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    Our Recent Top Exam Scorers

    Sean Norton, SWS

    Sean Norton, SWS
    I am absolutely in love with Spain, its wine, its food, and its people. The SWS program brought all that together for me.
    Sean Norton, SWS, National Sales Director, Alexander Jules Spanish Wine Imports
    Other certifications: WSET Level 3

    Congratulations to Sean Norton, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar program with highest honors!

    About Sean:

    I moved to California 20 years ago and immediately became a wine enthusiast.  I was making my living in enterprise software sales but found myself spending the bulk of my time outside of work learning about wine.  I started with tasting groups, a course at UC Davis, a weekend tasting room job at Ridge Winery, and used most of my vacation time to visit wine regions such as Champagne, Burgundy, Tuscany, Cataluña, País Vasco, & Andalucía.  The next thing I knew, I had started a Sherry pop-up called ¿Por qué no? in San Francisco and started working on a plan to leave corporate life and work fulltime in wine.  I now work as the National Sales Director for Alexander Jules Spanish Wine Imports where I get to combine my business experience with my love for wine and I could not be happier!

    Prior to completing the Spanish Wine Scholar (SWS) program, I achieved the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines & Spirits and became a Certified Sherry Educator thru the Consejo Regulador in Jerez.  The SWS program was extremely comprehensive and has helped me in my job as a Spanish Wine Importer.  Further, the SWS materials were of the highest quality and the curriculum was very well organized.

    I really appreciated the level of depth provided by the Spanish Wine Scholar (SWS) program.  I am a visual learner and often use the wonderful maps to provide context and a sense of place when talking about our imported wines.  I am absolutely in love with Spain, its wine, its food, and its people.  The SWS program brought all that together for me.

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