About Sharyn Kervyn

Lifetime Devoted to Wine

Sharyn Kervyn de Volkaersbeke is passionate about wine. Her entire professional career has been devoted to this Industry; learning and sharing her knowledge with the staff she trains, at lectures, seminars, and with fellow enthusiasts in the wine organizations to which she belongs. She is a member of The Dionysian Wine Society, The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Society of Wine Educators (SWE), and The American Wine Society (AWS), where she served as the National Tasting Project Chair from 2016 to 2021, and currently serves on the National Wine Education Board.  She is a Certified Wine Judge (CWJ) with AWS,  Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) with SWE, and Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers.   Sharyn is also a WSET Diploma graduate (their highest level 4, a prerequisite to Master of Wine).

Sharyn has been judging annually for Amateur and Commercial Competitions across the country since 2010, including renowned International Competitions such as the Sommelier’s Choice Awards, USA Wine Ratings, Texas International, The Great American and the Finger Lakes International Wine Competitions.  She also received an invitation to judge in an OIV in Berlin, Germany

The Early Years

Having grown up in her family’s restaurant, specializing in wine was a natural progression for Sharyn. Throughout her career she expanded operations for multi-unit chains, increasing profits and creating popular neighborhood venues through special events and promotions. She opened the Getty Center in Los Angeles in 1997 as their Catering Director, developing their standards of service (still in use today).  In Beverly Hills, she restructured a dining venue for Barneys New York and created elaborate on and off-premise events for Hollywood Elite. At every location, Sharyn was also the wine director, training the staff and overseeing the Wine Lists.  She has consistently earned “Best Of” Wine Spectator Awards for her lists at The Capital Grille locations where she worked for more than a decade. Sharyn also serves on the Wine Education Committee for AWS, serving as a National Wine Educator. Sharyn founded KdV Wine Services in 2021, specializing in Food and Wine events, commercial video and wine list services, gourmet picnics, cellar stocking services, and more.

Wine Education Certifications

Diploma (level 4) Wine and Spirits Education Trust (dipWSET, 2021)
Society of Wine Educators, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW, 2012)
Court of Master Sommeliers, Sommelier (2008)
The Capital Grille, Wine Director (2007-2021)
American Wine Society, NTP Chair (2016-2021) Regional Vice President (2017-2019)
American Wine Society, Certified Wine Judge (CWJ, 2017, recertified 2021)
American Wine Society, National Wine Education Committee (2021)

Conference / Keynote Speaker / Clients

Tomasello Winery, Outer Coastal Plain, NJ
Temple Beth AL, Cherry Hill, NJ
Financial Advisors, Philadelphia PA
Benefit Concepts, Haddonfield NJ
The Filimon Group, Mt. Laurel NJ
American Wine Society, Conference Session Speaker, Costa Mesa CA (2016)
International Beverage Trade Network Conference Session Speaker, NYC (2018)
Beverage Trade Network – Sommelier Session Panel Speaker NYC (2019)

Wine Judging Experience

Years as noted, some annually

Sommelier’s Choice Awards (San Francisco 2018, 2019)
USA Wine Ratings Challenge (San Francisco 2018)
Finger Lakes International Wine Competition FLIWC (2017-2021)
Texas International Wine Competition TXIWC ( 2021)
The Great American International (2022)
Wines of the South Competition (since 2017)
The Big “E” – Eastern States Wine Competition (since 2019)
Georgia Trustees Commercial Wine Competition (since 2021)
Winemaker Magazine Amateur Competition (since 2017)
American Wine Society Commercial and Amateur Competition (2019, 2021)
New Jersey Governor’s Cup Commercial Competition (2010-2017 ended)
Pennsylvania Excellence Commercial Competition (2021)
Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup Commercial (since 2010)
Pennsylvania Winery Association Commercial Wine Competition (2021)
New Jersey and Pennsylvania Amateur Competitions (since 2010)
New Jersey Commercial and Amateur Farm Show (since 2014)
Groton Connecticut Pennsylvania Commercial (2014-2016 ended)
Vendemmia Festival Competition (since 2011)
Hammonton Rotary Amateur Competition (since 2015)

Sharyn with Chuck Wagner, Owner Caymus Vineyards and AWS President Frank Aquilino

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