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    David Bersier, FWS

    Congratulations to David Bersier, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About David:

    I have always had an interest in wine. I started buying local wine (in Switzerland where I used to live) as soon as I started having some money to spend but for a long time I wasn’t really trying to know much about wine. Things got more serious a few years ago when I started looking for a more organised way of learning. I wanted to go beyond just enjoying what I was drinking but I wanted to actually understand what was in the glass. I started going to wine tastings more regularly and I started taking courses. As I’ve always been drawn to French wines, the FWS program looked like an obvious next step and I happily took that step.

    For a long time I was just happy to discover new wines and drink something pleasant, without much knowledge of the aromatic profile of various grape varieties, wine regions, or wine making techniques (and their impact on the wines). After reading a number of books and gathering information from various internet sources, I wanted a more formal wine education so I took the WSET Level 2 and Level 3 courses. While I very much liked the broad view that they provide, I wanted to explore French wines in greater depth for various reasons. One is that my preferences lead me to some specific French wine regions. Another is that, growing up in nearby Switzerland, one can’t help but be influenced by that large neighbor that claims to make the best wines in the world. Yet another is that I will eventually relocate to France and I wanted a deeper knowledge of French wine than I had then. The FWS program was exactly what I needed.

    Having finished the FWS program, I am now enrolled in a course at the University of Bourgogne in Dijon on Wine, Culture, and Wine Tourism. This year-long course focuses on viticulture and wine tourism. This will provide the basis I need to acquire in order to develop a wine tourism activity in South-West France in the future. The FWS program provided a solid foundation in French wine that I can build upon to expand my general knowledge of viticulture and wine-making.

    As I intend to work in the wine tourism industry in South-West France, a thorough knowledge of French wines is a necessary basis. There is such a broad range of characteristics, in terms of soils, climates, wine styles, or grape varieties, that one can use this diversity to illustrate differences and similarities in practices across various regions, the impact of the climate, emphasize the importance of the terroir, etc. The knowledge I gained in the FWS program is really invaluable in this respect as the course is both broad and thorough.

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    • Testimonial I intend to work in the wine tourism industry in South-West France...the FWS program is really invaluable in this respect as the course is both broad and thorough.
    • Position Liverpool John Moores University, Reader in Astrophysics
    • Certifications WEST Level 2, WSET Level 3
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    Khem Rai, FWS

    Congratulations to Khem Rai, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Khem:

    I am an avid wine drinker.  I am told my first sip of wine was when I was around 4 years of age but of course I do not remember what I drank!

    After working for 12 years in the financial solutions industry, I decided I wanted to do something different with my life and took a career break. While figuring out what to do next, I started to study wine as I wanted to understand more about what I was drinking and the process that went into making wine.

    I have completed WSET level 2, WSET level 3, French Wine Scholar and Barossa Master level. I am currently a WSET Diploma, Italian Wine Scholar and Sud de France Master level student.  Studying French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar has allowed me to break down these complex wine regions into individual areas which are then easier to study and understand.  I plan to study Spanish Wine Scholar and also join some of the Wine Scholar Guild study trips in the future.  I believe visiting wine regions provides students with knowledge and perspective that cannot be gained through reading books alone.

    I like to collect wines from around the world. Studying wine allows me to make an educated decision on what to buy, collect or drink.  I think wine should be fun, it connects people from different walks of life and it is meant for sharing.  I just wish studying wine was as easy as drinking it!!

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial Studying the French Wine Scholar has allowed me to break down these complex wine regions... I just wish studying wine was as easy as drinking it!!
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
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    Diego Arrebola, FWS

    Congratulations to Diego Arrebola, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Diego:

    I’ve been working with wine and beverages for 15 years now, specifically as a consultor and an educator for 8 years. Wine is day by day more and more important for a great number of businesses and also as a crucial part of people’s social life. This understanding is what took me to look at this market as both a career and a challenge, considering that Brazil isn’t exactly a wine drinking country. I see wine education as the best way to change that, to show consumers better wines and, even more, take them to better understand the wines they’re drinking and so make better choices. My ultimate goal is to help as many people as possible to achieve this.

    I’m a Professional Sommelier, certified by ASI (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale), by the Brazilian Sommelier Association (ABS) and by the Italian Sommelier Association (AIS), I’m a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, a WSET Level 3 in Wines and Spirits and a WSET certified educator. After many years of “general” studies, with courses and certifications covering the wine world as a whole, I’ve felt it was time to go one step further and look for in depth courses focused in single countries and/or regions. Nothing better than starting with the best one, the FWS!

    Besides the fact that I can now teach the FWS courses in Eno Cultura, it makes me more comfortable to talk about French wines. The most important of all the wine producing countries deserves that we talk and teach about it with proper authority, and the FWS certification provides me with a great deal of that.

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    • Testimonial The most important of all the wine producing countries deserves that we talk and teach about it with proper authority, and the FWS certification provides me with a great deal of that.
    • Position Owner, EntreCopos Consulting
    • Certifications Certified Sommelier, WSET Level 3
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    Azra Moiz, FWS

    Congratualations to Azra Moiz, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

     

    About Azra:

    Since I first discovered the most sublime white and red Burgundies almost 20 years ago, I have been fascinated by how a plain old grape could transform into something so amazing. I’ve been an enthusiast since… I don’t have any intention of going into the wine trade as just the fun of learning about wines without any work commitment is just fine for me!

    I have done the WSET Level 3 qualification in the UK which gave me a good foundation in wine knowledge. However I always wanted to do more of a “deep dive” into the wine giants of Europe – France of course, and also Italy and Spain. So this year I did the Italian Wine Scholar Part 1 and then the French Wine Scholar.

    Doing the FWS was really insightful because we spent time studying the regions, appellations and sub-regions in depth, and I learnt more than I ever have before about French wines. The tastings during the course were particularly valuable as the wines were chosen with care and discernment.

    Studying for the exams turned out to be a pleasure because the course content was so motivating. In fact I think I studied harder for these wine exams that I did for my law degree.

    I don’t plan to work in the wine industry so doing the FWS was just for my own personal enjoyment… and I did enjoy it immensely. Going for weekly classes was the highlight of my week, and in fact after it was over I felt a sense of loss…  Thursday nights felt so dull without the FWS.

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    • Testimonial Doing the FWS was really insightful because we spent time studying the regions, appellations and sub-regions in depth, and I learnt more than I ever have before about French wines.
    • Position Director, ASense Consulting
    • Certifications WSET Level 3
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    Anton Vamplew, FWS

    Congratulations to Anton Vamplew, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar program with highest honors!

    About Anton:

    In what seems like a previous existence, I made a living as an amateur astronomer (I am coming to the wine), which came from when, as a young lad, I used to gaze out at the starry skies with a great desire to know what I was looking at. As I found out, you can never know everything about the stars, planets and the universe, as there is so much to learn. Plus, new information rolls in all the time, which means you are always learning - and it is this gaining of knowledge that I really enjoy. So, when a friend encouraged me to join him on his wine studying adventure, I thought I’d give it a go. Little did I know how fascinating this subject is, to the point that I am now considering future working opportunities in the world of wine.

    My wine journey started with WSET 2 in February 2018, followed later that year by WSET 3. I hesitated momentarily after this. I knew I wanted to continue studying, but I wasn’t sure if I had enough of a knowledge-base for the WSET Diploma. But, if you don’t give it a go… and in April 2019 I entered this full-on educational existence.  Year 1 of the two-year Diploma course came to a successful end in March this year, and while I waited to commence Year 2 in August, I thought I’d fit in some more studying with the French Wine Scholar Course. It fitted in perfectly, as it not only provided revision for the French section of the WSET unit that I had just studied, but also the ‘learning’ (or filling in the blanks) that I enjoy, especially around grape growing and winemaking.

    The fact the FWS course was provided with a good quality book and online material (with quizzes) were a few of the reasons I took this course. I am a very visual learner, so for me these resources made it an enjoyable learning experience, and I am looking forward - even more now I know what to expect - to continuing my wine studies.  Having joined the WSG too, it is clear there is a wealth of information available online, including great seminars, that will help as I continue to explore all the landscapes of wine..

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    • Testimonial I am a very visual learner, so for me these resources made it an enjoyable learning experience... having joined the WSG too, it is clear there is a wealth of information available online, including great seminars.
    • Position Freelance Graphic Artist
    • Certifications WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
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    Mari Osada, FWS

    Congratulations to Mari Osada, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Mari:

    My wine journey started 4 years ago. I wished I knew how to choose a bottle of wine at the liquor store or what’s written on the wine list at the restaurants. Back then, at various wine tasting occasions, I could only tell if I liked the wine or not. I wanted to have the ability of analyzing and describing wines, its background and origin.

    As a mom of two young children, it was hard for me to find time in between kids schedules. I decided to enrol myself to WSET course with IWEG, Toronto, sparing a couple of hours of studying daily. I was excited when I found out the flexibility of WSG’s online courses with webinars.

    FWS’s approach to wine from a historical and geographical perspective is intriguing and led me to a deeper understanding of French wines. I was able to understand what, why and how each wine region produces wines with unique characteristics. In the end, thanks to experienced and knowledgeable teachers, I figured what I learned in the course all connects dots from each wine region to overall French wines - historically, geographically and grapes and wine making methods and more!

    The more I studied, my interests for wine grew and it became my passion. Now with WSET Level 3 and FWS, I can not only enjoy wine shopping and selecting a bottle from wine lists, but also I can talk about wines confidently to others at different occasions. The world of wine is profound and limitless. My next step is SWS and IWS. Eventually I want to complete WSET diploma course.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial FWS’s approach to wine from a historical and geographical perspective is intriguing and led me to a deeper understanding of French wines.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 3
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    Gill Sykes, FWS

    Congratulations to Gill Sykes, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Gill:

    I am the General Manager, Chief Wine buyer and founder of our highly successful wine events and education centre under the Wine House brand. I sell premium wine in a dedicated shop in Melbourne and online all over Australia and South East Asia. I have worked at Wine House for 10 years building up the business and expanding our range of wines and wine event / educational offerings.

    In addition to the French Wine Scholar qualification I also hold the WSET Diploma. The French Wine Scholar Guild complements my qualification with WSET as it is a more detailed look into one country.

    The FWS program will assist me in my selection of French wine for Wine House to sell. It will enable me to run more French wine focused events. But most importantly for me it will enable me to run FWS courses at Wine House. 

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The FWS program will enable me to run more French wine focused events. But most importantly for me it will enable me to run FWS courses at Wine House.
    • Position Manager, Wine House, Melbourne, Australia
    • Certifications WSET Diploma
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    Adrian Howick, FWS

    Congratulations to Adrian Howick, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Adrian:

    My passion for wine was fostered from a young age in Australia, when my father (a restaurant maître d’) subscribed me to a local wine magazine in my teens – one I still subscribe to today!  Back then, it was difficult to find non-Australian wine in merchants or restaurants – today, living in London, I have access to the whole world of wine!  I am fortunate to share my love of wine with my friends – giving me frequent opportunities to indulge in this passion.  The knowledge I gain in courses from the likes of WSET and Wine Scholar Guild complements the joy I get from consuming wine with my friends.
     
    I have really enjoyed obtaining the knowledge gained through the wine courses offered by WSET (Level 2 and 3) and Wine Scholar Guild (French Wine Scholar).  I believe the French Wine Scholar’s in-depth focus on the country’s wine regions has greatly enhanced the knowledge gained from my WSET courses - as will the Spanish and Italian Wine Scholar courses to come!  The two programs are very complimentary – WSET provides you with a broad understanding of the world’s major wine producing countries, with the Wine Scholar Guild allowing you to dive deeper into the traditional wine countries of France, Spain and Italy.

    I believe the French Wine Scholar has given me an invaluable in-depth understanding of French wines, which, in turn, has given me much greater confidence in selecting these wines both in-store and on-premises.  It is inspiring me to continue to develop my wine knowledge – one country at a time.  Who knows, this inspiration may well lead me to a career in wine one day! 

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial I believe the French Wine Scholar has given me an invaluable in-depth understanding of French wines, which, in turn, has given me much greater confidence in selecting these wines...
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3
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    Megan Farrell, FWS

    Congratulations to Megan Farrell, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Megan:

    While I’m not a wine professional, wine fits in with the two things I love most outside of my day job as an IT Project Director: Travel, and Story-Telling. My love of wine has developed alongside my love of travel over the past decade, particularly to Europe – I’ve taken several trips, including 5 to France and 2 to Italy. One of the things I love about going to Europe is their culturally slower pace and drinking a glass of wine (especially Old World!), seems to exemplify that.

    Wine also exemplifies the art of story-telling for me – the vintage year, vineyard history, process, aging, etc. wrapped up in a bottle. I’ve written two memoirs about life and lessons (I have a blog, skybluemission.com) and love to use my experiences to enlighten and lift up others. The art of wine-- being a sommelier—whether at a fancy restaurant or simply having friends over to enjoy a special bottle, fits that also.

    Finally, one of my biggest goals in life is to always follow my passion, and as wine as developed as a passion, so has my determination to pursue it. Part of my interest in learning more about wine stemmed from the Netflix documentary, Somm. I was lucky enough to find myself in Orange County, California for a year and, as suspected, there are many more wine educational resources there, particularly Peter Neptune’s ‘Neptune School of Wine.’ I consider it a twist of fate that when I went back to watch Somm one weekend after beginning classes with him, it turns out he is one of few Master Somms featured in that documentary! Peter is a fabulous instructor and I have been lucky enough to work with him in this program.

    I’ve actually only taken the WSET Level 1. While waiting (impatiently) for the schedule to release for WSET Level 2, I saw the French Wine Scholar course offered, and, given my love of all things French (history and culture in addition to wine), I excitedly signed up. I was a bit intimidated when I realized I was far behind my peers who had all completed at least WSET Level 3, but I was determined, studied hard, and thrilled to pass with Highest Honors.

    I have now completed WSET Level 2 and hope to complete Level 3 within the next year. The French Wine Scholar program has really made me feel like I can speak masterfully to all French wines. As I have many favorite wines from the Tuscany region (my favorite wine is Brunello di Montalcino), I have a strong interest in completing the Italian Wine Scholar program as well and gaining a similar ability to speak to the wines of Italy.

    I also hope to complete the WSET diploma course at some point, and again, the French Wine Scholar program has helped make me feel as though I have a solid grounding in one of the biggest wine regions, to pursue that.

    Above all else, the French Wine Scholar program has given me a confidence to continue to pursue this passion of mine. I’m not sure exactly where this journey will take me yet, but I know I don’t want to be an IT Project Director forever, and I’m excited at the possibilities of continued learnings and career opportunities. In the meantime, as I take my second trip to Bordeaux for my mom’s 60th birthday in June, I’m looking forward to approaching the wines there with a newfound appreciation and understanding gained from this great program!

     

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    • Testimonial ...as I take my second trip to Bordeaux... I’m looking forward to approaching the wines there with a newfound appreciation and understanding gained from this great program!
    • Position Senior Consultant/Project Director, Nordic Consulting
    • Certifications WSET Level 1, WSET Level 2
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    Andromachi Gogou, FWS

    Congratulations to Andromachi Gogou, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Andromachi:

    Wine is the metamorphosis of environment, land, vine, knowledge and care into a bottle which can stimulate the palate. Two years ago and after my move from Greece to Belgium, I decided to become a wine specialist, a person who not just only knows how to distinguish the quality of wine in a bottle, but who can explain this uniqueness to others in simple terms.

    At the beginning of this journey I followed lessons at WSPC Greece where I achieved WSET Level 2 and HESTIA-The World of Greek Wine Level 3. But having tasted Greek wine most of my life, I decided to enroll in a FWS program to gain a thorough knowledge of this vast wine region which influences wine production worldwide. I also managed to neutralize and internationalize my palate, right before I launched into Greek wine imports here in Belgium.

    By following the FWS program I have achieved higher professional standards in terms of wine knowledge and evaluation. It also gave me an invaluable opportunity to expand my business network through meeting people who share my passion for wine. I believe that the wine journey is a never-ending one so my plan is to explore wine regions I have never visited before, pursue new wine programs and experience new challenges while expanding my career in wine.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial By following the FWS program I have achieved higher professional standards in terms of wine knowledge and evaluation. It also gave me an invaluable opportunity to expand my business network....
    • Position Founder / Managing Director, Stigma Wines
    • Certifications WSET Level 2
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