Faculty

The most important thing we offer is our energy, excitement and passion.

Collectively, we hold: Master of Wine certification from the Institute of Master of Wine; Master Sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers; Level 4 Diplomas in Wine & Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust; Certified Wine Educator and Certified Specialist of Wine certificates from the Society of Wine Educators; certificates from The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and more.

  • We are wine and spirit lovers first; teachers and wine industry professionals thereafter.
  • Our instructors are professionally involved in the wine and spirits industry.
  • We are dedicated to sharing our knowledge of the incredible world of wine and spirits with others.
  • We are excited about our interactive and innovative teaching techniques that can help students pass wine exams.

We are also multilingual, offering WSET levels 1 & 2 certification courses as well as many others in English, Spanish and German.

 
Christian

R. Christian Oggenfuss

President & Founder dipWSET., AIWS, FWS, IWP, WSET-Certified,

catherine

Catherine Bugue

Chief Education Officer/Co-Founder – WSET-Certified, dipWSET, IWP

PeterMarks2

Peter Marks, MW

Master of Wine and WSET-Certified Instructor,
VP of Education & Partner

mary

Mary Margaret McCamic

Master of Wine, DWS, WSET Certified Educator, Instructor

Tim Gaiser, MAster Sommelier

Tim Gaiser

Master Sommelier- Instructor, Member of the Board of Advisers

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Nova Cadamatre

Master of Wine, dipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, Instructor

Tim Hanni MW

Tim Hanni

Master of Wine, C.W.E – Instructor

Bree Boskov MW

Bree Boskov

Master of Wine, dipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, Instructor

VANESSA CONLIN

Vanessa Conlin

dipWSET, Master of Wine Candidate

Csilla Kato

Csilla Kato

dipWSET, FWS, Winemaker, Instructor

Monika Vescovi

Monika Vescovi

dipWSET, Instructor, Exam Officer

Jess Helfand

Jess Helfand

Instructor, dipWSET, WSET Certified Educator

Karen4

Karen Wetzel

WSET Certified Educator, Instructor

Natalie Breaux Bio Pic 2018

Natalie Breaux

dipWSET, CWE, MW Candidate

Noelle Hale

Noelle Hale

dipWSET

Gence Alton DWS

Gence Alton

dipWSET, WSET-Certified, Instructor

Liz Pirnat

Liz Pirnat

dipWSET., F.W.S., Certified Specialist of Wine, Instructor

Toshio Ueno

Toshio Ueno

酒匠 Master of Sake, SSI 日本酒学講師 Certified Sake Educator, SSI WSET Certified Sake Educator

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