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    Our Recent Top Exam Scorers

    Kelly Palmer, FWS

    Kelly Palmer, FWS
    FWS is a beautifully constructed program. I was lucky to be able to enroll in the instructor led classroom program which at least for me is so much more beneficial than independent study
    Kelly Palmer, FWS, Bartender at Gibsons Restaurant Group
    Other certifications: Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)


    Congratulations to Kelly Palmer, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the American Wine School with highest honors!

    About Kelly:

     

    I am definitely both an enthusiast and a professional. I have been working in restaurants most of my life, but it wasn’t until I entered the world of “fine dining” that I found a true appreciation for wine. After moving to Chicago from a small town in Michigan I was fortunate to get to work in a number of wine bars throughout the city and it was here that my fascination really began. I started focusing more on the how and the why things are. “Why does this taste the way it does? And how did the grapes get to this point?”. I began reading every wine book I could get my hands on, and my passion quickly turned into a full blown obsession. I want to know everything!


                 I believe that the best way to improve yourself is through education. Through self study I have passed the Court of Master Sommeliers introductory exam and now the FWS. FWS is a beautifully constructed program. I was lucky to be able to enroll in the instructor led classroom program which at least for me is so much more beneficial than independent study. Before taking this course I didn’t even know what I didn’t know! This in depth course, though sometimes overwhelming has taught me so much more than I ever expected, definitely exceeded my expectations. Everyone with an interest in pursuing a career in wine should take this course

    I plan to enroll in the Spanish and the Italian wine scholar program as soon as it is available in my city. I am currently studying for CMS certified exam. And plan to acquire any certification I can in between.
     I have no fear of any future exam questions I will be asked about the wine regions of France. My goal is to learn everything I can and then be able to educate others. Programs like this with the depth and attention to detail really give you a true understanding of why and how the wines are what they are. The FWS program made me want to take every other program WSG has to offer.



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