully completed the CWE requirements in 2013. In 2009, I also completed a professional Spanish wine certification program given by the Wine Academy of Spain and was certified as a Spanish Wine Educator.

In many respects I consider the Provence and Rhone ML programs coupled with the Wine Study Immersion Tours to be ‘capstone’ experiences taking me to the most in-depth knowledge of these two areas it is possible for me to obtain. My previous studies have allowed me to develop broad knowledge of world-wide wines, and the ML programs have allowed me to develop intensive knowledge of the wine regions of particular interest to me.

The Combined ML programs and Wine Study Immersion Tours have been incredibly informative and enjoyable. This question I am now considering is where next? I will be looking at the ML programs and Immersion Tours to see which of the other learning opportunities I will want to pursue in coming years.''

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Keith Miller

Congratulations to Keith Miller, sommelier from Virginia, USA, for passing the Rhone Master-Level examination with honors!

About Keith:

I first discovered wine, when I was 25, and worked as a waiter at Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach. It began a life long passion.

I am working in the wine service industry at the Inn at Little Washington, and am planning to build a fine wine focused Bed and Breakfast on my 120 acre farm property in the Virginia Piedmont.

When I first started to formally study wine, I enrolled in the French Wine Scholar program at Capitol Wine School, which I passed with honors. I then planned a trajectory, successfully passing Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educators), and Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) on my own. I took a Rhone study trip with the then French Wine Society (now Wine Scholar Guild) last year. I love that enrollment in the ML study program is included when you purchase a study trip. That trip was one of the high points of my life.

The ML programs are great because you force yourself to really double down on the finer points. The Master Level certificate is a great asset to any wine resume by adding another degree of accomplishment.

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Alumni

Find below the list of individuals who have successfully passed one or more exams offered by the Wine Scholar Guild. You may search by name and filter by program.

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Nancy Reynolds, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Donald McEachern
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
Rose-Anne St. Jean, FWS Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Erika Frey Alsace Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Raymond O'Mara
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Maggie Meroney
Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Nick Hendrix, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Sud de France Master-Level
Provence Master-Level
Bourgogne Master-Level
Alsace Master-Level
French Wine Scholar
Lynelle Larson-Greene Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Mike Dutch
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Mark Shipway Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Shaun Tucker, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Hood Hon, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Alsace Master-Level
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
Xu Zhang Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar
Jo-Ann Ross, DWS, FWS
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Honors
Alsace Master-Level
French Wine Scholar with Honors
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