Congratulations to Emanuele Bertazzoni, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!
I am 41 years old and I have been working in the business for several years. Originally born and raised in Milano, Italia I have now been living in Bergen, Norway for nearly five years.
I work for a group of restaurants as a F&B Manager and Wine-Director: my tasks (at least wine-wise) include for example setting up menus, wine-lists and building the cellars for the restaurants. I am also the buyer for the whole group.
One of our outlets, specifically “Osteria Villani” (@villaniosteria), was granted the “Best Wine List in Norway” accolade for the category “People´s Favourite” in 2022 plus being nominated as one of the best for the selection by the glass, thanks also to my colleagues Nicole and Richard and all my team.
My job is very demanding but I am definitely very happy about it and I always look forward to new challenges; main goals are the customers satisfaction and aiming to build a very strong and united team which is the only key to the success, in my opinion.
I am WSET2 and WSET3 Certified (both exams passed with “Distinction”) and I think FWS gave me the opportunity to go much deeper into the world of French wines, especially with reference to those regions which are not normally so covered or “main-stream”.
I strongly believe learning is a process and not a simply a goal, a destination so I would also look to invest on me in terms of education and experience: I would like to enroll for the WSET Diploma and a Bordeaux Master Level Program at WSG – I personally love Bordeaux! – but “when” all depends on my work commitment, I am always so busy with my job and that is the main issue.
Fair enough when it comes to my work, I love what I do and I do what I love!
FWS Program has been very inspiring and to pass the exam with the highest honors was a great achievement but I had been studying hard for that because results can be only achieved staying focused and motivated.
Once again, a pin and a diploma are not the ultimate prize but just a new starting point to move on from and keep learning.
I would definitely suggest everyone who is “into-the-wine”, either as a connoisseur or a professional (or both… like me!) to invest in themselves by enrolling into courses which will help further develop their passion and their knowledge.