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Name: Florian Valieres Nationality: French At the moment: Australia Head Sommelier    Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? Wine has always been a big thing in our family, there was always a new bottle opened. As kids my…

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Name: Leonor Soza de la Carrera Nationality: Chilean At the moment: Chile Sommeliere    Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? I started working in wine tourism in 2012. I was abroad for a while, so when I was…

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Name: Stephanie Rigourd Nationality: French At the moment: Singapore Wine Director @ The Raffles – Singapore Articles: Stephanie Rigourd & The Raffles Hotel Website: Stephanie’s Wine Escapade   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? Full story on (click)…

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Name: Thomas (Hsin-Wei) Ho Nationality: Taiwanese At the moment: Taiwan Head Sommelier – Best Sommelier of Taiwan 2011 Contestant at the 2016 World Best Sommelier Competition Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? My first interaction with wine was as…

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Name: Davide Di Bella Nationality: Italian At the moment: Denmark Director of Club København – Associazione Italiana Sommelier – Sommelier – Wine Consultant Website: BD Food and Wine   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? I was born in Rome,…

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Name: Frank Schulte Nationality: German At the moment: Germany Sommelier   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? My first contact with the wine industry was about 1986, when I took the opportunity to learn about hotel business in…

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Name: Jaime Girones Nationality: Mexican At the moment: Mexico Sommelier/Consultant Sommelier   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentor at that time? My family comes from Spain and my grandfather was an agriculture man and he made wine, a very good wine,…

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Name: Jenny Polack Nationality: Australian At the moment: Australia Master in Wine Management / Wine Educator / Wine Consultant Website:  Winewhitch.com   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 the wine and the wine industry was…

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Name: Venkatrathinam Shunmugasundaram Nationality: Indian At the moment: Vietnam Head Sommelier   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? I really come to know about wine and existing of huge wine world when i was a trainee in “The…

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Name: Hugh Preece Nationality: North American At the moment: USA-NJ-CA Wine Director / Operating Partner at Salt Creek Grille   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 happened as a young teen growing up…

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