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Renaissance Wine Academy Leadership Bio

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Gilat Ben-Dor, CSW, MBA
Founder and Director, Renaissance Wine Academy

Awards & Distinctions:
March 2011 Educator of the Month, Society of Wine Educators
2010-2011 Member, National Board of Examiners,
Society of Wine Educators
2008 National Winner (Southwest), AusWISE Competition, Australian Wine Bureau
2007 Top 10 World Finalist for Wine Women Awards 2007
, Paris

Certified Specialist of Wine - via The Society of Wine Educators
Certified Bordeaux Educator - via Sopexa, official French agency promoting French wines
Trained at Tavern on the Green via Court of Master Sommeliers (New York City)
Trained with International Sommelier Guild (Phoenix, AZ)
Associate Wine Steward - Federation of Dining Room Professionals

Gilat Ben-Dor,
Director of Renaissance Wine Academy


About Gilat Ben-Dor, MBA, CSW

Gilat Ben-Dor left her "Corporate America" career to pursue her passion of wine, and now helps others to express their zest for wine and life. As the founder and director of Renaissance Wine Academy™ based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Gilat helps companies and individuals learn about wine for business and pleasure, through unique wine education, keynotes, consulting, restaurant staff wine training, and team-building activities.


In addition to an MBA in Global Management, and having lived in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, Gilat has earned five wine credentials, from the International Sommelier Guild, the Court of Master Sommeliers, the Society of Wine Educators, Wine Australia (Australian Wine Bureau), and is a Certified Bordeaux Educator through French agency Sopexa.


In 2007, Gilat was chosen out of nearly 400 women from 30 countries, to be a Top Ten World Finalist at the Wine Women Awards in Paris. She competed in a written, oral and blind-tasting competition in front of a panel of European judges and international journalists.

Later, Gilat won the 2008-2009 AusWISE Wine Australia wine ambassador title, the result of a national competition of wine educators. Five winners nationally, including Gilat, traveled to Australia for two weeks of tasting and touring four wine regions, courtesy of the Australian Wine Bureau.


Gilat has written multiple wine and food articles, and has appeared on radio, television and in print publications. She is also the founder and chief blogger of Grapes and Gusto™, the blog about “Wine, Food, and Adventures in Passion™”. Her first wine book will be released in 2011.