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Marianne Welch, IWS

Congratulations Marianne Welch, IWS for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

About Marianne Welch:

Marianne is a wine educator that has a great passion for enjoying and teaching wines from around the world.  Her focus leans towards Old World Wines with a special appreciation for French and Italian wines.  She plans to continue educating others in the understanding and appreciation of wine through offering classes at various locations. 

Marianne has completed her Burgundy Masters, is a FWS and a IWS. She past all exams with honors and highest honors.

Marianne is also a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and plans to pursue her CWE soon. She has hopes to take the upcoming Spanish Wine Scholar class as well as completing several other Masters Classes with Rhone and Bordeaux being at the top of the list.

Marianne has also past the Court of Masters pre-Sommelier class and plans to take her Sommelier Certification Exam in 2018.

Marianne also holds a certificate in Viticulture from Washington State University and will receive her Enology certificate in March of 2018.   She has competed the WSET advanced level 3 from the Wine and Spirit Trust.   She also has completed year 1 of the AWS wine judging program.

Marianne started the first AWS Chapter in Utah and is the Chapter Chair for the Northern Utah Chapter.

Her dream is to participate in the Burgundy Wine Tour within the next couple of years.

The Italian Wine Scholar program as well as the French Wine Scholar is of the highest caliber. It goes beyond expectation in its detailed delivery. The staff support is phenomenal with immediate responses to questions. Both programs are highly recommendable for anyone interested in learning about wine whether as an enthusiast or as a professional preparing for exams in other areas.  After taking many other classes I truly believe that the Wine Scholar Guild ranks as the number one superior program.   

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  • Testimonial After taking many other classes I truly believe that the WSG ranks as the number one superior program.
  • Position Wine Educator in Utah, USA
  • Certifications WSET level 3, CSW, FWS
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Daniel French, IWS

Congratulations to Daniel French, IWS for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors with the San Francisco Wine School!

About Daniel French:

''I am first a wine enthusiast, and second a wine professional. I am one who chose this profession because of my love of wine and its soothing effects on the human condition. My favorite quote concerning wine is Thomas Jefferson’s quote: “No nation is drunken where wine is cheap, and none sober where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage.” My favorite book is, “The Spirituality of Wine,” by Gisela H. Kreglinger. Wine to me is healthful in an immense number of ways. References to the vine and wine in the Bible have helped me come to terms with my love for such an intellectual and liberating gift.    

Several years ago when I decided I wanted to make wine my profession I studied for  and earned a certified pin from the Court of Master Sommeliers. This served me well until I was hired at a restaurant where the wine list was primarily Italian. I took this opportunity to study and dive deep into what I had always been told was the most daunting of countries to learn. I initially took the Italian Wine Professional certification. Later, I discovered the Wine Scholar Guild and took the Italian Wine Scholar program. This was definitely the most in-depth study program I have taken, and will be a model on which I approach future personal studies.       
                   
The Italian Wine Scholar program’s material helped me put wine in the context of history. Their presentation of the material flows like a story to me. This makes memory retention easier, and now it gives me more of a story to share when I present a wine.

Daniel French, Certified Sommelier, IWP, IWS''

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  • Testimonial I initially took the Italian Wine Professional certification. Later, I discovered WSG and took the Italian Wine Scholar program. This was definitely the most in-depth study program I have taken, and will be a model on which I approach future personal studies.
  • Position Wine professional in San Francisco, USA
  • Certifications Certified Sommelier, IWP, IWS
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Paolo Mittiga, IWS

Congratulations to Paolo Mittiga, IWS for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

About Paolo Mittiga:

''I am a wine enthusiast. I worked in the brokerage industry for over 27 years. Seven years ago, as a gift for my birthday, I received the enrollment to the Kevin Zraly course “The Windows on the World Wine Course”. At the time I did not know much about wine. However, after three months, I truly enjoyed the new class. I got very passionate about wine, I started reading many well known books on the topic, especially focused on French Wine.

I travelled to Bordeaux to learn more about it. On my way back to US I enrolled to the American Sommelier Classes in NY City including the Blind Tasting class that truly thought me a lot on the topic. I was so passionate that I also deepened my studies with more readings.

Two years ago, as I was searching for more in depth classes I came across to the Wine Scholar Guild and I felt that I needed to learn more about Italian wines. It also happened that at the time I moved back to Italy where I was born. Learning about Italian wines, as a result, became easier as I had access to the wines and to the different regions. I have travelled to Tuscany, Umbria and Campania so far. I wanted to see with my eyes what I was studying.

At the same time, I started The Wine Voyager, a company focused on Wine related events (TheWineVoyager.com). I felt I wanted to share my knowledge with other people, ignite the passion about wine in them as well. I have done many wine events in Italy (Naples) and NY/NJ with resounding success. I got excited seeing people truly enjoying the new topic and getting amazed learning it.
So Wine Education has become my passion.

I started with the very light course by Kevin Zraly, his book was the first one I read on the topic. I got very excited, as my passion was taking over, and I wanted to know more; so besides immersing myself in depth reading I also wanted to pursue a Certification program. I joined the American Sommelier courses in New York City for almost 2.5 years. I passed all their exams with honors. But I also realized that these certification programs, by covering such a wide range of regions and wines, only scratched the tip of the iceberg. I wanted to really master the knowledge of French and Italian wines (I also moved for large part of the year to Italy in 2015), so I joined the Italian Wine Scholar course; and soon the French Wine Scholar.

The course it has been just amazing, with the online classes and the in depth manual (book). I got introduced to a wonderful world that opened my eyes on the Italian wine production and its high quality. I was surprised and sad to see how little the world knows about our wines (beside some iconic ones) and how even within Italy the focus was truly about the regional wines. It is like Italy was really 20 states and the knowledge hardly extended beyond the regional borders.

With The WineVoyagers, I started the mission of expanding that knowledge, making sure that everywhere in any region we can comfortably talking and comparing wines of all the other ones.

I am in the process to establishing a US import of wines focused on the Campania region; I learned its wine through the Italian Wine Scholar, I tasted them all and I realized the incredible hidden treasures so unknown around the world.''

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  • Testimonial The IWS course it has been just amazing
  • Position Founder of The Wine Voyager in New York
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Maria Liotta, IWS

Congratulations Maria Liotta, IWS for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

About Maria Liotta:

''Wine for me is a passion gone wild!  I got the bug when I moved to Manhattan about twenty years ago and my appreciation for wines sky-rocketed.  I began to collect wine in earnest--mostly Italian—about fifteen years ago.  The history, beauty, culture, and artisanship of the wines of Italy increasingly compelled me to learn more.  

I completed the WSET Advanced Certificate program with Merit two years ago.  The IWS program greatly enhanced my level of understanding of Italian wines by providing comprehensive, in-depth detail of Italian wines, region by region, with the respective appellations, history, grapes, culture, soil, geography, and climate.  The combination of the text book, online presentations, and Q&A made the course more personal and reinforced the lessons.   

The IWS program gives me depth of knowledge that has already proven beneficial in my travels to Italy, visits with producers, purchasing decisions, and understanding of relevant wine trends.   

Thank you for providing this much-needed program. It exceeded my expectations!''

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  • Testimonial Thank you for providing this much-needed program. It exceeded my expectations!
  • Position Wine Enthusiast in New York, USA
  • Certifications WSET level 3
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LO Chi Cheung, IWS

Congrats to LO Chi Cheung, IWS for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

About LO Chi Cheung:

''I love wine. I like sharing my best selections with friends with delicious Cantonese food pairing. I enjoy debating the wines expressiveness, the outcomes of recent vintage weather variations and climate changes.

I am a holder of French Wine Scholar, WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits, Certified Specialist of Wine, International Kikisake-shi, and now Italian Wine Scholar. I finished the IWS, as well as FWS, through distance learning. IWS program helps for an in depth understanding of the facts and backgrounds of Italian wine, especially what may be masked, unavailable, or even misunderstood in the opposite side of the world of the wine growing regions, just like in my home city Hong Kong. For me as a DipWSET holder, IWS may be not a difficult program. However, I can tell the syllabus and study materials are really great. They provided me new knowledge that goes much beyond DipWSET.

IWS is not my goal of wine studying. It is another starting of my Italian wine journey of rediscovery. Now I am so proud to dig out the real gems which are not existed in the market here.''

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  • Testimonial IWS provided me new knowledge that goes much beyond DipWSET.
  • Position Wine Enthusiast in Hong Kong
  • Certifications WSET Diploma, CSW, International Kikisake-shi
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Edmund Chow, IWS

Congratulations to Edmund Chow, IWS for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

About Edmund Chow:

''I am Edmund Chow living in Hong Kong.  I work as a senior auditor at an audit firm.  I also work part time as a senior wine consultant for Swisswinemaker, a wine company mainly imports and sells Swiss wines in Hong Kong.

I am a wine enthusiast.  My passion for wine started a few years back and was passed by one of my good friends, Dr. Baudouin Neirynck.  He was a Professor teaching hospitality in the Institute for Tourism Studies in Macau.  He gave me and some other friends free tutoring on wines.  Every time we met, he shared with us two to three bottles of his wine collection free.  He always say that good wines are for sharing.    

After I finished learning from him, I continued pursuing my love and passion for wines.  I studied the Wines and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3.  The more I studied wines, the more I liked them.  Upon completing Level 3, I studied the French Wine Scholar (FWS).  It was an interesting and challenging course, which I passed with highest honours.   From the FWS, I learned more in-depth about French wine classification, regions and wines.  Besides, I also learned about the cool and warm soils, and the impacts of soils on wine tastes and styles.  These excited me more and drove me to learn more about wines.  I went on to study the WSET diploma.  The course widened my vision and knowledge further, particularly on vitification, vinification, bottling, packaging, and wine marketing and markets.  Despite it was a demanding course, I passed with Merit.

I then started to work in my friend’s wine company as a senior wine consultant, helping to sell Swiss wines which it is a niche market in Hong Kong.  I also help a local wine company to promote its wines and brandy in Mainland China.  I also involved in some wine competitions as a wine judge.

Last year, I started Unit 1 of the Italian Wine Scholar (IWS).  I found the course materials very well written, educating and fascinating.  The more I studied the IWS, the more I like the  history, culture, places, cuisines and wines of Italy.  I passed Unit 1 with highest honours.  Because of the study, my family went on a trip to Italy, visiting Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre and Barolo this summer.  Apart from visiting the scenic places, I also tried a lot of local wines, such as Rossese di Dolceaqua, Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato, Sciacchetra of Cinque Terre, Est!Est!Est! di Monstefiacone, Orvieto, etc.  I was thrilled by them.  I plan to visit Italy again next summer.

I then started Unit 2 this summer.  They are as interesting, enlightening, fascinating and educating as Unit 1.  I learn many indigenous grape varieties from Umbria, Marche, Campania, Molise, Puglia, Sicilia.  Out of interest and curiosity, I source on-line wines made from Tintilia, Sagrantino, Carricante, Nerello Mascalese, Grechetto, Pecorino, Aleatico, Nero di Troia, etc.  They are amazing grapes and wines.  

I also learn from the IWS quite a few of the local traditional wine making methods, such as using governos for making Chianti, madres for making Vin Santos and triple different fermentation for making Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, a sparkling wine in Marche.  My curiosity and love to try the wines made from the indigenous grapes also help.  I passed Unit 2 with another 95, an overall pass of the IWS with highest honours.

The IWS really broadens my vision on everything related to wines, from grape varieties, classification system, vitification to vinification, and how the terrior and mesoclimate impact on wine tastes and styles.  There are a lot of history, wisdom and traditions in Italian wines.  I greatly love Italian wines and want to share with others these great treasures of Italy, probably of the world.  I did a talk on a chat group of about 500 wine lovers and traders about the Italian wine classification and the grapes and wines from Piemonte.  I brought to their attention that Italian wine classification is the only classification that requires DOC and DOCG wines to be made from grapes grown on the slope of certain aspect.  That is unique.  If one can appreciate the wine classification system of Italy, one knows a lot of the subject already.

I intend to study the Master Class organised by the Vinitaly International Academy and to be an Ambassador for Italian wines.  I want to share my passion for Italian wines by tutoring and recommending Italian wines to local wine lovers and novices in future.  I also plan to do the Master of Wine programme to pursue the highest recognition in the wine industry.  The knowledge that I gain from both the FWS and the IWS will certainly help me to rise to a higher level and achieve my goals and dreams.''

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  • Testimonial The knowledge that I gain from both the FWS and the IWS will certainly help me to rise to a higher level and achieve my goals and dreams.
  • Position Wine consultant for Swisswinemaker in Hong Kong
  • Certifications WSET Diploma, FWS
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Gonzalo Adolfo Ríos, IWS

Congratulations to Gonzalo Adolfo Ríos, IWS for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with San Francisco Wine School!

About Gonzalo:

''I love old world culture in general and old world wine in particular, and Italian wine has always been one of my favorites.  Every week after an Italian Wine Scholar class, I would visit the local wine shops in Berkeley to explore the region we had just covered and to take a few bottles home for research.  This study has benefited me in the restaurant environment where I have been a fine dining server for a few years now.  I aspire to one day work in a café or wine shop in Europe.

Prior to taking the Italian Wine Scholar, I passed the French Wine Scholar wine certification program.  I plan to pursue the Spanish Wine Scholar and the California Appellation Wine Specialist programs in the near future.

The Italian Wine Scholar program can only strengthen my standing as a wine enthusiast and aspiring sommelier particularly when my travels take me back to Europe.''

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  • Testimonial The Italian Wine Scholar program can only strengthen my standing as a wine enthusiast and aspiring sommelier particularly when my travels take me back to Europe.
  • Position Wine Enthusiast in San Francisco
  • Certifications French Wine Scholar
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Ann Brydle, IWS

Congratulations to Ann Brydle, IWS for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with Cru Consultancy in Victoria BC !

About Ann: 

"I consider myself both a wine enthusiast and professional! I’ve been managing liquor stores for a few years now, which really sparked a passion in me to learn everything I can about wine. I started with ISG, moved on to Court of Master Sommeliers and WSET, and am now rounding out my education with Wine Scholar Guild. There’s seems to be no end in sight for my desire to learn more about wine. It’s a passion that brings me a lot of joy and that I have a lot of fun sharing with colleagues, friends, customers, and really anyone who will listen to me.

I am a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers, a Certified Sherry Specialist, and I hold my FWS and now IWS designations. I’ve also successfully taken ISG level 1 and 2 as well as WSET 3. I thoroughly enjoyed the Italian Wine Scholar course as it really gave me a deep understanding of Italian wine that I hadn’t achieved in previous courses. The online content was especially helpful and integral to my success. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Spanish Wine Scholar and have plans to start delving in to the master-level programs in the near future.

Both IWS and FWS have given me so much confidence in my wine knowledge. I’m better able to choose an interesting wine selection for my store, better able to help my guests choose the right wine, and better able to educate my staff. I look forward to more Wine Scholar Guild courses so I can continue to develop my knowledge and see where it can take me in the future."

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  • Testimonial I thoroughly enjoyed the IWS course as it really gave me a deep understanding of Italian wine that I hadn’t achieved in previous courses.
  • Position GM at Cascadia Liquor in Canada
  • Certifications WSET Level 3, Certified Sommelier, French Wine Scholar
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Matthew Landry, IWS

Congratulations to Matthew Landry, IWS for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with LaSalle College in Vancouver!

About Matthew: 

"I’m originally from St Catharines, Ontario and my first serving jobs were in the heart of Niagara wine country, nervously pouring things I couldn’t pronounce and that hopefully came under screw cap. Some years ago, I got the chance to take over a list I had no business running at a now defunct restaurant in Toronto and since then, what started as a curious obligation has evolved into a genuine passion. 

I have already passed CMS Certified, WSET 3, French Wine Scholar, Currently enrolled in Bordeaux and Burgundy Master Programs.

I’ve especially enjoyed IWS program for its inclusion of the historical and cultural elements that surround Italian wine. Anchoring the myriad details of DOC/G law within a larger, more interesting context, helps both my personal understanding and my ability to generate curiosity amongst my customers and staff."

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  • Testimonial I’ve especially enjoyed IWS program for its inclusion of the historical and cultural elements that surround Italian wine.
  • Position GM at The Stable House Bistro in Vancouver, CMS Certified, WSET 3, French Wine Scholar
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Alumni

Find below the list of individuals who have successfully passed one or more exams offered by the Wine Scholar Guild. You may search by name and filter by program.

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Nancy Reynolds, FWS, IWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Rose-Anne St. Jean, FWS, IWS Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Donald McEachern
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
Italian Wine Scholar with Honors
Erika Frey Alsace Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Raymond O'Mara
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Mike Dutch
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Maggie Meroney
Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Jo-Ann Ross, DWS, FWS, IWS
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Honors
Alsace Master-Level
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Italian Wine Scholar with Honors
Nick Hendrix, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Sud de France Master-Level
Provence Master-Level
Bourgogne Master-Level
Alsace Master-Level
French Wine Scholar
Kevin Cleary, FWS Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Lynelle Larson-Greene Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Mark Shipway Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Shaun Tucker, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Hood Hon, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Alsace Master-Level
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