Congratulations to Hyun Jae Woo, FWS, for achieving highest honors in the French Wine Scholar exam with WSA Wine Academy, Seoul.
About Hyun Jae Woo:
Since I started enjoying wine properly a few years ago, I have encountered various French wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Rhone by AOCs. I also tried Italian wines such as Barolo, Amarone, Chianti, and BDM. In this way, I have developed a lot of passion for wine through various exposures, but before this period, wine was nothing more than ordering by a glass at a restaurant to make me feel good. The moment of realization that there is a marriage of food and wine, came to me by accident. Since then, I always have at least a bottle of wine whenever I visit a restaurant, so I know the true ‘aesthetics of the combination’. Naturally, this has been accompanied with the question ‘What is wine?’, and has expanded my academic curiosity, leading to the achievement of top grades at FWS.
Before I started the FWS course, I completed and passed the WSET 3 course to gain a thorough understanding of the wine regions of the world. This course has provided a solid foundation for successful completion of the FWS course. For example, the carbonic maceration process and the Champagne manufacturing process (Methode Traditionelle) were included in the FWS course. They may feel unfamiliar when you first encounter them, but the WSET course made them rather more interesting. The FWS course was dealing with much more dense information about French wine than the WSET course I took, which aroused my deep interest. Also I was able to take a detailed look into wine producing regions such as Savoie and Corsica which are not found in the WSET course, so naturally much greater wine knowledge has been gained.
I believe that the FWS course has played a key role in elevating my professional knowledge, and it has also greatly influenced my future career planning. My next goal is to pass the IWS and SWS courses as soon as possible. I'm dreaming of the moment I put the three WSG badges on the collar of my suit.
The FWS course gave me the microscopic ability to look in great detail into any wine region in France. In the future, I want to deepen my knowledge about French wine and want to be an objectively knowledgeable wine lover. Even if I enter a wine-related field in the future, I am sure that the knowledge and experience I gained in the FWS course will serve as a solid base.