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Ladd Lanford, FWS

Ladd Lanford, FWS

Congratulations to Ladd Lanford, FWS for having successfully passed the French Wine Scholar with the highest honors, with The Wine House in Los Angeles, CA!

About Ladd:

''I have been working in the film business for 22 years and have been fascinated by wine for about 20 of those. My first exposure to fine wines ironically came from tasting what James Cameron left behind in the cutting room on “Titanic”. I would show him “Dailies” every day during the shoot and he would eat dinner (with wine, usually) while he viewed the previous day’s footage. Who was I to let a half bottle of cult California Cabernet go to waste after he left for the day?

After that, I was hooked. Almost all of my family vacations since have been to wine-producing areas that interest me in a slow course of study. It has taken such hold of me now that I really want to pursue a mid-life career change and immerse myself in the industry full-time. Certifications like the FWS designation seem like the only way to legitimize oneself to potential employers in lieu of having to start over and log years in a restaurant / wine bar / wine shop. That being said, there is no substitute for “talking the talk” every day and I am hoping an opportunity will arise one day to allow me to do so.

I passed the Court of Master Sommelier’s “Certified Sommelier” exam in November of 2014. I was unable to move forward to the “Advanced” designation because I am not “in the industry”, so I was looking for something to help keep my head in the game and stay sharp. 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.

Though I am not currently enrolled in any other programs, I am certainly intrigued by the other offerings of the Wine Scholar Guild, particularly the new Spanish Wine Scholar program. I love how the wine styles and techniques bleed together at the French-Spanish border, so that would be a sensible next move.

I really appreciated the thoroughness of the FWS program’s approach. For me, it is only when you grasp the context of where the wines come from – historically, geologically, geographically – as well as how they are made and why, that you ever truly understand what you are holding in your glass. It really made me want to return to France. And I have no doubt that it would enrich a return trip immeasurably.''

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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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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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jo-Ann Ross, DWS, FWS
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
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
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
Kent Benson
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Champagne Master-Level
Martin Maynard, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Scott Perkins, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Christine Spoor, FWS Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
David MacDougall, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar
Charles Warner, FWS, CWE, CSS, CS Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar
Champagne Master-Level
Mladen Stoev
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level
Champagne Master-Level
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
Tack Wai CHEONG Sud de France Master-Level
Provence Master-Level
Bordeaux Master-Level
Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Kyle Whitney, FWS Rhône Master-Level
Bordeaux Master-Level
Provence Master-Level
French Wine Scholar
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