''I am a wine enthusiast and, since 1990, a regulated health care professional with a private practice in acupuncture and massage therapy (just west of Toronto). I love my health-care work, but a career in wine is an intriguing notion, too. It was a lovely Niagara Pinot Noir (Le Clos Jordanne, Le Grand Clos 2009) that inspired me to pursue my studies in wine. I was delighted to learn that my favorite varietals - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - are specialities of Ontario’s local terroir in Niagara and Prince Edward County. But, of course, the Côte d’Or beckons, and I dearly hope to explore the wines and vineyards of Bourgogne some day soon.
I am certified in WSET Level 2 (winning the Jack Ackroyd Memorial Scholarship Award for 2012) and WSET Level 3. Before that, I did some exploration on my own, using Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Wine Course. I hope to visit France for some quality wine exploration, and the FWS course provided me with a thorough grounding for such an adventure. (I found the online slideshows - with their famous sites & historic landmarks for each wine region - to be a nice bonus in this regard.)
The FWS course has given me the confidence to explore the wine regions of France in person. And it has kept my “toe in the water” of ongoing wine studies. It is exciting to note that similar courses for Italy and Spain are now on offer. Because I have approached wine education as an enthusiast rather than as a wine professional, I have had the luxury of studying for pure enjoyment, and without the condensed-study pressures or time-constraints that professionals in the industry often contend with. I was considering the WSET Diploma Level program for a while, but circumstances did not allow. Some day, perhaps! In the meantime, the Wine Scholar programs make it possible to pursue such knowledge in manageable (and thoroughly enjoyable) “portions.” Thank-you for providing such an opportunity. ''