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Kent Benson

I want to bring the joy and pleasure of wine to others. As a wine educator and writer I endeavor to enhance my audience's enjoyment and appreciation of wine through knowledge and understanding. Through tastings and importing I strive to introduce others to the endlessly diverse wines of the world.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS
Society of Wine Educators . Certified Wine Educator (CWE)
Court of Master Sommeliers . Level 2 Certified Sommelier
Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits
Wine Scholar Guild. Washington, D.C.. French Wine Scholar
Wine Scholar Guild. Washington, D.C.. Provence Master-Level
Wine Scholar Guild. Washington, D.C.. Rhone Master-Level
Universite du Vin. Suze la Rousse, France. Master Rhone Diploma
Court of Master Sommeliers . Level 1 Introductory Sommelier Certificate
International Sommelier Guild . Wine Fundamentals I
International Sommelier Guild . Wine Fundamentals II
Society of Wine Educators . Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)
Center for Wine Origins. Wine Location Specialist (Port & Champagne)
EXPERIENCE
Swirl Wine School & Tastings. St. Cloud, MN. Owner/Instructor
Central Minnesota Style. St. Cloud, MN. Columnist
Westside Liquor. Waite Park, MN. Floor Salesman
Wild Horse Winery. Paso Robles, CA. Cellar Worker
Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Shakopee, MN. Speaker/Presenter
thewinehub.com. Online. Wine Quiz Editor
Freelance Wine Writer. St. Cloud, MN. Wines & Vines, Sommelier Journal
SKILLS & EXPERTISE
Wine Educator
Wine Writer
Private Cellar Consultation
Regional Expertise: France
Regional Expertise: Germany
Wine Retail
I want to bring the joy and pleasure of wine to others. As a wine educator and writer I endeavor to enhance my audience's enjoyment and appreciation of wine through knowledge and understanding. Through tastings and importing I strive to introduce others to the endlessly diverse wines of the world.
GALLERY
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • 2015 Louis Roederer Champagne Scholarship for Wine Writers & Bloggers
  • Runner-Up: 2008 Wine Australia AusWISE Wine Educator Competition
  • Honorable Mention: 2007 Wines of South Africa Essay Competition
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Kent Benson
Kent Benson
Cookeville, TN
United States

Benbrook Imports, Inc.
Owner