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Sara Da Val Franco, FWS

Sara Da Val Franco, FWS

Congratulations to Sara Da Val Franco, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors !

About Sara

"Beginning my journey as a wine enthusiast (I grew up in the Italian restaurant of my parents – but in Germany) now I’m very happy and proud to be a wine professional.

I work in our restaurant Davide e.K. as a sommelier, I’m in charge of our very big wine list – One of my favorite tasks is to recommend wines in accordance to the characters’ guest. They look at the wine list, but as it is soooooo long they prefer to rely on my knowledge.

In my wine shop I’m responsible for buying wines and spirits and obviously, to sell them. In the wine-shop my favorite job is to organize and hold regular monthly wine tastings – Sometimes we make also wine events (wineries present their wines and we pair them to a wine-menu).

By studying I got more and more fascinated – there are so many aspects to consider in a wine (political and social patterns/history/ geography and topology/ climate/ the vineyard/ the vines/ the cellar/ at the end the consumer with his tasting buds/difference of markets and many many more.

What I aspire to:

- Becoming an ultra-well-prepared expert … for Europe ! I’m always keen on learning more about wine.

- To be seen as a wine communicator. - To help wine consumers to recognize real quality of a wine

- To introduce lesser know grape varieties and wine regions

- To spread my wine knowledge (I’m living in a beer consuming region, there is still a lot to do and I often feel like a pioneer) without being dogmatic.

I’m already an Italian Wine Ambassador acknowledged by VIA (=r Vinitaly International Academy) and would like to visit more courses to go deeper in wine education.

If I would have more time (and money) for sure I dream of participating at the MW-program …

And then, I would create my own institute for wine-education !!

 

Here is the biography of my wine education:

First step in 2009: AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier)-certified sommelier. There I learned a lot but not enough. Correct choice of the glass to serve the wine and wine pairing very important for the service to the guest in our restaurant.

2010: opening of the wine retailer shop Vinothek Vinario e.Kfm.

2012: beginning at Geisenheim (Germany) to study for a Wein-Akademiker (title given by Wein-Akademie Rust, Austria) , which is the WSET-Diploma plus a thesis on a chosen subject. My subject was a native Italian grape from Piedmont called “Erbaluce”.

2015: participation at first edition Italian Wine Ambassador in Verona, I was among the first wine professionals to have this title. Course subject: Italian native grapes, regions and legislation of Italy

2017: participation at course class “FWS” in Bordeaux

I firmly think that the way of studying, the idea, the approach and the profound information of FWS about France are still a big enrichment for my knowledge and my wine education.

I appreciated very much the online learning program and afterwards the class lessons and wine tastings in Bordeaux at Wine Campus . These two things together for me have been perfect, very perfect ! – as at home I don’t have the time and the possibility to learn without being disturbed.

I always take the opportunity to go wine tasting events about a lot of wine regions, but never ever there is such a deep knowledge.

 

I’m very interested in Italian Wine scholar and also Spanish Wine Scholar. Honestly, I prefer the preparation at home and then I’ll follow the class course.

It will help me to be an expert for Europe and will help to collect my knowledge and experience. … this being a good base for my wine education-institute …

I’m very proud of being part of this community." 

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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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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