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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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Name: Richard King Nationality: Chinese/Kiwi At the moment: French Polynesia Head Sommelier  –  2016 New Zealand Young Sommelier of the Year   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? First of all, I was very lucky that my family always…

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Name: Harald Wiesmann Nationality: German At the moment: Indonesia Chef Sommelier  link: Harald Wiesmann   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? I was born in a town in the wine area of Franconia, so as a little boy already I stole grapes from vineyards.…

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Name: Gayan Indika Manawadu Nationality: Sri Lankan At the moment: Maldives 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 encounter with the Wine was in 2004, when I started working with Taj Samudra Hotel. At that…

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