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    Our Recent Top Exam Scorers

    Christa Pietromonaco, FWS

    Christa Pietromonaco, FWS
    I appreciate the value of the credential as I consider a future career in the wine business, and it’s also nice to know that the last several years of wine enthusiasm has helped build a base of knowledge which can be developed into “certified” expertise!
    Christa Pietromonaco, FWS, Wine Enthusiast

    Congratulations to Christa Pietromonaco, FWS for having successfully passed the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors, with the NorthWest Wine Academy in Seattle!

    About Christa:

    ''Wine has been a big part of my life, as I grew up in a large Italian family that loved celebrating. I experienced big meals with lots of wine on the table from an early age, and my grandfather even owned a wine distribution company for many years, sharing his passion for the industry with his family. Into my adult life, I have continued to develop my own love for spirits with tasting trips to Bordeaux, Bourgogne, the Rhone valley, Tuscany, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, and Walla Walla.

    I am not a wine professional (I work in business administration at Microsoft), but someday I would love to turn my appreciation for the culture of wine into a career in the business of wine. Whether that would be pouring glasses in a tasting room, helping run the back-end business of a local winery, or following in my grandfather’s footsteps in distribution remains to be seen. But at some point, when I’ve had enough of the corporate 9-5, this will certainly be the direction I focus my career.

    Although I have taken some local classes on winemaking, tasting, and pairing, The French Wine Scholar program is the first true certification program I have taken. I appreciate the value of the credential as I consider a future career in the wine business, and it’s also nice to know that the last several years of wine enthusiasm has helped build a base of knowledge which can be developed into “certified” expertise!

    I intend to pursue an Italian Wine Scholar certification. I expect that my experience in the FWS program will help provide a foundation for how I approach the curriculum and studies in future certification programs.''

     

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