After twenty five years in the information technology industry, including six years as the Chief Information Officer of FedEx Canada, Nancy Reynolds DipWSET decided to pursue her passion in the wine business. Nancy started WorldWide Cellar, a boutique wine agency, specializing in representing family owned wineries from Spain, France and Australia. After selling WorldWide Cellar a few years ago, Nancy now concentrates on working on projects for the Wine Scholar Guild and teaching for IWEG.
Nancy passed the WSET Diploma with merit in 2010. She is a certified Bordeaux tutor through the École du Vin de Bordeaux, a Rhône master through Inter Rhône and a Portugal Academy instructor through Wines of Portugal. Nancy has spent the last 18 months co-authoring the seventh version of the French Wine Scholar manual and can’t wait to start teaching it!
I like to ask questions throughout a lesson: tell me about, why is it that, how does this work, and what is the connection between this and that? I think this helps the student connect the dots and understand the concepts. Also, perhaps the best learning for a student comes from when they explain a concept in their own words!
Maps are the best resource for study! I draw them as a terroir map and add rivers, hills, mountains and aspects of climate. When you add the grapes grown in the areas on top of the terroir map, you start to understand why particular grapes are grown in each place and how their wines might taste. During an exam, I visualize drawing the map and adding its information to help me answer exam questions.