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Name: Bradley Knowles Nationality: South African At the moment: Austria F&B Manager/Sommelier   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? I am the president of the Burgenland Sommelier association in Austria I am also on the Board of Directors…

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Name: Rob Bales Nationality: Australian At the moment: Australia Sommelier   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? First encounter, first job and first date.In the 70’s not a lot to choose from commercially, but luck would see me…

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Name: Paula Sidore Nationality: USA-New Hampshire At the moment: Germany Sommeliere, Writer & Translator Website: www.weinstory.de   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? I first encountered wine in a small glass at Sunday dinner when I was about…

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Nationality: German At the moment: South Africa Currently: Sommelier/Wine Consultant   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? During my hotel management studies. What specific traits or skills should a Sommelier(e) possess for professional performance and is there any…

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Name: Nacho Ribera Nationality: Catalan (Spanish) At the moment: Brazil Head Sommelier & Wine Consultant   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? My first encounter with wine, (serious encounter) it was when I was 20’s and I lived…

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Name: Jhon Arboleda Galeano Nationality: Ecuadorian At the moment: Argentina Maitre/Sommelier   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? My first encounter with wine, was, I still remember; at the age of ten, yes, “just a kid”; my father came to house bringing a bottle…

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Name: Fabien Laine Nationality: French At the moment: France Head Sommelier/ Wine Consultant / Columnist / Wine Judge /  Website: Digital & Service Agency   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? Born in French South West, wine always…

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Name: Cheryline Coulon Nationality: Mauritian At the moment: Reunion Sommeliere   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? I was in France for my hospitality management studies, 8 years ago, i was really young and wine universe was for…

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Name: James Alcock Nationality: Australian At the moment: Australia Sommelier, Wine Educator, Wine Distributor Website: Vinum Wine Distributor http://instagram.com/sommjimmy   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? I started out as a ‘bar back’ when i was 17 and…

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Name: Brilliant Rendani Mathelumusa Nationality: South Africa At the moment: United Kingdom Head Sommelier Own Website: The Secret Vineyards   Prerequisite: Tell us a little bit about your first encounter with Wine & the Wine industry? I could say l was born in a wine cellar; my Dad was and still is an avid wine collector…

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