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Jeffrey G. Jones

Congrats to Jeffrey G. Jones for passing the Bordeaux Master-Level exam with the highest honors!

About Jeffrey G. Jones:

''My enthusiasm for wine began years ago in college. I have been a life-long student of wine, especially those of Bordeaux.

For me, the study of wines ties together the disciplines of chemistry, agriculture, cooking, geology, and history.  I love the fact that, although one can learn many aspects about wine, there are always new dimensions to explore.

My master-level studies forced me to explore in some depth topics that I had not concentrated on in my independent studies. I appreciate this “rounding out” of my knowledge of Bordeaux.  Also, the studies provided new foundations in which to understand concepts of terroir and philosophy of wine-making. Thank you!''

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  • Testimonial My master-level studies forced me to explore in some depth topics that I had not concentrated on in my independent studies
  • Position Wine Enthusiast
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Matt Weaver, FWS

Congratulations to Matt Weaver, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

About Matt Weaver:

"I first began working in the wine industry after university at both the retail level and later at a winery. I enjoy the process of learning about wine. It can be an admittedly complex product but I find the more I learn about it, the more I appreciate it. I tend to vary between serious hobbyist and wine professional.

I first earned the CSW through the Society of Wine Educators. While I liked learning about all of the different regions, I wanted to focus on France in particular as I studied French in university and spent a couple of months there after graduating. In the future, I would like to become a Certified Sommelier and pursue some of the Master-level programs offered by the Wine Scholar Guild.

I was very excited to study for the FWS exam. I enjoyed learning about the history of France, its appellations and so much more. My instructors Lisa Airey & Sharon McLean were knowledgeable and encouraging. They identified important concepts to understand and made French wine more accessible. I view understanding France as a critical foundation of my wine journey. I’m not sure where it will take me, but I’m appreciating each moment of it."

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  • Testimonial I was very excited to study for the FWS exam. I view understanding France as a critical foundation of my wine journey.
  • Position Wine professional
  • Certifications Certified Specialist of Wine
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Marianne Welch, IWS

Congratulations Marianne Welch, IWS for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

About Marianne Welch:

Marianne is a wine educator that has a great passion for enjoying and teaching wines from around the world.  Her focus leans towards Old World Wines with a special appreciation for French and Italian wines.  She plans to continue educating others in the understanding and appreciation of wine through offering classes at various locations. 

Marianne has completed her Burgundy Masters, is a FWS and a IWS. She past all exams with honors and highest honors.

Marianne is also a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and plans to pursue her CWE soon. She has hopes to take the upcoming Spanish Wine Scholar class as well as completing several other Masters Classes with Rhone and Bordeaux being at the top of the list.

Marianne has also past the Court of Masters pre-Sommelier class and plans to take her Sommelier Certification Exam in 2018.

Marianne also holds a certificate in Viticulture from Washington State University and will receive her Enology certificate in March of 2018.   She has competed the WSET advanced level 3 from the Wine and Spirit Trust.   She also has completed year 1 of the AWS wine judging program.

Marianne started the first AWS Chapter in Utah and is the Chapter Chair for the Northern Utah Chapter.

Her dream is to participate in the Burgundy Wine Tour within the next couple of years.

The Italian Wine Scholar program as well as the French Wine Scholar is of the highest caliber. It goes beyond expectation in its detailed delivery. The staff support is phenomenal with immediate responses to questions. Both programs are highly recommendable for anyone interested in learning about wine whether as an enthusiast or as a professional preparing for exams in other areas.  After taking many other classes I truly believe that the Wine Scholar Guild ranks as the number one superior program.   

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  • Testimonial After taking many other classes I truly believe that the WSG ranks as the number one superior program.
  • Position Wine Educator in Utah, USA
  • Certifications WSET level 3, CSW, FWS
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Daniel French, IWS

Congratulations to Daniel French, IWS for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors with the San Francisco Wine School!

About Daniel French:

''I am first a wine enthusiast, and second a wine professional. I am one who chose this profession because of my love of wine and its soothing effects on the human condition. My favorite quote concerning wine is Thomas Jefferson’s quote: “No nation is drunken where wine is cheap, and none sober where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage.” My favorite book is, “The Spirituality of Wine,” by Gisela H. Kreglinger. Wine to me is healthful in an immense number of ways. References to the vine and wine in the Bible have helped me come to terms with my love for such an intellectual and liberating gift.    

Several years ago when I decided I wanted to make wine my profession I studied for  and earned a certified pin from the Court of Master Sommeliers. This served me well until I was hired at a restaurant where the wine list was primarily Italian. I took this opportunity to study and dive deep into what I had always been told was the most daunting of countries to learn. I initially took the Italian Wine Professional certification. Later, I discovered the Wine Scholar Guild and took the Italian Wine Scholar program. This was definitely the most in-depth study program I have taken, and will be a model on which I approach future personal studies.       
                   
The Italian Wine Scholar program’s material helped me put wine in the context of history. Their presentation of the material flows like a story to me. This makes memory retention easier, and now it gives me more of a story to share when I present a wine.

Daniel French, Certified Sommelier, IWP, IWS''

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  • Testimonial I initially took the Italian Wine Professional certification. Later, I discovered WSG and took the Italian Wine Scholar program. This was definitely the most in-depth study program I have taken, and will be a model on which I approach future personal studies.
  • Position Wine professional in San Francisco, USA
  • Certifications Certified Sommelier, IWP, IWS
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Paolo Mittiga, IWS

Congratulations to Paolo Mittiga, IWS for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

About Paolo Mittiga:

''I am a wine enthusiast. I worked in the brokerage industry for over 27 years. Seven years ago, as a gift for my birthday, I received the enrollment to the Kevin Zraly course “The Windows on the World Wine Course”. At the time I did not know much about wine. However, after three months, I truly enjoyed the new class. I got very passionate about wine, I started reading many well known books on the topic, especially focused on French Wine.

I travelled to Bordeaux to learn more about it. On my way back to US I enrolled to the American Sommelier Classes in NY City including the Blind Tasting class that truly thought me a lot on the topic. I was so passionate that I also deepened my studies with more readings.

Two years ago, as I was searching for more in depth classes I came across to the Wine Scholar Guild and I felt that I needed to learn more about Italian wines. It also happened that at the time I moved back to Italy where I was born. Learning about Italian wines, as a result, became easier as I had access to the wines and to the different regions. I have travelled to Tuscany, Umbria and Campania so far. I wanted to see with my eyes what I was studying.

At the same time, I started The Wine Voyager, a company focused on Wine related events (TheWineVoyager.com). I felt I wanted to share my knowledge with other people, ignite the passion about wine in them as well. I have done many wine events in Italy (Naples) and NY/NJ with resounding success. I got excited seeing people truly enjoying the new topic and getting amazed learning it.
So Wine Education has become my passion.

I started with the very light course by Kevin Zraly, his book was the first one I read on the topic. I got very excited, as my passion was taking over, and I wanted to know more; so besides immersing myself in depth reading I also wanted to pursue a Certification program. I joined the American Sommelier courses in New York City for almost 2.5 years. I passed all their exams with honors. But I also realized that these certification programs, by covering such a wide range of regions and wines, only scratched the tip of the iceberg. I wanted to really master the knowledge of French and Italian wines (I also moved for large part of the year to Italy in 2015), so I joined the Italian Wine Scholar course; and soon the French Wine Scholar.

The course it has been just amazing, with the online classes and the in depth manual (book). I got introduced to a wonderful world that opened my eyes on the Italian wine production and its high quality. I was surprised and sad to see how little the world knows about our wines (beside some iconic ones) and how even within Italy the focus was truly about the regional wines. It is like Italy was really 20 states and the knowledge hardly extended beyond the regional borders.

With The WineVoyagers, I started the mission of expanding that knowledge, making sure that everywhere in any region we can comfortably talking and comparing wines of all the other ones.

I am in the process to establishing a US import of wines focused on the Campania region; I learned its wine through the Italian Wine Scholar, I tasted them all and I realized the incredible hidden treasures so unknown around the world.''

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  • Testimonial The IWS course it has been just amazing
  • Position Founder of The Wine Voyager in New York
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Maria Liotta, IWS

Congratulations Maria Liotta, IWS for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

About Maria Liotta:

''Wine for me is a passion gone wild!  I got the bug when I moved to Manhattan about twenty years ago and my appreciation for wines sky-rocketed.  I began to collect wine in earnest--mostly Italian—about fifteen years ago.  The history, beauty, culture, and artisanship of the wines of Italy increasingly compelled me to learn more.  

I completed the WSET Advanced Certificate program with Merit two years ago.  The IWS program greatly enhanced my level of understanding of Italian wines by providing comprehensive, in-depth detail of Italian wines, region by region, with the respective appellations, history, grapes, culture, soil, geography, and climate.  The combination of the text book, online presentations, and Q&A made the course more personal and reinforced the lessons.   

The IWS program gives me depth of knowledge that has already proven beneficial in my travels to Italy, visits with producers, purchasing decisions, and understanding of relevant wine trends.   

Thank you for providing this much-needed program. It exceeded my expectations!''

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  • Testimonial Thank you for providing this much-needed program. It exceeded my expectations!
  • Position Wine Enthusiast in New York, USA
  • Certifications WSET level 3
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LO Chi Cheung, IWS

Congrats to LO Chi Cheung, IWS for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

About LO Chi Cheung:

''I love wine. I like sharing my best selections with friends with delicious Cantonese food pairing. I enjoy debating the wines expressiveness, the outcomes of recent vintage weather variations and climate changes.

I am a holder of French Wine Scholar, WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits, Certified Specialist of Wine, International Kikisake-shi, and now Italian Wine Scholar. I finished the IWS, as well as FWS, through distance learning. IWS program helps for an in depth understanding of the facts and backgrounds of Italian wine, especially what may be masked, unavailable, or even misunderstood in the opposite side of the world of the wine growing regions, just like in my home city Hong Kong. For me as a DipWSET holder, IWS may be not a difficult program. However, I can tell the syllabus and study materials are really great. They provided me new knowledge that goes much beyond DipWSET.

IWS is not my goal of wine studying. It is another starting of my Italian wine journey of rediscovery. Now I am so proud to dig out the real gems which are not existed in the market here.''

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  • Testimonial IWS provided me new knowledge that goes much beyond DipWSET.
  • Position Wine Enthusiast in Hong Kong
  • Certifications WSET Diploma, CSW, International Kikisake-shi
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Valentina Pestova, FWS

Congratulations to Valentina Pestova, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with Bordeaux Wine Campus in France!

About Valentina Pestova:

''I became a wine enthusiast after moving to Bordeaux 5 years ago to study the Informatics. Sure, I have started to discover the region of Bordeaux, and wine industry became my great passion. I devote much of my time to my hobby to improve my knowledge in wine and my tasting skills. Thanks to the unique wine museum of Bordeaux – “La Cité du Vin” – its events, dedicated to the different wine regions and commented tastings with professors from ISVV (Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences of Bordeaux), I can meet a lot of people with the same passion for wine, and get a lot of information. I am very motivated in my personal studies in wine, and I hope to become a wine professional soon.

I have successfully passed the programs of WSET Level 2 and WSET Level 3 (“Pass with Merit”) last year. I plan to enroll the WSET Level 4 program (WSET Diploma), probably, next year.  The FWS program has really extended my knowledge in French wines. I have learned a lot of historical facts about French wine producing regions, which helped me to understand their wine traditions. The FWS program also gave me more details on particularities of each French wine region, which were more generally described in the broad program of WSET Level 3.

The program of WSET Diploma Level 4 consider a profound studying of wine producing regions, and the FWS program will really help me while studying the wines of France.

I aspire to continue my studies of wine and to become a sommelier and a wine expert.  Sure, the FWS program will be a great advantage to learn and understand new information on the French wines in other wine studying programs (thanks to the detailed chapters on French wine regions history, climate and terroir particularities: it is a good basis to understand the wine of a region itself). I have also appreciated the chapters on regional wine and food pairings. They are very interesting and, certainly, useful for a future sommelier.''

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  • Testimonial WSET Diploma Level 4 consider a profound studying of wine producing regions, and the FWS program will really help me while studying the wines of France.
  • Position Wine Enthusiast in Bordeaux, France
  • Certifications WSET Level 3
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Rosalie Fanale, FWS

Congratulations to Rosalie Fanale, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with the Capital Wine School in Washington DC!

About Rosalie Fanale:

''I am a wine enthusiast and a dedicated student. Becoming a wine professional, probably an educator, is indeed something I’m thinking about. Wine is a personal passion and an academic pursuit that builds on my training as an anthropologist. For me as for so many others, the world of wine presents a never-ending path of learning and research. I have a special interest in Old World wines, with France at the top of the list, and in translating Old World wines for those who are new to what they have to offer.

I have to share that the Wine Scholar Guild’s Director of Education Lisa Airey was my first true wine teacher. Although my interest in wine is longstanding, it grew gradually over the years as I traveled, worked and lived overseas and tasted wines that left haunting memories and piqued my curiosity to learn more. It was a series of in-person lectures on the wines of France that Lisa gave in 2009 and 2010 in Washington, D.C., where I live, that sparked my desire to pursue in-depth study. After those inspiring sessions, I began to taste and read more widely, took every wine class I could, and my academic interests grew.

I decided to pursue formal wine studies with WSET. I now hold the WSET Level 3 award and will soon begin the Diploma program.  The Wine Scholar Guild offers the perfect avenue to deepen one’s wine learning in parallel with the WSET track, as it provides in-depth knowledge of the highest priority countries in the WSET program -- France, Italy and Spain.

As for Wine Scholar Guild programs, right now my focus is on France. In early 2017, I obtained the Rhone Master-Level certificate with highest honors, and am enrolled in the Bourgogne and Alsace Master-Levels.  I have been fortunate to have taken part in two Master-Level immersion trips (Bourgogne and Alsace) and have to say that they are a spectacular opportunity to make the coursework tangible in terms of vignerons, terroir, winemaking, cultural heritage and history, and the modern business of wine.  You may see me on future trips!''

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  • Testimonial WSG offers the perfect avenue to deepen one’s wine learning in parallel with the WSET track, as it provides in-depth knowledge of the highest priority countries in the WSET program
  • Position Wine Enthusiast in Washington DC
  • Certifications WSET level 3, Rhone Master-Level
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Isabella Izquierdo, FWS

Congratulations Isabella Izquierdo, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors with JWU in North Miami, FL!

About Isabella Izquierdo:

''I am a wine enthusiast….ever since I tasted and discovered the culture and history behind it, I fell completely in love. It embodies so many aspects of our lives and origins and is related to many other things.  I love the way that wine can become the center piece of a gathering, how different wines can be paired with different foods. Wine can be both a conversation starter and an entire subject of discussion and interpretation among professionals, enthusiasts or complete novices.  It is a living thing that continues to evolve and capture those who are always seeking more; more knowledge, more variety, more wine!

My other Certifications: Sommelier Society of America (first in my class), WSET Level 3 (Passed with Honors), FWS (Passed with Honors).

This course has been a great complement as it has deepened my knowledge in French wine, these being the utter-most influential and basically the pioneers of the whole wine revolution.

I am planning to do the next courses: Italian Wine Scholar, Portuguese Wine, Provence, Bourgogne and the WSET Diploma.

Thanks to this course, I have been able to gain a better and more thorough understanding of French wines and of the origins of wine and wine-making. With France being a country with such rich history in wines, I am looking forward to exploring more and studying specific regions to continue broadening my knowledge.''

Additional Info

  • Testimonial This course has been a great complement as it has deepened my knowledge in French wine, these being the utter-most influential
  • Position Wine Enthusiast in Miami, USA
  • Certifications Sommelier Society of America, WSET Level 3
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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, IWS 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
Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Rose-Anne St. Jean, FWS, IWS 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
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Italian Wine Scholar 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
Italian Wine Scholar with 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
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France 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
Italian Wine Scholar 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
Rhône 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
Jo-Ann Ross, DWS, FWS, IWS
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
Italian 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
Kevin Cleary, FWS Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Italian Wine Scholar 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
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
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