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Julie Draper, FWS

Congratulations to Julie Draper, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

About Julie

My professional conversion to the wine industry dates back to early 2017 but I have been a wine enthusiast for most of my life. My earliest wine-related memory being of 8 year-old me sneaking a sip of my dad’s Californian Zinfandel, only to have my young palate assaulted by flavors akin to a pepper-encrusted smokehouse steak! I clearly recall holding those forbidden drops on my tongue, completely captivated by their unexpected flavors as well as by my parents’ apparent appreciation for this oddly savory liquid. Little did I know at the time that this moment of childhood fascination would come full circle many years later.

I may very well have pursued a career in wine much earlier had I not discovered my great affinity for languages in my early teenage years. Consequently, I left my home state of California at 19 to pursue my graduate degree in Switzerland, initially studying to be a translator/interpreter. Once out of college, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to combine my fondness for languages with my love of culture and travel, subsequently spending the greater part of my career working in fine art in New York, Berlin and Geneva.

However, after a couple of decades of alternating between continents and two much-loved careers, wine was admittedly still very much in my thoughts (not to mention an omnipresent element in my life since I had continued to educate my palate and mind on the subject ever since my arrival in Europe). For as long as I could remember, I had wanted to pursue this lifelong passion in a more official capacity and with the infinite support of my partner, I dove in wholeheartedly and headfirst, obtaining my WSET 2 & 3 at the Ecole du Vin de France in Paris. Naturally these two levels of the WSET left me wanting to delve into more detailed study, which – much to my delight – is exactly what the Wine Scholar Guild programs offer. Being partial to France and its wines, I decided to tackle the FWS first. The independent study format is exceptionally well-conceived for people who enjoy working in depth and at their own pace. The study materials and learning objectives are very logically presented, comprehensive and intuitive.

I currently have my sights set on the WSET Diploma, with my ultimate goal being the MW qualification. With this in mind, I plan to undertake both the IWS and SWS programs in the near future as I am certain they will give me a significant step up as I move forward. In the meantime, the FWS qualification is already making a difference in my career. As a judge/reviewer for a number of French food & wine magazines and competitions, I have to be able to evaluate, describe and rate many wines in a single sitting. The vast breadth of knowledge I have acquired and assimilated through the FWS has been instrumental in making me more insightful, precise and efficient at my job. I can’t imagine doing without it now!

Additional Info

  • Testimonial The FWS has been instrumental in making me more insightful, precise and efficient at my job
  • Position Consultant and Wine Reviewer, Uncorked, France https://uncorked.fr/
  • Certifications WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
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Joel Peavy, FWS

Congratulations to Joel Peavy, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

About Joel

I’m a wine enthusiast with the goal of growing it into something more. My interest in wine began in 2001 with a bottle of 1999 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon.  As I experienced a larger variety of wines it was the Old World wines and winemaking ethos that really spoke to me. My passion for wine has grown exponentially over the last 10 years, with French wine ultimately dominating my wine passion.  My wife and I love travel, and France is a favorite destination for us not only for the wine, but also for the people, culture, history, landscapes, and the language. On a good day I can speak about half-French/half-English after being immersed for a couple weeks, and it’s my goal to become fully fluent.

I’m an electrical engineer and physicist by degree. I have worked in the nuclear fusion research field, designed robots for the semiconductor industry, and most recently was a Walt Disney Imagineer developing the new technologies for rides and attractions going into the parks worldwide.

I passed The Court of Master Sommeliers first-level exam (“Intro Course & Exam”) a couple of years ago.  I was then deciding whether to take the second-level exam to become a Certified Sommelier (CS) or start down the Wine & Spirit Trust (WSET) path.  That’s when I discovered the FWS program. With my passion for French wine and France, pursing the FWS was the obvious choice.  Having earned my FWS, I once again face that same question of which path to pursue.  I would very much like to get into winemaking and wine education, having been studying both subjects for a decade.  I enjoy teaching and have previously taught science and math courses at the graduate school and high school level.  Teaching wine education at a winery, wine school, or through an accreditation program while simultaneously being a winemaker would be the ultimate goal!  
 
The quality and content of the FWS textbook, the interactive online study, online quizzes, learning objectives, and on-going wine webinars make this a wonderful program, especially for those wanting (or needing) the ability to self-study. One particular reason for me to self-study was that I’m after the knowledge, not just the certification, and for me to have the information stick and be remembered I need time to let it sink in through continuous study.
With the knowledge I’ve gained through becoming an FWS, I can now talk to French wine experts the world over, discussing wine and regions thoughtfully and with authority.  I hope this sets me apart from other wine enthusiasts, and along with the FWS post-nominal, will show that I truly have a passion worth investing in that’s bigger than just a passing interest in tasting a good wine.

Additional Info

  • Testimonial I can now talk to French wine experts the world over, discussing wine and regions thoughtfully with authority,
  • Position Automation Engineering Manager, Delta Design Inc. / Cohu, Inc.
  • Certifications Court of Master Sommelier Introductory Certificate
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Ting-Liang Lin, FWS

Congratulations to Ting-Liang Lin, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

About Ting-Liang

Ever since I worked at a winery in Barossa Valley for few months, I’ve been falling in love with wine, but the incident, which made me step into the wine industry, is after watching the famous documentary SOMM, which made me realize I could be that kind of guy of spending my entire life learning about wine. The philosophy I believe is that you learn more about wines, you are able to appreciate them more.


I passed WSET Level 3 Award in Wines in 2017, WSET level 3 help me to understand wines by analysing the nature factors affecting wine growing, in comparison, the FWS program made me more focused on cultural and historical factors which affect each French wine region, such as how did the rulers influence the wine development, which fascinated me the most and could be great materials while introducing wines to customers.


I’m planning to enroll introductory and certified sommelier exam in Court of Master Sommeliers/CMS in near future, FWS program could make it easier while studying sections related to French wine for CMS exam.


FWS program could be a huge help for my further wine related education, a habit I acquired while preparing for the FWS exam is that always finding multiple effective methods to memorize various information on wine regions.

Additional Info

  • Testimonial The FWS program made me more focused on cultural and historical factors which affect each French wine region.
  • Position Former Sales Manager, Danny Wine Collection
  • Certifications WSET Level 3
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Marilee Goebel Bramhall, FWS

Congratulations to Marilee Goebel Bramhall, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

About Marilee

I’ve been a wine enthusiast for most of my life! I’ve worked in the wine industry early in my professional career and I’m thrilled to be back in the industry again now as an importer of french and italian wines made by women.

I had my first taste of wine when I was 12.  My dad had made a great meal and to go with it he was enjoying a glass of Bordeaux and decided it would be fine for me to have a small taste it.  I trace the beginning of my endless curiosity about wines of France to that moment.  After that, in college I studied briefly in Grenoble and had a bit of exposure to wine during that experience.  Shortly after I got home I started working in the wine industry in WA state at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.  After a long stint in WA and CA wine industry, both my career and my interest in wine shifted. I left the wine industry for high tech where I worked in Leadership Development and I stopped buying domestic wine with the intent to learn about the wines of the old world.

Fast forward a few more years and I made two exciting choices: 1) I decided to study wine with Tanya Morning Star Darling, FWS Instructor of the Year and 2) I decided to open a wine import business with my good friend Peggy O’Reilly, IWS.

I’m continuing my wine studies with WSET; in January of this year I passed WSET level 2 with distinction and plan to focus on WSET level 3 later this year or in early 2020. After that I would like to pursue some of the FWS Master Classes and eventually Italian Wine Scholar with Tanya.  Having my FWS was quite a leg up on preparing for the WSET 2 exam.  Because I already knew so much from everything I learned in FWS preparing was significantly easier.

FWS has already made a difference in my career. I have the ability to fluently discuss terroir, vinification processes,  and AOC regulations with the french producers I work with. This often results in a deeper understanding of their winemaking and viticultural choices and traditions.  Coming from a professional background of Learning and Development, I would also love to be able to teach FWS one day.

As you already know, Tanya is top! She is a stellar teacher, leader and mentor to her students.  Not only does she set the bar high and support her students in achieving success, she also brings the world of wine to life in a way that not many instructors are able to do.

I’m so passionate about the wines of France, it’s hard to choose what to study next!  I’ve just returned from a study trip with Tanya in Bourgogne which was packed with unforgettable moments and unforgettable wines.


Thank you so much Wine Scholar Guild for your exceptional program and exceptional instructors!

Additional Info

  • Testimonial Thank you so much Wine Scholar Guild for your exceptional program and exceptional instructors!
  • Position Co-Founder, : Terra au Verre Fine Wine Importers
  • Certifications WSET Level 2
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Lise Kupke, FWS

Congratulations to Lise Kupke, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

About Lise

I have spent a whole career managing Information Technology infrastructure and programs for the World Bank Group (which is the Financial Institution associated with the United Nations).   But I have always been a wine enthusiast.   I decided about 7 - 8 years ago that I wanted to have a second, fun career in the wine world, when I retire from my current job.  So I have been methodically working my way through WSET courses and now also Wine Scholar courses.   I love the history and the art that comes with every bottle.  I can see myself teaching, expanding a local wine shop (wherever I end up living!) with evening tasting programs or classes.   First though, I have to just work in a job and learn the industry on the ground!  

I am currently enrolled in the Wine Spirit Education Trust (WSET) program and am in the Diploma level IV.  At the moment, I am working on my last, and most difficult class.   This program is very comprehensive and covers all aspects from grape growing to wine making to the global wine industry in all the wine regions of the world.    Through this program I get a very good picture of the global wine and spirit industry and who are the big players and how various local and international trends are impacting it.

I took the French Wine Scholar class because I felt my knowledge of French wine was deficient--that is I knew about the big picture and had an overview of the regions and what they were known for from WSET level 3, but very little detail beyond that.    I am very glad I did.  I felt the materials, presentations, and teaching aids (especially the on-line flashcards!)  were extremely well thought out and useful.  I feel that I know French wine at a very detailed level now and it is helping me in my broader study and career goals.  And I have been drinking more French wine.

I forsee the Italian Wine and Spanish Wine Scholar programs in my future, because I’d like to learn those in the same level of detail.  I hope that someday we can go to the same level of terroir detail for Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Aussie, New Zealand, California, Virginia, Washington etc, as well.  Maybe that should be my calling.

Additional Info

  • Testimonial I felt the materials, presentations, and teaching aids (especially the on-line flashcards!) were extremely well thought out and useful.
  • Position Senior IT Officer, The World Bank Group
  • Certifications WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
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Glauber Hiroito Pereira, FWS

Congratulations to Glauber Hiroito Pereira, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

About Glauber

I studied wines for 20 years. With the courses that I do I intend to become a professional in the area of wines. At the moment, I am developing my first wine list for a restaurant, where I will also give classes and tastings harmonized with local dishes.

During the last 20 years, I took courses in wine business and wine marketing, among others.  I also did several other courses, the most important, along with the FWS, being the WSET levels 1, 2 and 3, having obtained very good grades in all. Within this context, the FWS course was very important, raising personal knowledge to a recognized level in the market.

At this moment I am studying English. The goal is to prepare for the DIP WSET (WSET Level 4), that will take place here in São Paulo starting this year, and the FWS courses for specific regions of France.

Here in Brazil, the market is beginning to pay attention to international certifications, and I believe that more and more these certifications will be considered a differential for the professionals of the area.

Additional Info

  • Testimonial The FWS course was very important, raising personal knowledge to a recognized level in the market.
  • Position Wine Consultant
  • Certifications WSET Level 1, WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
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Nicholas Jeremy Forsey, FWS

Congratulations to Nicholas Jeremy Forsey, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

About Nicholas

I have been someone that enjoys drinking and learning about wine for many years but it is only recently that I started enrolling in some courses to further my knowledge and appreciation.  The way that the history of wine is woven into the fabric of our civilization, and the breadth and depth of the subject fascinates me.  The more I learn the more I feel I am only scratching the surface.  There are so many regions to explore and grape varieties to discover with the stories that go with them and end up in the bottle.

I have previously taken and passed the WSET Levels 2 and 3.   I felt the FWS course added an extra layer of depth to my knowledge of the different French wine regions, touching upon the history of each and going into greater detail about the main soil types, appellations and grape varieties.
I am currently considering enrolling into the Italian Wine Scholar program with a view to taking the WSET Level 4 diploma at a later date.  I think the Wine Scholar programs will provide a solid foundation for going on to take the diploma.

I feel the FWS program has broadened my understanding of French wine, whetting my appetite to try new wines from regions I’m less familiar with as well as continue to enjoy wines from those I know with a deeper appreciation.  Taking the course has undoubtedly increased my desire to join some of the wine study trips in the future, to visit the regions and vineyards first hand , enjoy the wines at their origin and learn from the experts!

Additional Info

  • Testimonial The FWS program has broadened my understanding of French wine, whetting my appetite to try wines from regions I’m less familiar and to continue to enjoy wines from those I know with deeper appreciation.
  • Position Managing Director, Dragon Sourcing (Far East) Ltd
  • Certifications WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
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Alexandre Guttemberg Ferreira Takei, FWS

Congratulations to Alexandre Takei, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

About Alexandre

I used to work as a journalist and was a casual wine drinker when I started to study gastronomy and had my first serious contact with wine studies. It was love at first sight and, little by little, I started to take it more seriously, aiming to work with wine.

First, I did a Professional Sommelier course at ABS (Brazilian Sommelier Association). After that, in 2015, I got the WSET 2 and about six months later, the WSET 3. Today I work as a wine educator in Salvador (BA – Brazil), teaching both in gastronomy courses and WSET 1 & 2 courses, by Enocultura.

My next goals are to start the WSET Diploma and choose another WSG Course to deepen my knowledge of other countries and regions, but I haven’t decided yet between the Italian Wine Scholar or the Spanish Wine Scholar!  I’m also a Doemens Beer Sommelier and the Introductory level of the Court of Master Sommeliers.

I think France is the first and most important country for anyone who wants to study wine seriously, for it’s a huge (probably the biggest) reference for the whole wine world, specially the new world countries. Therefore, by taking the FWS, I started to deepen my understanding not only about French wine, but also about how it influenced the rest of the world, and this knowledge will certainly help me in my journey through the WSET Diploma!

I’m pretty sure the FWS gave me invaluable tools to enrich my classes and, therefore, help me promote wine education with top quality knowledge here in Salvador!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Info

  • Testimonial The FWS gave me invaluable tools to enrich my classes and, therefore, help me promote wine education with top quality knowledge here in Salvador!
  • Position Professor Uniruy Wyden / Instructor Enocultura
  • Certifications Court of Master Sommelier Introductory Certificate, WSET Level 3
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Michael Aitken, FWS

Congratulations to Michael Aitken, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

About Michael

A strong attribute for learning served me well in my 35 years in the wine business.  My father introduced me to the pleasures of wine and food. From there I made wine my passion and my career.  In many ways the American wine industry and I grew up together.  Today I run the wine business for SGWS in Florida and am continually amazed by the industries resilience and ability to change. 

I’m not sure I could tell you how many accreditations I have. Learning and the accreditations that followed were almost incongruous to me. Learning and expanding my knowledge are the priority and the accreditations were more incidental.  I don’t display any of the certificates in my office and only display the certificate Grappilleurs du Beaujolais in a room in the house that I keep my wine stash and mostly because I revere and love what Georges Duboeuf has done for me and the wine business.

Continuing my education in wine is part of my daily work. It’s my compulsion to learn about wine.  The FWS program accomplishes and provides the sufficient challenge needed and makes the process enjoyable.  It will help give perspective to the changes and latest news, and remind me of what remains constant in making and enjoying wine.
Most of all participating in FWS and wine education in general keeps me engaged. If forces the questions and comparisons that stimulate thought.  It accentuates enjoyment of wine and life in general.

Additional Info

  • Testimonial The FWS program accomplishes and provides the sufficient challenge needed and makes the process enjoyable.
  • Position VP of Wine, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Florida
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Mário Márcio Lescano Júnior, FWS

Congratulations to Mário Márcio Lescano Júnior, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

About Mário:

I always loved wine and was a casual drinker for many years. I never worked in the wine business (I am a Major of the Brazilian Army), but I had a dream, to attend a Professional Sommelier course. In 2016, I started to fulfill it, so I began my wine journey. After 18 months, I finished the course provided by Brazilian Association of Sommeliers.

In 2018, I got the WSET 3 and, like many others, I reached the conclusion: the more you study, the more you don't know. Knowledge is infectious. So, I decided to start the WSET Diploma, which I will, hopefully, in Aug 2019. In the meantime, motivated by my Enocultura teachers, I attended French Wine Scholar, and it was fantastic! The level of details, the material's quality, make me fall in love with Wine Scholar Guild.


Once I finished FWS, I enrolled IWS within a week!  I am taking my IWS Unit 2 exam in 4 days.


I am already enrolled in Bourgogne Master-Level and, hopefully, I will make every single one of them.


French Wine Scholar was a sensational experience and it opened my eyes. I am 100% sure I will use all my WSG books in the WSET Diploma and it will help me a lot.

French Wine Scholar certainly will be a life changer for me. To be able to discuss about every wine growing region in France, to be recognized because now I have the certification and, more important, the knowledge that now I possess, I can't put into words. I just want to thank my teachers, my friends and God to make this possible.

Additional Info

  • Testimonial Motivated by my teachers, I attended the French Wine Scholar program, and it was fantastic! The level of details, the material's quality, make me fall in love with Wine Scholar Guild.
  • Position Major, Brazilian Army
  • Certifications Certified Sommelier, WSET Level 3
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Our Recent Top Exam Scorers

  • Julie Draper, FWS
    Consultant and Wine Reviewer, Uncorked, France https://uncorked.fr/
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
    The FWS has been instrumental in making me more insightful, precise and efficient at my job
  • Aron Veen, IWS
    Events and Catering Co-ordinator, Tap Restaurant, Vancouver
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I was drawn to the flexibility the Wine Scholar Guild offers.
  • Joel Peavy, FWS
    Automation Engineering Manager, Delta Design Inc. / Cohu, Inc.
    Other certifications: Court of Master Sommelier Introductory Certificate
    I can now talk to French wine experts the world over, discussing wine and regions thoughtfully with authority,
  • Noelle Harman, IWS
    Wine Blogger, outwines.blog
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3, FWS
    I knew that if I was going to tackle this region, that the IWS program was going to be my best bet.
  • Matt Marcewicz, IWS
    Director of Financial Research, Cypress Strategies
    The IWS program gave me a deep overview of the huge world of Italian wine.
  • Kevin Day, IWS
    Wine Writer, Editor & Photographer, Opening a Bottle / Headwaters Content
    The context, the frame of reference, the level of expertise on Italian wine … it is all so much deeper now.
  • Cary Chappell, IWS
    US Government
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    The WSG has given me the ultimate foundation and confidence to pursue future wine education and more importantly a future career in wine.
  • Ting-Liang Lin, FWS
    Former Sales Manager, Danny Wine Collection
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The FWS program made me more focused on cultural and historical factors which affect each French wine region.
  • Marilee Goebel Bramhall, FWS
    Co-Founder, : Terra au Verre Fine Wine Importers
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    Thank you so much Wine Scholar Guild for your exceptional program and exceptional instructors!
  • Lise Kupke, FWS
    Senior IT Officer, The World Bank Group
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
    I felt the materials, presentations, and teaching aids (especially the on-line flashcards!) were extremely well thought out and useful.
  • Rebecca Christophersen, IWS
    Manager, Grape Tours
    Doing the Italian Wine Scholar program has given me great inspiration.
  • Glauber Hiroito Pereira, FWS
    Wine Consultant
    Other certifications: WSET Level 1, WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
    The FWS course was very important, raising personal knowledge to a recognized level in the market.
  • Kathy Merchant, IWS
    Principal, Kathy Merchant LLC, dba Vino Ventures
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, WSET Diploma, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, French Wine Scholar
    Italy is the country I love most in the world of wine, so it was almost a guilty pleasure to pursue IWS certification!
  • Nicholas Jeremy Forsey, FWS
    Managing Director, Dragon Sourcing (Far East) Ltd
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
    The FWS program has broadened my understanding of French wine, whetting my appetite to try wines from regions I’m less familiar and to continue to enjoy wines from those I know with deeper appreciation.
  • Alexandre Guttemberg Ferreira Takei, FWS
    Professor Uniruy Wyden / Instructor Enocultura
    Other certifications: Court of Master Sommelier Introductory Certificate, WSET Level 3
    The FWS gave me invaluable tools to enrich my classes and, therefore, help me promote wine education with top quality knowledge here in Salvador!
  • Jonny Gibson, IWS
    Owner, Sussex Wine School and Kent Wine School
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, French Wine Scholar
    The IWS program and the 2018 IWS Educator trip to Trentino, Franciacorta and Lugana have hugely improved my knowledge of Italian wine and reignited my passion for Italian wine.
  • Michael Aitken, FWS
    VP of Wine, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Florida
    The FWS program accomplishes and provides the sufficient challenge needed and makes the process enjoyable.
  • Mário Márcio Lescano Júnior, FWS
    Major, Brazilian Army
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier, WSET Level 3
    Motivated by my teachers, I attended the French Wine Scholar program, and it was fantastic! The level of details, the material's quality, make me fall in love with Wine Scholar Guild.
  • Mike Dutch, IWS
    Retired software engineer and product manager
    Other certifications: French Wine Scholar, WSET Level 3, Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
    My instructors helped me “break the code” on Italian wine which epitomizes the warmth and diversity of the wine world.
  • Vladimir Turetsky, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The FWS is amazing program with very broad and detailed approach. It helped me to understand and appreciate French wines and to be able to identify what is in the bottle only by looking at it and reading the label.
  • Salvatore Sicilia, IWS
    Assistant Manager at Salt Yard Group
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The course is really well presented, we had loads of great wines to taste and we covered every single Italian region, it almost felt we were on a vacation in Italy on each lesson.
  • Albert Sheen, Champagne ML
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 1, 2, 3
    The Champagne ML program will also be useful when I pursue my Master of Wine credential at some point.
  • Bruce Smoller, Bordeaux ML
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: FWS, IWS, Burgundy ML, Rhone Valley ML
    Bordeaux is an especially fun curriculum to have learned about
  • Malcolm Lamont, FWS
    Founder and Educator, Oenologize
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier, WSET Level 3, WSET Diploma, IWS Diploma
    I have great respect for the Wine Scholar Guild’s French Wine Scholar and hold it right up there as one of the top certification programs available.
  • Luciano Radmil, IWS
    Sommelier at Ballyfin Demesne Hotel
    Other certifications: WSET levels 1, 2, 3
    Regions like Umbría, Abruzzo, Campania, Puglia still pretty much unknown for most wine lovers around the world. Thanks to the IWS, that's not the case anymore.
  • David Larsson, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    I feel like French Wine Scholar has given me a comprehensive understanding of the different wine regions of France
  • Mark Capra, FWS
    Account Manager at Gourvid Limited
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I have been advised by colleagues in the industry, that the Wine Scholar Guild courses (FWS & IWS) will put me at a distinct advantage not only on the still wines but also on the fortified, the sparkling and wine production units of the WSET Diploma.
  • John Callow, FWS
    Owner & Lead Educator at Northern Wine School (Manchester)
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, Sherry Wine Educator, Certified Sake Educator
    I am excited to become an Approved Programme Provider for the Wine Scholar Guild in Manchester
  • Tara Abernethy, FWS
    Founder at Vin Elegance
    These classes also brought amazing, new professional contacts into my life. I enjoy spending time with people who share similar interests and passions
  • Szilvia Herbak, FWS
    Sommelier, Wine Educator at SZH CONSULTANCY LTD
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, AIS (Italian Sommelier Association)
    The Wine Scholar Guild French Wine Scholar formation is the most challenging course I’ve undertaken. It was both hard and very comprehensive.
  • Antoinette Landragin, FWS
    Vice-President at Cork & Fork Wine Store (Logan Circle, DC)
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The FWS program created a desire to explore more on the wine regions of the world, starting with France.
  • Emily Saker, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I commence the WSET Diploma in London in February; I think the comprehensive French Wine Scholar studies will certainly give me a good grounding for this.
  • Peggy Baudon, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    I absolutely love the way Wine Scholar Guild provides a cultural and historical context for learning about wine.
  • Gagan Sharma, FWS
    Director and Educator at Institute of Wine + Beverage Studies
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, Certified Sommelier,
    France is a technically challenging subject to attempt for any wine professional, with such depth and intensity in every aspect. FWS has simplified the subject and offered information in a technical yet logical format with insights in to the history that makes it fun, anecdotal, easy to remember, and interesting.
  • Annie Ip, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    This course has inspired me to continue to study!
  • Ricardo Luis Santiago, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Certified Specialist in Spirits CSS, Spanish Wine Educator (The Wine Academy of Spain).
    The quality and depth of the FWS program is unmatched, you learn about wine from all regions of France with emphasis in history, the sense of place and local food.
  • Michael Barber, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    I feel that the IWS course will help to serve as a great foundation for future studies.
  • HF George Mak, IWS
    Judge Member at Hong Kong Wine Judge Association
    Other certifications: DipWSET, FWS, CSW
    IWS banished all my fear and misconceptions which many wine lovers in Hong Kong have when it comes to appreciating Italian wine.
  • Rex Ting-chia Ting, IWS
    Editor & Wine Educator at iCheers Taiwan & Art Of Wine Taiwan
    Other certifications: FWS, WSET Level 3
    Undoubtedly, the complex and knowledgeable IWS study fulfill my understanding of Italian wines. It provides me with a clear image and systemic context of Italy wine.
  • Paul Ceccaldi, FWS
    Owner & Managing Director at ACTILANGUE - French Language School
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The FWS program is an excellent program that allows you to deepen your knowledge in a specific field.
  • Mike Bradley, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    It is impossible to know every producer, but the IWS program provides a foundation to appreciate the characteristics of any Italian wine and its provenance.
  • Chelsea Li Mei-Yip, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I am glad that I have done the FWS program together with my WSET diploma education, as it helps me feel more confident with my knowledge towards French wines.
  • Murilo Azzi, FWS
    Commercial director at Adega Quinta do Lago
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The FWS has completely changed my viewpoint on studying wine - it is a deep and really amazing immersion in the French culture, considering the regional differences.
  • Carlos Kam Shan Wong, FWS
    Manager and sommelier at Nocturne Wine & Whiskey Bar
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The guidebook of FWS is fascinating: the information and graphics are so precise, and the stories about each wine region of France are just proper and enjoyable.
  • Celeste Bailey, FWS
    Wine Educator
    There is simply a lot more to learn about France and its wines in the FWS that is not available in other programs.
  • Miu Yee Mirriam Wong Wong, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, WSET Level 3 Award in Saké, International Kikisake-shi
    I love the depth it took me to. I love all the fine details within. I love all the interesting historical facts and explanations. I love all the colourful maps! I could feel the enthusiasm of the program providers. They really wanted to lead us into the fantastic world of Italian Wine!
  • Frédéric Cayuela, FWS
    Freelance wine consultant - Private and corporate wine educator
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
    As a Frenchman, I found French Wines Scholar (FWS) is a complete study and review of the French wine regions, which I sometimes overlooked during my previous studies.
  • Philip Green, FWS
    Owner at Phil My Glass
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The FWS has helped me to find the area of wine I wish to focus on – France and from there develop an ever deeper understanding of its regions.
  • Renga Vasu, FWS
    Retired Medical Doctor/Neurologist
    Equal emphasis was given to all the wine regions trying to help the student understand the subject rather than just pass a test.
  • Shirley L.Paddock, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, WSET Level 3
    My journey through the IWS program will provide a wonderful foundation and perspective on Old World wines in general and will allow me to compare and contrast the different regions.
  • Jen McAlpine, FWS
    Sommelier
    Other certifications: Italian Wine Scholar
    The Wine Scholar Guild programs have no doubt been beneficial in preparing me for the WSET Diploma and whatever future wine studies I decide to take on.
  • Allison Hupp, FWS
    Northern California Wine Educator for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, Certified Sommelier (CMS), Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Certified Specialist of Spirits, WSET in Sake
    The French Wine Scholar forced me to dig deeper into each region of France than I had ever been required to do previously.
  • Zhiyong Zhou, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I would be interested in becoming a certified FWS wine educator to further pursue my wine passion.
  • Jade Yu, FWS
    Sommelier Student at Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS)
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    Now my knowledges on French wine regions and appellations are organized in a systematic way that are easy for me to recall.
  • Bruce Smoller, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Bourgogne ML, Rhone Valley ML, FWS
    This was a great introduction to the voluminous topic of Italian wines.
  • Jake Skakun, Bourgogne ML
    Grey Gardens 
General Manager, Wine Director
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, International Sommelier Guild Diploma
    This program has given me the confidence to sell, buy, and discuss wines from a region that most seasoned wine professionals find intimidating
  • Gordana Josovic, IWS
    Instructor at San Francisco Wine School
    Other certifications: Certified Beverage Specialist CBS, Advanced Sommelier (CMS), FWS
    Italian Wine Scholar program helps me tremendously while covering Italy since it is much more comprehensive than some of the materials I have been using.
  • Kathy Phillips, FWS
    Server at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
    Other certifications: Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    I use what I’ve learned in the FWS on a daily basis, and I would highly recommend the FWS to those of whom want a comprehensive knowledge of the most important region in the world.
  • José Luiz Ferrazzo Neto, FWS
    Commercial Manager at Portus Importer - Wine Educator with Oenocultura
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma
    FWS, and the whole Wine Scholar Guild, will keep me updated…..and being updated is just the best thing you can do in the wine world if you want to succeed!!
  • Fabio Lobosco, FWS
    Teacher/Lawyer at Enocultura/ SPLaw – Law Firm
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, WSET Level 1 for spirit, WSET Level 1 for sake
    FWS added a lot to my previous wine studies, first because it was more focused and detailed in the France wine scenario. Second, it was a different approach, that expanded my comprehension.
  • Brandon Boudreau, Bordeaux ML
    Sommelier at Georgian Room in Sea Island, GA
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS), Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, FWS
    Having a program so rich with information coupled with leading renowned experts is a beautiful equation for enriching students like myself.
  • Kevin Shaffer, Bordeaux ML
    Key Accounts Manager at Vintage Imports (Bristol, PA)
    Other certifications: FWS, IWS, ML Champagne, ML Bourgogne
    For anyone aspiring to reach the pinnacle of the industry, such as Master of Wine, the ML programs are a great way to prepare.
  • Jessica Hammer, FWS
    Founder of Taste of Toulouse
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    With FWS, I’ll be using all that I’ve learned every day as a food and wine tour guide in Toulouse.
  • Desirée Rocha, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    Besides helping me select good French wines to share with friends and family, FWS brought me important technical knowledge that will make a big difference in case I decide to enter the wine industry in the future.
  • Sharad Desai, Rhône ML
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    


The Master Level programs are incredibly detailed and well constructed and allow me to enhance my practical tasting experience with in-depth theoretical knowledge.
  • Patric Andersson,  FWS
    CEO at Vinoteket Lothar
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Certified Sommelier of CMS
    Whichever route I choose, my FWS training will be a very good base as it is so deep and thorough at all levels.
  • Clyde Woode, FWS
    Store Manager at Natural Grocer’s, Principal for Elite Wine Consultants
    Other certifications: Society of Wine Educators (CSW)
    My FWS will be immensely helpful in furthering my wine consulting business, which I plan to relocate to the Pacific Northwest in the near future.
  • Joel Dicharry, FWS
    Director of Fine Wine at Heritage Collection/Trinchero Family Estates
    Other certifications: Society of Wine Educators (CWE, CSW), WSET-Level 3
    Performing well in the FWS program has added a tangible level of confidence to my understanding of France, as well as giving me a host of resources to call upon as a member of the WSG through podcasts, webinars, pronunciation guides and reference materials.
  • Rebecca Thompson, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist in Wine CSW, FWS, Rhone ML, WSET level 2
    I love Italy! The class has been great to help me plan my travels when visiting different wine regions.
  • Kelly Palmer, FWS
    Bartender at Gibsons Restaurant Group
    Other certifications: Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    FWS is a beautifully constructed program. I was lucky to be able to enroll in the instructor led classroom program which at least for me is so much more beneficial than independent study
  • Ettore Donadeo, Bourgogne ML
    Wine teacher at Caplan Wine Academy
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, Japan Sommelier Association Wine Expert certification
    With this program I finally feel I have a good understanding of Bourgogne, its history, geography, the stylistic differences between the villages.
  • Andrew Belcher, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, FWS, Champagne ML, Bordeaux ML
    Like many of the other Wine Scholar Guild courses I have obtained a more comprehensive understanding of the history of the regions.
  • Alberto Martinez- Interiano, FWS
    Blogger at Vino Interiano
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    

I found the program very comprehensive and rigorous, yet very well designed and approachable for people in the wine industry as well as serious aficionados.
  • Aaron Chuang, IWS
    Chief Editor at Taiwan Wine Forum
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    Having completed IWS I am now more confident in teaching and writing wine articles on Italian wines
  • Matthew Trowbridge, FWS
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    The French Wine Scholar program has not only deepened my knowledge of wine, but it has also steered my career path towards new and exciting opportunities.
  • Christopher Cassidy, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    I liked the course so much that I recently enrolled in the IWS Program and hope to do the SWS Program at some point as well.
  • Tristan Colenso, FWS
    Bartender & Wine Geek at The Golden Dawn Tavern of Power, Auckland, New Zealand
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    Having completed the French Wine Scholar (FWS), the depth in which this program goes into, really helped a lot when sitting the WSET exams particularly in the French Wine Sections.
  • Wanja Chomba, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    I immensely enjoyed the program's layout, intensity and focus. It was very thorough and I feel much more confident in my French wine knowledge.
  • Janice Bergman Brown, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    The FWS program offered added substantial depth and focus to my knowledge of the great wines of France.
  • Claes-Peter Stoldt, Bourgogne ML
    Wine Enthusiast
    The webinars with several world class Bourgogne authorities is a great source of inspiration & precious knowledge
  • Sanghyuk Lee, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    Through FWS, I could learn detailed knowledge about French wine which I couldn’t easily learn in other courses.
  • Crystal Chan, FWS
    Wine columnist, wine course for corporate client at Pink Pink Wine
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, WSET sake level 3
    FWS program is one of the most informative wine courses I have attended.
  • Will Witters, FWS
    Sales Representative at Monarch Beverage
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
    The FWS program was the most enjoyable class on wine I have ever taken
  • Puchapong Puttarak, FWS
    Host at Thip Khao Restaurant
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    Having in-depth knowledge from the FWS program, I feel more confident in taking WSET Level 4 Diploma and Master Level Programs in the future.
  • Dennis Fraley, FWS
    Wine writer / Educator / Consultant at Wine Wired
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
    I was delighted to find a wealth of online references and felt the guided lectures and study material intuitive and easy to follow
  • Anson Wan, IWS
    Sales manager at ASC Fine Wines
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma
    
Italian Wine Scholar is not merely a wine course, but also a very interesting Italian wine and travel guide for me
  • Deborah Petrock Kirch, CSW, FWS
    Wine Specialist at Petrock's Liquors in New Jersey
    Other certifications: CSW, FWS
    The FWS Online Course is so well done. It enabled me to study during every minute of free time that I had
  • Vanessa Cornett, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist in Wine CSW
    The FWS helped me to expand deepen my understanding of French wines, especially in regions I had not previously studied (i.e. Jura, Savoie, Corsica)!
  • Michael A.Gustaitis, FWS
    Owner of Wine Sellers of Saugatuck
    Other certifications: Advanced Sommelier (CMS)
    I must admit that your class was very informative and presented the material in a different way that I had studied before.
  • Joseph Stampher, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    I feel ready to answer just about any question I get about French wine from friends, family, or even my future wine exams.
  • David Harris, FWS
    Wine Shop Associate at Quail’s Gate Winery
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The quality of the program and instructors was outstanding.The FWS program has certainly peaked my interest in studying a specific region (or regions) of France in further depth.
  • Tanya Morning Star Darling
    Faculty at Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle College
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, FWS, IWS, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
    The master level programs in general make me a better teacher, and I hope will translate into more success for my students in not just the French Wine Scholar courses, but in all the classes I teach.
  • Andrea Eby, IWS
    Buyer at Banville & Jones Wine Co. and instructor at Wine & Drinks College Manitoba.
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, certified sommelier (CMS), Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)
    The Italian Wine Scholar program has been instrumental in providing me with a level of knowledge that I simply had not been exposed to previously.
  • Massimiliano Guerra, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The course is very well structured and as far as I know it is unique in the sense that I’m not aware of other wine courses that go so much deep into French wine and do it so well.
  • Alessandra Esteves, FWS
    Director of Wine Education for Florida Wine Academy
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, Champagne ML
    The FWS program has helped me understand the region a lot better, so now I can choose more suitable wines for my classes and talk more confidently about the region.
  • Jeffrey G. Jones
    Wine Enthusiast
    My master-level studies forced me to explore in some depth topics that I had not concentrated on in my independent studies
  • Matt Weaver, FWS
    Wine professional
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
    I was very excited to study for the FWS exam. I view understanding France as a critical foundation of my wine journey.
  • Marianne Welch, IWS
    Wine Educator in Utah, USA
    Other certifications: WSET level 3, CSW, FWS
    After taking many other classes I truly believe that the WSG ranks as the number one superior program.
  • Daniel French, IWS
    Wine professional in San Francisco, USA
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier, IWP, IWS
    I initially took the Italian Wine Professional certification. Later, I discovered WSG and took the Italian Wine Scholar program. This was definitely the most in-depth study program I have taken, and will be a model on which I approach future personal studies.
  • Paolo Mittiga, IWS
    Founder of The Wine Voyager in New York
    The IWS course it has been just amazing
  • Maria Liotta, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast in New York, USA
    Other certifications: WSET level 3
    Thank you for providing this much-needed program. It exceeded my expectations!
  • LO Chi Cheung, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast in Hong Kong
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, CSW, International Kikisake-shi
    IWS provided me new knowledge that goes much beyond DipWSET.
  • Valentina Pestova, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast in Bordeaux, France
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    WSET Diploma Level 4 consider a profound studying of wine producing regions, and the FWS program will really help me while studying the wines of France.
  • Rosalie Fanale, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast in Washington DC
    Other certifications: WSET level 3, Rhone Master-Level
    WSG offers the perfect avenue to deepen one’s wine learning in parallel with the WSET track, as it provides in-depth knowledge of the highest priority countries in the WSET program
  • Isabella Izquierdo, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast in Miami, USA
    Other certifications: Sommelier Society of America, WSET Level 3
    This course has been a great complement as it has deepened my knowledge in French wine, these being the utter-most influential
  • Dustin Freund, FWS
    Chef at Michelin star restaurants
    Other certifications: WSET level 3
    I felt that the WSET was a very good course but it covers the whole world of wine, including spirits. It wasn’t nearly as in depth as the French Wine Scholar is.
  • Alfreda So, FWS
    Wine marketing professional in Hong Kong
    Other certifications: WSET level 3
    This was a comprehensive course and I’ve learned a great deal which is valuable to my career.
  • Gilles Blanchard, FWS
    Bordeaux wine negociant, Bordeaux, France
    Other certifications: Master on Marketing Management
    The FWS program is a really full and complete program and brought me the very precise and detailed information
  • Edmund Chow, IWS
    Wine consultant for Swisswinemaker in Hong Kong
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, FWS
    The knowledge that I gain from both the FWS and the IWS will certainly help me to rise to a higher level and achieve my goals and dreams.
  • Ian Goh Xin Hua, FWS
    F&B Professional in Singapore
    Other certifications: Diploma in Culinary Arts at SHATEC, WSET Level 3, CSW
    What I thoroughly enjoyed about the FWS Program was its depth of detail
  • Gonzalo Adolfo Ríos, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast in San Francisco
    Other certifications: French Wine Scholar
    The Italian Wine Scholar program can only strengthen my standing as a wine enthusiast and aspiring sommelier particularly when my travels take me back to Europe.
  • Jessie Hopwood, FWS
    Flight Attendant at Air Canada
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The course was so in-depth and well presented that I’m very much looking forward to continuing my education with the WSG in the near future.
  • Garrell Keesler, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast in Charlotte, USA
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, CSW
    After completing the FWS Program, I not only have a deeper knowledge of the wines of France, I have a more comprehensive foundation for all future wine study.
  • Sonia Hyncik Beauvarlet, FWS
    Wine Professional in San Diego
    Other certifications: WSET level 2 , Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    To date, the French Wine Scholar course has been the best educational experience on this journey.
  • Megan Barone, FWS
    Wine Professional in a boutique importer of French wines
    I found the program to be thorough and rigorous, yet easy to follow and absorb. I've been able to better educate my crew and customers about French wine since the course.
  • Joshua Lee, FWS
    Wine Educator in Hong Kong
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I have been contemplating about going for the WSET Diploma and the FWS has been an important stepping stone in my wine education towards that goal.
  • Lim Yee Chuin
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I am glad that I made the decision to take the Champagne ML exam, which is a step forward in achieving my dream in being a champagne specialist one day!
  • Gan Hong Tan, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast in Hong Kong
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I’ve completed WSET Advanced before the IWS, and am currently enrolled in the WSET diploma. The IWS provided [...] information that would really have taken a lot of research.
  • Peggy Baudon, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    It was complete nirvana being immersed in the world of Italian wine.
  • Karin Kallio, IWS
    Sales professional in the wine industry
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, French Wine Scholar
    The Italian Wine Scholar opened up the vast world of Italian wine. It has given me confidence to better sell Italian wine.
  • Michael Tremblay, FWS
    Wine professional running the wine and sake program at Ki
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3 in Wine and Spirits, the WSET Level 3 in Sake, Advanced Sake Professional certification, International Kikisake-shi
    The FWS program will not doubt play a role in my future endeavours.
  • Robert W. Fullerton, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS)
    I definitely plan to continue my future studies by taking advantage of the excellent programs offered by the Wine Scholar Guild.
  • Joseph Broom, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Besides serving as a gateway to the wonderful world of French wine, I also met some wonderful people who have become good friends and with whom I can share my new-found passion for wine.
  • Diego Rech, FWS
    Certified wine professional and chef
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS), WSET level 3
    I found the FWS course very helpful to go in detail on the knowledge needed for the CMS Advance level.
  • Amanda Stott, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    I’m confident that the FWS course will serve as a firm foundation for any future learning that I do.
  • Claire Commaille
    Wine professional working for companies operating overseas
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Master Degree specialized in International Business of Wine from Montpellier Business School.
    The Master level program is different from the WSET and other programs as it teaches you to get the whole picture of the region with the history, geography and much more.
  • Ann Brydle, IWS
    GM at Cascadia Liquor in Canada
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Certified Sommelier (CMS), French Wine Scholar
    I thoroughly enjoyed the IWS course as it really gave me a deep understanding of Italian wine that I hadn’t achieved in previous courses.
  • Matthew Landry, IWS
    GM at The Stable House Bistro in Vancouver
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, CMS Certified Sommelier, FWS
    I’ve especially enjoyed IWS program for its inclusion of the historical and cultural elements that surround Italian wine.
  • Albert Yau, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, French Wine Scholar
    FWS program served as a perfect fit to bridge the knowledge gap from WSET Level 3 to WSET Level 4
  • Jimmy Chang, FWS
    Assistant Sommelier in a French Restaurant in Taiwan
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    FWS definitely helped my career in a big way.
  • Jie Tian, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast in China
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, ISG advanced certification
    Now I have mastered one of the most important part, French wine, and I believe it will help me a lot to face the challenge of WSET Diploma
  • Shusen FANG, FWS
    Student of sommelier in CAFA Formations Bordeaux
    Other certifications: WSET level 2
    Actually, FWS is quite helpful in my sommelier program study. For sure I can become the No.1 of Asia people in CAFA Formation
  • Sariya Kampanathsanyakorn, FWS
    Freelance food and wine writer
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    Apart from WSET Diploma, I also took a French Wine Scholar class, which was a very good decision as FWS course helped strengthening my knowledge about French wines
  • Sylvia Wiedemann, FWS
    Wine Stewart at Charles Smith Winery in Seattle
    Other certifications: Degree in Wine Marketing and Sales from the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College
    I truly appreciate and respect the FWS program and feel like it has complemented my wine studies at NWWA. Upon completion of this course, I feel like I have a much better handle on the beauty and complexity of French Wines.
  • Fred Salumunek, FWS
    Consulting on wine selection and giving classes in retail wine shop (Envy Wine Room, in Spring Tx).
    Other certifications: Certified sommelier of CMS, WSET level 3, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
    French Wine Scholar was the logical source for diving deeply into French Wine. While pursuing this education, I also began a second career in the wine business
  • Yvonne Davis, FWS
    Operations and Marketing Director at Kerloo Cellars in Seattle.
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    FWS is a great tool in any wine education pursuit. I highly recommend the program. Whether you are on the Somm or Wine Education path, FWS can aid in gaining deeper perspective into the main wine regions.
  • Jayden Lam, FWS
    Wine professional working with wine connection as a trainer
    FWS gives me the confidence to better approach French wines. I hope that FWS will aid me in my journey in spreading the knowledge of wines
  • Don Ward, FWS
    Wine professional owning a wine tour company in Seattle
    Other certifications: Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    It helps me to indulge in my passion for wine, but it also adds to the success of my business by providing me with additional credentials to further distinguish myself from my competitors
  • Turgut Tokgoz
    Wine professional founder of Oenotrian Wine Advisory, co-founder of the Turkish Wine Hub with Sarah Abbott MW
    Other certifications: Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    The Rhone ML program highly contributed to my studies. I have a special interest in the Rhone Valley and I now feel more confident with this great region.
  • Patty Beck
    Sommelier in Las Vegas for almost 16 years
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, Certified Sommelier (CMS)
    I found that it is a more rounded program that teaches you to think – not just memorize.
  • Jim Bushee, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Given the value and enjoyment provided by the FWS program I have enrolled in the Burgundy Master-level program, and anticipate taking additional Masters-level programs
  • Samson Wong, FWS
    Wine Professional established his own company in Hong Kong
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I enroll in FWS program because I wish to have more comprehensive, in-depth learning about the history, culture, styles of the wines, not just the tasting skills.
  • Sabina Ping Yang, FWS
    Wine Educator in China
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma
    I do think FWS and WSET make very good complementing partners.[...] FWS is like arts, it gives more readable details and fantastic stories.
  • Erik Eklund, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS), WSET Level 3.
    My appreciation for French wines continues to increase in parallel with my knowledge and understanding.
  • Evan Wiens, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    The fact that such great resources [,,,] were available and that the exam could be scheduled at my convenience were really fantastic attributes of the program.
  • Christine Campbell
    Wine enthusiast, wine writer and instructor
    Other certifications: WSETLevel 3, FWS
    I am incredibly confident that my Master Level Champagne certification will assist me in my future studies both professionally and personally.
  • Bruce Smoller, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    Clearly, the FWS curriculum provided a much more intense knowledge of French wines than did the WSET3 level program and I feel as though I am starting to develop a foundation for knowing something about French wines.
  • Ceri Barlow
    Sales professional in the wine industry
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, FWS
    I am currently enrolled in the Provence ML and would very much like to do them all honestly. A very good in-depth exploration of the history and the geography of the regions.
  • John Parisi, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The specific detail of the FWS content gives a great base for the knowledge needed for the French unit of the WSET diploma
  • Kathryn Latour
    Wine Marketing professional
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS), Diploma from the International Sommelier Guild
    The webinar presentations were fabulous, very insightful, from experts in the region
  • Andrew Belcher
    Wine Enthusiast
    Having visited the areas that I have studied or am studying does allow for a better context of the areas. The historical references are also very useful in putting everything in perspective.
  • Hillary Cole, FWS
    GM/Sommelier
    Other certifications: Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    I really felt that Burgundy gave me the biggest fits when preparing for FWS, so I have decided to enroll in the Burgundy Master program
  • John Lis, FWS
    Wine enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The FWS has delivered an in depth look at French wines and has expanded upon the foundation of my knowledge attained in other programs
  • Flemmich Webb, FWS
    Wine tutor for Sussex Wine School
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    FWS has given me a really in-depth knowledge of French wine, which is invaluable for my wine tutoring.
  • Brendan Feeney
    Wine enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET certification
    The Provence Master Level Program, with its comprehensive content and opportunity to learn from such an expert as Elizabeth Gabay, has allowed me to develop a sound understanding and acute appreciation of the complexity of all that is Provencal.
  • Carrie Britton, FWS
    Wine Professional owns a restaurant/wine bar in Lubbock, Texas
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS)
    The online course was incredible, and I learned so much more than I anticipated! I had great instructors at The Napa Valley Wine Academy that helped bring it all together in an insightful and entertaining way.
  • Gonzalo Adolfo Ríos, FWS
    Server in a restaurant
    The French Wine Scholar program can only strengthen my standing as a French wine enthusiast and aspiring sommelier particularly when my travels take me back to France.
  • Richard Milot, FWS
    Wine Professional in Vins Sélect Privée, Montreal based wine import agency.
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I much appreciated the FWS for its framework, its access to a rich web-based material and its commendable efforts in maintaining an up to date package using authoritative sources.
  • Nathalie Walterscheid
    Wine Professional
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, ML Languedoc-Roussillon
    I followed the ML Rhône as Inter-Rhône is planning to open a big wine center in Avignon with a wine school, so I would like to join this project at the beginning April 2017.
  • José Arimatéa Calsaverini, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    The FWS course offers a real in depth approach of the French wines, with very accurate and useful materials both in paper and online, which allows to go further in the matter. Moreover, we had classes with a really knowledgeable and competent teacher
  • Qian Yun Li, FWS
    Operator in importation of wines, and procurement in Shenzhen China.
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I aspire to become wine expert and specialist for French, Italian, and Spanish wines.The FWS program is very helpful, and I enjoyed studying it.
  • Erik Casterud FWS
    Director of Education for the Scandinavian Wine Academy in Sweden
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The FWS program has given me the opportunity to solely study the French regions and its wines. Thanks to its up-to-date and often accurate study manual and materials, it has helped me filling various blanks of mine, useful for my WSET Level 4 Diploma studies.
  • Pontus Jennerholm FWS
    Instructor at the Scandinavian Wine Academy in Sweden
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma
    I will start teaching the FWS program this spring at Scandinavian Wine Academy, and I think it will help me to further my student’s passion for French wine
  • Shawn McVay, FWS
    Wine Professional
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    The FWS truly helped me grasp the complexity of French wine law and I am always referring back to the materials for review. I greatly appreciate the WSG for such solid educational resources!
  • Kari Dawson
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Certified Specialist of Spirits
    The Master-Level program allowed me to take a more general understanding of wine and focus on a specific area and type of wine. I love understanding how the history, natural attributes and culture of a given place shape its wines.
  • Lillian Lim, FWS
    Wine buyer, sommelier, teacher and consultant
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS), Certified Specialist of Wines CSW
    The FWS program helped me to recognize the plethora of factors behind every glass of wine. I now look at wine and all its complexities through a more sophisticated lens.
  • Blake Cherrington
    Wine Educator
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Certified Wine Educator CWE
    In many respects I consider the Provence and Rhone ML programs coupled with the Wine Study Immersion Tours to be ‘capstone’ experiences taking me to the most in-depth knowledge of these two areas it is possible for me to obtain.
  • Keith Miller
    Sommelier from Virginia, USA
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Certified Sommelier (CMS) , FWS
    The ML programs are great because you force yourself to really double down on the finer points. The Master Level certificate is a great asset to any wine resume by adding another degree of accomplishment.
  • Andrew Ashurst, FWS
    Wine Educator
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    Any wine educator should do one of these courses. Thanks to the Wine Scholar Guild I have the possibility to be a father, work and study at the same time. I would definitely do another course!
  • Flavio Lorenzelli, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The FWS program has been extremely interesting and it has complemented my knowledge about French wines tremendously. I think that the course was very well organized and extremely informative. This is what convinced me to enroll in the Italian Wine Scholar program.
  • Carina Heather Tang
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, French Wine Scholar
    The Master-Level program, together with the study trip, put my previous wine’s experience and knowledge into deeper perspective, connecting the dots.
  • Chad Watkins
    Brand Manager for The Winebow Group, specializing in Greek and Australian wines.
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Alsace Master Level.
    For me in particular as a younger professional, having courses like the ML program has given me lots of respect because of the knowledge I’ve gained and the ability that gives me to talk intelligibly about wines to other wine professionals and consumers.
  • Elisabeth Iriart, FWS

    Congratulations to Elisabeth Iriart, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

  • Roz Lawson, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I really enjoyed taking the time to study one country in detail, and explore the many differences between each of the regions (and within the regions). I have now enrolled in the Italian Wine Scholar course.
  • Tommasella Perniciaro, FWS
    Wine Educator of WSET courses in Madrid
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma
    Now that I have passed the FWS program successfully I feel even more confident in organizing French wine tastings. I will be able to give FWS courses in the future as well and this will be a really great opportunity for my teaching career.
  • Kurt Spangsbjerg Petersen, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    The French Wine Scholar course was exactly what I was looking for. A comprehensive and in-depth learning about the ”World of French Wines” in a structured and inspiring way.
  • Yen Ling TANG, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    FWS complemented and enhanced my knowledge in French wines. It is an in-depth advance course, well-structured and comprehensive wine list, yet being taught in and very interactive way.
  • Debra Hoe, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    the FWS program was a natural progression from WSET level 3 as it built on the knowledge from level 3 and went into a lot more detail about each of the winemaking regions in France which I found really interesting.
  • Simone Madden-Grey
    Wine Educator of WSET classes in Melbourne
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma
    The ML programme allowed me to focus more specifically on one region and delve deeper into the particulars of a single wine-producing region. The webinars were an especially helpful and enjoyable part of the course – the breadth of experience that is shared by the presenters was a definite highlight.
  • Issa Keshek, FWS
    Wine Consultancy & Education
    The comprehensive material puts matters in perspective, provides not only structure but also the right wine vernacular for both my consultancy practice and my personal experience.
  • Sandy Chen, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    There have been lots of interesting sessions in FWS like the vinicultural history, food pairing etc. that I’ll definitely bring with myself along the interesting wine study journey.
  • Sebastien Lafortune
    with my greater understanding of the region as a whole and how each house is quite different from the others, this will be an asset when buying new champagnes for our stores.
  • Mak HF George
    Wine Enthusiast with special interest in Bordeaux.
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3 in Sake, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW.
    I found that the Bordeaux Master Level program complemented much in my WSET Diploma Study as it digs much deeper than what this qualification expects and covers Bordeaux, my favorite wine region, completely.
  • Clara de Nijs
    Wine importer in Netherlands.
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    When I came across the WSG Champagne Master Level course, I found what I’d been looking for! This program has taught me more than I could think of beforehand: it truly covers every aspect having to do with champagne.
  • Mark Osburn
    Sommelier
    Other certifications: Cerified sommelier (CMS)
    I very much approve the depth of material the Champagne Master Level course went into. Every class offered by the Wine Scholar Guild will be a necessity when I start actively pursuing tougher accreditations down the road.
  • Tsai-Hsun (Aaron) Chuang
    Chief editor for the wine media website www.wineschool.com.tw
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    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.
  • Adrian Heft, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I have passed WSET level 2 and level 3. The FWS program was obviously more detailed given the narrower scope.
  • Niklas Karlén, FWS
    Wine Educator in the Swedish non-profit organization "Munskänkarna".
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3.
    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.
  • Matthew Landry, FWS
    General Manager/Beverage Director at the Stable House Bistro in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS), WSET Level 3
    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.''
  • Juli Deangelo, FWS
    France is a complex wine producing country and I wanted a more in depth understandingof it. [...] The additional study has enhanced my general wine knowledge and confidence for speaking in front of my customers..
  • Daisuke Shibuya, FWS
    Sommelier in Japan
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Certified Sommelier by Japan Sommelier Association, Certified specialist of Wine CSW
    FWS helps me a lot more than I have expected and provided me with some new ideas.
  • Susan R Lin, FWS
    Wine Professional
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma
    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.
  • Gershwin Narraidoo
    Hospitality educator in service, management, spirits and oenology at the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami
    Other certifications: Certified Bordeaux wine educator, approved instructor of FWS
    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.
  • Kate Hall, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    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.
  • Yan Yan Li, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The FWS program has adopted a systematic approach to organize the particulars of each wine producing region, which makes one easier to understand and remember the information.
  • Jeffrey Theriault, FWS
    Server in the hospitality industry
    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.
  • Mark Pygott, FWS
    Other certifications: Master of Wine

    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

  • Tim Parkhouse, FWS
    Wine Professional working with a French wine importer.
    Other certifications: Advanced Sommelier (CMS)
    The FWS and WSG programs are a superb way to show employers your areas of strength and passion.
  • Deborah Mines, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    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.
  • Mark C Lenzi, FWS
    Owner of Franklin Liquor store in Massachussetts, partner with many local town Adult Education programs for wine classes
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist Of Wine CSW, Certified Specialist Of Spirits CSS, FWS approved instructor

    Congratulations to Mark Lenzi, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

    About Mark:

    Mark is owner of Franklin Liquor store

  • Jesse Filipi, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast in Houston
    the French Wine Scholar program provides a great anchor point on which to build the future of my wine studies because France is the epicenter of the wine world.
  • Chloe Hundertmark, FWS
    Wine buyer in Boston
    I feel as if I am exceptionally prepared for other courses involving French wines – a necessity for any serious wine professional.
  • Jess Hedrick, FWS
    Wine professional in Ohio
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    FWS took it up a notch by delving into France’s background, history, terroir, helping me gain a full understanding and appreciation for why French wines are so delicious and highly sought after.
  • Amy Moore, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    I am honored to be a part of the FWS family and I highly recommend it to anyone who has a love for the vine.
  • Joanna Mackie
    Wine lecturer with the Sydney Wine Academy
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, FWS
    This course (Sud de France Master-Level ) builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the French wine scholar program and the WSET Level 3 Advanced course.
  • Su-Jin Park, FWS
    Wine Educator in Seoul
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma
    It was a great pleasure to know French Wine history and all wine regions thoroughly.
  • Stefanie Köhler
    Wine Educator
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The detailed insight – especially from experienced professionals who know this region as extensively as Essi Avellan, Peter Liem and Steve Charters – have helped a lot to see a different perspective and to form my own opinion on a wide range of subjects.
  • Andrew MacLeod
    Wine professional in retail
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, International sommelier guild ISG
    I found the Champagne ML program was perfect for the person looking for a more in-depth look at a region. The content is concise and the choice of presenters really makes the difference.
  • Tina Isbell
    Wine professional organizing wine tours through my company, Vino Hound
    Other certifications: FWS, WSET level 3, Rhone ML, Bordeaux ML
    The Champagne ML course, specifically, revealed the complexity of both the region and sparkling production, which I can’t wait to share with students – the bubbles taste even better when you understand what went into that glass!
  • Timothy Sullivan, FWS
    Wine professional in Boston
    This was my first formal wine examination and I truly believe that France is the "gold-standard" when it comes to wine.
  • Jason Lawrence, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    The FWS program introduced me to other regions that I hadn't previously focused on [...] I felt like I really got to better understand French wine.
  • Erika Frey, FWS
    Certified Wine Educator working in the Boston area
    Other certifications: FWS, WSET Diploma, Certified Wine Educator CSW
    My customers and students often feel a bit intimidated by Bordeaux wines.[...] I feel better equipped to explain what makes this region particularly unique and successful.
  • Chuck Yager, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast in San Diego
    Other certifications: CSW, WSET Level 3, CMS Level 1
    It is programs such as FWS that continue to spur me on to learn and share more about wine.
  • Antonio Assumpcao, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    The FWS program is a second to none certification with a comprehensive curriculum.
  • Danielle St-Jules, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: FWS, WSET Level 3, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
    The detail of the program guide and the informative webinars were excellent and have really inspired me to continue learning more about French wine.
  • Lynn Larson-Greene
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: FWS, WSET Level 3, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    I always enjoyed champagne before this course, but the greater in-depth understanding I’ve gained has given me a new appreciation for both what is in the bottle and the region is comes from.
  • Courtney Olson
    Sommelier in a restaurant in San Francisco
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, Certified Sommelier (CMS)
    The Champagne ML program was outstanding! The professionals that you have teaching are the leaders in their fields.
  • Eleanor Yeung, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    After becoming a French Wine Scholar, I feel equipped to move forward and dig deeper into the viticulture in specific regions.
  • Ladd Lanford, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS)
    The FWS program was perfect. In the world of wine, France is the cornerstone. A deep understanding of the wines and wine regions of France is essential learning.
  • Jade Hallett, FWS
    Territory Sales Manager in Vancouver
    Other certifications: WSET level 3
    I felt the FWS was a fantastic and in-depth look at a section of the wine industry most people would find challenging.
  • Andrew Belcher, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast in London
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma
    The FWS allowed me to continue my wine studies by focusing on one country, to learn more about the less common areas
  • Christa Pietromonaco, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    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!
  • Andrew Paulsen
    Sommelier Coordinator at Coop Wine Spirits Beer at the Crowfoot Tasting Centre location in Calgary
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, International Sommelier Guild ISG
    The Champagne ML program has provided me with a lot of fact and detail that I will be able to pass on in tasting and training seminars that I conduct
  • Mario Cagnetta, FWS
    Sommelier & journalist
    Other certifications: AIS, Certified specialist of wine CSW
    Every sommelier need to have a solid foundation especially on French and Italian Wine and the FWS program gives you the most updated material to achieve a solid foundation on French Wine.
  • Florent Desaintpaul, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    The FWS program has been a great way for me to revisit the classic regions, and to further explore the heritage and value offered by lesser known areas.
  • Lindsay Perrigo, FWS
    Sommelier with Daniels Broiler in the WA state
    Other certifications: Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    I do believe that the FWS program has greatly advanced my level of knowledge.
  • Michelle Defeo
    President at Laurent-Perrier US
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    Everyone in our company took this course, and even though some of us have decades of experience in the Champagne business, everyone still learned tremendous amount.
  • Mike Dutch, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, FWS, Bordeaux ML, Sud de France ML, Certified sommelier (CMS), Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
    The WSG programs are a great complement to the WSET Diploma units
  • Karen Crippen
    Sommelier for Coop Wine Spirits Beer
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, International Sommelier Guild ISG
    The Wine Scholar Guild provides more in depth information with relevant industry information from top leaders in the regions being covered and the curriculum expands on the basic information that has been provided through other levels of education that I have taken.
  • Chrissa Chase, FWS
    Wine Director/Consultant/Educator for Traveling Somm.
    Other certifications: FWS, WSET Level 3
    Thank you so much for creating exciting presentations and continued learning via webinars with stellar wine professionals.
  • Christopher Ruhland

    Congratulations to Christopher Ruhland, from California, for being the 2015 WORLD TOP EXAM SCORER for the RHONE MASTER-LEVEL PROGRAM .

    Here is a picture of Christopher,

  • Benjamin Broidy

    Congratulations to Benjamin Broidy, from California, for being the 2015 WORLD SECOND TOP EXAM SCORER for the BORDEAUX MASTER-LEVEL PROGRAM .

    Benjamin is import manager for

  • David March

    Congratulations to David March, from Australia, for being the 2015 WORLD TOP EXAM SCORER for the BORDEAUX MASTER-LEVEL PROGRAM .

    About David March:

    ''After 30 years

  • Erika Frey, FWS

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

  • Shaun Grant Sidwall, FWS

    Congratulations to Shaun Sidwall, FWS, from Canada, for being the 2015 WORLD TOP EXAM SCORER for the FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR PROGRAM . Shaun tied for the

  • InSoon Lee, FWS

    Congratulations to Insoon Lee,FWS from Seoul, for being the 2015 WORLD TOP EXAM SCORER for the FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR PROGRAM .

    About Insoon Lee:

    ''Currently I’m

  • Soo Jin Hwang

    Congratulations to Soo Jin Hwang, from France, for being the 2015 WORLD TOP EXAM SCORER for the SUD DE FRANCE MASTER-LEVEL PROGRAM .

    About Soo Jin

  • 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

  • Michael Lasky, FWS

    Congratulations to Michael Lasky, from Wisconsin, for being the 2015 WORLD TOP EXAM SCORER for the FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR PROGRAM . Michael tied for the second

  • Mark Shipway, FWS

    Mark Shipway, FWS and FWS authorized teacher in Vancouver BC CANADA, passed his Bourgogne Master-Level Exam With Highest Honors.

    Congratulations for being the 2015 WORLD

  • Meryl

    Congratulations to Meryl for passing the Champagne Master-Level exam with honors!

    About Meryl:

    Meryl is a Champagne Specialist for a luxury champagne supplier in the

  • Sherry Hinerman

    Congratulations to Sherry Hinerman for passing the Rhone Master-Level exam with the perfect score of 100, earning the highest honors! Chapeau!

    About Sherry:

    Sherry is

  • Jamie Tiy Bowton, FWS

    Congratulations to Jamie Tiy Bowton for having successfully passed the Bordeaux ML Examination with a final and score of 99, earning the Highest Honors!

    Jamie

  • Goh Chin Yee, FWS

    Congratulations to Goh Chin Yee, FWS for having successfully passed the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors! Chin Yee has followed and passed her

  • Tracy Mann

    Congratulations to Tracy Mann from Australia, for having passed the Champagne Master-Level Exam with Honors!

    About Tracy:

    ''My champagne education venture is known as “49million”

  • Steve Leslie

    Congratulations to Steve Leslie for having passed the Champagne Master-Level Exam with honors!

    About Steve Leslie:

    ''I am an enthusiastic amateur of champagne living in

  • Laurie Love, FWS

    Congratulations to Laurie Love, FWS who have passed her French Wine Scholar exam with 98%, earning the highest honors! She has followed and passed her

  • Heather Dougherty

    Congratulations Heather Dougherty for passing the Champagne Master-Level examination with highest honors!

    Heather is a freelance wine educator and writer in the UK.

    Few words

  • Jonathan Gibson, FWS

    Meet Jonathan Gibson, FWS , new FWS program provider and FWS authorized instructor in the UK, who just passed the French Wine Scholar exam with the

  • Martin Nordell

    Congratulations Martin Nordell for passing the Champagne Master-Level examination with honors!

    About Martin: ''I work as Sommelier in a newly opened champagne and wine Lounge

  • Roddy Ropner, FWS

    Congratulations to Roddy Ropner, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors!

    About Roddy:

    Roddy is the Director of his own import company

  • Sylvie Tannhauser

    Congratulations to Sylvie Tannhauser, CS CSW CCM for having passed the Champagne Master-Level exam with honors.

    A few words from Sylvie:

    ''I’m a Certified Sommelier

  • Mary Kirk-Bonnet

    Congratulations Mary Kirk-Bonnet for successfully passing the Champagne Master-Level exam with honors!

    About Mary:

    ''I operate my own wine services company leading wine tasting classes

  • Molly Brooks-Thornton, FWS

    Chapeau to Molly Brooks-Thornton, FWS, who passed the French Wine Scholar exam with honors, with our program provider Wine Smarties in San Diego, CA.

    About

  • Fanny Darrieussecq, FWS

    Congratulations Fanny Darrieussecq, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with a brilliant score of 99%. Chapeau!

    Fanny joins our International Program Provider network

  • Christopher Wilson, FWS

    Congratulations Christopher Wilson, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors, with the Sydney Wine Academy in Australia!

    About Christopher:

    ''I am a

  • Peter Dorfman, FWS

    Congratulations Peter Dorfman, FWS for passing the Sud de France Master-Level Certificate with the Highest Honors!

    Peter is a wine educator and consultant.

    A few

  • Nicholas Poletto, CSW, CSS

    Congratulations to Nicholas Poletto, Director of Education at Kobrand Corporation, for passing the Wine Scholar Guild's Champagne Master-Level Exam!

    "I am currently in Stage 2
  • Ada Chan, FWS

    Congrats to Ada Chan, FWS, for passing her French Wine Scholar exam with Highest Honors at the Arts Institute of Vancouver!

    Ada currently is the

  • Lana Hynd, FWS

    Congratulations to Lana Hynd, FWS for having passed the French Wine Scholar exam with honors, with the Sydney Wine Academy .

    About Lana:

    ''I really enjoyed

  • Gregory Crommen, FWS

    Hats off to Gregory Crommen, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar Program with Highest Honors with Asia Wine Service & Education Centre (AWSEC)!
    Gregory

  • Matt Coleman, FWS

    Congratulations Matt Coleman, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors! Matt Coleman is General Manager and Sommelier at Crossings Restaurant in South

  • Gareth Wyatt, FWS

    Congratulations Gareth Wyatt, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors! Gareth has followed the French Wine Scholar study program with Premier

  • Teresa Chiesa, FWS

    Congratulations to Teresa Chiesa, FWS who recently passed the French Wine Scholar exam with honors!

  • Jennifer Yam, FWS

    Congrats to Jennifer Yam, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar examination with highest honors!

    Jennifer Yam is a wine connoisseur. She has been awarded

  • Simon Stockton

    Congrats Simon Stockton for passing the Champagne Master-Level Examination With Honors!

    About Simon:

    ''I am the owner of Sugar & Yeast. I run wine courses,

  • Gabriella Fois, FWS

    Congrats Gabriella Fois, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam With Honors!

    Gabriella Fois, is working in the Customer Service of The Wine Society

  • Gershwin Narraidoo, FWS

    Congratulations to Gershwin Narraidoo, FWS and FWS authorized instructor for passing the French Wine Scholar examination with honors!

    About Gershwin: He is instructor in the

  • Steven Alley, FWS

    Congratulations to Steven Alley, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam With Highest Honors!

    Steve Alley - CSW & FWS

    Fine Wine Consultant & On-Premise

  • Kirsten Strand, FWS

    Congratulations to Kirsten Strand, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar Exam With Highest Honors!

    I am very pleased to have earned the French Wine
  • Raymond O'Mara, FWS

    Congratulations Ray O'Mara CWE, FWS, DWS and FWS Instructor in Washington, DC for passing the Champagne Master-Level Exam With Highest Honors!

    Ray is the owner

  • Diego Del Pino

    Congratulations to Diego Del Pino for passing the Champagne Master-Level Exam With Honors!

    Diego works for Moët Hennessy USA. He is the Business Development Manager

  • Terence Wong, FWS

    Congratulations Terence for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    Terence is working in L'atelier de Joel Robuchon Hong Kong as Sommelier. This

  • Gerard Leung, FWS

    Gerard is Marketing Executive at Telford International (Facebook a/c: Telford Wine and Spirits). He is responsible for the brand management of French wine portfolio and

  • Robert Tirk, FWS

    About Robert:

    ''I am a Retail Wine Specialist with the PLCB(Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board). The focus of my job is address customer needs and wants

  • Richard Blahunka, FWS

    About Rick:

    ''I have been an amateur French wine enthusiast since 1976 and even though I have never worked in the wine industry, I have

  • Christine Spoor, FWS

    A few words from Christine:

    "I began my formal study of wine 8 years ago to become a more educated consumer. I decided to shift

  • JiaJia Pan, FWS

    JiaJian Pan is the founder and CEO of TAOTAO Private Cellar, founder and CEO of JC METROPOLITAN, Guangzhou and shareholder/board member of French Melisey Electronic

  • Stephen Allison, FWS

    About Stephen:

    The French Wine Scholar program was an excellent step in my educational path. It took what I learned of French wine in the
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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

  • Sivakumar Sathiamoorthy, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
    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!
  • Jose Rafael Arango, FWS
    Professor of wines and spirits at the Sergio Arboleda University (Bogota)
    The FWS is one of the most complete courses in the world of French wine
  • Deet Gilbert, FWS
    Teaching service and beverage in the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University, Charlotte Campus.
    I am excited to include some of the new information that I learned while pursuing this certification.
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Alumni

Find below the list of individuals who have successfully passed one or more exams offered by the Wine Scholar Guild. You may search by name and filter by program.

NamePassed Programs

Italian Wine Scholar with honors
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with honors
Alsace Master-Level
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Alsace Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
Alsace Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Alsace Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level

Provence Master Level with highest honors
Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Provence Master Level
Champagne Master Level
Italian Wine Scholar
Alsace Master-Level
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Provence Master Level
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
Italian Wine Scholar
Alsace Master-Level with honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar
Champagne Master Level

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Alsace Master-Level with honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Alsace Master-Level
Champagne Master Level
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with honors

Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
Provence Master Level with honors
Rhône Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar

Alsace Master-Level
Bourgogne Master Level
Sud de France Master Level
Provence Master Level
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar

Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level
French Wine Scholar
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar

Alsace Master-Level
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors

Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar

French Wine Scholar with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Champagne Master Level
Provence Master Level
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with honors

Bourgogne Master Level with honors
Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Champagne Master Level
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Rhône Master-Level
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
Bourgogne Master Level
Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with honors

Provence Master Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
Rhône Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level

Bourgogne Master Level
Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Alsace Master-Level with honors

Sud de France Master Level with honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with honors
Bordeaux Master-Level
French Wine Scholar

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Italian Wine Scholar
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar

Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Alsace Master-Level with honors
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar

Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Alsace Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Bordeaux Master-Level
Rhône Master-Level with honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar

Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Alsace Master-Level
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Champagne Master Level
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with honors

Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Italian Wine Scholar with honors
Champagne Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar

Champagne Master Level
Bourgogne Master Level
Provence Master Level
French Wine Scholar

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Bordeaux Master-Level
Provence Master Level
Rhône Master-Level
French Wine Scholar

Champagne Master Level
Bourgogne Master Level
Rhône Master-Level
French Wine Scholar

French Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors

Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with honors

Champagne Master Level
Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

French Wine Scholar with honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
Bourgogne Master Level with honors

French Wine Scholar with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors

Alsace Master-Level with honors
Champagne Master Level
Bourgogne Master Level
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors

Provence Master Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with honors

Bordeaux Master-Level
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with honors

Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Provence Master Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Bordeaux Master-Level
Rhône Master-Level with honors
Sud de France Master Level
Provence Master Level

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