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Top Bordeaux restaurants with good wine lists

… including excellent restaurants out in the wine regions.

Preparing your next Bordeaux wine tour?

Sarah Graham-Beck, Tour Manager on the Wine Scholar Guild’s Bordeaux wine tours will be writing a series of articles about travel tips to Bordeaux.

In this first article, Sarah shares a selection of top Bordeaux restaurants with a great wine list!


New Approved Program Provider in Belgium: Meet Sybille Troubleyn

An Interview With WSG's Newest French Wine Scholar Program Provider

We were recently lucky enough to add a fantastic Belgian school to our global French Wine Scholar Program Provider network. Sybille Troubleyn of Winewise in Antwerp tells us in this interview about how she got into wine, why she feels the French Wine Scholar program is a great addition to a WSET education provider's repertoire and how her school and the style of education they offer to wine students in Belgium is unique.  

1)  What  type  of  education  experience  do  you  provide  at  your  wine  school that  sets  you  apart?   

We offer international wine qualifications and "Keep Up" sessions for wine professionals...


PODCAST: Maurizio Broggi on Northern Italy

Maurizio Broggi, DWS, FWS, is the Education Director for the Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) program. During an eight-day summer tour, he led a group of IWS educators through three of Italy’s northern wine producing regions, Trentino, Franciacorta and Lugana.


Meet Julien Boulard aka Zhulian... new FWS provider in China

Meet Julien Boulard aka "Zhulian", one of China's most well-known French wine professionals with over 40,000 followers on Weibo.

We are truly thrilled to welcome Julien, a Frenchmen of passion and talent, to bring the French Wine Scholar study & certification program to Nanning and Guangzhou. The first sessions will be announced shortly on Zhulian Wines' Weibo page.

Q1. Julien, give us a brief background on your history in wine and your wine school

After completing a Master in International Affairs (which I took because they offered intensive Chinese classes), my first job was for a wine importer located in a small Chinese city called Nanning. Well, small as in six million habitants…! The boss obviously offered me the job because I was French, and this particular feature could help bring some “authenticity” to his company. I wasn’t keen on being just a white face who could speak Chinese, so I decided that I had to study wine to add another string to my bow.


A Guide to the Lesser Known Italian Red Wines: Piedmont

Any wine student or lover of Italian wines can name the country’s most famous red wines, such as Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino or Amarone della Valpolicella. But given the variety of Italian wines and grape types, it stands to reason that there are many more examples produced throughout the country. This article is the first in a series about a few of the lesser known red wines of Italy; we begin with Piemonte.

While there are three famous red varieties in Piemonte – Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto – there are several others that produce very expressive wines.


Interview: Meet Alessandra Esteves, new WSG program provider & instructor in Miami, FL

Meet Alessandra Esteves MAES, DipWSET, FWS from Florida Wine Academy, a new Wine Scholar Guild approved program provider in Miami, Florida.

Her first French Wine Scholar session started August 7th with another one scheduled to begin November 28th 2018. Learn more HERE.

Give us a bit of background on your history in wine and your wine school, the Florida Wine Academy.


Interview: Meet EnoCultura, FWS program provider in Brazil

Meet Eno Cultura, a new French Wine Scholar approved program provider in Brazil.

Their first FWS session is scheduled to begin October 18th in Sao Paulo. Learn more HERE.

Sharing their accumulated knowledge from over 25 years combined experience in the European wine industry, Paulo Brammer and Thiago Mendes founded Eno Cultura wine school in 2013.

Q: Paulo, could you give us a bit of background on your personal and/or professional history in wine and your wine school, Eno Cultura?


Mapping Spain with Quentin Sadler

In the search for a mapmaker for the Spanish Wine Scholar™ program, I was somehow led to Quentin Sadler.

I didn’t think it possible to find someone with the same love and passion for Spain as I have, but I sure did in Quentin! It obvious our collaboration on this program was meant to be. His work is incredible and we both are committed to making this program the gold standard in Spanish wine education.

Quentin has more than 30 years in the wine trade and holds the Diploma from WSET. He is a passionate London-based wine educator, communicator, educator, blogger, and mapmaker.


A Guide to Recent Barolo and Barbaresco Vintages

Thanks to a string of successful vintages, there has been a great deal of recent publicity regarding Barolo and Barbaresco wines.

Produced entirely from Nebbiolo, these two iconic wines have changed in style over the past 20-30 years; where once, the wines were reserved upon release, today, the wines are riper and more forward. This is largely due to climate change, as warmer temperatures throughout the growing season have necessitated Nebbiolo harvests some two to three weeks earlier these days than in the 1980s, ‘70s and prior; while late October to early November was normal for a Nebbiolo harvest thirty and forty years ago, today, harvest is more typically in early-mid October.


1st WSG Educator Trip to Italy - June 2018

Deep dive into Trentino, Franciacorta & Lugana

Who could have imagined there would be so much to know about these three wine regions! Maurizio Broggi, along with the Consorzia of Trentino, Franciacorta and Lugana took us, a group of Italian Wine Scholar™ educators, into a deep dive to discover what these wine regions were all about. We had the opportunity to discover in detail the elements contributing to their uniqueness in styles and in quality along with the challenges they are facing.


Wine Scholar Guild at SommCon DC This July!

The Wine Scholar Guild is hosting a full-day primer on France’s northern wine regions at SommCon DC in July. Sharpen your pencils and come well-rested, you could go home a winner!

French Wine Scholar Review Day with Education Director, Lisa Airey, FWS, CWE

We will start this full-day program with a quick 20-question quiz! Bring your A-game! There are prizes to be won!

During this session, we will review the important wine regions of France’s north: Alsace, Champagne, Bourgogne, Beaujolais, and Loire.

We will go over the biggest stumbling blocks to mastery for each region and clarify the complicated bits. The program is informative, fun and interactive.

Although a stand-alone primer on France, the day also serves to introduce participants to the depth and breadth of the French Wine Scholar certification program.


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