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Michael Lasky, FWS

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 place with Shaun Grant Sidwall, FWS.

 

A few words about Mike:

''My wine career began in May 2015, when I accepted a position at Otto's Wine & Spirits in Elm Grove, WI where I specialize in the international wine section.

The most enjoyable part of my job is interacting with my customers. I want them to be as excited as I am about the diverse selection of wines that France has to offer. I plan to continue my wine education so that I will be able to offer wine classes at Otto's in the future.''

Our Recent Top Exam Scorers

  • Bruce Smoller, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Bourgogne ML, Rhone Valley ML, FWS
    This was a great introduction to the voluminous topic of Italian wines.
  • Jake Skakun, Bourgogne ML
    Grey Gardens 
General Manager, Wine Director
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, International Sommelier Guild Diploma
    This program has given me the confidence to sell, buy, and discuss wines from a region that most seasoned wine professionals find intimidating
  • Gordana Josovic, IWS
    Instructor at San Francisco Wine School
    Other certifications: Certified Beverage Specialist CBS, Advanced Sommelier (CMS), FWS
    Italian Wine Scholar program helps me tremendously while covering Italy since it is much more comprehensive than some of the materials I have been using.
  • Kathy Phillips, FWS
    Server at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
    Other certifications: Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    I use what I’ve learned in the FWS on a daily basis, and I would highly recommend the FWS to those of whom want a comprehensive knowledge of the most important region in the world.
  • José Luiz Ferrazzo Neto, FWS
    Commercial Manager at Portus Importer - Wine Educator with Oenocultura
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma
    FWS, and the whole Wine Scholar Guild, will keep me updated…..and being updated is just the best thing you can do in the wine world if you want to succeed!!
  • Fabio Lobosco, FWS
    Teacher/Lawyer at Enocultura/ SPLaw – Law Firm
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, WSET Level 1 for spirit, WSET Level 1 for sake
    FWS added a lot to my previous wine studies, first because it was more focused and detailed in the France wine scenario. Second, it was a different approach, that expanded my comprehension.
  • Brandon Boudreau, Bordeaux ML
    Sommelier at Georgian Room in Sea Island, GA
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS), Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, FWS
    Having a program so rich with information coupled with leading renowned experts is a beautiful equation for enriching students like myself.
  • Kevin Shaffer, Bordeaux ML
    Key Accounts Manager at Vintage Imports (Bristol, PA)
    Other certifications: FWS, IWS, ML Champagne, ML Bourgogne
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  • Jessica Hammer, FWS
    Founder of Taste of Toulouse
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    With FWS, I’ll be using all that I’ve learned every day as a food and wine tour guide in Toulouse.
  • Desirée Rocha, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    Besides helping me select good French wines to share with friends and family, FWS brought me important technical knowledge that will make a big difference in case I decide to enter the wine industry in the future.
  • Sharad Desai, Rhône ML
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    


The Master Level programs are incredibly detailed and well constructed and allow me to enhance my practical tasting experience with in-depth theoretical knowledge.
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    CEO at Vinoteket Lothar
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Certified Sommelier of CMS
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  • Clyde Woode, FWS
    Store Manager at Natural Grocer’s, Principal for Elite Wine Consultants
    Other certifications: Society of Wine Educators (CSW)
    My FWS will be immensely helpful in furthering my wine consulting business, which I plan to relocate to the Pacific Northwest in the near future.
  • Joel Dicharry, FWS
    Director of Fine Wine at Heritage Collection/Trinchero Family Estates
    Other certifications: Society of Wine Educators (CWE, CSW), WSET-Level 3
    Performing well in the FWS program has added a tangible level of confidence to my understanding of France, as well as giving me a host of resources to call upon as a member of the WSG through podcasts, webinars, pronunciation guides and reference materials.
  • Rebecca Thompson, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist in Wine CSW, FWS, Rhone ML, WSET level 2
    I love Italy! The class has been great to help me plan my travels when visiting different wine regions.
  • Kelly Palmer, FWS
    Bartender at Gibsons Restaurant Group
    Other certifications: Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    FWS is a beautifully constructed program. I was lucky to be able to enroll in the instructor led classroom program which at least for me is so much more beneficial than independent study
  • Ettore Donadeo, Bourgogne ML
    Wine teacher at Caplan Wine Academy
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, Japan Sommelier Association Wine Expert certification
    With this program I finally feel I have a good understanding of Bourgogne, its history, geography, the stylistic differences between the villages.
  • Andrew Belcher, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, FWS, Champagne ML, Bordeaux ML
    Like many of the other Wine Scholar Guild courses I have obtained a more comprehensive understanding of the history of the regions.
  • Alberto Martinez- Interiano, FWS
    Blogger at Vino Interiano
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    

I found the program very comprehensive and rigorous, yet very well designed and approachable for people in the wine industry as well as serious aficionados.
  • Aaron Chuang, IWS
    Chief Editor at Taiwan Wine Forum
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    Having completed IWS I am now more confident in teaching and writing wine articles on Italian wines
  • Matthew Trowbridge, FWS
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    The French Wine Scholar program has not only deepened my knowledge of wine, but it has also steered my career path towards new and exciting opportunities.
  • Christopher Cassidy, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    I liked the course so much that I recently enrolled in the IWS Program and hope to do the SWS Program at some point as well.
  • Tristan Colenso, FWS
    Bartender & Wine Geek at The Golden Dawn Tavern of Power, Auckland, New Zealand
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    Having completed the French Wine Scholar (FWS), the depth in which this program goes into, really helped a lot when sitting the WSET exams particularly in the French Wine Sections.
  • Wanja Chomba, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    I immensely enjoyed the program's layout, intensity and focus. It was very thorough and I feel much more confident in my French wine knowledge.
  • Janice Bergman Brown, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    The FWS program offered added substantial depth and focus to my knowledge of the great wines of France.
  • Claes-Peter Stoldt, Bourgogne ML
    Wine Enthusiast
    The webinars with several world class Bourgogne authorities is a great source of inspiration & precious knowledge
  • Sanghyuk Lee, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    Through FWS, I could learn detailed knowledge about French wine which I couldn’t easily learn in other courses.
  • Crystal Chan, FWS
    Wine columnist, wine course for corporate client at Pink Pink Wine
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, WSET sake level 3
    FWS program is one of the most informative wine courses I have attended.
  • Will Witters, FWS
    Sales Representative at Monarch Beverage
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
    The FWS program was the most enjoyable class on wine I have ever taken
  • Puchapong Puttarak, FWS
    Host at Thip Khao Restaurant
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    Having in-depth knowledge from the FWS program, I feel more confident in taking WSET Level 4 Diploma and Master Level Programs in the future.
  • Dennis Fraley, FWS
    Wine writer / Educator / Consultant at Wine Wired
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
    I was delighted to find a wealth of online references and felt the guided lectures and study material intuitive and easy to follow
  • Anson Wan, IWS
    Sales manager at ASC Fine Wines
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma
    
Italian Wine Scholar is not merely a wine course, but also a very interesting Italian wine and travel guide for me
  • Deborah Petrock Kirch, CSW, FWS
    Wine Specialist at Petrock's Liquors in New Jersey
    Other certifications: CSW, FWS
    The FWS Online Course is so well done. It enabled me to study during every minute of free time that I had
  • Vanessa Cornett, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist in Wine CSW
    The FWS helped me to expand deepen my understanding of French wines, especially in regions I had not previously studied (i.e. Jura, Savoie, Corsica)!
  • Michael A.Gustaitis, FWS
    Owner of Wine Sellers of Saugatuck
    Other certifications: Advanced Sommelier (CMS)
    I must admit that your class was very informative and presented the material in a different way that I had studied before.
  • Joseph Stampher, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 2
    I feel ready to answer just about any question I get about French wine from friends, family, or even my future wine exams.
  • David Harris, FWS
    Wine Shop Associate at Quail’s Gate Winery
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The quality of the program and instructors was outstanding.The FWS program has certainly peaked my interest in studying a specific region (or regions) of France in further depth.
  • Tanya Morning Star Darling
    Faculty at Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle College
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, FWS, IWS, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
    The master level programs in general make me a better teacher, and I hope will translate into more success for my students in not just the French Wine Scholar courses, but in all the classes I teach.
  • Andrea Eby, IWS
    Buyer at Banville & Jones Wine Co. and instructor at Wine & Drinks College Manitoba.
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, certified sommelier (CMS), Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)
    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.
  • Massimiliano Guerra, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The course is very well structured and as far as I know it is unique in the sense that I’m not aware of other wine courses that go so much deep into French wine and do it so well.
  • Alessandra Esteves, FWS
    Director of Wine Education for Florida Wine Academy
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, Champagne ML
    The FWS program has helped me understand the region a lot better, so now I can choose more suitable wines for my classes and talk more confidently about the region.
  • Jeffrey G. Jones
    Wine Enthusiast
    My master-level studies forced me to explore in some depth topics that I had not concentrated on in my independent studies
  • Matt Weaver, FWS
    Wine professional
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
    I was very excited to study for the FWS exam. I view understanding France as a critical foundation of my wine journey.
  • Marianne Welch, IWS
    Wine Educator in Utah, USA
    Other certifications: WSET level 3, CSW, FWS
    After taking many other classes I truly believe that the WSG ranks as the number one superior program.
  • Daniel French, IWS
    Wine professional in San Francisco, USA
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier, IWP, IWS
    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.
  • Paolo Mittiga, IWS
    Founder of The Wine Voyager in New York
    The IWS course it has been just amazing
  • Maria Liotta, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast in New York, USA
    Other certifications: WSET level 3
    Thank you for providing this much-needed program. It exceeded my expectations!
  • LO Chi Cheung, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast in Hong Kong
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, CSW, International Kikisake-shi
    IWS provided me new knowledge that goes much beyond DipWSET.
  • Valentina Pestova, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast in Bordeaux, France
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    WSET Diploma Level 4 consider a profound studying of wine producing regions, and the FWS program will really help me while studying the wines of France.
  • Rosalie Fanale, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast in Washington DC
    Other certifications: WSET level 3, Rhone Master-Level
    WSG offers the perfect avenue to deepen one’s wine learning in parallel with the WSET track, as it provides in-depth knowledge of the highest priority countries in the WSET program
  • Isabella Izquierdo, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast in Miami, USA
    Other certifications: Sommelier Society of America, WSET Level 3
    This course has been a great complement as it has deepened my knowledge in French wine, these being the utter-most influential
  • Dustin Freund, FWS
    Chef at Michelin star restaurants
    Other certifications: WSET level 3
    I felt that the WSET was a very good course but it covers the whole world of wine, including spirits. It wasn’t nearly as in depth as the French Wine Scholar is.
  • Alfreda So, FWS
    Wine marketing professional in Hong Kong
    Other certifications: WSET level 3
    This was a comprehensive course and I’ve learned a great deal which is valuable to my career.
  • Gilles Blanchard, FWS
    Bordeaux wine negociant, Bordeaux, France
    Other certifications: Master on Marketing Management
    The FWS program is a really full and complete program and brought me the very precise and detailed information
  • Edmund Chow, IWS
    Wine consultant for Swisswinemaker in Hong Kong
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, FWS
    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.
  • Ian Goh Xin Hua, FWS
    F&B Professional in Singapore
    Other certifications: Diploma in Culinary Arts at SHATEC, WSET Level 3, CSW
    What I thoroughly enjoyed about the FWS Program was its depth of detail
  • Gonzalo Adolfo Ríos, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast in San Francisco
    Other certifications: French Wine Scholar
    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.
  • Jessie Hopwood, FWS
    Flight Attendant at Air Canada
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The course was so in-depth and well presented that I’m very much looking forward to continuing my education with the WSG in the near future.
  • Garrell Keesler, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast in Charlotte, USA
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, CSW
    After completing the FWS Program, I not only have a deeper knowledge of the wines of France, I have a more comprehensive foundation for all future wine study.
  • Sonia Hyncik Beauvarlet, FWS
    Wine Professional in San Diego
    Other certifications: WSET level 2 , Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    To date, the French Wine Scholar course has been the best educational experience on this journey.
  • Megan Barone, FWS
    Wine Professional in a boutique importer of French wines
    I found the program to be thorough and rigorous, yet easy to follow and absorb. I've been able to better educate my crew and customers about French wine since the course.
  • Joshua Lee, FWS
    Wine Educator in Hong Kong
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I have been contemplating about going for the WSET Diploma and the FWS has been an important stepping stone in my wine education towards that goal.
  • Lim Yee Chuin
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I am glad that I made the decision to take the Champagne ML exam, which is a step forward in achieving my dream in being a champagne specialist one day!
  • Gan Hong Tan, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast in Hong Kong
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I’ve completed WSET Advanced before the IWS, and am currently enrolled in the WSET diploma. The IWS provided [...] information that would really have taken a lot of research.
  • Peggy Baudon, IWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    It was complete nirvana being immersed in the world of Italian wine.
  • Karin Kallio, IWS
    Sales professional in the wine industry
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, French Wine Scholar
    The Italian Wine Scholar opened up the vast world of Italian wine. It has given me confidence to better sell Italian wine.
  • Michael Tremblay, FWS
    Wine professional running the wine and sake program at Ki
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3 in Wine and Spirits, the WSET Level 3 in Sake, Advanced Sake Professional certification, International Kikisake-shi
    The FWS program will not doubt play a role in my future endeavours.
  • Robert W. Fullerton, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS)
    I definitely plan to continue my future studies by taking advantage of the excellent programs offered by the Wine Scholar Guild.
  • Joseph Broom, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Besides serving as a gateway to the wonderful world of French wine, I also met some wonderful people who have become good friends and with whom I can share my new-found passion for wine.
  • Diego Rech, FWS
    Certified wine professional and chef
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS), WSET level 3
    I found the FWS course very helpful to go in detail on the knowledge needed for the CMS Advance level.
  • Amanda Stott, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    I’m confident that the FWS course will serve as a firm foundation for any future learning that I do.
  • Claire Commaille
    Wine professional working for companies operating overseas
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Master Degree specialized in International Business of Wine from Montpellier Business School.
    The Master level program is different from the WSET and other programs as it teaches you to get the whole picture of the region with the history, geography and much more.
  • Ann Brydle, IWS
    GM at Cascadia Liquor in Canada
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Certified Sommelier (CMS), French Wine Scholar
    I thoroughly enjoyed the IWS course as it really gave me a deep understanding of Italian wine that I hadn’t achieved in previous courses.
  • Matthew Landry, IWS
    GM at The Stable House Bistro in Vancouver
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, CMS Certified Sommelier, FWS
    I’ve especially enjoyed IWS program for its inclusion of the historical and cultural elements that surround Italian wine.
  • Albert Yau, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, French Wine Scholar
    FWS program served as a perfect fit to bridge the knowledge gap from WSET Level 3 to WSET Level 4
  • Jimmy Chang, FWS
    Assistant Sommelier in a French Restaurant in Taiwan
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    FWS definitely helped my career in a big way.
  • Jie Tian, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast in China
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, ISG advanced certification
    Now I have mastered one of the most important part, French wine, and I believe it will help me a lot to face the challenge of WSET Diploma
  • Shusen FANG, FWS
    Student of sommelier in CAFA Formations Bordeaux
    Other certifications: WSET level 2
    Actually, FWS is quite helpful in my sommelier program study. For sure I can become the No.1 of Asia people in CAFA Formation
  • Sariya Kampanathsanyakorn, FWS
    Freelance food and wine writer
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    Apart from WSET Diploma, I also took a French Wine Scholar class, which was a very good decision as FWS course helped strengthening my knowledge about French wines
  • Sylvia Wiedemann, FWS
    Wine Stewart at Charles Smith Winery in Seattle
    Other certifications: Degree in Wine Marketing and Sales from the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College
    I truly appreciate and respect the FWS program and feel like it has complemented my wine studies at NWWA. Upon completion of this course, I feel like I have a much better handle on the beauty and complexity of French Wines.
  • Fred Salumunek, FWS
    Consulting on wine selection and giving classes in retail wine shop (Envy Wine Room, in Spring Tx).
    Other certifications: Certified sommelier of CMS, WSET level 3, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW
    French Wine Scholar was the logical source for diving deeply into French Wine. While pursuing this education, I also began a second career in the wine business
  • Yvonne Davis, FWS
    Operations and Marketing Director at Kerloo Cellars in Seattle.
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    FWS is a great tool in any wine education pursuit. I highly recommend the program. Whether you are on the Somm or Wine Education path, FWS can aid in gaining deeper perspective into the main wine regions.
  • Jayden Lam, FWS
    Wine professional working with wine connection as a trainer
    FWS gives me the confidence to better approach French wines. I hope that FWS will aid me in my journey in spreading the knowledge of wines
  • Don Ward, FWS
    Wine professional owning a wine tour company in Seattle
    Other certifications: Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    It helps me to indulge in my passion for wine, but it also adds to the success of my business by providing me with additional credentials to further distinguish myself from my competitors
  • Turgut Tokgoz
    Wine professional founder of Oenotrian Wine Advisory, co-founder of the Turkish Wine Hub with Sarah Abbott MW
    Other certifications: Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    The Rhone ML program highly contributed to my studies. I have a special interest in the Rhone Valley and I now feel more confident with this great region.
  • Patty Beck
    Sommelier in Las Vegas for almost 16 years
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, Certified Sommelier (CMS)
    I found that it is a more rounded program that teaches you to think – not just memorize.
  • Jim Bushee, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Given the value and enjoyment provided by the FWS program I have enrolled in the Burgundy Master-level program, and anticipate taking additional Masters-level programs
  • Samson Wong, FWS
    Wine Professional established his own company in Hong Kong
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I enroll in FWS program because I wish to have more comprehensive, in-depth learning about the history, culture, styles of the wines, not just the tasting skills.
  • Sabina Ping Yang, FWS
    Wine Educator in China
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma
    I do think FWS and WSET make very good complementing partners.[...] FWS is like arts, it gives more readable details and fantastic stories.
  • Erik Eklund, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS), WSET Level 3.
    My appreciation for French wines continues to increase in parallel with my knowledge and understanding.
  • Evan Wiens, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    The fact that such great resources [,,,] were available and that the exam could be scheduled at my convenience were really fantastic attributes of the program.
  • Christine Campbell
    Wine enthusiast, wine writer and instructor
    Other certifications: WSETLevel 3, FWS
    I am incredibly confident that my Master Level Champagne certification will assist me in my future studies both professionally and personally.
  • Bruce Smoller, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    Clearly, the FWS curriculum provided a much more intense knowledge of French wines than did the WSET3 level program and I feel as though I am starting to develop a foundation for knowing something about French wines.
  • Ceri Barlow
    Sales professional in the wine industry
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, FWS
    I am currently enrolled in the Provence ML and would very much like to do them all honestly. A very good in-depth exploration of the history and the geography of the regions.
  • John Parisi, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The specific detail of the FWS content gives a great base for the knowledge needed for the French unit of the WSET diploma
  • Kathryn Latour
    Wine Marketing professional
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS), Diploma from the International Sommelier Guild
    The webinar presentations were fabulous, very insightful, from experts in the region
  • Andrew Belcher
    Wine Enthusiast
    Having visited the areas that I have studied or am studying does allow for a better context of the areas. The historical references are also very useful in putting everything in perspective.
  • Hillary Cole, FWS
    GM/Sommelier
    Other certifications: Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    I really felt that Burgundy gave me the biggest fits when preparing for FWS, so I have decided to enroll in the Burgundy Master program
  • John Lis, FWS
    Wine enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The FWS has delivered an in depth look at French wines and has expanded upon the foundation of my knowledge attained in other programs
  • Flemmich Webb, FWS
    Wine tutor for Sussex Wine School
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    FWS has given me a really in-depth knowledge of French wine, which is invaluable for my wine tutoring.
  • Brendan Feeney
    Wine enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET certification
    The Provence Master Level Program, with its comprehensive content and opportunity to learn from such an expert as Elizabeth Gabay, has allowed me to develop a sound understanding and acute appreciation of the complexity of all that is Provencal.
  • Carrie Britton, FWS
    Wine Professional owns a restaurant/wine bar in Lubbock, Texas
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS)
    The online course was incredible, and I learned so much more than I anticipated! I had great instructors at The Napa Valley Wine Academy that helped bring it all together in an insightful and entertaining way.
  • Gonzalo Adolfo Ríos, FWS
    Server in a restaurant
    The French Wine Scholar program can only strengthen my standing as a French wine enthusiast and aspiring sommelier particularly when my travels take me back to France.
  • Richard Milot, FWS
    Wine Professional in Vins Sélect Privée, Montreal based wine import agency.
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I much appreciated the FWS for its framework, its access to a rich web-based material and its commendable efforts in maintaining an up to date package using authoritative sources.
  • Nathalie Walterscheid
    Wine Professional
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma, ML Languedoc-Roussillon
    I followed the ML Rhône as Inter-Rhône is planning to open a big wine center in Avignon with a wine school, so I would like to join this project at the beginning April 2017.
  • José Arimatéa Calsaverini, FWS
    Wine Enthusiast
    The FWS course offers a real in depth approach of the French wines, with very accurate and useful materials both in paper and online, which allows to go further in the matter. Moreover, we had classes with a really knowledgeable and competent teacher
  • Qian Yun Li, FWS
    Operator in importation of wines, and procurement in Shenzhen China.
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    I aspire to become wine expert and specialist for French, Italian, and Spanish wines.The FWS program is very helpful, and I enjoyed studying it.
  • Erik Casterud FWS
    Director of Education for the Scandinavian Wine Academy in Sweden
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    The FWS program has given me the opportunity to solely study the French regions and its wines. Thanks to its up-to-date and often accurate study manual and materials, it has helped me filling various blanks of mine, useful for my WSET Level 4 Diploma studies.
  • Pontus Jennerholm FWS
    Instructor at the Scandinavian Wine Academy in Sweden
    Other certifications: WSET Diploma
    I will start teaching the FWS program this spring at Scandinavian Wine Academy, and I think it will help me to further my student’s passion for French wine
  • Shawn McVay, FWS
    Wine Professional
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    The FWS truly helped me grasp the complexity of French wine law and I am always referring back to the materials for review. I greatly appreciate the WSG for such solid educational resources!
  • Kari Dawson
    Wine Enthusiast
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Certified Specialist of Spirits
    The Master-Level program allowed me to take a more general understanding of wine and focus on a specific area and type of wine. I love understanding how the history, natural attributes and culture of a given place shape its wines.
  • Lillian Lim, FWS
    Wine buyer, sommelier, teacher and consultant
    Other certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS), Certified Specialist of Wines CSW
    The FWS program helped me to recognize the plethora of factors behind every glass of wine. I now look at wine and all its complexities through a more sophisticated lens.
  • Blake Cherrington
    Wine Educator
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Certified Wine Educator CWE
    In many respects I consider the Provence and Rhone ML programs coupled with the Wine Study Immersion Tours to be ‘capstone’ experiences taking me to the most in-depth knowledge of these two areas it is possible for me to obtain.
  • Keith Miller
    Sommelier from Virginia, USA
    Other certifications: Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Certified Sommelier (CMS) , FWS
    The ML programs are great because you force yourself to really double down on the finer points. The Master Level certificate is a great asset to any wine resume by adding another degree of accomplishment.
  • Andrew Ashurst, FWS
    Wine Educator
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3
    Any wine educator should do one of these courses. Thanks to the Wine Scholar Guild I have the possibility to be a father, work and study at the same time. I would definitely do another course!
  • Flavio Lorenzelli, FWS
    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.

NamePassed Programs

Italian Wine Scholar with honors
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with honors
Alsace Master-Level
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Alsace Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
Alsace Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Alsace Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level

Provence Master Level
Champagne Master Level
Italian Wine Scholar
Alsace Master-Level
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Provence Master Level
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
Italian Wine Scholar
Alsace Master-Level with honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar
Champagne Master Level

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Alsace Master-Level with honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Italian Wine Scholar with honors
Alsace Master-Level
Sud de France Master Level with honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
Provence Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with honors

Alsace Master-Level
Champagne Master Level
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with honors

Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
Provence Master Level with honors
Rhône Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar

Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Alsace Master-Level
Bourgogne Master Level
Sud de France Master Level
Provence Master Level
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar

Alsace Master-Level
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors

Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar

Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Provence Master Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
Rhône Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level

Sud de France Master Level with honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with honors
Bordeaux Master-Level
French Wine Scholar

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Italian Wine Scholar
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar

Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Alsace Master-Level with honors
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar

Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Alsace Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Bordeaux Master-Level
Rhône Master-Level with honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar

Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Bourgogne Master Level
French Wine Scholar
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar

Alsace Master-Level
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Champagne Master Level
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with honors

Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Italian Wine Scholar with honors
Champagne Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar

Champagne Master Level
Bourgogne Master Level
Provence Master Level
French Wine Scholar

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Bordeaux Master-Level
Provence Master Level
Rhône Master-Level
French Wine Scholar

Champagne Master Level
Bourgogne Master Level
Rhône Master-Level
French Wine Scholar

French Wine Scholar with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Provence Master Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors

Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with honors

French Wine Scholar with honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
Bourgogne Master Level with honors

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
Champagne Master Level
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

French Wine Scholar with highest honors
Sud de France Master Level with honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors

Alsace Master-Level with honors
Champagne Master Level
Bourgogne Master Level
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors

Provence Master Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with honors

Bordeaux Master-Level
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with honors

Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Provence Master Level with highest honors
Champagne Master Level with honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Bordeaux Master-Level
Rhône Master-Level with honors
Sud de France Master Level
Provence Master Level

Provence Master Level with highest honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors
Italian Wine Scholar with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Champagne Master Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with highest honors
Rhône Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with highest honors

Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors
French Wine Scholar with honors
Rhône Master-Level with highest honors
Alsace Master-Level with honors

Provence Master Level with highest honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with honors

Champagne Master Level with honors
French Wine Scholar with honors
Bourgogne Master Level with highest honors

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