Congratulations to Jade Xiaohan Yu, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with IWEG in Toronto!
I was working in the media industry before I got into the wine world. Leading a busy life, a glass of wine to me is like a pacifier to a baby. I started taking introductory wine courses to spend my free time. The more I learned, the more interest I gained. Now I am a sommelier student on the journey to achieve my goal of becoming a professional sommelier.
I passed the WSET Level 3 in Wine. FWS program gave me the chance to get a more in depth look at French wine. Now my knowledges on French wine regions and appellations are organized in a systematic way that are easy for me to recall. I am currently enrolled in Italian Wine Scholar and planning to do the master levels of French wine regions in near future.
When we speak of wine, it is always more than the chemical compounds in the glass that we are talking about. The terrior, natural and social histories and cultures are what make the wine enchanting. When I recommend a wine to my friends or guests who may not be professional wine tasters, I find them enjoying discussing the stories behind the wine, probably even more than the structures of the wine. This is why my favourite sections of FWS are the histories, geography and food traditions of each region. I can never understand a wine without knowing them.