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Matt Weaver, FWS

Congratulations to Matt Weaver, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

About Matt Weaver:

"I first began working in the wine industry after university at both the retail level and later at a winery. I enjoy the process of learning about wine. It can be an admittedly complex product but I find the more I learn about it, the more I appreciate it. I tend to vary between serious hobbyist and wine professional.

I first earned the CSW through the Society of Wine Educators. While I liked learning about all of the different regions, I wanted to focus on France in particular as I studied French in university and spent a couple of months there after graduating. In the future, I would like to become a Certified Sommelier and pursue some of the Master-level programs offered by the Wine Scholar Guild.

I was very excited to study for the FWS exam. I enjoyed learning about the history of France, its appellations and so much more. My instructors Lisa Airey & Sharon McLean were knowledgeable and encouraging. They identified important concepts to understand and made French wine more accessible. I view understanding France as a critical foundation of my wine journey. I’m not sure where it will take me, but I’m appreciating each moment of it."

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  • Testimonial I was very excited to study for the FWS exam. I view understanding France as a critical foundation of my wine journey.
  • Position Wine professional
  • Certifications Certified Specialist of Wine
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Valentina Pestova, FWS

Congratulations to Valentina Pestova, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with Bordeaux Wine Campus in France!

About Valentina Pestova:

''I became a wine enthusiast after moving to Bordeaux 5 years ago to study the Informatics. Sure, I have started to discover the region of Bordeaux, and wine industry became my great passion. I devote much of my time to my hobby to improve my knowledge in wine and my tasting skills. Thanks to the unique wine museum of Bordeaux – “La Cité du Vin” – its events, dedicated to the different wine regions and commented tastings with professors from ISVV (Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences of Bordeaux), I can meet a lot of people with the same passion for wine, and get a lot of information. I am very motivated in my personal studies in wine, and I hope to become a wine professional soon.

I have successfully passed the programs of WSET Level 2 and WSET Level 3 (“Pass with Merit”) last year. I plan to enroll the WSET Level 4 program (WSET Diploma), probably, next year.  The FWS program has really extended my knowledge in French wines. I have learned a lot of historical facts about French wine producing regions, which helped me to understand their wine traditions. The FWS program also gave me more details on particularities of each French wine region, which were more generally described in the broad program of WSET Level 3.

The program of 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.

I aspire to continue my studies of wine and to become a sommelier and a wine expert.  Sure, the FWS program will be a great advantage to learn and understand new information on the French wines in other wine studying programs (thanks to the detailed chapters on French wine regions history, climate and terroir particularities: it is a good basis to understand the wine of a region itself). I have also appreciated the chapters on regional wine and food pairings. They are very interesting and, certainly, useful for a future sommelier.''

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  • Testimonial 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.
  • Position Wine Enthusiast in Bordeaux, France
  • Certifications WSET Level 3
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Rosalie Fanale, FWS

Congratulations to Rosalie Fanale, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with the Capital Wine School in Washington DC!

About Rosalie Fanale:

''I am a wine enthusiast and a dedicated student. Becoming a wine professional, probably an educator, is indeed something I’m thinking about. Wine is a personal passion and an academic pursuit that builds on my training as an anthropologist. For me as for so many others, the world of wine presents a never-ending path of learning and research. I have a special interest in Old World wines, with France at the top of the list, and in translating Old World wines for those who are new to what they have to offer.

I have to share that the Wine Scholar Guild’s Director of Education Lisa Airey was my first true wine teacher. Although my interest in wine is longstanding, it grew gradually over the years as I traveled, worked and lived overseas and tasted wines that left haunting memories and piqued my curiosity to learn more. It was a series of in-person lectures on the wines of France that Lisa gave in 2009 and 2010 in Washington, D.C., where I live, that sparked my desire to pursue in-depth study. After those inspiring sessions, I began to taste and read more widely, took every wine class I could, and my academic interests grew.

I decided to pursue formal wine studies with WSET. I now hold the WSET Level 3 award and will soon begin the Diploma program.  The Wine Scholar Guild 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 -- France, Italy and Spain.

As for Wine Scholar Guild programs, right now my focus is on France. In early 2017, I obtained the Rhone Master-Level certificate with highest honors, and am enrolled in the Bourgogne and Alsace Master-Levels.  I have been fortunate to have taken part in two Master-Level immersion trips (Bourgogne and Alsace) and have to say that they are a spectacular opportunity to make the coursework tangible in terms of vignerons, terroir, winemaking, cultural heritage and history, and the modern business of wine.  You may see me on future trips!''

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  • Testimonial 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
  • Position Wine Enthusiast in Washington DC
  • Certifications WSET level 3, Rhone Master-Level
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Isabella Izquierdo, FWS

Congratulations Isabella Izquierdo, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors with JWU in North Miami, FL!

About Isabella Izquierdo:

''I am a wine enthusiast….ever since I tasted and discovered the culture and history behind it, I fell completely in love. It embodies so many aspects of our lives and origins and is related to many other things.  I love the way that wine can become the center piece of a gathering, how different wines can be paired with different foods. Wine can be both a conversation starter and an entire subject of discussion and interpretation among professionals, enthusiasts or complete novices.  It is a living thing that continues to evolve and capture those who are always seeking more; more knowledge, more variety, more wine!

My other Certifications: Sommelier Society of America (first in my class), WSET Level 3 (Passed with Honors), FWS (Passed with Honors).

This course has been a great complement as it has deepened my knowledge in French wine, these being the utter-most influential and basically the pioneers of the whole wine revolution.

I am planning to do the next courses: Italian Wine Scholar, Portuguese Wine, Provence, Bourgogne and the WSET Diploma.

Thanks to this course, I have been able to gain a better and more thorough understanding of French wines and of the origins of wine and wine-making. With France being a country with such rich history in wines, I am looking forward to exploring more and studying specific regions to continue broadening my knowledge.''

Additional Info

  • Testimonial This course has been a great complement as it has deepened my knowledge in French wine, these being the utter-most influential
  • Position Wine Enthusiast in Miami, USA
  • Certifications Sommelier Society of America, WSET Level 3
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Dustin Freund, FWS

Congratulations Dustin Freund, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors with Bordeaux Wine Campus in France!

About Dustin Freund:

''I guess I am currently more of a wine enthusiast than a professional, but I am working my way towards becoming one. I have been a cook at Michelin star restaurants for the last five years, and trained in culinary arts in Switzerland before that. Along with the atmosphere of fine dinning comes fine wine. That is how I got my introduction into this world. Since then I have been trying to expand my knowledge of wines and to make a transition to become a Sommelier.

I have taken WSET Level 3, and passed with distinction. I am currently enrolled in the Court of Masters Sommelier, to take the introduction sommelier and certified sommelier exams in February. 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. For that reason I really liked the level of information provided in the French Wine Scholar. I feel that it has given me a strong foundation in French wine that will help me greatly in my attempt to succeed at the Court of Masters Sommelier.

I feel that because the wine industry is a cornerstone in quality wine production, that having a solid base knowledge of the French wine industry and the techniques used, are paramount to understanding the rest of the world of wine. I think that taking the French Wine Scholar program was an important step in starting a career in the wine industry.''

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  • Testimonial 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.
  • Position Cook at Michelin star restaurants
  • Certifications WSET level 3
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Alfreda So, FWS

Congrats to Alfreda So, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with AWSEC!

About Alfreda So:

''My love of wine started during my college years in California where I had many opportunities to savor wine with my family and friends. I still remember my first visit to Napa Valley was amazing, and I was impressed by the distinctive wines I tasted in different wineries.

I came back to Hong Kong after graduation and obtained WSET Level 2 with AWSEC. Then, I quit my job in the bank and got a Marketing post in the wine industry. I took WSET Level 3 the year after to further enhance my wine knowledge.

I have been looking for improving my wine knowledge and I found FWS program well suited to my desire. This was a comprehensive course and I’ve learned a great deal which is valuable to my career. My next target will be the IWS. With the foundation from the FWS, I believe it will definitely help me in my future wine studies.

I feel delighted that I can make use of my wine knowledge in both my work and daily life, and this allows me to keep my passion in wine. As a quote says, “If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” — Bishop T.D. Jakes''

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  • Testimonial This was a comprehensive course and I’ve learned a great deal which is valuable to my career.
  • Position Wine marketing professional in Hong Kong
  • Certifications WSET level 3
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Gilles Blanchard, FWS

Congratulations to Gilles Blanchard, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors with Bordeaux Wine Campus in France!

About Gilles Blanchard:

''I am in the Wine industry since 20 years now. I have started my wine education and first experience in this industry working in the Champagne area at Champagne TAITTINGER one of the most prestigious family owned champagne house. This experience lead me to know more about wines and naturally I developed my interest on Bordeaux wines and joined as a Director one of the most important Bordeaux wine negociant SOVEX WOLTNER specialized on Petits chateaux wines and Classified growth. The great Grands Crus Classés of Bordeaux attracted me so much that I decided then to joined as a partner a Bordeaux Grands Crus Specialist named H.M.S and developed the sales of those magic wines Worldwide.

I start now a new challenge and career taking over the management of the Union des Producteurs de Saint Emilion, UDP, the Saint Emilion Cooperative taking care of 150 wine growers and their 700 Hectares of vines.

I am been educated with a Master on Marketing Management and most of my wine education has been made on the field. I had the feeling I should emphasize my knowledge on wines, and at first sight on French wines. The FWS answered 100% of my need.

The FWS program has been of real interest for me. As a wine lover and a Bordeaux wines specialist it was important for me to enlarge my knowledge on other French Wines. Our country is so rich concerning wine varieties, history, grapes, appellation , terroirs, vinification process, that it seems to me absolutely essential to know more about it.

The FWS program is a really full and complete program and brought me the very precise and detailed information on any French wine any wine lover should know.

I feel now much more comfortable with this topic in General, and this will probably help me a lot in my every day professional task.''

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  • Testimonial The FWS program is a really full and complete program and brought me the very precise and detailed information
  • Position Bordeaux wine negociant, Bordeaux, France
  • Certifications Master on Marketing Management
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Ian Goh Xin Hua, FWS

Congratulations to Ian Goh Xin Hua , FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with Lim Hwee Peng School of Wine in Singapore!

About Ian Goh Xin Hua:

''Growing up in a family of foodies and winos, it was natural that I developed a zest for F&B at an early age. A carafe of house pour red is not an uncommon sight at family dinners or gatherings. Upon enrollment into the Singapore Hotel and Tourism Education Centre (SHATEC) where I undertook a Diploma in Culinary Arts, my passion for wine was sparked. Through the course of my studies at SHATEC, I was introduced to the fundamentals of wine-making and the multitudinous wine laws and appellations of the major wine-producing regions throughout the globe. It was from this experience that I decided to pursue my interest in wine. Four years (and numerous bottles of wine later), I have finally graduated as a French Wine Scholar.
 
Prior to taking the French Wine Scholar exam, I’ve also passed the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 as well as the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) program.
 
The French Wine Scholar Program has widened my perspective about French wines mainly because of its sole focus on the country compared to the programs that I have completed in the past where they covered the various global regions. On first glance, the study of French wines may appear uncomplicated but there is much content to recall ,from the different percentages of wine blends, to the different soils for different lieu-dits etc. Attaining this certification has certainly reinforced my understanding on France as a whole.
 
In the near future, I hope to enroll myself into the Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) course as well as the Certified Sommelier Certification by the Court of Master Sommeliers.
 
What I thoroughly enjoyed about the FWS Program was its depth of detail, and the effort Lisa Airey took to not only explain the many intricacies about the French Wine laws but also the history and gastronomic aspect of France. This was undeniably a breath of fresh air compared to both the programs that I have previously done. With the aid of the FWS text, the well-structured contents and key points allowed smooth revision for my examination. I believe that this rigour has given me an edge with regards to potential courses in the future.
 
I believe that having competent wine and beverage knowledge is paramount for people wishing to peak in the F&B industry. In my most humble opinion, there is a great lack of individuals who have even the most basic beverage proficiency required to serve discerning guests. Despite working at the back of the house, I believe that wine knowledge is still important when it comes to the planning of menus and recipe development. One should not be too entirely dependent on the outlet’s Sommelier and both sides of the restaurant should be able work hand-in-hand when it comes to Research and Development. Armed with the knowledge in French Wines upon completion of this program, I believe that I am ready to assist on command should there be any queries during menu planning.''

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  • Testimonial What I thoroughly enjoyed about the FWS Program was its depth of detail
  • Position F&B Professional in Singapore
  • Certifications Diploma in Culinary Arts at SHATEC, WSET Level 3, CSW
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Jessie Hopwood, FWS

Congratulations to Jessie Hopwood, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors in Vancouver!

About Jessie:

''My enthusiasm for wine started during my years of working as a Stewardess for elite guests on yachts as well as private aviation. Serving fine wines became a common occurrence which peaked my curiosity into understanding in more detail the wines I was serving. I found that when I asked questions about wine, I always found answers but also many more questions…

Those questions started to be answered when I had completed my WSET Level 3 in Wines and Spirits in the fall of 2015. I had been seeking to further my education since but unable to commit to the time of a 2 year program (Level 4 Diploma) and when hearing about the FWS program I found this course to be the perfect fit and next step in my education. 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.   

I’ve gained such valuable knowledge from the FWS program and it has already been a useful tool in my aviation career as I often share what I’ve learned with guests.  Looking down the road, I see myself becoming more involved in the wine business and the exciting path of where that might lead me. ''

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  • Testimonial 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.
  • Position Flight Attendant at Air Canada
  • Certifications WSET Level 3
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Garrell Keesler, FWS

Congratulations to Garrell Keesler, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors !

About Garrell

"I am a wine enthusiast and am particularly passionate about the intersection of food and wine and the ways each complements and changes the experience of the other. For a long time, I’ve been able to taste a wine and create a dish to complement it. With my wine studies, I am working on tasting a dish and pairing the perfect wine with it.

I am not a wine professional, though I am interested in providing wine education.

I have the WSET Advanced Certification and am a Certified Specialist of Wine. I am not currently enrolled in another program but am considering the WSET Diploma, the Certified Wine Educator, or perhaps a Level 1 Sommelier. After completing the French Wine Scholar Program, I not only have a deeper knowledge of the wines of France, I have a more comprehensive foundation for all future wine study.

Knowing the wines of the premier wine country is crucial to comprehensive wine knowledge. Knowing the growing and flavor profiles of classic French grapes on various soil types will provide insight into how these grapes develop in other locations. The FWS has provided a well-organized and methodical way to learn about other regions."  

Additional Info

  • Testimonial 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.
  • Position Wine Enthusiast in Charlotte, USA
  • Certifications WSET Level 3, CSW
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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.

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Nancy Reynolds, FWS, IWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Rose-Anne St. Jean, FWS, IWS Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Donald McEachern
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
Italian Wine Scholar with Honors
Erika Frey Alsace Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Raymond O'Mara
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Mike Dutch
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Maggie Meroney
Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Jo-Ann Ross, DWS, FWS, IWS
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Honors
Alsace Master-Level
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Italian Wine Scholar with Honors
Nick Hendrix, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Sud de France Master-Level
Provence Master-Level
Bourgogne Master-Level
Alsace Master-Level
French Wine Scholar
Kevin Cleary, FWS Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Lynelle Larson-Greene Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Mark Shipway Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Shaun Tucker, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Hood Hon, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Alsace Master-Level
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
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