Vanessa Guebels, Weeno founder

Vanessa Guebels, Weeno founder, on how to run your own wine school while studying for the MW

Vanessa Guebels, Weeno founder, grew up in Champagne and has always felt connected to wine in a way. She worked in a different career for a while between Paris and abroad though. At the end of 2016, Vanessa comes back to France after a few years spent in China. She is thrilled to get back to French gastronomy and the pleasure to pair wine with food. But, even in France, the art of wine and food pairing remains difficult for most people…
In the wake of this conclusion, Vanessa opens her own wine school in 2017. Her goal? Make people discover wine in a simple way, teach them how to taste wine properly and know their own preferences so that they are able to enjoy wine better.

Vanessa Guébels a grandi en Champagne et s’est toujours sentie en quelque sorte connectée au vin. Pendant quelques temps, elle a cependant travaillé dans un secteur différent entre Paris et l’étranger. A la fin de l’année 2016, Vanessa rentre en France, après plusieurs années passées en Chine. Elle est ravie de retrouver les joies de la gastronomie française et le plaisir de choisir le vin qui s’accordera parfaitement avec son plat. Mais, même en France, cette tâche reste difficile pour le plus grand nombre…
Se basant sur cette conclusion, Vanessa crée sa propre école de formation du vin dans la foulée, en 2017. Son but ? Faire découvrir le vin simplement, apprendre aux gens à le déguster et leur connaître leurs goûts pour mieux l’apprécier.

Senay Ozdemir in a vineyard

Senay Ozdemir empowers women in wine through her expo

Senay Ozdemir, native from Turkey, is a true storyteller and a great actress of women empowerment. She started as a TV-host, then launched her own magazine to become a publisher. She is also a TEDx speaker, and the organiser of the first WomeninWine Expo in Europe. This 2-day event has been created to gather and empower women in wine from all over the world. Build on partnerships with national wine organisations, the aim is to give the opportunity to like-minded women to exchange on the wine world through networking, education, business and fun. Indeed while women wine professionals are in increasing number, there is still a gender gap in the wine industry: they are both under-represented and under-paid.
The first edition took place in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium on 23 & 24 May 2019. It gathered 35 women from Holland, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Georgia, Turkey, Lebanon and the US. All were winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, writers, influencers… and talked about things to overcome and opportunities for women in wine.

Senay Ozdemir, originaire de Turquie, est une véritable écrivaine ainsi qu’une grande actrice de l’émancipation des femmes. Elle a commencé en tant que présentatrice télé puis a ensuite lancé son propre magazine pour devenir éditrice. Elle intervient également dans les conventions TEDx, elle a créé et organisé la première Expo WomeninWine en Europe. Cet événement se déroule sur 2 jours dans le but de rassembler et d’émanciper les femmes de l’industrie du vin partout dans le monde. Basé sur des partenariats avec des organisations du vin, le but est de donner l’opportunité aux femmes d’échanger sur le monde du vin à travers l’interconnexion de réseaux, l’éducation, le commerce et l’amusement. En effet, malgré le fait que les femmes soient de plus en plus nombreuses dans le secteur, il y a toujours des inégalités entre les sexes : elles sont à la fois sous-représentées et sous-payées.
La première édition de l’exposition a eu lieu à Rotterdam (Pays-Bas) et Bruxelles (Belgique) les 23 et 24 Mai 2019. 35 femmes venant de Hollande, Belgique, Italie, Allemagne, Hongrie, Moldavie, Géorgie, Turquie, Liban et des Etats-Unis se sont réunies. Elles étaient toutes vigneronnes, sommelières, acheteuses, écrivaines, influenceuses,… et ont parlé de toutes les choses à surmonter et des opportunités pour les femmes du vin.

Christophe Kaczmarek, founder of French Beaches

Christophe Kaczmarek, founder of French Beaches: how to combine audacity, fun and respect for life

Today my guest is Christophe Kaczmarek, founder of French Beaches. He offers both approachable and terroir wines in his range, always respectful of life. His watchwords are audacity, fun and modernity. He wants to create a bridge between the wine worlds through his originality and quirky tone.

Aujourd’hui je suis avec Christophe Kaczmarek, le fondateur de French Beaches. Il propose à travers sa gamme des vins faciles d’approche mais aussi des cuvées de terroir, toujours dans le respect du vivant. Ses mots d’ordre sont l’audace, le fun et la modernité. Il souhaite créer un pont entre les mondes du vin à travers son originalité et son ton décalé.

women noting wine tasting notes on her phone

Women in Wine: what’s it actually like from 8 leading figures #IWD2021

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021👊🏻, I’ve asked 7 top figures of the world of wine to share their view💬 on what’s it like to be #womeninwine today.
My guests are Laura Donadoni aka @theitalianwinegirl (wine journalist, educator & author), Marie-Françoise Devichi aka @mlledevichi (wine producer in Corsica, 6th generation & 1st woman running the estate), Virginie Lopes from @portuliege (CEO of the family business of corks), Senay Ozdemir aka @senay_pr (wine importer, storyteller & founder of @womeninwineexpo), @aureliavisinescu (wine producer for 30 years in Romania), Clara Herrero aka @claraconversa (wine grower in La Rioja, Spain) and @elizabethgabaymw (MW, Educator, consultant & author) ✨👏🏻

Jim Gore on how to be successful in demanding wine studies thanks to its school Global Wine Academy

Here is how to be successful in demanding wine studies, with Jim Gore DipWSET

Available in English + French!

Are you struggling getting prepared for your WSET Diploma and MW exams? Keep reading to get Jim Gore’s tips to be successful in demanding wine studies!

Jim Gore is fascinated with wine since he discovered Burgundy on family holidays.
He completed studies in science but wine caught him up again. He became the youngest manager of an Oddbins store in Edinburgh and gained his Diploma qualification at the same time. Jim spent a few years in his favourite wine region and joined WSET School London as an examination coordinator. He quickly became a wine educator and then principal of the school at 33. Jim helped reforming several courses. So who would be better placed to help wine students prepare for success?

Jim Gore est fasciné par le vin depuis qu’il a découvert la Bourgogne pendant des vacances en famille.

Il a effectué des études scientifiques mais le vin l’a rattrapé à nouveau. Il est devenu le plus jeune manager dans un magasin Oddbins (marchand de vin local) à Edinbourg, tout en passant son Diploma. Jim a ensuite passé quelques années dans sa région favorite avant de rejoindre la WSET School of London en tant que coordinateur des examens. Il est rapidement devenu éducateur puis principal de l’école à 33 ans. Jim a participlé à la réforme de plusieurs cours. Qui serait donc mieux placé pour aider les étudiants à se préparer aux examens ?

nicolas lamothe playing his game blind

Mystères et Bonnes Bouteilles: follow the inspiring journey of Nicolas Lamothe

Available in English🇺🇸 + French🇫🇷!

Nicolas threw himself into Mystères et bonnes bouteilles’ adventure, which is available since 2016.
This concept offers you a range of different tasting flights. The goal is to blind taste the wines, in groups up to 10 people. Then, you will have to discover each wine’s mysteries thanks to a deft blend of concrete questions and information. You will acquire knowledge about wine, the appellations and regions of production.
In other words, an easily accessible, concrete and affordable concept. It has it all…

Nicolas s’est lancé dans l’aventure Mystères et bonnes bouteilles, accessible depuis 2016.
Ce concept vous permet de choisir parmi plusieurs coffrets de dégustation de vins. Le but est de déguster les vins à l’aveugle, en groupe, et jusqu’à 10 personnes. Il faudra ensuite découvrir les mystères des vins du coffret grâce à un subtil mélange de questions et d’informations très concrètes pour acquérir certaines connaissances sur les vins, les appellations et les régions de production.
Un concept facilement accessible, concret et abordable. Tout pour plaire…

anthony and jean-charles, creators of aubert & mathieu

Aubert & Mathieu on how to make Languedoc wine more meaningful

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Languedoc-Roussillon truly does not stop to astonish by its dynamism and freshness!
After a career in finance in Paris for Jean-Charles Mathieu and one in wine marketing between the US and Thailand for Anthony Aubert, the two young men chose their native Languedoc to throw themselves into their own wine merchant adventure in September 2018…

Après une carrière dans la finance à Paris pour Jean-Charles Mathieu et dans le marketing du vin entre les Etats-Unis et la Thaïlande pour Anthony Aubert, c’est dans leur Languedoc natal que les deux jeunes hommes ont décidé de se lancer dans l’aventure de négociants en vin, avec Aubert & Mathieu, en septembre 2018…

how to become a mw: sarah heller mw, glass in hand

How to become a MW: you’ll want to read this one

Available in English🇺🇸 + French🇫🇷!

Sarah Heller, based in Hong Kong, is a Master of Wine (Asia’s youngest one), visual artist, television host and wine expert. She also makes educational wine videos that millions of people have seen and produces a series of wonderful Visual Tasting Notes.

After graduated from Yale University with a fine art degree, Sarah started to work in the wine industry between New York, Hong Kong, France and Italy. She is a partner and buyer for the Almásy Collection, a brand ambassador and design collaborator with Lucaris Crystal, a member of the faculty of the Vinitaly International Academy, the wine editor for Asia Tatler and Chairman of WINE100, China’s largest wine competition. Finally, Sarah is a wine advisor in her own company and a great writer for both local and international publications…

elizabeth gabay tasting wine

A MW’s unique secrets on wine trade: see here

Available in English🇺🇸 + French🇫🇷!

Elizabeth Gabay is a passionate about history and wine. She has a degree in history and also holds a Master of Wine.
Elizabeth has spent years working in the wine trade and writing about it. She is specialized in Provence and pink wines, studying their cultural history and evolution. She even moved from England to south-eastern France in 2002 to keep exploring wines from the area. Last year, Elizabeth published “Rosé: Understanding the Pink Wine Revolution”…

Aucoeur family above vineyards

Beaujolais: 2 things you need to run a vineyard, with Vignoble Aucœur

Available in English🇺🇸 + French🇫🇷!

Today, we are going to the oldest wine estate in Morgon, more precisely in the village of Villié-Morgon. This small town is located in the Rhone at the heart of Beaujolais, nestled in vallons, peaceful forests and rivers.
The estate has been founded in 1825 and is now run by the 11th family generation. The vine, wine, discovery and sharing are all true family passions. This is where we are meeting with Mélanie and Arnaud Aucoeur from Vignoble Aucoeur, a couple of wine lovers producing high-quality Beaujolais from several appellations…