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Beer

Certified Cicerone®

A Certified Cicerone® has a detailed knowledge of retail beer storage and service issues and an understanding of beer ingredients and the brewing process. A Cicerone® is familiar with modern beers and styles as well as historical styles and beer history. He/she can identify both flawed beers and recognize appropriate and inappropriate flavors in modern beer styles and has the ability to recommend beer pairings for common foods.

The three levels of available certifications through the Cicerone® certification program are – Certified Beer Server, Certified Cicerone® and Master Cicerone®.

Wine & Spirits

The Master of Wine and Master Sommelier are two of the highest designations a person can earn in the wine world, and they are awarded by an organization called the Court of Master Sommeliers. There are just over 300 Masters of Wine in the world, and roughly the same number of Master Sommeliers.

Candidates must pass four extremely difficult examination levels to attain the qualification of Master Sommelier. Level I – Introductory Sommelier, Level II – Certified Sommelier, Level III – Advanced Sommelier, Level IV – Master Sommelier.

En route to the Master of Wine designation is the diploma from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust. This is a two to three year program that ends in the DWS designation, which is also known as the AIWS in the United Kingdom.

The Society of Wine Educators offers three designations: CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine), CWE (Certified Wine Educator) and CSS (Certified Specialist of Spirits).

The CSW is received following a very involved written test in which one must get 80 percent of the questions right. Once the CSW is earned, one can work towards the CWE, which tests a candidate’s wine knowledge as well as their tasting acumen and teaching ability. The CSS (Certified Specialist of Spirits) tests a candidate’s spirits knowledge and mastery of key elements within the world of distillation and spirits production.

Sake

The Certified Sake Professional (CSP) certification is earned after successfully passing a 75-question multiple-choice examination covering all basic aspects of sake. It assesses the ability to professionally work with sake and demonstrate competence about all things sake related including terminology, classifications, production and culture.

Heidelberg’s Certified Experts

Certified Cicerone®

Chris Emmons
Director of Craft
Dayton
Sean Hice
President & General Manager
Cleveland
Meghan Miller
On-Premise Beer Manager
Lorain
Ryan Montrie
General Sales Manager, Wine
Toledo
Sebastian Palicki
District Manager, Beer
Toledo

Certified Sake Professional (CSP)

Mary Horn
Vice President of Fine Wine Sales and Education
Cincinnati

Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS)

Drew Baloun
Fine Wine Manager
Cincinnati/Ohio Valley
Mary Horn
Vice President of Fine Wine Education
Cincinnati
Stacey Meyer
Fine Wine Manager
Cincinnati
Jason Shartzer
Vice President of Customer Development
Cincinnati
Lauren Thomas
District Manager
Dayton
Stephanie Adams
District Manager
Kentucky

Certified Sommelier (CS)

Drew Carter
Sales Professional
Toledo
Jenny Hicks
Sales Professional
Cincinnati
Luke Hueckel
Regional Sales Manager
Columbus
Christina Lakatos
Regional Sales Manager
Cleveland
Katelyn Murray
Sales Professional
Toledo

Introductory Sommelier, Level I

Ross Highley
Sales Professional
Cincinnati

Advanced Sommelier, Level III

Mary Horn
Vice President of Fine Wine Education
Cincinnati

Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)

Drew Baloun
Fine Wine Manager
Cincinnati/Ohio Valley
Dan Berg
Sales Professional
Columbus
Dawn Bianconcini
Sales Professional
Kentucky
Reed Birkenholtz
Director of Low Proof Spirits
Columbus
Kevin Boehm
District Manager
Toledo/Berman Wine
Kerri Breeze
Sales Professional, Wine Trends
Cincinnati
Ernest Brown
General Sales Manager, Wine Trends
Dayton
Teresa Budinski
District Manager
Cleveland
Clay Carpenter
Statewide Craft Beer Manager
Kentucky
Jimmy Carpenter
Vice President & General Manager
Kentucky
Travis Casteel
Sales Professional
Cincinnati
Sean Cathcart
Sales Professional
Cleveland
Todd Chichka
Sales Professional
Columbus
Erin Dotson
Sales Professional
Dayton
Lily Dunson
Sales Professional
Columbus
Tracy Eilers
On-Premise Manager
Cincinnati/Ohio Valley
Jerry Ervin
District Manager
Lorain
Dick Fruehwald
Sales Professional
Cincinnati/Ohio Valley
Michael Grote, Jr.
Sales Professional
Kentucky
Ken Hall
Sales Professional, Allied Wine
Dayton
Bo Hammons
Sales Professional, Allied Wine
Dayton
Shaun Hardon
Sales Professional
Cleveland
Sarah Hatfield
Sales Professional
Columbus
Kymberly Henson
Sales Professional
Kentucky
Rick Hetzel
Sales Professional, Wine Trends
Cleveland
Sean Hice
President & General Manager
Cleveland
Doug Hill
Sales Professional
Dayton
Mary Horn
Vice President of Fine Wine Education
Cincinnati
Luke Hueckel
Regional Manager, Wine Trends
Columbus
Lisa Jones
Sales Professional, Wine Trends
Columbus
Pat Keith
Field Sales Manager
Cincinnati/Ohio Valley
Kelly Knafel
Sales Professional
Cincinnati
Chris Knapick
District Manager
Toledo
Christina Lakatos
Regional Sales Manager
Cleveland
Ian McDonald
Director of Fine Wine
Cleveland
Stacey Meyer
Fine Wine Manager
Cincinnati
Brent Miller
Sales Professional, Allied Wine
Dayton
Joshua Mulberry
General Sales Manager, Wine & Spirits
Kentucky
Nikki Mulholland
Sales Professional, Wine Trends
Columbus
Rob Owens
Wine General Sales Manager Cincinnati
Cincinnati/Ohio Valley
Leslie Peters
Sales Professional
Columbus
Lonnie Petter
Area Manager, Louisville/Western KY
Louisville
David Pitzer
Sales Professional
Dayton
Maggie Reedy-Gee
Sales Professional, Wine Trends
Cincinnati
Mark Schneider
Sales Professional
Cincinnati
Jason Shartzer
Vice President of Customer Development
Cincinnati
Matt Smith
Director of On-Premise
Cincinnati
Stewart Sollitto
On-Premise Manager
Columbus
Rob Vonderbrink
Fine Wine Manager
Dayton
Steve Weeks
Sales Professional
Columbus
Jim Wiggers
District Manager
Columbus
Lauren Thomas
District Manager
Dayton
Stephanie Adams
District Manager
Kentucky