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    Jenny van Lieshout, SWS

    Congratulations to Jenny van Lieshout, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Jenny:

    I am a wine professional and as so many other wine professionals I initially didn’t plan to work in the wine industry. After completing a Master in Business Communication, I started working for an editorial that published food and wine related magazines and books. That’s where I developed an interest for learning more about grape growing and wine making. The taste for wine was acquired long before that!

    I soon followed the WSET Level 2 in Wines&Spirits and directly after the WSET Level 3 in Wines& Spirits. I then found myself at a crossroad. I would either keep wine as a hobby, or I would continue studying about wine and change career. I opted for the latter. I started the WSET Diploma Level 4 in Wines&Spirits, and began working in a wine shop, for I felt I had to work my way up the wine ladder. During my Diploma studies, a Dutch Master of Wine asked me to do him a favour and cover for him teaching a WSET Level 2 session. Slightly nervous I decided to help him out and taught about wine for the first time. I loved it! For a short time I taught for other Approved Programme Providers. I then went to WSET in London to join the Educator Course and opened my own APP in the Netherlands. In the meantime I had quit my job at the wine shop and had started importing wines from southern France and northern Spain. I was interested in learning about all aspects of the wine industry and felt I had to live and work in a wine producing country for a while. I moved to Barcelona and worked three years as Export Manager for premium Cava (now Corpinnat) producer Gramona.  A very interesting period during which I learned more about the production side as well as international sales, travelling the world. During that period I successfully completed my Weinakademiker thesis (The future of premium Spanish sparkling wine).  Back in the Netherlands I returned to teaching, working both for my own APP as well as for the Belgian APP WineWise, assisting the Diploma students of the Benelux. Currently I still run my APP in the Netherlands, offering mainly online courses. I combine this with the position of Export Manager for winemaker Oxer Bastegieta, a Basque producing both Txakoli and Rioja wines. Now, having completed the SWS, I hope to be teaching some classes for WineWise soon.

    Currently I have no plans for following any other specific certification programs, although I am certainly not done learning about wine yet.

    During my Diploma studies I learned about wines of the world. Although I have a broad interest, I think it is good to have a specialism and thanks to the SWS program that could certainly become Spanish Wines. To be able to combine my love for Spanish culture and teach about wine, would be ideal.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial It is good to have a specialism and thanks to the SWS program that could certainly become Spanish Wines.
    • Position Business Owner, Little Big Wines
    • Certifications WEST Level 2, Level 3 and Diploma
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    Ricardo Luis Santiago, SWS

    Congratulations to Ricardo Luis Santiago, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Ricardo:

    I am a wine enthusiast constantly searching to expand my knowledge about wine. I value any opportunity for tasting new wines and learning about wine producing regions. It is always an intellectual, spiritual, cultural, and pleasurable voyage. My passion is to work with wine and food pairing to enhance the dining experience and to share wine with friends.

    I started my studies in wine taking courses in The Culinary Institute of America, Santa Helena, California (2002-2003). Then I became a member of the Society of Wine Educators and participated in almost all the Annual Conferences of the Society since 2002.  In France I have taken courses at L’École du Vin de Bordeaux (2005-2007) in Bordeaux and L’École des Vins de Bourgogne (2005-2007) in Beaune. In 2012, I participated in the program for Wine Educators, Academy of the Napa Valley Vintners.  I am a Certified Specialist in Wine - CSW (2002) and a Certified Specialist in Spirits – CSS (2009), Society of Wine Educators. I am also a Spanish Wine Educator (The Wine Academy of Spain). I have passed the French Wine Scholar, Wine Scholar Guild (2018) and the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines (2019).

    I enrolled in the SWS program with the objective of enriching my knowledge of Spanish wines. The quality and depth of the SWS program is unmatched. It is a unique opportunity to learn about wine from all regions of Spain with emphasis in history, the wine regulations, and the sense of place. I have travelled extensively in Spain and have tasted wines from many wine regions and still I learned a great deal with the program.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The quality and depth of the SWS program is unmatched. It is a unique opportunity to learn about wine from all regions of Spain.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications CSW & CSS (Society of Wine Educators), WSET Level 3, French Wine Scholar
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    Seana Yee, SWS

    Congratulations to Seana Yee, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Seana:

    I’m Seana Yee, from Portland, Oregon. I worked in the industry with boutique wineries helping with production and as a tasting room associate. This led eventually to working as a Communications Director and Event Planner for ENSO Winery. I enjoyed writing their monthly newsletter and managing all social media marketing.

    Meanwhile, in 2013 I went to Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucía Spain for flamenco and discovered sherry. This inspired my passion to truly understand its production from vineyard to consumption. I created my blog Sherry Sips to share about my repeat travel experiences to the Sherry Triangle.

    It was in Jerez where I was encouraged to pursue formal wine education, not only to strengthen my foundational knowledge, but to also reach a broader audience with my passion for fortified wines.

    As I followed advice to seek formal wine education, I started with WSET (Wine and Spirit Educational Trust). I’ve passed level two with merit. I took level three, but did not pass the theory exam. I intend to retake that exam before the end of the year. I also passed the Introduction course to the Court of Master Sommeliers. However, as my focus is on education rather than tableside service, I did not continue with their program.

    In 2016, I was accepted to participate in the Certified Sherry Educator course through the Consejo Regulador in Jerez de la Frontera. I am one of two Certified Sherry Educators in the state of Oregon. Similarly, I participated in the Certified Sherry Wine Specialist course offered through Lustau allover the United States.

    The SWS course did an amazing job at summarizing the history of Spain, as well as explaining sherry production simply without losing any vital details. I was very impressed and learned so much; I want to travel the entire country for hands-on experience!

    Having passed SWS with Highest Honors furthers my passion beyond fortified wines. Ever since I was a little girl, I always loved Spain. My Bachelor of Arts degree is in Spanish and I lived four months in Sevilla, Spain, where I fell in love with the culture, the history, flamenco and tapas. My love for Spanish wine came much later.

    Having received this diploma, my hope is to become a Spanish Wine educator. Once travel bans are lifted, I desire to travel the wine regions of Spain from north to south, learning more of the rich history, and continue writing about the people I meet along the way who touch these wines from grape to glass.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The SWS course did an amazing job at summarizing the history of Spain... I was very impressed and learned so much.
    • Position Certified Sherry Educator and Writer, Sherry Sips
    • Certifications Certified Sherry Educator, Introductory Sommelier Certificate, WSET Level 2,
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    Kurt Garbars, SWS

    Congratulations to Kurt Garbars, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Kurt

    My passion for the wine industry began when I went on my honeymoon to Europe and started drinking wines from Germany, Italy, France, and Austria. I realized there was more to wine than the cheap jug wine I drank in college. Throughout the years my interest in wine grew and I eventually decided to get a certification in wine. My first certification was the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and after that I started further studying and received additional certifications from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and the Wine Scholar Guild (WSG). Eventually I started teaching wine education courses at the Wine Education Institute. After learning about wine regions and wine tasting, my passion for learning more about the production of wine grew. I completed an online winemaking certificate program over a couple of years at the University of Davis which had classes in winemaking and viticulture. After learning a lot about the theory online, I really wanted to do hands on winemaking and viticulture work. In 2018, I left for Australia to study oenology and viticulture at the University of Adelaide. I completed a graduate level diploma program in July 2019 and moved back to the United States. I worked the spring 2019 harvest at the school winery and vineyard and the fall 2019 harvest at Ken Brown Winery in California. My future plan is to continue teaching wine courses, continue to further my wine education, and to make some small batch wine.

    The SWS program helped me really understand the wines of Spain much more than I did before in my more broad based wine certification programs (i.e. CSW, WSET). I think it is very important to be proficient in Spanish wines, given it is one of the largest wine producing countries in the world after France and Italy.

    I am looking at enrolling in the DipWSET program from WSET. Since the DipSWET focuses on wines from around the world, I believe the detailed knowledge I learned in the SWS program (as well as FWS and IWS) will definitely help me tremendously.

    The SWS program (along with the other programs (FWS, IWS) have better prepared me to pursue the DipWSET program. In addition, I am now eligible to teach the SWS program which I really look forward to once the world gets a little more back to normal.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The SWS program (along with the other programs (FWS, IWS) have better prepared me to pursue the DipWSET program.
    • Position Educator, Wine Education Institute
    • Certifications CSW & CSS (Society of Wine Educators), WSET Level 3, Italian Wine Scholar, French Wine Scholar, Bourgogne and Bordeaux Master Level
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    Olga Verchenko, SWS

    Congratulations to Olga Verchenko, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Olga

    I am a Barcelona-based wine professional with a focus on export & communications.

    My wine journey began in 2011 when I moved from Ukraine to France and graduated as MSc in wine business (Burgundy Business School).

    Another professional milestone - internship in Champagne House converted me into the bubbles’ lover forever!

    My project ViniComm was kick-started in 2013 with a goal to support smaller family wineries, helping them with export and communications. My recent experiences include writing for the Ukrainian wine magazine, conducting wine tastings and advancing my blog @vinicomm where I share wine & travel stories.

    The SWS program contributed to my deeper understanding of Spanish wines and gave me insights on the wine selection & approaches for the different export markets. There is so much more to discover in the world of Spanish wines and I am convinced that more importers and buyers should dive into those undiscovered wines with a fantastic value.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The SWS program contributed to my deeper understanding of Spanish wines.
    • Position Wine professional in wine export & communication, @vinicomm
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    Jonelle Gingrich, SWS

    Congratulations to Jonelle Gingrich, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Jonelle:

    I am a wine enthusiast! Someday maybe I can enter the business side of the wine world. My husband and I enjoy travel to various wine regions all over the world. Some of our favorites have been in Europe.

    When I moved to the UK 4 years ago, a friend informed me about “wine certification courses” and I completed WSET level 3. After that, I felt I needed more background on old world wines before jumping into the diploma – a niche WSG fulfills beautifully with their baseline French, Spanish and Italian wine courses.

    Now I am a current diploma student, and I can say with 100% certainty that there is no comparable program that gives you such a depth of knowledge on Spanish wines as the Spanish Wine Scholar. I feel confident I can handle anything thrown at me in the Spanish wine world after this program! There is no other program that gives you the volume of information on Sherry, Spanish sparkling wines or the wine laws of Spain. As an additional bonus, my husband and I discovered so many Spanish wines we had never heard of and now are staples in our wine rack. So many old vine gems and truly affordable price points.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial There is no comparable program that gives you such a depth of knowledge on Spanish wines as the Spanish Wine Scholar.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 3, FWS
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    Gavin Cameron, SWS

    Congratulations to Gavin Cameron, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Gavin: 

    Starting out as a wine enthusiast, I transitioned from hospitality to becoming a wine professional. I recently retired from wine sales on Vancouver Island, and will continue to learn, participate and use my passion for wine to stay connected with other professionals and enthusiasts in this field. Among the European wineries in my sales portfolio, I had the incredible opportunity to represent two excellent family vineyards in Spain – Bodegas Miguel Torres and Bodegas Alvear. Their history and stories inspired me immensely.

    I have completed the International Sommeliar Guild (ISG) Diploma and French Wine Scholar.

    My ISG training gave me a solid foundation in Spanish wines.  The SWS program, which is recognized as the premier information source for Spanish Wine, took my knowledge to a whole new level.  Created by the Wine Scholar Guild, the SWS program provided a comprehensive and current representation of wines and wine regions of Spain.  It emphasized the unique characteristics of each wine region – and gave me a thirst to visit each one!

    I plan to enroll in the Italian Wine Scholar program to complement my current knowledge and continue my “virtual” travel experience through the wine regions of Europe.

    The SWS program covers the history, climate and geography of Spain extensively, and all are aspects which form an integral part of understanding the wines and wine regions of any country. With this understanding, and the SWS program emphasis on the regional wine and food pairings, I will continue to promote “themed” wine tastings and wine-pairing dinners with friends and colleagues.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The SWS program...emphasized the unique characteristics of each wine region – and gave me a thirst to visit each one!
    • Position Principal, Crusader Wine & Spirits
    • Certifications International Sommelier Guild Diploma, French Wine Scholar
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    Valentina Lorenzon, SWS

    Congratulations to Valentina Lorenzon, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Valentina:

    I’m a wine enthusiast. I’m originally from Italy and I grew up in a family of wine lovers and vine growers. I have been passionate about wine for as long as I can remember and many of my family memories are linked to wine and life in the vineyard.  I love wine because it also represents the identity and heritage of a country and it’s a great way to connect with people and understand their stories.

    For me, truly appreciating wine also means learning about its country of origin, its history and its traditions. When I moved to London, a friend convinced me to attend the WSET Level 2 Award course. I never stopped learning since then.

    I have already passed the Italian Wine Scholar program, the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and the WSET Level 3 Award in Sake. The SWS program has been a great way to learn more about Spanish wines and production areas. The study material is engaging and very comprehensive and provides a great level of detail. It widened my understanding of Spanish wines and it made me even more curious and passionate about the wines of this country.

    I’m currently studying for the WSET Level 4 Diploma. The SWS program complemented well the WSET material and helped me gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of Spanish wines,  from both the theory and the tasting point of view.

    Thanks to the SWS program, I learnt more about the wide variety of Spanish grapes and styles. It was particularly interesting to find out more about the less known wine regions.  I also enjoyed the program because it puts wine within the wider cultural and historical background of the country. I’m a strong believer in continuous learning and the SWS has been a great experience that motivated me to expand my knowledge further. It was also very motivating to meet other wine enthusiasts and professionals who are extremely passionate and knowledgeable about it. 

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The study material is engaging and very comprehensive and provides a great level of detail.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 2, WSET Level 3, Italian Wine Scholar
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    Ednajar Tavares Macedo Filho, SWS

    Congratulations to Ednajar Tavares Macedo Filho, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Ednajar:

    Definitely I am a wine enthusiast. It all started about 12 years ago when I decided to read and try to understand about what I was drinking. The books succeeded one another and every book made suggestions about new literature, each one greater and becoming more and more enlightening.  It is no surprise that drinking soon became tasting. A whole world has opened in front of me. The knowledge has the ability to transform and enhance what a glass of wine can offer to you. It is not anymore just about the challenge of discriminating the bouquet, the balance, the elegance, the persistence and evolution of a wine. It is now about history, tradition and above all hard working from the vineyard to the cellar. I am really glad of having the opportunity to discover and explore this whole new world!

    I passed the WSET Level 3 Award in Wine in 2017. In 2018 I passed the Intermediate Level in Formación del Vino, del Brandy y del  Vinagre de Jerez y de la Manzanilla. Last year (2019) I was granted the certification of French Wine Scholar and I have just finished the Spanish Wine Scholar. I must say that it is a never ending  journey. A really good one!  By now I am in the middle of Italian Wine Scholar, it is awesome!

    The Spanish Wine Scholar transforms your knowledge about Spanish wine and gives you a solid and special attention to the most important and detailed aspects that a wine lover and those who will apply to other certifications need so much.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial The Spanish Wine Scholar transforms your knowledge about Spanish wine and gives special attention to the most important and detailed aspects.
    • Position Wine Enthusiast
    • Certifications WSET Level 3, French Wine Scholar
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    Elizabeth Yabrudy Istúriz, SWS

    Many congratulations to Elizabeth Yabrudy Istúriz, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Elizabeth:

    I am a journalist with a M.Sc. in Electronic Publishing from City University London. Currently I am an Independent Professional, but I spend most of my time as a Wine Educator/Wine & Spirits Consultant for Celicor Boutique, one of the most respected wine and spirits retailers in Venezuela.

    My formal interest for wine began in 2008, when I decided to study in the Academia de Sommeliers de Venezuela (member of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, ASI) to become a Professional Sommelier. After that, I co-owned a wine school for non-professionals, while researching the next path in my development. I then decided to continue my formation with the Society of Wine Educators, to officially become a wine teacher.

    I enjoy and respect working in the wine industry. It is a continual learning process in a nonstop career. I am very lucky because every day I managed to combine my passion for wine with my professional title as Journalist and Electronic Publisher, now powered by the opportunity of being a Certified Wine Educator. I am always meeting people who can learn from my experience and my knowledge, and fall in love with wine just as I did more than ten years ago.

    I am a Sommelier (2009) from the Academia de Sommeliers de Venezuela, member of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, ASI. I also own three certifications from the Society of Wine Educators: Certified Specialist of Wine (2014), Certified Specialist of Spirits (2016), and Certified Wine Educator (2018), winner of the Banfi Award for earning the highest score of the year in the Certified Wine Educator exam.

    Being part of the first Spanish Wine Scholar (SWS) for Educators court was very special, not only for the gained knowledge, but also for the experience of being able to contribute -even in a minimum portion- to the launch of this Certification. I have always been a fan of Spanish wines and I now have a deeper understanding of the country and its wines, which is a perfect complement for my current wine development and for my future wine studies.

    Being able to comprehend Spain as a country and its wine industry, allows me not only to share the knowledge with my current students at this moment, but also in the future as an instructor of an Approved Program Provider. The knowledge obtained is also a great preparation for future certification programs that I could take.

    Additional Info

    • Testimonial I now have a deeper understanding of the country and its wines, which is a perfect complement for my current wine development and for my future wine studies.
    • Position Wine Educator/Consultant, Celicor Boutique
    • Certifications CWE, CSW & CSS (Society of Wine Educators), Certified Sommelier
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