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    Our Recent Top Exam Scorers

    Jonathan Gibson, FWS

    Jonathan Gibson, FWS

    Meet Jonathan Gibson, FWS, new FWS program provider and FWS authorized instructor in the UK, who just passed the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors. Congratulations!

    Jonathan is the Owner and Head Tutor of the Sussex Wine School.

    About Jonathan:

    ''I have worked in the wine and spirits industry for 30 years. It has been an interesting journey from early days in the marketing department at Diageo running Smirnoff and Croft Port through to international brand and design projects for Jameson, Chivas Regal and Louis Roederer to buying and importing for Wine Discoveries. My enthusiasm and fascination for wine has increased the more I have travelled to different wine regions and with every new person I meet from the world of wine.

    Over the past 10 years I have run many wine tastings for private and corporate clients and charity events ranging from a small groups to 160 people. I have also worked as a judge at several wine events, run wine workshops at the Tesco Wine Fair and has recently worked as a brand ambassador for both Moet et Chandon champagne and Ruinart champagne.

    I set up Sussex Wine School in early 2012. The wine school is part of the Local Wine School network, the founder of which recently won the 2015 WSET Wine Educator of the year award.

    I believe that wine education should be for everyone no matter how much or how little experience you have. My style is relaxed, approachable and entertaining. Expect the odd prop from the vineyards and plenty of winemaker anecdotes.

    I hold the WSET Diploma and have been an approved WSET Wine Educator qualified to teach up to WSET Level 3 since 2013. We run regular WSET Level 1, 2 and 3 courses in Brighton and Tunbridge Wells and even in house for clients.

    The FWS program will appeal to my Level 2 and Level 3 students who are looking for something more in depth in terms of France. The course will be a good stepping stone for them if they are considering enrolling for the WSET Diploma.

    On a personal level the FWS program has already reinforced my knowledge and appreciation of French wine and I look forward to sharing this passion with my students.''

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      Other certifications: WSET Level 3
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      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3
      The FWS program has been extremely interesting and it has complemented my knowledge about French wines tremendously. I think that the course was very well organized and extremely informative. This is what convinced me to enroll in the Italian Wine Scholar program.
    • Carina Heather Tang
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3, French Wine Scholar
      The Master-Level program, together with the study trip, put my previous wine’s experience and knowledge into deeper perspective, connecting the dots.
    • Chad Watkins
      Brand Manager for The Winebow Group, specializing in Greek and Australian wines.
      Other certifications: Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Alsace Master Level.
      For me in particular as a younger professional, having courses like the ML program has given me lots of respect because of the knowledge I’ve gained and the ability that gives me to talk intelligibly about wines to other wine professionals and consumers.
    • Elisabeth Iriart, FWS

      Congratulations to Elisabeth Iriart, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

    • Roz Lawson, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3
      I really enjoyed taking the time to study one country in detail, and explore the many differences between each of the regions (and within the regions). I have now enrolled in the Italian Wine Scholar course.
    • Tommasella Perniciaro, FWS
      Wine Educator of WSET courses in Madrid
      Other certifications: WSET Diploma
      Now that I have passed the FWS program successfully I feel even more confident in organizing French wine tastings. I will be able to give FWS courses in the future as well and this will be a really great opportunity for my teaching career.
    • Kurt Spangsbjerg Petersen, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      The French Wine Scholar course was exactly what I was looking for. A comprehensive and in-depth learning about the ”World of French Wines” in a structured and inspiring way.
    • Yen Ling TANG, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3
      FWS complemented and enhanced my knowledge in French wines. It is an in-depth advance course, well-structured and comprehensive wine list, yet being taught in and very interactive way.
    • Debra Hoe, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3
      the FWS program was a natural progression from WSET level 3 as it built on the knowledge from level 3 and went into a lot more detail about each of the winemaking regions in France which I found really interesting.
    • Simone Madden-Grey
      Wine Educator of WSET classes in Melbourne
      Other certifications: WSET Diploma
      The ML programme allowed me to focus more specifically on one region and delve deeper into the particulars of a single wine-producing region. The webinars were an especially helpful and enjoyable part of the course – the breadth of experience that is shared by the presenters was a definite highlight.
    • Issa Keshek, FWS
      Wine Consultancy & Education
      The comprehensive material puts matters in perspective, provides not only structure but also the right wine vernacular for both my consultancy practice and my personal experience.
    • Sandy Chen, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3
      There have been lots of interesting sessions in FWS like the vinicultural history, food pairing etc. that I’ll definitely bring with myself along the interesting wine study journey.
    • Sebastien Lafortune
      with my greater understanding of the region as a whole and how each house is quite different from the others, this will be an asset when buying new champagnes for our stores.
    • Mak HF George
      Wine Enthusiast with special interest in Bordeaux.
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3 in Sake, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW.
      I found that the Bordeaux Master Level program complemented much in my WSET Diploma Study as it digs much deeper than what this qualification expects and covers Bordeaux, my favorite wine region, completely.
    • Clara de Nijs
      Wine importer in Netherlands.
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3
      When I came across the WSG Champagne Master Level course, I found what I’d been looking for! This program has taught me more than I could think of beforehand: it truly covers every aspect having to do with champagne.
    • Mark Osburn
      Sommelier
      Other certifications: Cerified sommelier (CMS)
      I very much approve the depth of material the Champagne Master Level course went into. Every class offered by the Wine Scholar Guild will be a necessity when I start actively pursuing tougher accreditations down the road.
    • Tsai-Hsun (Aaron) Chuang
      Chief editor for the wine media website www.wineschool.com.tw
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3
      Having studied and passed Alsace Master program I am now more confident in sharing my Alsace knowledge to wine lovers and I hope that Alsatian wines will sell better in Asia (especially Taiwan!) soon.
    • Adrian Heft, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3
      I have passed WSET level 2 and level 3. The FWS program was obviously more detailed given the narrower scope.
    • Niklas Karlén, FWS
      Wine Educator in the Swedish non-profit organization "Munskänkarna".
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3.
      The FWS program has been especially rewarding because of its accurate and updated information about all aspects of French wines. This is very useful as I in turn organize tastings and courses in Sweden to educate people about French wine.
    • Matthew Landry, FWS
      General Manager/Beverage Director at the Stable House Bistro in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
      Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS), WSET Level 3
      I’ve especially enjoyed the FWS program for its inclusion of the historical and cultural elements that surround French wine. Anchoring the myriad details of AOC law within a larger, more interesting context, helps both my personal understanding and my ability to generate curiosity amongst my customers and staff.''
    • Juli Deangelo, FWS
      France is a complex wine producing country and I wanted a more in depth understandingof it. [...] The additional study has enhanced my general wine knowledge and confidence for speaking in front of my customers..
    • Daisuke Shibuya, FWS
      Sommelier in Japan
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Certified Sommelier by Japan Sommelier Association, Certified specialist of Wine CSW
      FWS helps me a lot more than I have expected and provided me with some new ideas.
    • Susan R Lin, FWS
      Wine Professional
      Other certifications: WSET Diploma
      The focus on every wine region and on the specific appellation requirements have given me an enormously deeper knowledge and appreciation of France’s wine heritage and modern wine industry.
    • Gershwin Narraidoo
      Hospitality educator in service, management, spirits and oenology at the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami
      Other certifications: Certified Bordeaux wine educator, approved instructor of FWS
      Completing the Bordeaux Master Level has enabled me to better appreciate Bordeaux wine through an in depth understanding of its history, geography, viticulture and culture.
    • Kate Hall, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3
      It has made me much more adventurous in my choice of wines, and more confident in selecting a wine from one of the lesser known regions.
    • Yan Yan Li, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3
      The FWS program has adopted a systematic approach to organize the particulars of each wine producing region, which makes one easier to understand and remember the information.
    • Jeffrey Theriault, FWS
      Server in the hospitality industry
      Receiving the French Wine Scholar (FWS) Certificate will greatly help to further my future employment endeavours, with the goal of becoming an active member in the wine industry.
    • Mark Pygott, FWS
      Other certifications: Master of Wine

      Congratulations to Mark Pygott, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors and for becoming in 2016 approved FWS instructor with

    • Tim Parkhouse, FWS
      Wine Professional working with a French wine importer.
      Other certifications: Advanced Sommelier (CMS)
      The FWS and WSG programs are a superb way to show employers your areas of strength and passion.
    • Deborah Mines, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3
      I feel that I have a solid understanding of French Wines through the Wine Scholar program, and look to continuing with my studies on a study excursion in 2017.
    • Mark C Lenzi, FWS
      Owner of Franklin Liquor store in Massachussetts, partner with many local town Adult Education programs for wine classes
      Other certifications: Certified Specialist Of Wine CSW, Certified Specialist Of Spirits CSS, FWS approved instructor

      Congratulations to Mark Lenzi, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

      About Mark:

      Mark is owner of Franklin Liquor store

    • Jesse Filipi, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast in Houston
      the French Wine Scholar program provides a great anchor point on which to build the future of my wine studies because France is the epicenter of the wine world.
    • Chloe Hundertmark, FWS
      Wine buyer in Boston
      I feel as if I am exceptionally prepared for other courses involving French wines – a necessity for any serious wine professional.
    • Jess Hedrick, FWS
      Wine professional in Ohio
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3
      FWS took it up a notch by delving into France’s background, history, terroir, helping me gain a full understanding and appreciation for why French wines are so delicious and highly sought after.
    • Amy Moore, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      I am honored to be a part of the FWS family and I highly recommend it to anyone who has a love for the vine.
    • Joanna Mackie
      Wine lecturer with the Sydney Wine Academy
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3, FWS
      This course (Sud de France Master-Level ) builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the French wine scholar program and the WSET Level 3 Advanced course.
    • Su-Jin Park, FWS
      Wine Educator in Seoul
      Other certifications: WSET Diploma
      It was a great pleasure to know French Wine history and all wine regions thoroughly.
    • Stefanie Köhler
      Wine Educator
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3
      The detailed insight – especially from experienced professionals who know this region as extensively as Essi Avellan, Peter Liem and Steve Charters – have helped a lot to see a different perspective and to form my own opinion on a wide range of subjects.
    • Andrew MacLeod
      Wine professional in retail
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3, International sommelier guild ISG
      I found the ML program was perfect for the person looking for a more in-depth look at a region. The content is concise and the choice of presenters really makes the difference.
    • Tina Isbell
      Wine professional organizing wine tours through my company, Vino Hound
      Other certifications: FWS, WSET level 3, Rhone ML, Bordeaux ML
      The Champagne ML course, specifically, revealed the complexity of both the region and sparkling production, which I can’t wait to share with students – the bubbles taste even better when you understand what went into that glass!
    • Timothy Sullivan, FWS
      Wine professional in Boston
      This was my first formal wine examination and I truly believe that France is the "gold-standard" when it comes to wine.
    • Jason Lawrence, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: WSET Level 2
      The FWS program introduced me to other regions that I hadn't previously focused on [...] I felt like I really got to better understand French wine.
    • Erika Frey, FWS
      Certified Wine Educator working in the Boston area
      Other certifications: FWS, WSET Diploma, Certified Wine Educator CSW
      My customers and students often feel a bit intimidated by Bordeaux wines.[...] I feel better equipped to explain what makes this region particularly unique and successful.
    • Chuck Yager, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast in San Diego
      Other certifications: CSW, WSET Level 3, CMS Level 1
      It is programs such as FWS that continue to spur me on to learn and share more about wine.
    • Antonio Assumpcao, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: WSET Level 2
      The FWS program is a second to none certification with a comprehensive curriculum.
    • Danielle St-Jules, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: FWS, WSET Level 3, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
      The detail of the program guide and the informative webinars were excellent and have really inspired me to continue learning more about French wine.
    • Lynn Larson-Greene
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: FWS, WSET Level 3, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
      I always enjoyed champagne before this course, but the greater in-depth understanding I’ve gained has given me a new appreciation for both what is in the bottle and the region is comes from.
    • Courtney Olson
      Sommelier in a restaurant in San Francisco
      Other certifications: WSET Diploma, Certified Sommelier (CMS)
      The Champagne ML program was outstanding! The professionals that you have teaching are the leaders in their fields.
    • Eleanor Yeung, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      After becoming a French Wine Scholar, I feel equipped to move forward and dig deeper into the viticulture in specific regions.
    • Ladd Lanford, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS)
      The FWS program was perfect. In the world of wine, France is the cornerstone. A deep understanding of the wines and wine regions of France is essential learning.
    • Jade Hallett, FWS
      Territory Sales Manager in Vancouver
      Other certifications: WSET level 3
      I felt the FWS was a fantastic and in-depth look at a section of the wine industry most people would find challenging.
    • Andrew Belcher, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast in London
      Other certifications: WSET Diploma
      The FWS allowed me to continue my wine studies by focusing on one country, to learn more about the less common areas
    • Christa Pietromonaco, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      I appreciate the value of the credential as I consider a future career in the wine business, and it’s also nice to know that the last several years of wine enthusiasm has helped build a base of knowledge which can be developed into “certified” expertise!
    • Andrew Paulsen
      Sommelier Coordinator at Coop Wine Spirits Beer at the Crowfoot Tasting Centre location in Calgary
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3, International Sommelier Guild ISG
      The ML program has provided me with a lot of fact and detail that I will be able to pass on in tasting and training seminars that I conduct
    • Mario Cagnetta, FWS
      Sommelier & journalist
      Other certifications: AIS, Certified specialist of wine CSW
      Every sommelier need to have a solid foundation especially on French and Italian Wine and the FWS program gives you the most updated material to achieve a solid foundation on French Wine.
    • Florent Desaintpaul, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      The FWS program has been a great way for me to revisit the classic regions, and to further explore the heritage and value offered by lesser known areas.
    • Lindsay Perrigo, FWS
      Sommelier with Daniels Broiler in the WA state
      Other certifications: Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
      I do believe that the FWS program has greatly advanced my level of knowledge.
    • Michelle Defeo
      President at Laurent-Perrier US
      Other certifications: WSET Level 2
      Everyone in our company took this course, and even though some of us have decades of experience in the Champagne business, everyone still learned tremendous amount.
    • Mike Dutch, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3, FWS, Bordeaux ML, Sud de France ML, Certified sommelier (CMS), Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
      The WSG programs are a great complement to the WSET Diploma units
    • Karen Crippen
      Sommelier for Coop Wine Spirits Beer
      Other certifications: WSET Level 3, International Sommelier Guild ISG
      The Wine Scholar Guild provides more in depth information with relevant industry information from top leaders in the regions being covered and the curriculum expands on the basic information that has been provided through other levels of education that I have taken.
    • Chrissa Chase, FWS
      Wine Director/Consultant/Educator for Traveling Somm.
      Other certifications: FWS, WSET Level 3
      When you enroll in the FWS you realize there’s someone else in the room beside you, venturing through all those blocks and rows of wine learning.
    • Christopher Ruhland

      Congratulations to Christopher Ruhland, from California, for being the 2015 WORLD TOP EXAM SCORER for the RHONE MASTER-LEVEL PROGRAM .

      Here is a picture of Christopher,

    • Benjamin Broidy

      Congratulations to Benjamin Broidy, from California, for being the 2015 WORLD SECOND TOP EXAM SCORER for the BORDEAUX MASTER-LEVEL PROGRAM .

      Benjamin is import manager for

    • David March

      Congratulations to David March, from Australia, for being the 2015 WORLD TOP EXAM SCORER for the BORDEAUX MASTER-LEVEL PROGRAM .

      About David March:

      ''After 30 years

    • Erika Frey, FWS

      Congratulations to Erika Frey, from Massachussets, for being the 2015 WORLD TOP EXAM SCORER for the CHAMPAGNE MASTER-LEVEL PROGRAM . Erika tied for first place with

    • Shaun Grant Sidwall, FWS

      Congratulations to Shaun Sidwall, FWS, from Canada, for being the 2015 WORLD TOP EXAM SCORER for the FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR PROGRAM . Shaun tied for the

    • InSoon Lee, FWS

      Congratulations to Insoon Lee,FWS from Seoul, for being the 2015 WORLD TOP EXAM SCORER for the FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR PROGRAM .

      About Insoon Lee:

      ''Currently I’m

    • Soo Jin Hwang

      Congratulations to Soo Jin Hwang, from France, for being the 2015 WORLD TOP EXAM SCORER for the SUD DE FRANCE MASTER-LEVEL PROGRAM .

      About Soo Jin

    • Kirra Barnes, FWS

      Congratulations to Kirra Barnes, from Pennsylvania, for being the 2015 WORLD TOP EXAM SCORER for the CHAMPAGNE MASTER-LEVEL PROGRAM . Kirra tied for first place with

    • Michael Lasky, FWS

      Congratulations to Michael Lasky, from Wisconsin, for being the 2015 WORLD TOP EXAM SCORER for the FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR PROGRAM . Michael tied for the second

    • Mark Shipway, FWS

      Mark Shipway, FWS and FWS authorized teacher in Vancouver BC CANADA, passed his Bourgogne Master-Level Exam With Highest Honors.

      Congratulations for being the 2015 WORLD

    • Meryl

      Congratulations to Meryl for passing the Champagne Master-Level exam with honors!

      About Meryl:

      Meryl is a Champagne Specialist for a luxury champagne supplier in the

    • Sherry Hinerman

      Congratulations to Sherry Hinerman for passing the Rhone Master-Level exam with the perfect score of 100, earning the highest honors! Chapeau!

      About Sherry:

      Sherry is

    • Jamie Tiy Bowton, FWS

      Congratulations to Jamie Tiy Bowton for having successfully passed the Bordeaux ML Examination with a final and score of 99, earning the Highest Honors!

      Jamie

    • Goh Chin Yee, FWS

      Congratulations to Goh Chin Yee, FWS for having successfully passed the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors! Chin Yee has followed and passed her

    • Tracy Mann

      Congratulations to Tracy Mann from Australia, for having passed the Champagne Master-Level Exam with Honors!

      About Tracy:

      ''My champagne education venture is known as “49million”

    • Steve Leslie

      Congratulations to Steve Leslie for having passed the Champagne Master-Level Exam with honors!

      About Steve Leslie:

      ''I am an enthusiastic amateur of champagne living in

    • Laurie Love, FWS

      Congratulations to Laurie Love, FWS who have passed her French Wine Scholar exam with 98%, earning the highest honors! She has followed and passed her

    • Heather Dougherty

      Congratulations Heather Dougherty for passing the Champagne Master-Level examination with highest honors!

      Heather is a freelance wine educator and writer in the UK.

      Few words

    • Jonathan Gibson, FWS

      Meet Jonathan Gibson, FWS , new FWS program provider and FWS authorized instructor in the UK, who just passed the French Wine Scholar exam with the

    • Martin Nordell

      Congratulations Martin Nordell for passing the Champagne Master-Level examination with honors!

      About Martin: ''I work as Sommelier in a newly opened champagne and wine Lounge

    • Roddy Ropner, FWS

      Congratulations to Roddy Ropner, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors!

      About Roddy:

      Roddy is the Director of his own import company

    • Sylvie Tannhauser

      Congratulations to Sylvie Tannhauser, CS CSW CCM for having passed the Champagne Master-Level exam with honors.

      A few words from Sylvie:

      ''I’m a Certified Sommelier

    • Mary Kirk-Bonnet

      Congratulations Mary Kirk-Bonnet for successfully passing the Champagne Master-Level exam with honors!

      About Mary:

      ''I operate my own wine services company leading wine tasting classes

    • Molly Brooks-Thornton, FWS

      Chapeau to Molly Brooks-Thornton, FWS, who passed the French Wine Scholar exam with honors, with our program provider Wine Smarties in San Diego, CA.

      About

    • Fanny Darrieussecq, FWS

      Congratulations Fanny Darrieussecq, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with a brilliant score of 99%. Chapeau!

      Fanny joins our International Program Provider network

    • Christopher Wilson, FWS

      Congratulations Christopher Wilson, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors, with the Sydney Wine Academy in Australia!

      About Christopher:

      ''I am a

    • Peter Dorfman, FWS

      Congratulations Peter Dorfman, FWS for passing the Sud de France Master-Level Certificate with the Highest Honors!

      Peter is a wine educator and consultant.

      A few

    • Nicholas Poletto, CSW, CSS

      Congratulations to Nicholas Poletto, Director of Education at Kobrand Corporation, for passing the Wine Scholar Guild's Champagne Master-Level Exam!

      "I am currently in Stage 2
    • Ada Chan, FWS

      Congrats to Ada Chan, FWS, for passing her French Wine Scholar exam with Highest Honors at the Arts Institute of Vancouver!

      Ada currently is the

    • Lana Hynd, FWS

      Congratulations to Lana Hynd, FWS for having passed the French Wine Scholar exam with honors, with the Sydney Wine Academy .

      About Lana:

      ''I really enjoyed

    • Gregory Crommen, FWS

      Hats off to Gregory Crommen, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar Program with Highest Honors with Asia Wine Service & Education Centre (AWSEC)!
      Gregory

    • Matt Coleman, FWS

      Congratulations Matt Coleman, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors! Matt Coleman is General Manager and Sommelier at Crossings Restaurant in South

    • Gareth Wyatt, FWS

      Congratulations Gareth Wyatt, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors! Gareth has followed the French Wine Scholar study program with Premier

    • Teresa Chiesa, FWS

      Congratulations to Teresa Chiesa, FWS who recently passed the French Wine Scholar exam with honors!

    • Jennifer Yam, FWS

      Congrats to Jennifer Yam, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar examination with highest honors!

      Jennifer Yam is a wine connoisseur. She has been awarded

    • Simon Stockton

      Congrats Simon Stockton for passing the Champagne Master-Level Examination With Honors!

      About Simon:

      ''I am the owner of Sugar & Yeast. I run wine courses,

    • Gabriella Fois, FWS

      Congrats Gabriella Fois, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam With Honors!

      Gabriella Fois, is working in the Customer Service of The Wine Society

    • Gershwin Narraidoo, FWS

      Congratulations to Gershwin Narraidoo, FWS and FWS authorized instructor for passing the French Wine Scholar examination with honors!

      About Gershwin: He is instructor in the

    • Steven Alley, FWS

      Congratulations to Steven Alley, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar exam With Highest Honors!

      Steve Alley - CSW & FWS

      Fine Wine Consultant & On-Premise

    • Kirsten Strand, FWS

      Congratulations to Kirsten Strand, FWS for passing the French Wine Scholar Exam With Highest Honors!

      I am very pleased to have earned the French Wine
    • Raymond O'Mara, FWS

      Congratulations Ray O'Mara CWE, FWS, DWS and FWS Instructor in Washington, DC for passing the Champagne Master-Level Exam With Highest Honors!

      Ray is the owner

    • Diego Del Pino

      Congratulations to Diego Del Pino for passing the Champagne Master-Level Exam With Honors!

      Diego works for Moët Hennessy USA. He is the Business Development Manager

    • Terence Wong, FWS

      Congratulations Terence for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

      Terence is working in L'atelier de Joel Robuchon Hong Kong as Sommelier. This

    • Gerard Leung, FWS

      Gerard is Marketing Executive at Telford International (Facebook a/c: Telford Wine and Spirits). He is responsible for the brand management of French wine portfolio and

    • Robert Tirk, FWS

      About Robert:

      ''I am a Retail Wine Specialist with the PLCB(Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board). The focus of my job is address customer needs and wants

    • Richard Blahunka, FWS

      About Rick:

      ''I have been an amateur French wine enthusiast since 1976 and even though I have never worked in the wine industry, I have

    • Christine Spoor, FWS

      A few words from Christine:

      "I began my formal study of wine 8 years ago to become a more educated consumer. I decided to shift

    • JiaJia Pan, FWS

      JiaJian Pan is the founder and CEO of TAOTAO Private Cellar, founder and CEO of JC METROPOLITAN, Guangzhou and shareholder/board member of French Melisey Electronic

    • Stephen Allison, FWS

      About Stephen:

      The French Wine Scholar program was an excellent step in my educational path. It took what I learned of French wine in the
    • Shelley Cartland, FWS

      A few words from Shelley: This year marks a year of creating my own reality with wine education as the driving force. My journey combines

    • Dana Lee, FWS

      Dana is an attorney and Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, USA.

      A few words from

    • David Alexander, FWS

      Congrats David Alexander for passing the French Wine Scholar Exam with The Sydney Wine Academy

      A few words from David: " I am 32 years old,

    • Brett Thurman

      Hats off to Brett Thurman for passing the Champagne Master-Level Exam With Honors!

      Brett works as a Wine Steward and Buyer for Safeway and aspire

    • Jolanta Smiciene

      Congratulations Jolanta Smiciene for passing the Champagne Master-Level exam with honors!

      Jolanta is currently a wine (and champagne) lector and consultant. She regularly provides tastings,

    • Jimmy Smith, FWS

      Congrats to Jimmy Smith for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

      We are thrilled to welcome Jimmy and the West London

    • Sivakumar Sathiamoorthy, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      Other certifications: Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
      French wines to me mark the convergence between history, nature, human innovation and pure pleasure. I have no regrets taking the French Wine Scholar program!
    • Jose Rafael Arango, FWS
      Professor of wines and spirits at the Sergio Arboleda University (Bogota)
      The FWS is one of the most complete courses in the world of French wine
    • Deet Gilbert, FWS
      Teaching service and beverage in the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University, Charlotte Campus.
      I am excited to include some of the new information that I learned while pursuing this certification.
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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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    Name Passed Exams
    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
    Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
    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
    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
    Yuanfang Chen French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
    Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
    Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Alsace Master-Level
    Italian Wine Scholar
    Champagne Master-Level
    Provence Master-Level
    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
    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
    Italian Wine Scholar 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
    Charles Warner Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Alsace Master-Level with Honors
    French Wine Scholar
    Champagne Master-Level
    Italian Wine Scholar
    Bourgogne Master-Level 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
    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
    Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
    Xu Zhang Rhône Master-Level with Honors
    Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
    Bordeaux Master-Level
    Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
    French Wine Scholar
    Kirra Barnes Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Linda McPhee, FWS
    Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
    French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
    Danielle St-Jules French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
    Alsace Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Andrew Belcher
    French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
    Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
    Diego Rech, FWS
    French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
    Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Sharon Mader, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
    French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
    Champagne Master-Level with Honors
    Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Tina W Isbell, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
    Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
    French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
    Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Michelle Davis, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
    Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
    French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
    Rick Blahunka
    Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
    French Wine Scholar with Honors
    Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Kurt Garbars FWS, IWS
    Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
    French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
    Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
    Sharad Desai French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
    Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
    Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Justin Pakson Tang, FWS French Wine Scholar with Honors
    Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
    Tsai-Hsun Chuang Alsace Master-Level with Honors
    Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
    French Wine Scholar with Honors
    Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
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