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    Our Recent Top Exam Scorers

    Shelley Cartland, FWS

    A few words from Shelley: This year marks a year of creating my own reality with wine education as the driving force. My journey combines my passion for wine and travel through classroom and immersive learning. There is no question that French wine would be my focus and starting point! 

    http://passaportovino.com: this is my personal website that also has links to social channels where I share my journey.

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    Dana Lee, FWS

    Dana is an attorney and Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, USA. 

    A few words from Dana: ‘’I have been an avid wine enthusiast since 2005, when I began taking wine appreciation classes taught by Ned Towle of the Westchester Wine School.  In June 2008, I completed the requisite training and became a Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators.  In addition, since 2006, I have been a member of the Westchester NY Chapter of the American Wine Society, and served as the Chapter Chair for two years in 2012 and 2013.  Though law is my primary occupation, I devote much of my free time to wine education and appreciation through wine courses and traveling to wine regions.  I look forward to learning a lot more about French wines.’’

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    David Alexander, FWS

    Congrats David Alexander for passing the French Wine Scholar Exam with The Sydney Wine Academy

    A few words from David: " I am 32 years old, originally from the UK but now living in Sydney. I am a Product Manager for a software company by trade with a keen passion for wine.

    I attended the WSET Level 3 course at the Sydney Wine Academy in 2014 and loved it. The great thing about wine is the more you learn about it, the more you realise how little you know. It was becasue of this that I signed up for the FWS course, to improve my knowledge and learn about French wine in more detail.

    I can’t recommend the course enough. I had a great time. I learned so much and met some lovely people along the way. The quality of the teaching and reference materials was superb, not to mention the tastings. You get to taste fabulous wines that you just can’t buy in the shops. If you love wine and want a challenge, this is definitely the course for you. It will only inspire you to learn more. Cheers, David"

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    Deet Gilbert, FWS

    Congrats Deet Gilbert for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors!

    Deet is teaching service and beverage in the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University, Charlotte Campus.

    ‘’In addition to enjoying a nice glass of wine with dinner each night, I also enjoy learning about the wine itself. I am fascinated by how terroir affects grapes and how history translates into the glass. Although I drink wine from all over the globe, Rhone reds and Alsatian whites are definitely among my favorites! I am excited to include some of the new information that I learned while pursuing this certification.’’

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial I am excited to include some of the new information that I learned while pursuing this certification.
    • Position Teaching service and beverage in the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University, Charlotte Campus.
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    Jose Rafael Arango, FWS

    Congratulations to Jose Rafael Arango who successfully passed the French Wine Scholar exam with honors with The Wine School in Bogota, Colombia.

    Jose works as a wine & spirits journalist for weekly publications and magazines such as cocinasemana.com

    He is also a professor of wines and spirits at the Sergio Arboleda University (Bogota).

    A few words from Jose: "Who knows France knows everything on wines. It is the birthplace of modern wine culture and the most important wine country anyone should know […] The FWS is one of the most complete courses in the world of French wine […] "

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    • Testimonial The FWS is one of the most complete courses in the world of French wine
    • Position Professor of wines and spirits at the Sergio Arboleda University (Bogota)
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    Kirra Barnes, FWS

    Congratulations to Kirra Barnes, from Pennsylvania, for being the 2015 WORLD TOP EXAM SCORER for the CHAMPAGNE MASTER-LEVEL PROGRAM. Kirra tied for first place with Erika Frey, FWS.

     

    Kirra Barnes has been the product education coordinator with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for many year.

    A few words from Kirra: ‘’I work with a talented and dedicated team to provide excellent wine and spirit education to all store and administrative employees. I inherited a love of bubbles from my mother, who insists that Champagne be included in all family gatherings. ‘’

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    Sivakumar Sathiamoorthy, FWS

    Congratulations to Sivakumar Sathiamoorthy who successfully passed the French Wine Scholar exam with Highest Honors.

    Sivakumar is a Financial Risk Manager working in the Commodity Trading/Mining sector.

    When he is not analyzing risk models and dealing with difficult people, he is busy acquiring knowledge about wines. He is also a Certified Specialist of Wine and intends to take his wine education to the highest level possible.

    ''French wines to me mark the convergence between history, nature, human innovation and pure pleasure. I have no regrets taking the French Wine Scholar program!''

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    • Testimonial French wines to me mark the convergence between history, nature, human innovation and pure pleasure. I have no regrets taking the French Wine Scholar program!
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
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    Jimmy Smith, FWS

    Congrats to Jimmy Smith for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

    We are thrilled to welcome Jimmy and the West London Wine School as our program provider in London, UK!

    A few words from Jimmy: ''I run one of the UK’s leading wine schools, twice-nominated as WSET Wine Educator of the Year, famous for fine wine tastings and masterclasses borne from my travels through France in my vintage VW Campervan called Jeff (picture attached). An ambassador of the weird and wonderful regions of France (Jura, Savoie, Corsica etc)’.''

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    Jolanta Smiciene

    Congratulations Jolanta Smiciene for passing the Champagne Master-Level exam with honors!

    Jolanta is currently a wine (and champagne) lector and consultant. She regularly provides tastings, dinners, lectures for connoisseurs and professionals. One of her main activities is training the staff of import companies, HORECA employees. Another part of her cooperation with import companies is consulting and arranging the wine (mainly champagne) portfolio.

    Jolanta also works as a Wine and Travel journalist, writing about World wines. She is the author of most of the articles about Champagne published in Lithuania. She is also a member of the International Wine Journalist Association (FIJEV). Jolanta constantly presents reports from the Champagne region, writes analytical articles concerning the Champagne market and douse interviews with Champagne region winemakers, winegrowers, cellar masters.

    Jolanta is also Dame Chevalier de l'Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

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    Brett Thurman

    Hats off to Brett Thurman for passing the Champagne Master-Level Exam With Honors!

    Brett works as a Wine Steward and Buyer for Safeway and aspire to become more involved in consumer and trade education programs.

    Few words from him: ''I am deeply passionate about how geography and wine intersect, as well as how wine can act as a platform to learn about any other scientific discipline, whether it's soil, chemistry, biology or even human physiology! I got the champagne bug when tasting a flight of prestige cuvees and realized that I had never actually experienced a good quality champagne before. I love French wines most of all and now I have the expertise to explore a new region in depth.''

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