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Michael Mascha & Martin Riese

Training with the creators of the category

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We have been asked many times in the past to share our knowledge and excitement about Fine Waters.

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Fine Water 101 ©

This is an entertaining introduction to the world of Fine Waters. No tests or assignment. You can watch on your Mac/PC, Tablet or phone. Seven chapters with a total of 4 hours of Michael and Martin explaining: What is a Fine Water, Sources, Characteristics, Bottled Water Etiquette, Water and food pairings, watch a water tasting and get an introduction to some iconic brands of the category. Each video is accompanied by some links and information to further explore the beautiful world of Fine Waters.

After finishing the course you will receive a "Fine Water 101" Certificate.

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Water Service Certification ©

The Water Service Certification is designed for Brand Managers, F&B managers, Wine Sommeliers, Waiters and others working in HORECA. Water can be a proven revenue center for a restaurant and a Water Service Certification will add significant value to any resume in the hospitality industry. The course consists of 10 video lectures ( > 5 hours), additional reading and links and 28 tests. Successful candidates will receive a Water Service Certification. We estimate the course to take 2-4 weeks depending on commitment. If you have already taken the Fine Water 101 we will credit the tuition fee towards this course.

Successful candidates will receive the Water Sommelier Certification.

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Certified Water Sommelier ©

So, you want to be a Water Sommelier! Train with the people that created the category and worked in the profession. A series of courses will give you the FOUNDATION and ADVANCED knowledge to prepare you for your CERTIFICATION process with Martin and Michael. The course will take 2-3 month to complete, depending on the candidates commitment and schedule. If you have already taken the Water Service Certification we will credit the tuition fee towards the sommelier training.

Successful candidates will receive the Water Sommelier Certification and a membership in the Fine Water Society.

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After signup we will provide you with a new login as this course will happen on a more advanced platform or email us at info@finewateracademy.com and we set-up everthing for you.

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Martin Riese

In 2010 Martin Riese received his certification as a Mineral Water Sommelier from the German Mineral Water Trade Association. In 2013 he unveiled his signature water program at Ray's & Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and in 2014 at the Patina Restaurant in the Walt Disney Concert Hall. In Summer 2014 he launched the Water 101 Class, where Riese educates students on the unique qualities and characteristics of mineral water. Since his return to the U.S., Martin has appeared on numerous national media outlets including Good Morning America, CNN, The New York Times, Bon Appetite, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Buzzfeed and Conan O'Brien.

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Michael Mascha

Michael created FineWaters in 2002 and is one of the original founders of the Fine Water Society in 2008 . He helped create the premium category and tells the story that 'water is not just water' that is has terroir like wine, can be matched with food and curated by water sommeliers. Michael's global audience consist of F&B professionals, consumers, distributors, media as well as premium brands. Michael is also the author of the acclaimed book Fine Waters - A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Most Distinctive Bottled Waters called 'an encyclopedia of water, a bible of water' by the London Times.

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On-line Learning

We have been asked many times in the past to share our knowledge and excitement about Fine Waters.

We have both done this through all possible media channels, from tastings to seminars, speeches and training. We both have an extensive online presence and knowledge base as well as and a large audience.

The Fine Water Academy LMS (Learning Management System) will now allow us to do this in a structured way and educate and certify the next generation of Water Sommeliers and train HORECA for a proper water service.

Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime.

Fine Water Society

The Fine Water Society was founded in 2008 to create a global forum and to further enhance the visibility of Fine Water and convey the idea that water is not just water but a natural product with terroir and unique characteristics.

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FineWaters Summits

Barcelona 08 | Vidago 11 | Shanghai 13 | Los Angeles 15 | Guangzhou 17 | ....

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Fine Water Society

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Member brands

Close to 100 premium brands are part of the Fine Warer Society

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International Water Tasting Competition

2018 will be the 3rd year of this competition ....

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Member Brand Recognition

Members of the Fine Water Society are recognizes on the label

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