Congratulations to Christian Raubach, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar program with highest honors!
I am a Swiss wine enthusiast, currently residing in Singapore, with 30 years of tasting and collecting experience, I explore many regions but in my 5000+ bottle wine collection there are mainly French wines with some German Riesling being the only larger non-French position. I actively trade wines on the secondary market to balance my portfolio.
I am currently the Vinothecaire of the Commanderie de Bordeaux Singapore and also a member of the Confrerie de Tastevin de Bourgogne. Burgundy and Bordeaux are my two favorite regions when it comes to reds and Champagne and Mosel when it comes to whites.
There was always wine at our family table so I got exposed to the matter early in my life. Coincidentally the first Swiss Master of Wine, Philipp Schwander MW (1996), was a high school friend of mine. This further awakened my interest to deepen my knowledge and I took the WSET 3 some time ago. He also motivated me to write tasting notes as this helps to be more precise and reflective when tasting a wine. I currently have 7000+ logged tasting notes on CellarTracker.
During the two year de facto lock down in Singapore we were all trapped on this small island and were running out of interesting things to do. Hence, the FWS study was a welcome week-end activity. I very much enjoyed the block seminar format where we would have a full day class of and tasting 10-15 wines in each session. It expanded my horizon, as there were French regions and grape varieties that I otherwise rarely taste.
The FWS program rounded out my knowledge across the entire country whereas before I was mainly familiar with the larger regions only such as Bordeaux and Burgundy.