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    Our Recent Top Exam Scorers

    Michael Markarian

    Michael Markarian
    Taking the Champagne and Bourgogne ML programs helped deepen my understanding of those regions...house styles, producers, vintages, and winemaking and viticulture practices.
    Michael Markarian, Sommelier, Chez Billy Sud
    Other certifications: Bourgogne Master Level

    Congratulations to Michael Markarian, for passing the Champagne Master Level exam with highest honors!

    About Michael:

    I work as a sommelier at Chez Billy Sud, a classic French bistro in the historic Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. I previously lived and studied in Tuscany, and have a passion for Italian wine, food, and culture, in addition to French wine and cuisine.

    I am currently studying for the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Exam, and I wanted to strengthen my knowledge in certain areas, such as Champagne and Burgundy. Taking the Champagne and Bourgogne Master-Level programs helped deepen my understanding of those regions, especially in relation to house styles, producers, vintages, and winemaking and viticulture practices.

    Since I work in a French restaurant, Champagne is very important! Starting an evening with Champagne can make any day of the week feel like a celebration and a special occasion. I hope to bring in more Champagne for our guests and give them an outstanding hospitality experience.

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