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Name: David Stevens-Castro Nationality: Chilean At the moment: Australia Wine & Beverage Manager Own Website: Paired Media    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 a family that wine was enjoyed at the dining table.…

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Name: Rachel Lea Speckan   Nationality: USA At the moment: USA-Illinois National Wine Director  Own Website: Rachel Driver   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? Although I dabbled in wine while living in Tuscany,Italy, and was on the…

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Name: Arneis Wu Nationality: Chinese At the moment: China – Shanghai Senior Sommelier       Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? My major is vin and wine engineering at university and then I took WSET and CMS…

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Name: Kelvin Irungu Wanjira Nationality: Kenyan At the moment: Kenya Brand Manager/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 personal encounter with wines was rather funny; I would buy dry box wines and lime juice mix…

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Name: Joanie Metivier Nationality: Canadian At the moment: Canada Sommelier – Wine Blogger – Wine Editor Website: Joanie’s Wine Blog   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? I have always had incredible admiration for passionate, specialized people. You know,…

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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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