Kurt Garbars

Kurt Garbars has completed the WSET Level III Award in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. He is also a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and a Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) through the Society of Wine Educators, a French Wine Scholar (FWS) through the Wine Scholar Guild, and an Italian Wine Professional (IWP) through Italian Wine Central. He has Master Level Certificates in Bourgogne and Bordeaux from the Wine Scholar Guild. He is very passionate about wine and believes that wine can be both educational and fun. He enjoys teaching people about wine, but he also believes that his own wine education is a life-long endeavor. While not working or raising twins, he has spent the last 30 years traveling and enjoying wine in cities and wine regions across the U.S. and Europe.


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