Congratulations to Asami Yoshikawa, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!
I started my career in wine two years ago as an educator at Académie du Vin Tokyo, teaching wine appreciation courses at various levels. I have been an actress since graduation, focusing mainly on stages and movies, with an upcoming movie screening this summer. I became interested in Sake since a few years ago, turning into a wine enthusiast then a professional. I then fell in love with Italian wines because of its fascinating diversity and am currently an Italian Wine Ambassador of Vinitaly International Academy.
I passed the WSET Level 3 in wine not long ago. While studying for Level 3, I joined the IWS course and the Italian Wine Ambassador course of Vinitaly International Academy. I passed both qualifications roughly at the same time. IWS certainly helped a lot towards my qualification as Italian Wine Ambassador and vice versa too. I am currently studying for the WSET Diploma and I am expecting too the knowledge I gained in the IWS program will help a lot especially for the section on Italian wines.
I think the IWS program is very comprehensive. It covers not just wines but also with extensive content on the historical, cultural as well as the legislative aspects plus many great wine maps, making the learning process far from mundane but very fun indeed.
I am seriously considering teaching the course at my wine school sometime in the future.