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    Our Recent Top Exam Scorers

    Matthew Landry, FWS

    Congratulations to Matthew Landry, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors at the Art Institute of Vancouver!

    About Matthew:

    Matthew is General Manager/Beverage Director at the Stable House Bistro in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

    ''I’m originally from St Catharines, Ontario and my first serving jobs were in the heart of Niagara wine country, nervously pouring things I couldn’t pronounce and that hopefully came under screw cap. Some years ago, I got the chance to take over a list I had no business running at a now defunct restaurant in Toronto and since then, what started as a curious obligation has evolved into a genuine passion.

    I’ve since gotten my sommelier certification through the CMS, finished the WSET Level 3 Advanced, and am currently enrolled in the Italian Wine Scholar program at the Art Institute of Vancouver. Despite all this, my greatest achievement is getting my mother to stop drinking Two Oceans.

    I’ve especially enjoyed the FWS program for its inclusion of the historical and cultural elements that surround French wine. Anchoring the myriad details of AOC law within a larger, more interesting context, helps both my personal understanding and my ability to generate curiosity amongst my customers and staff.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial I’ve especially enjoyed the FWS program for its inclusion of the historical and cultural elements that surround French wine. Anchoring the myriad details of AOC law within a larger, more interesting context, helps both my personal understanding and my ability to generate curiosity amongst my customers and staff.''
    • Position General Manager/Beverage Director at the Stable House Bistro in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
    • Certifications Certified Sommelier (CMS), WSET Level 3
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    Niklas Karlén, FWS

    Congratulations to Niklas Karlén, FWS from Sweden for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

    About Niklas:

    ''I’ve been a wine enthusiast for about ten years now. I call it a hobby but people close to me might refer to it as an obsession. What I find so engaging with the world of wine is the realization that you could actually improve in blind tasting with training and that there are always new things to discover. Travelling is always something I find particularly rewarding and so far I’ve had the pleasure to visit wine producers in eight different countries around the globe.

    I am involved in the Swedish non-profit organization Munskänkarna (the world’s largest wine tasting organization with over 25 000 members) where I hold wine tastings and convene courses. Occasionally I write articles in the membership magazine and currently I am also working on a book manuscript about Greek wines. Recently I’ve started the Swedish website “vinprovaren.com” in order to share my tasting notes and educational material.

    I passed the WSET level 3 award in wines and spirits with distinction in 2013. I’ve also taken courses at Munskänkarna and some university level courses at a culinary institute in Sweden (Restaurang- och hotellhögskolan Grythyttan). I believe that the FWS program has significantly deepened and refreshed my knowledge of French wines and will serve as a good stepping-stone to WSET level 4 diploma. However, I intend to take the Italian Wine Scholar certification before enrolling on that journey!

    The FWS program has been especially rewarding because of its accurate and updated information about all aspects of French wines. This is very useful as I in turn organize tastings and courses in Sweden to educate people about French wine.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The FWS program has been especially rewarding because of its accurate and updated information about all aspects of French wines. This is very useful as I in turn organize tastings and courses in Sweden to educate people about French wine.
    • Position Wine Educator in the Swedish non-profit organization "Munskänkarna".
    • Certifications WSET Level 3.
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    Adrian Heft, FWS

    Congratulations to Adrian Heft, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the honors with the Sussex Wine School in UK!

    About Adrian:

    ''I am a wine enthusiast (my “day job” is working for the Treasury division of a US multi-national company); however I have set up a business to arrange wine tastings and vineyard tours in order to promote interest in wine. My interest was enhanced by attending study sessions with Sussex Wine School. I like to get people to try new wines (and beers) and seeing them enjoy the result.

    I have passed WSET level 2 and level 3.  The FWS program was obviously more detailed given the narrower scope.  I have recently enrolled in the Bordeaux Master Level programme and would be interested in studying for the Spanish Wine Scholar when launched, if offered by a local wine school.

    I think it gives credibility, especially as I am not in the wine trade full-time – this means I need to acquire knowledge through study, rather than picking it up through day-to-day work. It has sparked further interest, e.g. I have arranged a three day trip to Bordeaux, and it has encouraged me to try new and different wines.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial I have passed WSET level 2 and level 3. The FWS program was obviously more detailed given the narrower scope.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 3
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    Gershwin Narraidoo

    Congratulations to Gershwin Narraidoo, FWS and FWS authorized instructor for passing the Bordeaux Master Level examination with honors!

    About Gershwin:

    As a certified Bordeaux wine educator and approved instructor of FWS, Gershwin has been teaching at the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami since 2011. After 14 years managing luxury resorts in Mauritius, Sydney and Miami, he became a hospitality educator in service, management, spirits and oenology.

    “I am thrilled to be an instructor for the FWS program and Johnson & Wales University being the  first and only provider to offer the course in Miami! I strongly believe that knowledge increases pleasure. My appreciation for wine education began at an early age, having studied in Australia and soon after being enlisted by the Australian government to promote Australian culture in the U.S. through wine. I have since obtained significant training in wine through the Society of Wine Educators, London Wine Spirit & Education Trust, Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux and the Wine Scholar Guild. I am passionate about wine and look forward to increasing my knowledge on French viticulture and sharing this with other wine enthusiasts.
    Completing the Bordeaux Master Level has enabled me to better appreciate Bordeaux wine through an in depth understanding of its history, geography, viticulture and culture. I look forward to enhancing my knowledge through other master levels provided by the Wine Scholar Guild”.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial Completing the Bordeaux Master Level has enabled me to better appreciate Bordeaux wine through an in depth understanding of its history, geography, viticulture and culture.
    • Position Hospitality educator in service, management, spirits and oenology at the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami
    • Certifications Certified Bordeaux wine educator, approved instructor of FWS
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    Susan R Lin, FWS

    Congratulations to Susan R Lin, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

    About Susan:

    ''I previously worked in high tech, much of it at Google, managing international search and maps quality programs. I'd been fascinated with wines and their study ever since I saw the beautiful labels on bottles of Bordeaux and Napa Cabernet on my grandfather’s shelf as a child, and took my research further on my own since then. I eventually decided to enroll in formal study through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), to give myself an academic framework through which I could focus my efforts. After I achieved WSET Advanced certification, I was recruited by an esteemed study partner. I am thrilled to be in the wine industry!

    My joy is to bring people the wines that they love, and even more so, to get people to try wines that I believe will delight them, but which they hadn’t previously heard of or thought to try. It’s about creating a wonderful experience for people through wine, and I believe that is best accomplished through deep academic learning and lived experience. By taking what I’ve learned via my studies with FWS and WSET to my own explorations and sharing and learning from others, I hope to build upon my base of knowledge to bring more delight to my customers, partners, and friends.

    I recently earned my WSET Level 4 Diploma after a two year journey since obtaining the WSET Level 3 Advanced certification. My studies in WSET provided me a very strong academic base of knowledge in viticulture, the vinification process, and of all the different wines around the world. What led me to the FWS program is that while I enjoy exploring all wines, my heart lies with wines in France ­ Burgundy being my first and greatest love! I knew that the more I learned, the more I would be able to appreciate the important and subtle nuances that make French wines unique in each their own way.

    I personally am most happy about the breadth and depth of the materials in the FWS program. As the program is focused specifically on France, I was able to concentrate on information not necessarily covered in other programs, for example the geological events that led to the land formations of each wine region that influence the terroir, and aspects of socio­economic and cultural history that contribute to the style of the wines today. The focus on every wine region and on the specific appellation requirements have given me an enormously deeper knowledge and appreciation of France’s wine heritage and modern wine industry.

    The more I learn, the more questions I have and the more I want to continue learning! The FWS program has added more fuel to my desire to further my wine studies. I look forward to the possibilities, including those afforded by the Wine Scholar Guild. For example, I could benefit from the Italy and Spain programs, or I could delve even deeper into the French wine regions through the Master­Level programs. I will always seek to learn, whether through self study or through institutional programs.

    What I have gained through the FWS program complements my WSET studies extremely well. Focusing more deeply on France has built upon and expanded the knowledge I have accumulated through my WSET Diploma studies as well as my experiences in the industry.

    I have recently been accepted into the Master of Wine Study Programme and am excited to embark on this journey. The FWS program has undoubtedly helped to prepare me for this new level of study.

    The FWS program has already allowed me to further my passion for wine tremendously, just through studying for the exam. Even though it was stressful at times to remember all the important pieces of information such as different grape varieties (and synonyms!), soils, and regulations for each appellation, I was thrilled every day because of what I was learning. Wines that used to merely be names to me have come alive. What I enjoy in the glass is enhanced remarkably by the knowledge of its heritage, place, and history. In preparing for the FWS exam, I have learned much about the character of French wines. This, to me, is invaluable. This is what I seek to share with everyone who has any interest in wine: The story and the experience, brought to life in beautiful liquid.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The focus on every wine region and on the specific appellation requirements have given me an enormously deeper knowledge and appreciation of France’s wine heritage and modern wine industry.
    • Position Wine Professional
    • Certifications WSET Diploma
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    Kate Hall, FWS

    Congratulations to Kate Hall, FWS for having passed the French Wine Scholar exam with a perfect score of 100, earning the highest honors! Kate has followed the study program with our program provider Auberge du Vin in France.

    About Kate:

    ''I am a wine enthusiast.  My passion was ignited on a wine trail in the Marlborough region of New Zealand and I still regard that area as my wine "home".  Since then I try to learn about the local wines wherever I travel, and indeed sometimes travel to a place simply to try the wines there.  

    Previously, I had also passed WSET level 3.  I liked that the French Wine Scholar course concentrates on just one country and it was possible to learn about its wines in much more depth.  It was enjoyable to see how the comprehensive and detailed information on the course, plus the French language, history and geography I learned in school, and my travels around France, came together to explain today's French wines.  It has also made me much more adventurous in my choice of wines, and more confident in selecting a wine from one of the lesser known regions.

    I now intend to enroll on the Italian Wine Scholar course.  In the meantime I am enjoying exploring Italy and its wines in person.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial It has made me much more adventurous in my choice of wines, and more confident in selecting a wine from one of the lesser known regions.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 3
    Read more...

    Deborah Mines, FWS

    Congratulations Deborah Mines, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors with our program provider The Wine Smarties in San Diego, CA.

    About Deborah:

    ''I am passionate about all things wine!  I write a wine blog, www.uncorkedwinetravels.com where I sip, savor and swirl my way around different wine regions, interview winemakers and promote great wineries.  

    My wine studies began in 2015 at San Diego State University, College of Extended Studies where I earned a Certificate in The Business of Wine.  From there, I passed the WSET, Level 3 with Merit and advanced to the FWS program, earning the highest honors. From here, I wish to pursue my WSET Diploma, Level 4 and to teach industry professionals and other wine afficiandos about the fabulous world of wine!  I feel that I have a solid understanding of French Wines through the Wine Scholar program, and look to continuing with my studies on a study excursion in 2017.  

    The French Wine Scholar program gave me a greater appreciation of French wines and the history of great winemaking.  I am hoping to join one of the French study excursions and to explore first-hand, the wines of France. ''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial I feel that I have a solid understanding of French Wines through the Wine Scholar program, and look to continuing with my studies on a study excursion in 2017.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 3
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    Tim Parkhouse, FWS

    Congratulations to Tim Parkhouse, FWS for passing successfully the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

    About Tim:

    ''I am a huge Francophile! I got into wine at a very young age. We have French family friends in Biarritz and as children,  they would insist on us drinking watered down wine at table. Wine is also an integral part of the British Sunday Roast, so culturally I had a broad exposure from a very young age. I am also a passionate surfer and we would travel down to Hossegor in France every summer. I started studying French seriously at age 7 and due to our constant French trips the language came extremely naturally to me, so this was the obvious choice for my study path at university. I was awarded a BA in French from the University of Wales Swansea. This was the result of a 4 year course including a year-long, full immersion exchange program with the Université Michel de Montaigne III in Pessac, Bordeaux. This is where I really started to develop the ‘wine bug’. I have fond memories of traversing the Médoc in search of both wine and waves.

    After a 5-year stint in the music industry and meeting the woman of my dreams, a Polynesian dancer from California, whilst on tour with my band in China (That is a story for another time) we settled in Dana Point. Having arrived on American shores, I had no idea how I could use my French Degree.  Fortunately, we lived next door to a Ritz-Carlton, with a wine room called ‘Eno’. This was a superb place to grow and the company put me through the first two levels of the CMS program.

    We had kids, so I wanted a more family-friendly schedule and started working with a French wine importer, specialising in the wines of Burgundy, Champagne and the Loire Valley. During my tenure I was lucky enough to go on buying trips to France with highlights such as visits to Clos des Lambrays, Mugneret-Gibourg and Thierry Allemand, to name but a few. They say a picture paints a thousand words and there really is no better way of learning the complexities of Burgundy than by being there, walking the vineyards and spending time in the cellars with all the colourful and hugely insightful vignerons.

    I had always dreamed of working under a Master Sommelier and the job of my dreams opened up on Guildsomm. This was enough to tempt me back onto the floor to my current place of employment.

    I am a bit of a certification junky! It is really easy just to study and drink your way through the regions you enjoy. Certification programs force you to study everything in an extremely thorough and focused manner and each program provider offers something slightly different from the next. I also find that it helps me personally to study things over and over and over again from the differing perspectives of each exam’s requirements. This really helps turn information into knowledge. I have just passed the Advanced portion of the CMS program, first pass, and was studying for the FWS and WSET diploma tangentially. They all complement each other and help ‘furnish’ your ‘Memory Palace’. When studying complex regions, such as Burgundy, It is easy to get lost in a ‘sea’ of information. The WSG courses help you to focus on what’s really important and why. The FWS was an extremely enjoyable program - it was beautifully put together and is a great tool for all serious students of wine.
    It is also worth mentioning that the audio lectures are a real game changer for those long commutes, turning ‘dead’ time into quality study time. This is huge when you have a family and your schedule is ‘decked out’.

    The FWS and WSG programs are a superb way to show employers your areas of strength and passion. It could certainly give you the edge at an establishment with a heavy French focus, which let’s face it, is most of the ‘heavy hitters’. I intend to work my way through the entirety of the Master Level programs in preparation for the Master Sommelier exams and hopefully one day the Master of Wine Exam. However, I feel it is really important to be conscious of the fact that the journey is the reward, not the destination and that there is no substitute for travel. Enjoy the ride! Allez Les Bleus!''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The FWS and WSG programs are a superb way to show employers your areas of strength and passion.
    • Position Wine Professional working with a French wine importer.
    • Certifications Advanced Sommelier (CMS)
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    Mark Pygott, FWS

    Congratulations to Mark Pygott, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors and for becoming in 2016 approved FWS instructor with our program provider Taiwan Wine Academy!

    About Mark:

    Mark started in the wine industry in 2002 as a cellar hand at Three Choirs in Gloucestershire. On finishing this his first vintage, he moved to the Languedoc where he worked in the vineyards before becoming the assistant to winemaker Michel Le Goaec at Domaine Montrose in the Côtes de Thongue.

    On returning to the UK in 2004 he established a wine importing and distribution company that specialised in some of the less ‘classic’ wine-producing regions of France, Italy and Spain.

    Having sold this business in 2012, he moved to Taiwan where he now consults, markets, promotes, educates and writes about wine.

    Additional Info

    • Certifications Master of Wine
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    Jeffrey Theriault, FWS

    Congratulations Jeffrey Theriault, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with our program provider in Victoria BC.

    About Jeffrey:

    ''I developed a passion for wine after I had started working as a server in the hospitality industry.  Specifically, I was learning how the wine program can complement the food menu to create a pleasurable experience for my guests.  My enthusiasm for private study stems from my Bar Manager, who has been an active Sommelier for a number of years.  His passion and zest for wine was so prominent that I could not help but be drawn into the world of wine.  The further I dive into this world, the more I continue to learn, grow, and appreciate everything that goes into each glass of wine.

    I have been studying through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).  Moreover, with the guidance and support from my passionate instructors and mentors, I intend to continue my studies through the Wine Scholar Guild and obtain the Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) Certificate and the Spanish Wine Scholar (SWS) Certificate. Finally, I intend on becoming certified as a professional Sommelier.  The French Wine Scholar (FWS) course has allowed me to get more in-depth knowledge of French wine.  In particular, this educational experience has not only given me more confidence in the forthcoming continuation of my studies, but has also allowed me to assist my fellow coworkers who now look to me in expanding their knowledge of wine.   

    Receiving the French Wine Scholar (FWS) Certificate will greatly help to further my future employment endeavours, with the goal of becoming an active member in the wine industry.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial Receiving the French Wine Scholar (FWS) Certificate will greatly help to further my future employment endeavours, with the goal of becoming an active member in the wine industry.
    • Position Server in the hospitality industry
    Read more...
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