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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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Yen Ling TANG, FWS

Congratulations to Yen Ling Tang, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors with AWSEC!

About Yen Ling:

''Back in many years ago I was puzzled looking at the drink menu and would not knowing most of the them on the list, it can be a long list, especially when dining in a fine dining places where the wine menu can be thick like an encyclopedia book.  It triggered my curiosity to explore it and later challenged me to master it more as I discovered the wine world can be ocean of knowledge to spend the time for the rest of my life.  It is more than just a drink!

I did WSET 1, WSET2, and WSET3 and planning to take WSET4 in the near future –I enjoyed WSET courses very much and I was surprised when I scored 100% at WSET2.

FWS complemented and enhanced my knowledge in French wines. It is an in-depth advance course, well-structured and comprehensive wine list, yet being taught in and very interactive way. It helped me moved forward on my pathway in wine discoveries.''

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Debra Hoe, FWS

Congratulations Debra Hoe for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors with the West London Wine School!

About Debra:

''I am definitely a wine enthusiast!  I was first introduced to wine/Champagne when I was 18 and we were celebrating my cousin’s graduation from medical school.  I was given a glass of 1988 Dom Perignon which I remembered being completely intrigued by – I didn’t have the vocabulary then to describe why I enjoyed that glass so much but the memory clearly stuck with me.  
When I moved to London over 10 years ago, I was introduced to the idea that Champagne wasn’t just for special events (cue Patsy and Eddie from AbFab)!  Being a bit of a geek, I wanted to understand what it was about Champagne that made it so interesting and attended Champagne school at Berry Bros & Rudd.  That first tutored tasting at BBR opened my mind to a whole new world: I became fascinated about winemaking and what makes a good wine and it soon became a case of the more I knew about and tasted wine, the more I wanted learn about it.

I passed (with merit) each of WSET Levels 1 to 3 and contemplated starting on the WSET Diploma programme but was worried about the time commitment (especially as I am not in the wine trade and my day job can get all consuming at times).  When I learnt that West London Wine School were conducting the French Wine Scholar program, I signed up almost immediately as I was getting bored with the usual tutored tastings which seldom went into any level of detail about the various winemaking regions largely because of the diverse group of attendees with varying wine knowledge.

The FWS program at West London Wine School did not disappoint.  Jimmy Smith who led us on the programme was informative and very engaging and he took the time to answer the very many questions from an inquisitive cohort.  From my perspective, the FWS program was a natural progression from WSET level 3 as it built on the knowledge from level 3 and went into a lot more detail about each of the winemaking regions in France which I found really interesting.  It was through the FWS program that I found about the Masters level programs and now that I have passed the FWS exams, I intend to sign up for the Champagne Master-Level program next year.  After all, Champagne is my first love.''

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Simone Madden-Grey

Congratulations to Simone Madden-Grey for passing the Rhone Master-Level exam with the highest honors!

About Simone:

''As Director of Happy Wine Woman, based in Melbourne, Australia, I provide a range of consulting services to private and industry clients in the areas of cellar management, buying, writing and education.  
I regularly teach WSET classes in Melbourne and write for Spirito di Vino Asia, Wine Times Hong Kong, The Drinks Business Reader and Happy Wine Woman blog.
Most recently I have joined the US-based podcast Wine for Normal People as a guest presenter to speak about wines from Australia and New Zealand.
In October 2016 I will embark on a month long tour of Chile and Argentina visiting wineries and vineyards as part of a scholarship I received for scoring the highest mark in Asia for the WSET Diploma in 2015.

In June 2015 I completed the WSET Diploma. The ML programme allowed me to focus more specifically on one region and delve deeper into the particulars of a single wine-producing region. The webinars were an especially helpful and enjoyable part of the course – the breadth of experience that is shared by the presenters was a definite highlight.

As a wine writer and educator the Master-level programme has and will play an integral part in how I prepare, research and deliver materials.''
 

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Sebastien Lafortune

Congratulations to Sebastien Lafortune from Alberta, Canada for successfully passing the Champagne Master-Level exam with the highest honors!

About Sebastien:

''I started in the restaurant business when I was 15 and worked in that capacity for over 20 years. In the last 5 years I’ve worked on the retail side in a large store in Calgary, Alberta that focuses on educational seminars and tasting events. Working as a sommelier is great and I am continually learning new things in this ever-evolving business.

I am a certified sommelier with an ISG Diploma as well as a Level 3 WSET certification. I am always interested in learning new material, which is why I studied the Champagne course. I definitely see myself taking more classes as the course offered great in depth study of the region.  While I knew all the basics of Champagne, I was not as familiar as I am now with the geography and villages. This will definitely help when recommending specific styles to our customers.

As I mentioned above, with my greater understanding of the region as a whole and how each house is quite different from the others, this will be an asset when buying new champagnes for our stores. The course has made me want to pursue other courses from your offered programs as well as made me want to visit the region, which I have yet to do. I have always been a lover of Rhone Syrah and foresee myself taking that program in the near future. Maybe Alsace?''

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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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Name Passed Exams
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
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
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
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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