Our Spring 2016 Study trips are taking place this month: Bordeaux with Andrew Jefford, Provence with Elizabeth Gabay MW, Rhône with Christophe Tassan, Bourgogne with Gerard Basset MW, MS and Champagne with Essi Avellan MW.
The program also includes bonus lectures presented by Languedoc-Roussillon experts such as Langeudoc resident Andrew Jefford, Rosemary George, Master of Wine, author of "The Wines of the South of France", and Languedoc resident Dominique Laporte, Best Sommelier of France, Meilleur Ouvrier de France!
The Sud de France Master-Level program is an official course of study designed for the wine trade on the wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon.
The program has been created jointly by: the Languedoc Roussillon Region (Sud de France), the Wine Scholar Guild and lead instructor Matthew Stubbs, Master of Wine and director of Vinécole.
The program is actively supported and endorsed by all the wine trade organizations of the Languedoc-Roussillon.
Congratulations to Courtney Olson, sommelier in San Francisco for passing the Champagne Master-Level exam with honors!
"The Champagne ML program was outstanding! The professionals that you have teaching are the leaders in their fields. [...]
I am a WSET Diploma graduate, Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist.
Certification is important to establish credibility in a profession that can be viewed as a job where you drink all day. But certification is by no means a prerequisite to being a good sommelier. The Champagne Master-Level program offered me the opportunity to dig deeper into a region and wine style that I am passionate about. It helped to broaden my knowledge, making me better equipped to enhance a guest's experience. Champagne is one of the greatest food companions that has yet to be fully embraced by the public. I want to shout for the rooftops-Drink more Champagne! It’s the perfect dinner guest!’’