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Ellen Lainez, SWS

Ellen Lainez, SWS
The SWS is a great opportunity to work in the Spanish wine market, especially in the emerging regions, so I can bring more of this amazing wine education to the world.
Ellen Lainez, SWS, Founder and Wine Educator, The Wine Consul
Other certifications: WSET Level 2

Congratulations to Ellen Lainez, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

About Ellen:

I have been passionate about wine since my teenage years.  I am a college instructor in Event Management and Travel and I founded The Wine Consul on 2019 to bring people a new fun wine tasting experience to get to know more about these amazing wine regions that sometimes are overlooked.  I love wine, but I truly enjoy emerging wine regions, skin contact wines, boutique wineries and like to bring this to my wine community by discovering and tasting great wines like all the incredible regions that I find so unique in Spain especially!!

After studying wines in Niagara College in Niagara in 2011, I decided to pause and focus more on the regions I always considered my favorites while finalizing WSET 3. I became an ambassador in Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Argentinian, Chilean and Croatian wines. I founded the first Croatian Wine Ambassador course for North America and planning to expand it to South America too, but I am taking one step at a time!  So in order to become a true wine specialist and educator and focus on my lesser-known regions, I am also taking CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine) and planning to become a CSWS in the future in addition to some smaller regions from France and the world.

My focus is to be a region specialist, the best way is by completing the Italian Wine Scholar and the Spanish Wine Scholar as they were so unique, complex and with the right amount of information I was looking for to complement my wine education. The SWS is a great opportunity to work in the Spanish wine market, especially in the emerging regions, so I can bring more of this amazing wine education to the world.

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