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

    Bruce Smoller, IWS

    Bruce Smoller, IWS
    This was a great introduction to the voluminous topic of Italian wines.
    Bruce Smoller, IWS, Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Bourgogne ML, Rhone Valley ML, FWS

    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. 

    Sign up to receive our latest updates