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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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    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.''

    Additional Info

    • 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!''

    Additional Info

    • 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.''

    Additional Info

    • 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.''

    Additional Info

    • 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.''

    Additional Info

    • 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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