Congratulations to Lise Kupke, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!
I currently work at a job unrelated to wine: I am a Senior Information Security officer at The World Bank, where I have worked for 27 years. I am a huge wine enthusiast: I have always loved tasting wine wherever I travel, love the expression of the grapes, the terroir, the vintner and winemaking techniques that go into each bottle. I also love the history behind the wine, the estate and the winemaker for every bottle. So…..
My aspiration is to retire from my WB job, and work in the wine industry, probably as an educator. I already moonlight a local Wine School, teaching some intro and WSET classes……
I have Diploma WSET which was completed last June, 2019 awarded in January, 2020 in London. I also have earned the FWS, Lustau Sherry Specialist, the SWS and am now working on the IWS. The SWS gave me a deeper appreciate of wines from Spain. I already knew I loved them, but this gave me a whole new level of understanding and taught me some wines that had not been on my radar.
All of the WSG classes are well put together, with excellent detail. They are designed to make learning easy. I believe that my WSET Diploma would have been a lot easier had I taken the SWS and IWS first! (The FWS helped me tremendously in achieving the Diploma). The focus is a bit different, but the amount of knowledge acquired from these in depth programs are certainly a foundation on which to build detailed industry study, research and experience.
As my goal is to be a wine educator at a school or wine store, all of this knowledge, reference material and ideas will be invaluable!