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    Su-Jin Park, FWS

    Congrats to Su-Jin Park, FWS and wine education with our program provider WSA Academy in Seoul, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

    About Su-Jin:

    ''I have worked as a wine educator in WSA Wine Academy. I am WSET Diploma holder.  It was great chance to get deeper knowledge of French Wine.

    I am also interested in Italian wine program. It was a great pleasure to know French Wine history and all wine regions thoroughly.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial It was a great pleasure to know French Wine history and all wine regions thoroughly.
    • Position Wine Educator in Seoul
    • Certifications WSET Diploma
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    Timothy Sullivan, FWS

    Join me in congratulating Timothy Sullivan, FWS, student with J ROSS WINE in Boston, for passing successfully the French Wine Scholar exam wth the highest honors!

    About Timothy:

    ''I am a private scholar and have worked in the restaurant business for years.  I am proud and blessed to have passed the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors.

    This was my first formal wine examination and I truly believe that France is the "gold-standard" when it comes to wine. This is why I chose the FWS program. I wanted to develop a golden foundation for all my future wine education and I feel that the FWS program has given me a rock solid position from which I can soar.

    In the world of wine, high up in the mountainous terroir, there dwells a rocky-cathedral in the sky, where wine-eagles, those educated and certified French Wine Scholars, stand above the sleepy hamlets below comfortable and secure in their hard earned knowledge. Anyone who wants to be the best and fly with the wine-eagles should strongly consider joining The Wine Scholar Guild and become a Certified French Wine Scholar. Their programs are second to none and fully affordable.

    My next goal is to enroll in the Bourgogne-Master program and take the exam. I love studying wine and look forward to continuing my education. I have been a Guild member for a little over a year now.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial This was my first formal wine examination and I truly believe that France is the "gold-standard" when it comes to wine.
    • Position Wine professional in Boston
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    Jason Lawrence, FWS

    Congratulations to Jason Lawrence, FWS, student with the Capital Wine School in Washington DC, for having passed the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

    About Jason:

    ''I am a wine enthusiast.  I first really discovered the pleasures of wine drinking while on my first diplomatic assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria.  Wine there was inexpensive and easy drinking.  Since then I've had the opportunity to visit numerous wine regions, in particular Champagne, the Loire Valley, and Bourgogne in France.

    Previous to FWS, I took WSET Level 2 earlier this year.  The FWS program certainly went in to far greater detail than that class.  I felt like I really got to better understand French wine through the FWS program.  I would like to take the Italian Wine Scholar and Spanish Wine Scholar programs at some point.

    The FWS program introduced me to other regions that I hadn't previously focused on.  It has made me want to try new things and visit other parts of France. It has also helped me think more seriously about a second career in wine after I retire from the government.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial 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.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 2
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    Chuck Yager, FWS

    Congrats to Chuck Yager, FWS for having successfully passed the French Wine Scholar with the highest honors with our program provider Wine Smarties in San Diego, CA!

    About Chuck:

    ''I am an Executive Producer in the video game industry by day, a writer and board game designer by night, and an avid wine enthusiast at all hours, with a passion for learning (and tasting) wines of all types. I currently offer private wine tasting seminars and host monthly wine tasting groups, both with an eye to continuing to share what I have already learned and continue my education further.

    I started my journey into wine studies 5 years ago and since then have earned CSW, WSET Level 3 with honors, and Level 1 Sommelier from the Court of Masters with the highest score in the class. I eagerly look forward to earning my wine scholars in Spain and Italy next year, as well as taking the CWE exam. I really enjoyed the FWS program, with its detailed yet approachable information, its wonderful geographic maps, and the video lectures to help round out the studies in the book.

    It is programs such as FWS that continue to spur me on to learn and share more about wine. Although it’s not a career for me, it is really great to know that programs like this exist for enthusiasts like me who want to deepen their knowledge and hone their palate.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial It is programs such as FWS that continue to spur me on to learn and share more about wine.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast in San Diego
    • Certifications CSW, WSET Level 3, CMS Level 1
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    Antonio Assumpcao, FWS

    Congrats to Antonio Assumpcao, FWS, student of Johnson & Wales University in Florida for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors!

    About Antonio:

    ''I am a lawyer admitted to practice in Brazil and in the US, with a passion for laws, maps, history and stories. I fell in love with wine when I realized that I could enjoy a nice bottle and use it as the perfect excuse to time travel and find my passions in a rich and elaborated world. The world of wine. And once I get there, and the more I learn, the more I learn that there is more to learn.

    I had read many wine books before my wife, a lawyer turned Chef and fellow French Wine Scholar, introduced me to a great French sommelier, Yves Payraudeau, who was about to start teaching a WSET Level II class. I didn’t think twice and enrolled –  and ended up passing with distinction. More recently, I had the honor to be mentored by Professor Gershwin Narraidoo, who helped me and my classmates navigate the defiant waters of the FWS program, a second to none certification with a comprehensive curriculum. I couldn’t be happier and am looking forward to my first master-level very soon! Santé!''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The FWS program is a second to none certification with a comprehensive curriculum.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 2
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    Eleanor Yeung, FWS

    Congrats to Eleanor Yeung, FWS and student of AWSEC in Hong Kong for having passed the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Eleanor:

    ''I am a practicing barrister and a part-time lecturer in law.  Wine has always been a big part of my life, but I had not taken any classes on winemaking, tasting or pairing until I came across the French Wine Scholar program through an invitation to join as my friend’s learning companion.  When I said yes to my friend, I had no clue what I was getting myself into and certainly had no idea that it is a very prestigious certification program in the wine industry. 

    As you can imagine, during the first class I was quite overwhelmed by the wealth of information and unacquainted vocabularies and French names. But as it turned out, I became hooked to French wine learning in no time. I was so intrigued by the viticultural history and practices, climate, topography, terroir, grape varieties and wine styles of the 10 French regions.  I am extremely grateful that I have joined and graduated from the program as it opened me up to a whole new world of viticulture in France.

    After becoming a French Wine Scholar, I feel equipped to move forward and dig deeper into the viticulture in specific regions. As a Bordeaux and Rhone wine lover, I would very much like to further my wine passion by joining the master-level programs of these 2 regions. The French Wine Immersion Study Tours offered by WSG are definitely on my bucket list as well.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial After becoming a French Wine Scholar, I feel equipped to move forward and dig deeper into the viticulture in specific regions.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
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    Ladd Lanford, FWS

    Congratulations to Ladd Lanford, FWS for having successfully passed the French Wine Scholar with the highest honors, with The Wine House in Los Angeles, CA!

    About Ladd:

    ''I have been working in the film business for 22 years and have been fascinated by wine for about 20 of those. My first exposure to fine wines ironically came from tasting what James Cameron left behind in the cutting room on “Titanic”. I would show him “Dailies” every day during the shoot and he would eat dinner (with wine, usually) while he viewed the previous day’s footage. Who was I to let a half bottle of cult California Cabernet go to waste after he left for the day?

    After that, I was hooked. Almost all of my family vacations since have been to wine-producing areas that interest me in a slow course of study. It has taken such hold of me now that I really want to pursue a mid-life career change and immerse myself in the industry full-time. Certifications like the FWS designation seem like the only way to legitimize oneself to potential employers in lieu of having to start over and log years in a restaurant / wine bar / wine shop. That being said, there is no substitute for “talking the talk” every day and I am hoping an opportunity will arise one day to allow me to do so.

    I passed the Court of Master Sommelier’s “Certified Sommelier” exam in November of 2014. I was unable to move forward to the “Advanced” designation because I am not “in the industry”, so I was looking for something to help keep my head in the game and stay sharp. 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.

    Though I am not currently enrolled in any other programs, I am certainly intrigued by the other offerings of the Wine Scholar Guild, particularly the new Spanish Wine Scholar program. I love how the wine styles and techniques bleed together at the French-Spanish border, so that would be a sensible next move.

    I really appreciated the thoroughness of the FWS program’s approach. For me, it is only when you grasp the context of where the wines come from – historically, geologically, geographically – as well as how they are made and why, that you ever truly understand what you are holding in your glass. It really made me want to return to France. And I have no doubt that it would enrich a return trip immeasurably.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial 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.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications Certified Sommelier (CMS)
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    Christa Pietromonaco, FWS

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

    About Christa:

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

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

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

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

     

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial 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!
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
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    Andrew Belcher, FWS

    Congratulations to Andrew Belcher, FWS, for having passed the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors with the West London Wine School in United Kingdom!

    About Andrew:

    ''I am a wine enthusiast. My first real introduction to French wines was all those years ago at University through the wines of Chablis and Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie. Today I enjoy tasting wines not only from all the regions across the globe, but also those from the less well known areas of France and Italy.

    My last visit to a wine area was in the winter months to Chablis and then back home through the Champagne region. Visiting these areas at different times of the year adds a new dimension to learning about wines.

    At the end of 2015 I passed the WSET Diploma. The FWS allowed me to continue my wine studies by focusing on one country, to learn more about the less common areas such as Savoie and also to get exposed to wines that are less common in the UK market.

    I have recently signed up to the Champagne Master Level program.

    Having the FWS program in the classroom, I certainly look forward to the Italian course in due course in West London Wine School.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The FWS allowed me to continue my wine studies by focusing on one country, to learn more about the less common areas
    • Position Wine Enthusiast in London
    • Certifications WSET Diploma
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    Jade Hallett, FWS

    Congrats to Jade Hallett, FWS for having passed the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors, with the Art Institute of Vancouver in Canada!

    About Jade:

    ''I would consider myself both a wine enthusiast and a wine professional. My passion began at a young age - after I finished University and was working in a local wine shop I realized I was in love with the industry. I moved to Vancouver from the Okanagan to pursue a career focused around wine. After a few years I successfully completed my WSET 1,2,3 and was working as a sales representative for one of Canada’s largest agencies. I plan to continue my professional studies and grow strong in my position in sales. Management would seem like a logical step, but I am also interested in wine production. I am young so the opportunities are endless.

    As mentioned above, I have successfully completed WSET 1,2,3. I felt the FWS was a fantastic and in-depth look at a section of the wine industry most people would find challenging. It has definitely given me more confidence when talking about French wines and culture!

    I have plans to eventually complete my Diploma. I have heard from people who have or are doing the Diploma that the FWS gives a huge advantage.

    I think the confidence to talk about and describe French wine and culture to others will set me apart from the competition. I feel even more passion for the culture and look forward to traveling and experiencing France and the wine regions there one day.''

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial I felt the FWS was a fantastic and in-depth look at a section of the wine industry most people would find challenging.
    • Position Territory Sales Manager in Vancouver
    • Certifications WSET level 3
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