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Student Spotlight:  Getting to Know Alison Louis dit Alleaume

From Spanish and Malagasy origins, Alison Louis dit Alleaume grew up in Switzerland and graduated from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne where she discovered her passion for wine! After a year working in Bangkok in marketing and communications for the luxury food and beverage industry, she realized that she wanted to focus on the wine sector and discover American wines! Alison
 choose to move to San Francisco and build her wine education with classes at the San Francisco Wine School.

Student Spotlight: Getting to Know Wilbert Herrera

Wilbert Herrera is an enthusiastic member of the San Francisco Wine School family. He's taken Intro to Blind Tasting, and successfully completed the Somm Essentials Intensive.  His passion for wine and eagerness to grow in his career are contagious and inspiring. We sat down with him to learn a bit about his experience and how his wine studies are bringing him closer to his goals.

Student Spotlight: Alicia Cuadra-Cutler

Alicia Cuadra-Cutler began her love of wine in 2010 while living in Santa Cruz and tasting through the Santa Cruz Mountains. Soon after, she took a position as Tasting Room Associate at Sycamore Creek Vineyards, a small winery in the Santa Clara Valley. Spending most of her time in the Cellar sparked even more interest in wine and winemaking.

Student Spotlight: Kamolnutt "Nu-Beer" Putthongvilai

Nu-Beer is the restaurant manager at M.Y. China, a modern Chinese restaurant located at Westfield San Francisco Centre in the heart of downtown San Francisco. M.Y. China is lead by Chef Yong Dong (Tony) Wu, who represents the new generation of talented Chinese chefs. He is part of the vanguard of chefs who bring a dynamic and innovative approach to traditional Chinese cooking, experimenting with both new ingredients and cooking methods.

SOMM Journal February/March 2015: 
Somm Essentials: Exercising our palates at San Francisco Wine School

With one sniff, M. turns up her nose. “Smells like a fish tank.” I’d have said mineral, seashell, with some green apple thrown in. And briny oyster. But “fish tank?” That stopped me in my tracks. This telling exercise is part of what we do, twice a day for two weeks, in San Francisco Wine School’s Somm Essentials course.


San Francisco Wine School strives to open up the world of wine to serious students and enthusiasts everywhere while helping people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school in the U.S., offering the most thoughtful approach to wine study. Their inspired educational programs and workshops are taught in their state of the art wine education & events center and their cutting edge virtual classroom by industry-leading instructors from all major educational disciplines. San Francisco Wine School’s curriculum features the best content in the business: expert course materials, carefully conceived wine flights, and in-depth blind tasting exercises designed to engage students, illuminate course content and enhance learning. Their brand new sunlight-filled wine education & events center is conveniently located just 5 minutes from San Francisco International Airport and boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall arched windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, South San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Bay, making it the perfect place to enjoy classes, industry seminars and tastings and host a wide variety of private events—from serious educational programs for wine/hospitality industry staff to team-building and other fun, social, private events for wine enthusiasts.

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