Hidden Menu

  • Southwest France Wine Tour (Oct 2016)
  • Rioja Wine Tour (tba)
  • Jura Wine Tour (Oct. 2017)
  • Tuscany Wine Tour (May 2019)
  • Burgundy Wine Tour (June 2019 - FULL)
  • Champagne Wine Tour (June 2019 - FULL)
  • Home
  • Reservation Form
  • Reservation Form Special
  • My Membership
  • Webinar-Evaluation
  • Notify me when Flash Player bug is fixed
  • Our Recent Top Exam Scorers
  • Private Trips Reservation Form
  • Guest membership
  • Top Exam Scorer
  • 3-Month Guest Membership
  • Latest newsletter
  • Latest News Archive
  • Newsletter Signup
  • Application Submission Form
  • Free 6 Month Membership
  • Thank you for your submission
  • Acymailing Modify Subscription
  • Update Newsletter Profile
  • Preferences saved
  • Italian Wine Scholar - Unit 1 - Study Manual
  • IWS test page
  • Membership for Wine Educators
  • Loire Valley Pronuncitation Module
  • Self-Enrollment in FWS v5.2
  • FWS V6 Upgrade
  • chronoform users-edit
  • Private trips
  • Cru Artisan College 2017
  • French Wine Scholar™ online | Independent Study Format
  • French Wine Scholar™ online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format
  • Private trips
  • French Wine Scholar™ online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format UPGRADE
  • French Wine Scholar™ online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format UPGRADE (from previous versions)
  • wine study and tasting groups faq
  • Italian Wine Scholar™ Unit 1 online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format
  • Italian Wine Scholar™
  • Italian Wine Scholar™ Unit 2 online | 15-week Instructor-Led Format
  • Rhône Wine Tour (June 2018)
  • Champagne Master-Level - Excerpt 1
  • Champagne Master-Level - Excerpts 2
  • Louis Roederer Scholarship for the Champagne Master-Level Program
  • Laurent Perrier Scholarship for Guild of Sommeliers Members
  • Champagne ML Preview
  • Reservation form for Bourgogne intensive
  • Tuscany (May 2019)
  • Thanks for your submission
  • Search FAQs
  • Wine Tasting
  • Membership Demo
  • Certified Sherry Wine Specialist VIP pre-launch
  • Buy Tasting Lab Credits
  • Replacement Pins
  • Winetasting - Home2
  • Reservation form for Bourgogne intensive Fall 2022
  • School Management
  • Mass Subscribe
  • Register Menu

    Our Recent Top Exam Scorers

    Rita Loyd, FWS

    Rita Loyd, FWS
    I can’t wait to visit France again with this newfound knowledge!
    Rita Loyd, FWS, Southern California Chain District Manager, Riboli Family Wines (2018 AWOTY – Wine Enthusiast)
    Other certifications: WSET Level 1, WSET Level 2

    Congratulations to Rita Loyd, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Rita:

    My passion for wine started at university when I would go wine tasting on the weekends with friends in the Shawnee Wine Trails outside of Carbondale, Illinois. Once I moved to Los Angeles, California I began experiencing wine tastings all throughout the state and really started appreciating the unique distinctions of the wines and terroir. I then started working at a wine shop and would host tastings each weekend featuring wines from various countries. With this continued interest in the industry I got directly into sales as a Wine Sales Rep for a local winery – Riboli Family of San Antonio Winery two years ago. Recently I was promoted as District Manager in sales for Southern California Chain Division. I would love to continue in my wine career rather than be in sales or teaching classes or touring the world judging beautiful wines. Santé!

    Along with the FWS, I have the WSET Level I and II certifications as well. In the past year, with my continued wine education it helped me exceed in my career and I was named Sales Representative of the Year for 2018 with my district for Riboli Family Wines. I am in the process soon to be achieving the WSET Level III. I believe the FWS provides a good foundation on the development of wine that is used throughout the world. I would like to continue to broaden my knowledge of wine by taking the WSET Level IV diploma and possibly one day starting the process of the Master of Wine program.

    When I plan to travel the world (especially Europe again) It will help me understand the terroir of the regions (history, grapes, soils, climate, aspect, and more). There is so much more to wine than just the grape alone. By focusing on one country, this will help me when I enhance my studies for multiple countries. Again, as I have previously mentioned I believe the FWS provides a good base for wine education. I can’t wait to visit France again with this newfound knowledge!


    Sign up to receive our latest updates