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    Mário Márcio Lescano Júnior

    Congratulations to Mário Márcio Lescano Júnior, for passing the Alsace Master Level exam with highest honors!

    About Mario:

    I am a wine enthusiast. I have always been passionate about wine and had a dream: to make a Professional Sommelier course. As a Major in the Brazilian Army, my dream had to wait for a while, but I was able to realize it in 2016.  What started out as a simple hobby turned into something else: through wine, I found my superpower. My power isn't in being a great oenophile, but in loving something enough to work hard at being better.  As I am quite superstitious, my aspirations now are: to successfully complete the WSET Level 4 Diploma in wines and all WSG Master-Levels.

    After finishing the Professional Sommelier course given by the Brazilian Association of Sommeliers in 2017, I passed the WSET Level 3 in wines with distinction in wines in 2018.  In the same year, I started my love affair with the Wine Scholar Guild.  I signed up for the French Wine Scholar program and have graduated with highest honors.  In 2019, I finished the Italian Wine Scholar program with highest honors, the Rhône Master-Level with highest honors, the Bourgogne Master-Level, and the Spanish Wine scholar program with highest honors.  Eno Cultura, the same provider that provided my French Wine Scholar course, brought the first WSET Level 4 Diploma class in wines class to South America and I got a spot.  In 2020, I passed the D1 exam, delivered my D6 assignment about Natural Wines and I am going to take the D4 exam in October.  I finished the Champagne Master-Level with highest honors, the Alsace Master-Level with highest honors and the Provence Master-Level with highest honors as well.  I will take another Master-Level exam this year, perhaps Bordeaux, if all goes well.

    Wine Scholar Guild has established itself as one of the best wine schools in the world, specializing in in-depth teaching of countries and regions.  Alsace Master-Level is a wonderful program based on a fascinating wine region, with a rich and unique history, an amalgamation of French and German culture, represented in such a diverse way its 51 Grand Crus and several lieux-dits.

    The knowledge acquired in this study journey will be fundamental for my intellectual and cultural enrichment, as well as for success in future exams.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial Alsace Master-Level is a wonderful program based on a fascinating wine region.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 3, WSG Wine Scholar: French; Italian; Spanish. WSG Master Levels: Rhone; Bourgogne; Champagne, Provence

    Richard Milot

    Congratulations to Richard Milot, for passing the Alsace Master-Level exam with highest honors!

    About Richard:

    Alsace is where my exposure to winemaking, vineyard management, and wine business was shaped and mentored thanks to a long and rewarding friendship with a venerable ‘’vignerons’’ family whose wine history in Ammerschwihr goes back over four hundred years. In 2003, I was invited to join the Confrérie St-Etienne d’Alsace, one of France’s most ancient wine brotherhoods and since 2005 I am a proud Master of the Confrérie. Ergo, the Alsace Master level presented itself as a ‘’must do’’ and a ‘’must do well.’’

    Having transited from professional soldier to wine professional five years ago I quickly realized how critical it was to go beyond the enthusiasm and to establish a modicum of credibility to better support our modest but dynamic agency. After my Sommelier Certification and the WSET 3, the WSG offered just the right framework for that purpose. Building on the FWS, I then found the Master Level Program to provide the educational challenge to continue fuelling the passion whilst vastly increasing my knowledge base.

    I much appreciated this Alsace Master program for its framework, its use of authoritative sources in developing a relevant package and its access to a rich web-based material. In that sense, Thierry Meyer was an invaluable seminar director.  All in all, my first experience at the Master Level has whet my thirst for more. 

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial My first experience at the Master Level has whet my thirst for more.
    • Position Consultant-sommelier, Importation Vins Sélects Privée
    • Certifications Certified Sommelier, WSET Level 3, French Wine Scholar with highest honors

    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

    Danielle St-Jules, FWS

    Congratulations to Danielle St-Jules, FWS for having passed the Alsace Master-Level exam with the highest honors! 

    About Danielle:

    ''I’m a wine enthusiast with the goal of someday becoming a wine educator. I would love to own a wine store that hosts tastings and has classes in the evenings someday. I started taking wine courses online from Wine Spectator magazine about 10 years ago and since the first wine tasting I did with friends at home I’ve been taking classes, tasting wines and visiting wine regions. I’ve visited my closest wine region which is in the Okanagan in Canada, and I’ve also visited wineries in California, Italy and Corsica. Right now I’m a stay-at-home mom, so I’m using this time to enjoy wine studies. 

    I am currently enrolled in the Provence Master-Level program and the Rhone Master-Level program. I have certificates for WSET Level 3, CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators), Italian Wine Specialist from the North American Sommelier Association and French Wine Scholar.

    I have always been interested in the Alsace wine region since I really enjoy the wine that I’ve tasted from that area of France. After taking the French Wine Scholar program and learning more about the Master-Level programs that were available, I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn more about Alsace. The detail of the program guide and the informative webinars were excellent and have really inspired me to continue learning more about French wine.

    I would like to take the Certified Wine Educator certificate and become a wine educator. One of the main reasons that I am taking the Master-Level courses through the Wine Scholar Guild is to build upon my current knowledge of French wine so that I am better prepared to share with others who are just learning about wine. Of course, I am happy to take the courses to satisfy my own curiosity about different wine regions and they add to my personal enjoyment when sharing a glass of wine with friends and family.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The detail of the program guide and the informative webinars were excellent and have really inspired me to continue learning more about French wine.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications FWS, WSET Level 3, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW

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