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    Shirley L.Paddock, IWS


    Congratulations to Shirley L. Paddock, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

     

    About Shirley: 

    I suppose I would consider myself a wine enthusiast although I believe that there are varying levels of enthusiasm for wine. I didn’t set out to be an “enthusiast” I just liked to try good wines and found myself wanting more knowledge about the multitude of grapes and wine styles beyond the standard international varieties and the “California cab”.  I love learning and have a tendency to try to learn as much as I can about a certain subject, in this case wine.

    I am a Certified Wine Scholar (CSW) from the Society of Wine Educators and have passed the WSET Level 3 Award in Wine with Merit.  The basics in both of these programs allowed me to focus on the key aspects of the Italian wine world vs trying to learn the basics of viticulture and winemaking at the same time I was studying for the IWS. I am currently enrolled in the FWS program (as the Spanish Wine Scholar program is not yet open to me ☹)   Given my passion for learning, I am excited to learn more about French wines and eventually more about Spanish Wines. My journey through the IWS program will provide a wonderful foundation and perspective on Old World wines in general and will allow me to compare and contrast the different regions. At some point in the future I may consider studying for the DipWSET in Wine.

    The IWS program has fed my love of wine and learning and will ultimately allow me to be able to compare and contrast each of the world’s wine regions based on their history, terroir, viticulture and wine making practices.




    Additional Info

    • Testimonial My journey through the IWS program will provide a wonderful foundation and perspective on Old World wines in general and will allow me to compare and contrast the different regions.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, WSET Level 3
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    Bruce Smoller, IWS


    Congratulations to Bruce Smoller, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Bruce:
    I am simply a wine enthusiast.  I have become quite interested in learning everything I can possible learn about the wines of the world.  It is a great hobby and allows me to 1) throw great dinner parties and 2) attempt to make great pairings with dinners for me and my wife.  At this point, I have no particular professional aspirations downstream from my wine studies . . . . but who knows?

    I have taken and completed WSET 2, WSET 3, Fine Wine Scholar, Master Course in Burgundy, Master Course in Rhone Valley, Italian Wine Scholar (parts 1 and 2). 
    I am now enrolled in the Napa Valley Wine Expert course (given by the Napa Valley Wine Academy).  
    I am hoping that at some point you will develop master level programs in some of the Italian wine appellations, analogous to those you have in France.  I will like enroll in one of the other French master level programs next, while I am awaiting the Spanish Wine Scholar program to begin. 


    This was a great introduction to the voluminous topic of Italian wines.  From my studies within France, I have learned that we have only barely scratched the surface of what there is to know, and I would very much like to take a deeper dive.  I personally find the more in-depth courses more exciting, while fully realizing that without the basic fundamentals, one cannot undertake the more in-depth studies. 





    Additional Info

    • Testimonial This was a great introduction to the voluminous topic of Italian wines.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 3, Bourgogne ML, Rhone Valley ML, FWS
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    Gordana Josovic, IWS

    Congratulations to Gordana Josovic, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Gordana:
    I am a wine buyer and an instructor at San Francisco Wine School. 
    I was bitten by a wine bug one summer in the late ‘80s during a vacation at the Dalmatian coast while sampling local wines. From that moment on, I used every opportunity to taste and discover more about each wine in front of me.


    After my move to the US, I spent years of working in San Francisco restaurant industry where I learned from some of the best wine professionals in California.  This new knowledge coupled with my love for wine inspired me to pursue wine studies as a career. I have held different positions from Server and Bartender to Sommelier, Wine Director, and Beverage Director at various companies.  Becoming a Wine Educator was a natural progression for me, since it runs in my blood; my parents, my sister, my cousins, all have been teachers.


    My profession and the participation in numerous wine competitions allowed me to spend time at many wine regions all over the world.  I have gotten to know amazing people and stories behind my favorite wines. Everything that had led me to this point in my life transformed my passion for all things wine, food and beverage into a life style.

    I hold the French Wine Scholar with highest honors credential from the Wine Scholar Guild, the Certified Beverage Specialist with the Society of Wine Educators, the California Wine Appellation Specialist with highest honors from San Francisco Wine School, and the Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
    I am currently studying to sit for my Master Sommelier Exam. Italian Wine Scholar program helps me tremendously while covering Italy since it is much more comprehensive than some of the materials I have been using.  My colleges and study groups members have noted that the program’s different approach and information cannot be found in other studying guides.

    The program is helping me in my studies for the Master Sommelier Diploma. Its in depth approach to all of the Italian regions separates it from other studying materials and provides a complete picture of the Italian wine landscape.
    I am looking forward to teaching new generations of Italian Wine Scholars for years to come!


    Additional Info

    • Testimonial Italian Wine Scholar program helps me tremendously while covering Italy since it is much more comprehensive than some of the materials I have been using.
    • Position Instructor at San Francisco Wine School
    • Certifications Certified Beverage Specialist CBS, Advanced Sommelier (CMS), FWS
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    Rebecca Thompson, IWS


    Congratulations to Rebecca Thompson, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Rebecca:
    I am a wine enthusiast – I’ve been studying wine for several years as a hobby.  

    Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)
    French Wine Scholar (FWS)
    Italian Wine Professional
    Rhone Master Level Certificate
    Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 2

    I usually enroll in one class/year.  I prefer an in-person format (so that limits my options).  I am excited for the Wine Scholar Guild’s Spanish Wine Scholar.  

    I love Italy!  The class has been great to help me plan my travels when visiting different wine regions.





    Additional Info

    • Testimonial I love Italy! The class has been great to help me plan my travels when visiting different wine regions.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications Certified Specialist in Wine CSW, FWS, Rhone ML, WSET level 2
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    Andrew Belcher, IWS

    Congratulations to Andrew Belcher, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Andrew:


    I am a wine enthusiast. I love the back stories to the wines irrespective of whether they are classed as “New“ or “Old” World. Living close to London affords the me a number of tasting opportunities through the various wine schools  such as West London; but also I am only a couple of hours  away from many of the French regions. In July I am off to Bourgogne again.
    The UK with it’s sparkling wine of which I am a fan offers more opportunities for tasting and education.

     

    Prior to undertaking courses with the Wine Scholar Guild, I undertook a number of the WSET courses up to and including the WSET Diploma. With the Wine Scholar Guild I have taken the French Wine Scholar, Champagne Master, Bordeaux Master and more recently the Italian Wine Scholar exams. In the case of the Italian I undertook Level 2 first online and Level 1 at West London and enjoyed both.
    In the future I will no doubt undertake the Spanish Wine Scholar course, but will also look at the Bourgogne and Rhone Master courses.

    I loved the Italian course as even though I have travelled through Northern, Central and Southern Italy and undertaken previous Italian wine courses and tastings, it introduced to a number of new areas and wine styles.
    Like many of the other Wine Scholar Guild courses I have obtained a more comprehensive understanding of the history of the regions.



    Additional Info

    • Testimonial Like many of the other Wine Scholar Guild courses I have obtained a more comprehensive understanding of the history of the regions.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Diploma, FWS, Champagne ML, Bordeaux ML
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    Aaron Chuang, IWS

    Congratulations to Aaron Chuang, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors

    About Aaron:
    I am a wine educator and wine event organizer in Taiwan and have worked with many famous winery owners and wine makers when they visited Taiwan.  I am also the Rioja ambassador and wine lecturer in South African wine.  


     I have advanced Wine certificate from Cape Wine Academy and I am also a registered WSET Diploma student. I teach WSET L2 and Rhone Valley Master Courses at Taiwan Wine Academy.

     Having completed IWS I am now more confident in teaching and writing wine articles on Italian wines, and also because of this course I am more eager to taste wines from less known areas in Italy.



    Additional Info

    • Testimonial Having completed IWS I am now more confident in teaching and writing wine articles on Italian wines
    • Position Chief Editor at Taiwan Wine Forum
    • Certifications WSET Level 3
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    Anson Wan, IWS


    Congratulations to Anson Wan for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

    About Anson:

    Honestly I am not quite sure if I could be defined as a wine enthusiast or not! My connection to wine started from 2010. Just think I am learning to be a wine professional (but still on the way!) 
Now I work for a wine importer as a salesperson to establish accounts with private customers, Bank & Finance, Luxury brands, PR firm and e-commerce partners.
    I am also a registered trainer of “Placement-tied” wine training program from one of the local NGO. 

Even though I passed the WSET Level 4 Diploma few years ago, most of Italian wine knowledge is still less-known or even unknown for me. IWS enables me to go for more details include more complementary information, history and wine law as well as the local culture and tradition! 
After finished the Italian Wine Scholar, I also enrolled French Wine Scholar and am looking forward to the Spanish Wine Scholar. 

    
Italian Wine Scholar is not merely a wine course, but also a very interesting Italian wine and travel guide for me! It helps me to explore more hidden gems from less-known wine regions and teach me how to appreciate them. Once I want to promote an Italian wine, I will be so confident to have quite a lot of interesting stories to tell!

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial 
Italian Wine Scholar is not merely a wine course, but also a very interesting Italian wine and travel guide for me
    • Position Sales manager at ASC Fine Wines
    • Certifications WSET Diploma
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    Andrea Eby, IWS

    Congratulations to Andrea Eby, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

     About Andrea:

    I work as a manager and buyer for Banville & Jones Wine Co., one of Canada’s leading wine boutiques. In addition to my role at Banville & Jones , I am also a partner and instructor at Wine & Drinks College Manitoba, the provinces leading provider of drinks education. I have a Bachelor of Education and teach WSET, WSG and Sommelier classes at the WDCM. I am also honoured to sit on the judging panel for the International Wine & Spirits Challenge in London, England. I am a passionate advocate of Italian wines and it was this passion that led me to complete a stage at Tolaini vineyards in Chianti Classico. The contacts and relationships that I have developed during my time in Italy have fuelled my inspiration to learn as much as I possibly can about Italy and its wine.

    I have earned my Diploma (with distinction) from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. I am a certified sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild and a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators. The Italian Wine Scholar program has been instrumental in providing me with a level of knowledge that I simply had not been exposed to previously. I appreciate the breadth and depth of knowledge that is required to successfully complete the program.

    I intend to pursue the Master of Wine designation and foresee the knowledge being indispensable in achieving this goal, particularly as I intend to focus my research paper on the wines of Italy.


    As a result of taking the course I now have a more complete understanding of the Italian wine industry. This knowledge is sure to prove instrumental in my role as a buyer of Italian wines and as an instructor of upcoming wine professionals.

     

     

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The Italian Wine Scholar program has been instrumental in providing me with a level of knowledge that I simply had not been exposed to previously.
    • Position Buyer at Banville & Jones Wine Co. and instructor at Wine & Drinks College Manitoba.
    • Certifications WSET Diploma, certified sommelier (CMS), Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)
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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.   

    Additional Info

    • 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''

    Additional Info

    • 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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