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The Zuerich Wine Academy joins The Fire Side as partner in the Connaisseur segment

The Zürich Wine Academy joins The Fire Side as Partner in the Connaisseur segment.

Good wines and Premium Cigars can be paired - if you know what you are doing...

Joe Benvenuto and Griselda Cuevas, the Co-Founders of the Zürich Wine Academy know what they are doing.

Joe's wine education includes the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Diploma, the Certified Sommelier qualification from the Court of Master Sommeliers - Europe, and the Wine & Spirits MBA from the Burgundy School of Business in Dijon, France. Joe began his journey with the WSET in 2020, achieving a perfect score in the Level 1 Award in Wines and passing Levels 2 and 3 with Distinction. Joe is pursuing admission into The Institute of Masters of Wine program, as well as preparing for the Advanced Sommelier qualification.

Joe also received top marks completing the rigorous programs through the Wine Scholar Guild, including the French Wine Scholar (Highest Honors), Italian Wine Scholar (Honors), Spanish Wine Scholar (Honors), and Sherry Wine Scholar (Highest Honors).

Joe dedicates himself to his pursuit of educating others and democratizing wine while staying committed to his core principles of Honor and Integrity. Joe leads wine education, social media content creation, and the 500 Wineries Blog.

Joe also is an experienced Cigar Aficionado and met the Founder of THE FIRE SIDE on a Cigar Masterclass. In the near future Joe will also offer Cigar courses in his Academy.

THE FIRE SIDE welcomes the team of The Zürich Wine Academy in the partner circle.

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