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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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Andrew Ashurst, FWS

Congratulations Andrew Ashurst, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar with the highest honors!

About Andrew:

''I am an English teacher by profession, but after opening an English academy in the Penedès wine region in Catalunya, we quickly became aware of the potential behind wine education thanks to the help of local companies like Bodegas Torres. It was in 2009, that we delved deep into the subject of wine and created the course books called English for Wine Aspects (for further info please look at www.wineaspects.info, website only in Spanish).

Well, after talking to students and people in the wine sector, I did a course called Sensorial Analysis of wines and cavas. After completing that and thanks to the mentoring of workers from bodegas Torres, I was guided to do a course in winemaking at UC Davis. I wanted to know even more about the world of wine so I did WSET level 3 with a superb school in Barcelona called Outlook Wine with David Molina and Ferran Centelles. After completing WSET Advanced, I went on the internet and looked for more courses to do and this is when I came across the FWS course.

At the moment, I am also finishing a Cava Education course thanks to Institut del Cava and I am also doing a Master in International Commerce as I would like to have a global idea of the market. I am now also looking to carry on studying with the Wine Scholar Guild as I would like to do the Italian Wine Scholar and the Champagne Master Level studies. I am a bit indecisive, as I don’t know which one to choose first (hahaha).

The FWS has given me the foundations to take my WSET level 4 (diploma) in the future, but before doing so I would like to take the Italian Wine Scholar and Spanish Wine Scholar programs to have an in depth view of the 3 leading countries in viticulture and winemaking. As I always say, knowing is fundamental, but knowing well and from reliable sources is priceless. Any wine educator should do one of these courses. Thanks to the Wine Scholar Guild I have the possibility to be a father, work and study at the same time. I would definitely do another course!''

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Flavio Lorenzelli, FWS

Congratulations Flavio Lorenzelli, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar with the highest honors with our program provider The Wine House in Los Angeles!

About Flavio:

''I am an electrical engineer, born in Piemonte but living in Los Angeles, California, USA, for now 27 years. I grew up surrounded by vines, but never really drank wine until I moved to California (I know, hard to believe in retrospect). I started drinking socially and quickly became interested in what made wines so different. I started reading, I bought wine lectures on DVDs, then finally I enrolled in wine courses. I still consider myself simply an enthusiast, and I have no plans to get in the wine business. What I can say is that my wine education has really enhanced my interest in viticulture and viniculture, as well as the pleasure I experience drinking and exploring wines from the world.

I have been taking WSET classes. The latest one was WSET Advanced, which I passed with distinction. I am planning to move on to the WSET diploma, if my own work schedule permits. I am currently enrolled in the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1. I would really enjoy continuing on to IWS Unit 2 and the Spanish Wine Scholar course, when they are available. Because I do have a full-time job and also teach college courses at UCLA, my time is limited, but I do intend to continue my wine education. The FWS program has been extremely interesting and it has complemented my knowledge about French wines tremendously. I think that the course was very well organized and extremely informative. This is what convinced me to enroll in the Italian Wine Scholar program.

The information I learned about France, its wine regions, and its wines, has been an excellent guide in my own personal exploration of French wines. I remember the days when in a restaurant I would be staring at a French wine list with no clue as to what to order. Now I feel I can make my own decisions, entertain a discussion with the sommelier, know what to expect from a wine, and appreciate the food and wine pairings so much more.''

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Carina Heather Tang

Congratulations to Carina Heather Tang for passing the Rhone Master-Level examination with the highest honors!

About Carina:

'' I’m a wine lover. I think wine is like life itself – adventurous, diverse, social and it surprises you every now and then – guess that’s how wine affects me and reason why I love it. I’m not enrolled in other wine program currently.  I’ve got certificates of the followings:
-    WSET Level 3 (double distinction)
-    French Wine Scholar, Wine Scholar Guild

The Master-Level program, together with the study trip, put my previous wine’s experience and knowledge into deeper perspective, connecting the dots.  There’s more enjoyment when I pour or being served with a glass of wine.  Hopefully to involve others to appreciate wine and have pleasure with it, if I could.''

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Chad Watkins

Congratulations to Chad Watkins for successfully passing the Bordeaux Master-Level exam with the highest honors!

About Chad:

''I have been working in the wine industry for almost 10 years. I spent a year studying history and French language in Strasbourg, France. It was here I fell in love with wine. There are few wines better, à mon avis, than a brilliant Alsatian Riesling. Sadly I came back to the US where good Alsatian Riesling is hard to find. But, I couldn’t get rid of my love for wine, a topic that blends many of my great passions: history, geography, language, food. I began working wine retail to learn as much as I could. I tasted as much as I could, as often as I could and never turned down an opportunity which has led me to Bordeaux, Piedmont, Napa and back to Alsace to learn about wine. A few years ago I grew weary of retail and aspired to do more writing and education. This led me to start my own company, (Un)Common Grape, with the focus of helping people understand wine and make it a greater part of their everyday lives. This has been a hard road but is still my passion and my goal. Recently, an opportunity arose for me to learn more about the wholesale side of the business and I accepted a position as Brand Manager for The Winebow Group, specializing in Greek and Australian wines, two areas I am eager to learn about. Ultimately, I still hope to unify all these experiences to contribute to the wine education community allowing others to share their experiences with wine and talk about it in ways that make sense to them.

Apart from the Alsace ML course that I took last year, I have also completed my Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators and have just begun sitting for my Diploma of Wine Studies with the WSET. Several years ago I also traveled to Napa Valley with the Napa Valley Vintners to complete their Wine Educators’ Academy, making me a Certified Napa Educator. I have continued this relationship and am now a Brand Ambassador for them. I also sat a similar course in Bordeaux at the CIVB in 2009.

I hope to continue my studies with the Wine Scholar Guild with more ML classes and will look at beginning to study Italian and Spanish wine as well as these are countries I know less about. However, my ultimate goal is to enroll in the MW program in the next 5 years. I see any wine education as valuable to this end.

Obviously, the ML program covered very similar material to the week I spent in Bordeaux, but that was several years ago and this was not only a good refresher, but as the wine industry is constantly evolving and changing, current information is always key. There was, for example, just starting to be a conversation about the Chinese market, but nowhere near what we understand today. The need for constant conversation and learning is so important in this industry, courses like the ML are vital.

As a wine professional, it’s important to me to have the right information at my fingertips. Especially in my market (NY/NJ) having to take the time to look something up or giving incomplete information is not only inefficient, but can sometimes come across unprofessional. It’s important to me that I know what I am talking about and can answer questions about wines quickly and accurately. Additionally, for me in particular as a younger professional, having courses like the ML program has given me lots of respect because of the knowledge I’ve gained and the ability that gives me to talk intelligibly about wines to other wine professionals and consumers.''

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Roz Lawson, FWS

Congratulations to Roz Lawson, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

About Roz:

''I am a wine enthusiast!  I enjoy travelling, and one of my favourite things to do is to eat local food and taste local wine – so far in France, across Europe, in the US, Australia and New Zealand, and even in Brazil and India.

I have travelled to Bordeaux once or twice each year as a good friend owns a house there.  Learning about the history, geography, geology, grapes and wine-making practices really brought to life what I was tasting in the bottle – whether it was a Chateau Cantemerle or from the bottom shelf in Carrefour!

I have completed the WSET Level 2 and 3 courses.

I really enjoyed taking the time to study one country in detail, and explore the many differences between each of the regions (and within the regions). I have now enrolled in the Italian Wine Scholar course.''

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Tommasella Perniciaro, FWS

Congratulations to Tommasella Perniciaro, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors!

About Tommasella:

''I was born as a wine enthusiast, participating in some wine tastings in Madrid, Spain, where I currently live. I soon understood that wine was going to be my real passion and I made all the efforts to know more about it. So I decided to enroll onto the WSET Level 2 Award in Wine & Spirits as I was looking for an international certificate that could gave me a worldwide approach. Level 3 and Level 4 followed suit. And in the meanwhile what was a simple passion became a job. I am a wine educator now and I teach WSET courses in Madrid and on line as a tutor for the WSET London School. I also organize wine tastings for private customers and companies and write for some national and international wine blogs, including my own (thegoodwinehabit.com). Of course, you never stop learning in wine and, in fact, I am a Master of Wine student now, having started my new adventure this October. I hope someday to teach the FWS course as well!

I took WSET Level 2, Level 3 and Diploma Award in Wine and Spirits. Taking the FWS program was really helpful in tuning my knowledge about French wine regions and wines. It gave me a deeper insight and a more comprehensive vision about this key wine producing region.

I am currently an MW student. I have enrolled last October 2016 and I hope to get through the program successfully. Of course, the FWS course will contribute to my future wine studies in terms of supporting knowledge and insight about the French wine styles and characteristics of the single wine producing regions.

Now that I have passed the FWS program successfully I feel even more confident in organizing French wine tastings. I will be able to give FWS courses in the future as well and this will be a really great opportunity for my teaching career.''

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Kurt Spangsbjerg Petersen, FWS

Congratulations to Kurt Spangsbjerg Petersen, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors!

About Kurt:

''I’m a wine enthusiast. My passion for French wine first ignited when vacationing in France. By visiting the different wine regions and the local winemakers my curiosity and my passion evolved. I wanted to understand the impact of the terroir, the history, the viticulture and the winemaking tradition for this amazing wine country.

The French Wine Scholar course was exactly what I was looking for. A comprehensive and in-depth learning about the ”World of French Wines” in a structured and inspiring way.

The Alsatian wines have always been amongst my favourites. My next step will be the Alsace Master-Level Program to discover this region even further.

I’m proud to be a part of the FWS family.''

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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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