Corporate Director of Wine Education, CWE, MS, MW

ERIC HEMER Certified Wine Educator (CWE), Master Sommelier (MS), Master of Wine (MW) As Director of Wine Education for Southern Wine & Spirits (SWS) of America, Eric directs educational programs and wine certification for SWS sales personnel across the country. He is also actively involved in lecturing, examining, and mentoring around the country with the Court of Master Sommeliers, the Institute of Masters of Wine and the Society of Wine Educators. He is also a judge and examiner for the TOP SOMM and Top New Somm Competitions run by the Guild of Sommeliers and a member of the Board of Directors for the Jimmy Mancbach Scholarship Fund to promote wine education for young professionals. In addition he teaches the Wine Certificate Course at the SWS Beverage Management Institute at Florida International University (FIU.) Eric passed the CWE exam in 1999; the MS exam in 2003; and in 2013, after passing the Practical and Theoretical portions of the MW exam his dissertation was approved by the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) and he was accepted into the IMW as a new MW. He resides in Lake Worth, Florida with his wife Marianne and their daughter Julia.