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    Our Recent Top Exam Scorers

    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.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial 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.
    • Position Wine Educator of WSET courses in Madrid
    • Certifications WSET Diploma
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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.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial 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.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
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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.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial 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.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 3
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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.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial 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.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 3
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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.''
     

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial 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.
    • Position Wine Educator of WSET classes in Melbourne
    • Certifications WSET Diploma
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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?''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial 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.
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    Issa Keshek, FWS

    Congratulations to Issa Keshek, FWS and student of the Napa Valley Wine Academy for having passed the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

    About Issa:

    ''Although I may have started as a Wine enthusiast; I opted to expand my knowledge horizons through a series of courses and self -education programs. Being passionate about wines I enrolled in a number of formal degrees at several European Wine Academies and participated in numerous specialized workshops in both the new and old wine worlds across the globe.

    Determined to pursue a profession where my passion lies, I am in a Wine Consultancy & Education practice to guide organizations into making more appropriate wine choices and aficionados into discovering their palates to appreciate and enjoy wines.

    A member of several wine societies, a regular speaker at forums I am also one of the panellists to select wines for premium cabins of a number of airlines.

    Many reference France as a benchmark for wine production and I certainly do! The sophistication and uniqueness of French wines has always been an inspiration. I chose the French Wine Scholar program for the wealth of information it provides about the history, significance of terroir and the laws.

    The comprehensive material puts matters in perspective, provides not only structure but also the right wine vernacular for both my consultancy practice and my personal experience. It also enabled me to discover more about French wines to determine what region I would select for my Master of Wine credential. I evaluated a number of programs but undergoing the French Wine Scholar was the right choice and focus.

    If I have to summarize – the FWS program makes my world of French wines rotate in the right direction … A votre sante''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The comprehensive material puts matters in perspective, provides not only structure but also the right wine vernacular for both my consultancy practice and my personal experience.
    • Position Wine Consultancy & Education
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    Sandy Chen, FWS

    Congratulations to Sandy Chen, FWS and student of AWSEC for passing successfully the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

    About Sandy:

    WSET Level 2: Pass with Distinction (May 2016)
    WSET Level 3: Pass with Distinction (Sep 2016)

    ''I enjoyed taking a few sips of cocktail from time to time after work. I didn’t develop my true interest in wine until one time, that I followed a friend to the Bettane & Desseauve Wine Experience in Shanghai. It was there that the first time in my life I tasted so many different kinds of nice wine within one day. It has been such a fabulous experience that it triggered my hidden passion for wine from that day.  I decided to take some systematic courses to learn more about this amazing world. Since then I have taken WSET II, WSET III, FWS and just cannot stop it.

    The FWS has offered much more in-depth learning materials which is a very good complement to WSET for my better understanding of French Wine. I plan to pursue WSET Level 4 next step. I think the solid and systematic study of FWS has laid a good foundation for me to prepare for WSET Level 4.

    As a pure wine enthusiast, I study wine not only to build up my professional knowledge in this area, but rather, to explore, experience and enjoy the mysterious wonderland of wine. There have been lots of interesting sessions in FWS like the vinicultural history, food pairing etc. that I’ll definitely bring with myself along the interesting wine study journey.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial There have been lots of interesting sessions in FWS like the vinicultural history, food pairing etc. that I’ll definitely bring with myself along the interesting wine study journey.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 3
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    Tsai-Hsun (Aaron) Chuang

    Congratulations to Tsai-Hsun (Aaron) Chuang for passing the Alsace Master-Level exam with honors!

    About Aaron:

    ''I am currently the chief editor for the wine media website  www.wineschool.com.tw and got my Bachelor of Commerce and MBA from Wits University in Johannesburg. I spent 16 years in South Africa and was working in financial industry before joining the wine trade.

    It was a bottle of South African Gewurtztraminer that got me interested in wines but my passion on wine started after tasting Chianti and Rioja. My first job in wine industry was working as a sales and marketing assistant at a Taiwanese wine merchant which focuses on selling Burgundian wines  and since then Burgundy has been my favourite wine region.  I have been blogging on wine for over 10 years and was a wine-columnist for Decanter Magazine (Mandarin version) and currently the wine-columnist for Wine and Spirit Digest.

    For the past three years I was fortunate to work as a host or translator for many famous international wineries such as Famille Perrin of Chateau Beaucastel、 Champagne Salon/Delamotte、Don Melchor、Wolf Blass、Taylor's、Real Companhia Velha of Portugal、Villa Maria、Les Chablisienne etc. I am the also the organizer for Taiwan Wine Blind Tasting competition the past the three years  and  just this I am also the organizer for California Wine Show (consumer event) and  Argentinian Wine Show.

    I got my Advance Certificate qualification from Cape Wine Academy and currently studying towards obtaining my WSET Diploma。I am currently a WSET Level II lecturer at Taiwan Wine Academy and I designed South African Wine Courses which was supported by WOSA (Wine of South Africa)

    Having studied and passed Alsace Master program I am now more confident in sharing my Alsace knowledge to wine lovers and I hope that Alsatian wines will sell better in Asia (especially Taiwan!) soon.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial Having studied and passed Alsace Master program I am now more confident in sharing my Alsace knowledge to wine lovers and I hope that Alsatian wines will sell better in Asia (especially Taiwan!) soon.
    • Position Chief editor for the wine media website www.wineschool.com.tw
    • Certifications WSET Level 3
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    Mark Osburn

    Congratulations to Mark Osburn for passing the Champagne Master-Level exam with the highest honors!

    About Mark:

    ''I sometimes wonder if I enjoy the aspect of studying wine over drinking a glass. My wine career has been diminutive in the grand scheme of it all, so every time I discover a new field of wine, I soak it up. Through this, you quickly understand the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know. It’s a very humbling experience and I hope to never lose grasp of that.

    I began my pursuit of wine in 2014 when I started working retail. Through this exposure, I joined a tasting group and catapulted myself into The Court of Master Sommeliers. Fast forwarding a year, I obtained my second-level certification and started working as a floor sommelier. As of right now, I’m aspiring to further my education in hopes to gear up for my advanced certification.

    I would also love to implement my passion for writing, whether it’s a wine-related script or a book on the intricacies of champagne. As the years march onward, I want to be a passenger to the ever-changing world of wine. Writing a novel about the creative winemakers of Champagne and how their unique styles influence their wine is a distant, but achievable dream of mine. It’s all marketing and branding these days and Champagne seems to be losing touch with its heritage. A story is what makes wine great and I long to unearth the forgotten chapters buried within the soils of Champagne.

    As mentioned above, Certified Sommelier is the only other title I currently hold. I have been gaining interest in the Institute of Masters of Wine and could see myself pursuing that in the near future. I very much approve the depth of material the Champagne Master Level course went into. Every class offered by the Wine Scholar Guild will be a necessity when I start actively pursuing tougher accreditations down the road.

    Champagne is my main point of focus in the wine world and the amount of new material I discovered helped tremendously. It covered the history, viticulture, geology, climate, every aspect of Champagne. While I did master the provided material, it also opened new doors of independent learning within Champagne. Who would’ve thought I would be interested in selection massale and all things alike?  Without this class, my understanding of Champagne would’ve been a mile wide and an inch deep. Now, I’ve burrowed deeper and will continue to dig until I’ve exhausted all the tools available to me.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial I very much approve the depth of material the Champagne Master Level course went into. Every class offered by the Wine Scholar Guild will be a necessity when I start actively pursuing tougher accreditations down the road.
    • Position Sommelier
    • Certifications Cerified sommelier (CMS)
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