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10

Jul

Introductory and Certified, Auckland, New Zealand, July 2015

  • By Ronan Sayburn

We had 22 people attempt and 17 people pass the Introductory course. For the Certified, 12 passed out of 17 who attempted it.

Congratulations to all!

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Introductory Passes

  • Colin Housing
  • Jean-Pierre Last
  • Indi Newall
  • Stefano Baldin
  • Ollie Carr
  • Iain Charlton
  • Michael Darby
  • Nigel du Verre Ellery
  • Yanmiao (Johnson) Hu
  • Dawin Korfgen
  • Cyna Bosworth
  • Huy Phong Pham
  • Donna Pieroway
  • Subantaku
  • Ciaran O’Regan
  • Richard King
  • Sam Devitt

Certified Passes

  • Jean-Pierre Last
  • Indi Newall
  • Stefano Baldin
  • Ollie Carr
  • Yanmiao (Johnson) Hu
  • Donna Pieroway
  • Ciaran O’Regan
  • Andy Gladding
  • Hiroyuki Okubo
  • Chia Chun (Thomas) Kao
  • Maciej Zimmy
  • Cashias Gumbo

07

Jul

Jackson Family Wines Becomes a Supporter of the Court of Master Sommeliers Europe

  • By Ronan Sayburn

 

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Jackson Family Wines Becomes a Supporter of the Court of Master Sommeliers Europe

 Santa Rosa, CA – July, 2015 – Jackson Family Wines (JFW) today announced that they will be supporting the European Court of Master Sommeliers, the premier training and examining body for Sommeliers, for a total of three scholarships for the Introductory Sommelier Course/Certified Sommelier Course per annum across Europe, Middle East and Asia.

“The Court of Master Sommeliers promotes the highest level of wine expertise and service, and we are honoured to support their international commitment to wine education. We have always had a good relationship with the European Court and many of its members but it is great to finally formalise our support,” said James Tookey, VP Asia, Europe and Middle East. “As a global, premium and luxury wine producer, we are dedicated to making the highest quality wines and sharing the quality story with consumers. Sommeliers and Master Sommeliers serve a critical role in promoting and elevating our industry, and we’re happy to provide three skilled candidates with the opportunity to join the Master Sommelier ranks.”

Founded in 1977, The Court of Master Sommeliers was established to encourage improved standards of beverage service in hotels and restaurants, and now conducts courses throughout the world. The title Master Sommelier marks the highest recognition of wine and spirits knowledge, beverage service abilities, and professionalism in the hospitality trade. There are currently only 227 Master Sommeliers in the world.

About Jackson Family Wines

Jackson Family Wines is a collection of premium wineries owned privately by Barbara Banke and the Jackson family. Over the years, the Banke-Jackson family has assembled an unparalleled portfolio of esteemed vineyards and wineries along California’s cool coastal ridges, stretching northwards from Santa Barbara up through Monterey, Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, and continuing into Oregon’s famed Willamette valley.

Internationally, Jackson Family Wines owns estates in St. Emilion, Tuscany, McLaren Vale, South Africa and Chile. Each winery has its own winemaker, vineyards, varietal focus and unique style which showcase the particular terroir of its location.

Above all, the Banke-Jacksons pride themselves on the quality of their wines, their stewardship of the land, their commitment to sustainable practices, and their long-term distribution and wine community partnerships around the world.

For more information, press only:

Milly Wiggin

Luxx PR

milly@luxxpr.co.uk

T: 00 44 (0)7776 138413

18

Jun

Introductory and Certified, Brighton, June 2015

  • By Ronan Sayburn

We had 21 people attempt and 20 people pass the Introductory course. For the Certified, 11 passed out of 15 who attempted it.

Congratulations to all!

Introductory Passes

  • Mikolaj Harmider
  • Will Smithers
  • Bastien Ferreri
  • Alexander Lawson
  • Suzanne Sluijter
  • Benjamin Sellouk
  • Niels Sluiman
  • Felix Francke
  • Ulrika Ferlin
  • Alan Bednarski
  • Piras Nicoletta
  • Martyna Paweliceck
  • Benjamin Chan
  • Victor Correa
  • Jeremy Magnon
  • Mike Ananlassen
  • Danielle Carr
  • Jurijs Nemkovs
  • Amanda McCulloch
  • Sanya Abhay

 

Certified passes

  • Bastien Ferreri
  • Benjamin Sellouk
  • Niels Sluiman
  • Felix Francke
  • Benjamin Chan
  • Jeremy Magnon
  • Mike Ananlassen
  • Danielle Carr
  • Jurijs Nemkovs
  • Amanda McCulloch
  • Maciej Podkowiak
  • James Lowe
  • Douglas Kinnaird
  • Jeremie Giraud
  • Carl Johan Troedsson

 

23

May

7 new Master Sommeliers pass in Aspen, Colorado

  • By Ronan Sayburn

COURT OF MASTER SOMMELIERS, AMERICAS

WELCOMES SEVEN NEW MASTERS TO ITS PRESTIGIOUS RANKS

Brahm Callahan, William Costello, Elyse Lambert, Jack Mason, Michael Meagher,
Kevin Reilly and June Rodil Named Master Sommeliers

ASPEN, CO (May 20, 2015) –Today, the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas welcomes seven new members: Brahm Callahan (Grill 23 & Bar, Boston, MA), William Costello (The Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, NV), Elyse Lambert (Maison Boulud, Montreal, QC, Canada), Jack Mason, (MARTA, New York, NY), Michael Meagher (Jackson Family Wines, Groton, MA), Kevin Reilly (Cyrus Restaurant, Healdsburg, CA) and June Rodil (Maguire Moorman Hospitality Group, Austin, TX).

The Master Sommelier Diploma is the highest distinction a professional can attain in the beverage service industry. The Master Sommelier Diploma Examination consists of three sections: a verbal theory examination, a blind tasting of six wines in 25 minutes, and a practical service component which focuses on restaurant beverage service and salesmanship. Candidates must receive passing scores in each category in order to earn the highly coveted title of Master Sommelier.

Held at The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado from May 17th – 20th, the invitation-only examination was attempted by 63 individuals from 14 states and Canada. The results were announced at the Krug Reception attended by all who sat the examination, guests and Master Sommelier Examiners.

“On behalf of the entire Court, I would like to congratulate all candidates for reaching the final stage of the examination process, and heartily welcome to our organization those who were successful this week,” said Andrew McNamara, MS, Chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. “After years of preparation, these seven candidates have demonstrated their mastery of the highest standards in beverage theory, service and tasting ability. We look forward to their future contributions to the organization and the beverage industry as a whole. All of the candidates who sat the Master Sommelier examination showed admirable efforts and professionalism. We continue to applaud their dedication to this extraordinarily challenging process.”

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21

Apr

Introductory and Certified Course, Hong Kong 2015

  • By Ronan Sayburn

We had 14 people attempt and 21 people pass the Introductory course. For the Certified, 7 passed out of 11 who attempted it.

Congratulations to all, and especially to Kobe on his engagement!

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Introductory Passes

  • Gavin Cen Qi Sheng
  • Eric Zi Wang
  • Ervin Ong Say Kien
  • Frederick Chi Chun
  • Ho Yu Ho
  • Joseph Luk Tsing Pong
  • Julien Boulard
  • Lau Cheuk Yee
  • Michael Leong
  • Nancy Yang
  • Brian Yam Wai Him
  • Yau Yui Chung
  • Zhou Xi
  • Chien Huai Hsu

Certified Passes

  • Cheah Chee Kong (CheeK)
  • Ervin Ong Say Kien
  • Ho Yu Ho
  • Julien Boulard
  • Michael Leong
  • Kobe Tie Lin Hou
  • Andrew Lam

21

Apr

Introductory and Certified, Seoul, Korea 2015

  • By Ronan Sayburn

We had 20 people attempt and 17 people pass the Introductory course. For the Certified, 15 passed out of 19 who attempted it.

Congratulations to all!

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Introductory Passes

  • Min Wook Bak
  • Pak Chan
  • Wooktae Han
  • Tan Ewe
  • Lark Mi Jung
  • Seung Il Jung
  • Wong I Kwan Kate
  • Min Kyong Kim
  • So Hee Kim
  • Ju Yong Kim
  • Minseok Kyung
  • Wutthiphong Nammakon
  • Kyoung A Park
  • Sun Kyu Song
  • Dennis Chong Chun Wai
  • Hye Yun Woo
  • Sung Yul Yun
  • Leo Hong

Certified Passes

  • Min Wook Bak
  • Pak Chan
  • Wooktae Han
  • Tan Ewe Jin
  • Seung Il Jung
  • Wong I Kwan Kate
  • Ju Yong Kim
  • Minsoek Kyung
  • Dennis Chong Chun Wai
  • Hye Yun Woo
  • Soo Min Cho
  • Ryong Kim
  • Chang Ik Lee
  • Ha Nui Park
  • Kyoung A Park

03

Apr

Introductory and Certified, Athens 2015

  • By Ronan Sayburn

We had 10 people attempt and 10 people pass the Introductory course. For the Certified, 6 passed out of 8 who attempted it.

Congratulations to all!

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Introductory Passes

  • Jayavani Balaraman
  • Panagiotis Barmpitsas
  • Mette Derdan
  • Cannavo Immacolata
  • Stamatios Iseris
  • Vasillaq Metaj
  • Turgut Tokgoz
  • Carl-Johan Troedsson
  • Jonathan Siepp
  • Anthony Stratakos
  • Evangelos Karavolia

Certified Passes

  • Panagiotis Barmpitsas
  • Mette Derdan
  • Cannavo Immacolata
  • Stamatios Iseris
  • Jonathan Siepp
  • Xiangwei Wu

11

Mar

Introductory and Certified, Northcote, March 2015

  • By Ronan Sayburn

We had 22 people attempt and 20 people pass the Introductory course. For the Certified, 10 passed out of 18 who attempted it.

Congratulations to all!

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Introductory Passes

  • Sugan Gurung
  • Stefan Grabler
  • Vincento Arnese
  • James Lowe
  • Corin Ireland
  • Karen Crutchley
  • Mattia Garon
  • Alexandra Taflan
  • Paloma Priego Cuadra
  • Bradley Pace
  • Roko Bekavac
  • Svetoslav Manolev
  • Miquel Hudin
  • Turkat Mehmet Emin
  • George Chioreanu
  • Daniel Kovach
  • Anadakumar Sivalingham
  • Ahmet Ucar
  • Frederick Horn
  • Marek Przyborek

Certified Passes

  • Vincento Arnese
  • Corin Ireland
  • Mattia Garon
  • Bradley Pace
  • Anadakumar Sivalingham
  • Octavio Milares
  • Frederick Horn
  • Marek Przyborek
  • Gennaro Buono
  • Mohamed Aous

20

Feb

Advanced, The Vineyard at Stockcross, February 2015

  • By Ronan Sayburn

We had 17 candidates who attempted the Advanced exam at The Vineyard in Stockcross, February 2015, there were 9 passes.

Congratulations to all !

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Advanced Passes

  • Paul Beaton
  • Mathias Camilleri
  • Ferran Centelles
  • Tamas Czinki
  • Ying Guo
  • Yuki Hirose
  • Terry (Eleftherios) Kandylis
  • Elvis Ziakos
  • Anna Mayr

13

Jan

Introductory and Certified, Torquay, January 2015

  • By Ronan Sayburn

We had 22 people attempt and 19 people pass the Introductory course. For the Certified, 14 passed out of 18 who attempted it.

Congratulations to all!

Introductory Passes

  • Magdalena Brandstaetter
  • Limin Chen
  • Jean-Marie Contestin
  • Renato Ferreira
  • Olivier Frayssinet
  • Alexandre Freguin
  • Hans Haahr Larsen
  • Marco Iaccarino
  • Patrick Mouritzen
  • Sarah Helliwell
  • Douglas Kinnaird
  • Jonathan Kleeman
  • Francesca Martusciello
  • Massimo Menchini
  • Benedict Norton
  • Nicola Perrone
  • Peter Szwaczkiewicz
  • Matthew Whitaker
  • Jim Barbeau

Certified Passes

  • Magdalena Brandstaetter
  • Limin Chen
  • Jean-Marie Contestin
  • Renato Ferreira
  • Olivier Frayssinet
  • Alexandre Freguin
  • Hans Haahr Larsen
  • Marco Iaccarino
  • Patrick Mouritzen
  • Nicola Perrone
  • Peter Szwaczkiewicz
  • Matthew Whitaker
  • Gonzalo Rodriguez Dias
  • Aimee Turford

 

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