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Tim Parkhouse, FWS

Tim Parkhouse, FWS

Congratulations to Tim Parkhouse, FWS for passing successfully the French Wine Scholar exam with the highest honors!

About Tim:

''I am a huge Francophile! I got into wine at a very young age. We have French family friends in Biarritz and as children,  they would insist on us drinking watered down wine at table. Wine is also an integral part of the British Sunday Roast, so culturally I had a broad exposure from a very young age. I am also a passionate surfer and we would travel down to Hossegor in France every summer. I started studying French seriously at age 7 and due to our constant French trips the language came extremely naturally to me, so this was the obvious choice for my study path at university. I was awarded a BA in French from the University of Wales Swansea. This was the result of a 4 year course including a year-long, full immersion exchange program with the Université Michel de Montaigne III in Pessac, Bordeaux. This is where I really started to develop the ‘wine bug’. I have fond memories of traversing the Médoc in search of both wine and waves.

After a 5-year stint in the music industry and meeting the woman of my dreams, a Polynesian dancer from California, whilst on tour with my band in China (That is a story for another time) we settled in Dana Point. Having arrived on American shores, I had no idea how I could use my French Degree.  Fortunately, we lived next door to a Ritz-Carlton, with a wine room called ‘Eno’. This was a superb place to grow and the company put me through the first two levels of the CMS program.

We had kids, so I wanted a more family-friendly schedule and started working with a French wine importer, specialising in the wines of Burgundy, Champagne and the Loire Valley. During my tenure I was lucky enough to go on buying trips to France with highlights such as visits to Clos des Lambrays, Mugneret-Gibourg and Thierry Allemand, to name but a few. They say a picture paints a thousand words and there really is no better way of learning the complexities of Burgundy than by being there, walking the vineyards and spending time in the cellars with all the colourful and hugely insightful vignerons.

I had always dreamed of working under a Master Sommelier and the job of my dreams opened up on Guildsomm. This was enough to tempt me back onto the floor to my current place of employment.

I am a bit of a certification junky! It is really easy just to study and drink your way through the regions you enjoy. Certification programs force you to study everything in an extremely thorough and focused manner and each program provider offers something slightly different from the next. I also find that it helps me personally to study things over and over and over again from the differing perspectives of each exam’s requirements. This really helps turn information into knowledge. I have just passed the Advanced portion of the CMS program, first pass, and was studying for the FWS and WSET diploma tangentially. They all complement each other and help ‘furnish’ your ‘Memory Palace’. When studying complex regions, such as Burgundy, It is easy to get lost in a ‘sea’ of information. The WSG courses help you to focus on what’s really important and why. The FWS was an extremely enjoyable program - it was beautifully put together and is a great tool for all serious students of wine.
It is also worth mentioning that the audio lectures are a real game changer for those long commutes, turning ‘dead’ time into quality study time. This is huge when you have a family and your schedule is ‘decked out’.

The FWS and WSG programs are a superb way to show employers your areas of strength and passion. It could certainly give you the edge at an establishment with a heavy French focus, which let’s face it, is most of the ‘heavy hitters’. I intend to work my way through the entirety of the Master Level programs in preparation for the Master Sommelier exams and hopefully one day the Master of Wine Exam. However, I feel it is really important to be conscious of the fact that the journey is the reward, not the destination and that there is no substitute for travel. Enjoy the ride! Allez Les Bleus!''

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Alumni

Find below the list of individuals who have successfully passed one or more exams offered by the Wine Scholar Guild. You may search by name and filter by program.

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Nancy Reynolds, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Rose-Anne St. Jean, FWS Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Donald McEachern
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
Erika Frey Alsace Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Raymond O'Mara
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Maggie Meroney
Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Nick Hendrix, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Sud de France Master-Level
Provence Master-Level
Bourgogne Master-Level
Alsace Master-Level
French Wine Scholar
Lynelle Larson-Greene Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Mike Dutch
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Mark Shipway Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Shaun Tucker, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Hood Hon, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Alsace Master-Level
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
Xu Zhang Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar
Jo-Ann Ross, DWS, FWS
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Honors
Alsace Master-Level
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Kevin Cleary, FWS Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Kirra Barnes Sud de France Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Linda McPhee, FWS
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Sharon Mader, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Tina W Isbell, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Michelle Davis, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Sud de France Master-Level with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors
Rick Blahunka
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
Kent Benson
Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Champagne Master-Level
Martin Maynard, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Highest Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Scott Perkins, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level
Bourgogne Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar with Honors
Christine Spoor, FWS Bourgogne Master-Level with Honors
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar
Champagne Master-Level with Highest Honors
David MacDougall, FWS Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Bordeaux Master-Level
Provence Master-Level with Highest Honors
French Wine Scholar
Charles Warner, FWS, CWE, CSS, CS Bordeaux Master-Level with Highest Honors
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
French Wine Scholar
Champagne Master-Level
Mladen Stoev
Bordeaux Master-Level with Honors
Bourgogne Master-Level
Champagne Master-Level
Alsace Master-Level with Honors
Tack Wai CHEONG Sud de France Master-Level
Provence Master-Level
Bordeaux Master-Level
Rhône Master-Level with Honors
Kyle Whitney, FWS Rhône Master-Level
Bordeaux Master-Level
Provence Master-Level
French Wine Scholar
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