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    Across the world, the coronavirus pandemic has temporarily closed classrooms and required students to learn their course material entirely from home. At the Wine Scholar Guild, many new enrollments have shifted to the online wine study option for the foreseeable future. In fact, many students now find themselves with more time on their hands as they are required to stay home and adopt “social distancing” to their daily routine.

    It is important to note that at-home learning can require very different skills not applied in a classroom setting. Whether you are new to distance learning or eager for ideas on how to improve your studying practice, we’ve compiled 12 helpful study tips to help you make the most of your at-home wine education.

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    THE FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR™ PROGRAM IS THE INDUSTRY'S MOST RESPECTED CERTIFICATION COURSE ON THE WINES OF FRANCE.

    The French Wine Scholar™ education program is the most advanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date French wine course available.The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all French wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities.

    The program provides committed students of wine with an unparalleled set of study tools that are designed to maximize learning and boost knowledge retention.

    It was created by WSG Education Director, Lisa M. Airey CWE, with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture which knighted her in recognition of the program's exceptional level of depth, accuracy, detail, and academic rigor as well as its impact on the global wine industry.

    The French Wine Scholar study and certification program confers a post-nominal to wine professionals and enthusiasts who successfully pass the certification exam (Ex: John Smith, FWS). With a school network encompassing 30 countries on 5 continents, the FWS credential has true international recognition.

    The French Wine Scholar ™ online | Independent Study Format includes: 

    Plus:

    • The French Wine Scholar™ online exam*
    • A suggested schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
    • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
    • Downloadable maps of all French wine regions
    • Pronunciation exercises to boosts your credibility
    • A list of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group hosted by students enrolled in the online program

    Price: $595

    Register now


    Student Testimonials:

    • Florent Mougin
      on Oct 28, 2020
      "FWS is a very informative and in depth course. I enjoyed refreshing my knowledge and even learn new things on smaller regions we are not used to see in Asia. I strongly recommend this course!"
    • Angelina Cheuk
      on Oct 12, 2020
      "FWS is the in depth wine course that offers the most interesting and concise information you cannot get anywhere else "
    • Kyle Paton
      on Sep 30, 2020
      "The French Wine Scholar distance learning program was one of the best choices I could have made for my career. It's incredibly intuitive, structured, and guided even with independent studying. It really helped me to have focus on areas and topics that I have breezed over in the past, which have made me a much more well rounded sommelier. I enrolled in the Spanish Wine Scholar program the second I finished my FWS exam, it was that good! "
    • Rijul Mohil
      on Sep 16, 2020
      "The overall program was very informative and i quiet easy to understand. The course material provided was very good along with the maps for each region and short quizzes after chapter was very helpful. I would suggest this course to all individual who are hoping to learn more about french wines"
    • Antonio Bueno
      on Aug 27, 2020
      "The most pleasurable and comprehensive way I have found to deepen in my knowledge of French wines. A must that is fully enjoyable. "
    • Jinhyuck Yang
      on Jul 30, 2020
      " The study material covers history, topography, geology, grape varieties, wines, terminologies, and even food tradition. I was hugely impressed by the interesting links among them that have created the excellent wine culture of France. Having a broad and in-depth knowledge of unique terroirs within France boosted my level of appreciation of the wines of France! "
    • Nicolas
      on Jul 27, 2020
      "The program is well done. All the tools are very useful for the exam."
    • John Ospina
      on Jul 13, 2020
      "WSG is an excellent wine education institution."
    • John Lord
      on Jun 28, 2020
      "I found the FWS program excellent and at the conclusion considered I had achieved everything I wished from enrolment. I also participated in a short 5 week instructor led version of the program which also gave an overview of France and its wine industries that brought the independent learning together in an understandable framework."
    • Eve Vuillemainroy
      on Jun 27, 2020
      "I was quite informative and hope I passed. "
    • Joseph
      on Jun 25, 2020
      "The French Wine Scholar program is a must for anyone wishing to go deeper into understanding the world of French wine. The level of detail in the study material is exceptional."
    • Lindsay Schwietz
      on Jun 22, 2020
      "I really enjoyed taking the French Wine Scholar program. The information is arranged logically with interesting historical and regional stories that I look forward to using while selling wine in my job as a server. I can't wait to dive into the other Wine Scholar courses!"
    • Shu Tong Tan
      on Jun 11, 2020
      "A thorough and in-depth look into the world of French wines. Definitely require a substantial amount of wine knowledge before attempting this course, else it can be an uphill task of memory work with the vast amount of information involved. The course is the de facto holy grail necessary to understand the history, the hype, and the happenings of wines for all wine students as it is where the trinity of fame, glory, and luxury for the wine industry comes together."
    • Caitlin Ferguson
      on Jun 7, 2020
      "The French Wine Scholar was the deep dive into France that I needed! It was challenging, and very informative, and I feel that it gave me a solid understanding of French wine. I will definitely be considering the master classes on Burgundy or Champagne, which were the most challenging regions for me while studying FWS. "
    • Bart Crols
      on May 13, 2020
      "Very informative, comprehensive and interesting material to learn about the French wine scene in a fun way. "

    *FWS online exam: You have one year from your registration date to take your exam (extension possible for a nominal fee). If you are registered for an online exam-sit and ready to schedule it, you may contact the WSG office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Online exam candidates shall be equipped with a PC or Mac Desktop or laptop computer with working microphone, speakers and webcam and possess a good internet connection. The exam cannot be taken from a tablet, nor a mobile phone or Chromebook.

    Alternately, the FWS program is available in a instructor-led online format with professional instructor support from with acclaimed wine educators Sharon Mclean, DipWSET, FWS and WSG Education Director Lisa M. Airey, CWE, FWS

    Study materials: 

    WE OFFER ALL THE NECESSARY TOOLS & SUPPORT TO MASTER THE WINES OF FRANCE:

    #1 FWS Study Manual:

    The 270-page, full-color study manual (6th Edition) provides all the information from which the test questions are derived. You do not need to research you own study materials; everything you need to know is in the manual.

    Comprehensive coverage of France’s 14 distinct wine regions is presented in the following manner:

    • Viticultural history, wine culture and traditions
    • Location and climate and their effects on viticulture and wine style
    • Topography, geography and soils and their impact on the vine
    • Grape varieties and their organoleptic profiles
    • Viticulture and winemaking practices
    • Wine industry trends and economics
    • All AOCs with their regulations, wine styles and specificities

    Regions covered: Alsace, Champagne, Bourgogne, Beaujolais, Jura, Savoie, Loire, Bordeaux, Southwest, Languedoc, Roussillon, Rhône, Provence, Corsica

    Plus: A Foundation Unit covering: French wine law, grape varieties, viticulture, viniculture and a discussion of Old World vs. New World wine styles

    French Wine Scholar™ study manual features:

    #2 FWS Online Study Modules:

    The FWS online study modules offer interactive presentations that are put into a measurable, meaningful format designed for maximum retention of content and ease of use. Each region of France is covered and dovetails nicely with the French Wine Scholar study manual. Study materials are available 24/7. If you’ve got a laptop and an internet connection, you’ve got a classroom!

    French Wine Scholar™ online study modules features:

    • Quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
    • Full audio narration to offer new insight and keep you engaged
    • Your place is automatically bookmarked/saved to resume where you left off 
    • A progress bar tracks your accomplishments

    #3 Professional Instructor Support

    • Online Independent Study: via the Q&A forum answered by Lisa M. Airey, WSG Education Director
    • Online Instructor-led Format: via the Q&A forum plus email and live chat with acclaimed wine educators Sharon Mclean, DipWSET, FWS and WSG Education Director Lisa M. Airey, CWE, FWS
    • In Classroom: via a local, certified instructor


    Student Testimonials:

    • Florent Mougin
      on Oct 28, 2020
      "FWS is a very informative and in depth course. I enjoyed refreshing my knowledge and even learn new things on smaller regions we are not used to see in Asia. I strongly recommend this course!"
    • Angelina Cheuk
      on Oct 12, 2020
      "FWS is the in depth wine course that offers the most interesting and concise information you cannot get anywhere else "
    • Kyle Paton
      on Sep 30, 2020
      "The French Wine Scholar distance learning program was one of the best choices I could have made for my career. It's incredibly intuitive, structured, and guided even with independent studying. It really helped me to have focus on areas and topics that I have breezed over in the past, which have made me a much more well rounded sommelier. I enrolled in the Spanish Wine Scholar program the second I finished my FWS exam, it was that good! "
    • Rijul Mohil
      on Sep 16, 2020
      "The overall program was very informative and i quiet easy to understand. The course material provided was very good along with the maps for each region and short quizzes after chapter was very helpful. I would suggest this course to all individual who are hoping to learn more about french wines"
    • Antonio Bueno
      on Aug 27, 2020
      "The most pleasurable and comprehensive way I have found to deepen in my knowledge of French wines. A must that is fully enjoyable. "
    • Jinhyuck Yang
      on Jul 30, 2020
      " The study material covers history, topography, geology, grape varieties, wines, terminologies, and even food tradition. I was hugely impressed by the interesting links among them that have created the excellent wine culture of France. Having a broad and in-depth knowledge of unique terroirs within France boosted my level of appreciation of the wines of France! "
    • Nicolas
      on Jul 27, 2020
      "The program is well done. All the tools are very useful for the exam."
    • John Ospina
      on Jul 13, 2020
      "WSG is an excellent wine education institution."
    • John Lord
      on Jun 28, 2020
      "I found the FWS program excellent and at the conclusion considered I had achieved everything I wished from enrolment. I also participated in a short 5 week instructor led version of the program which also gave an overview of France and its wine industries that brought the independent learning together in an understandable framework."
    • Eve Vuillemainroy
      on Jun 27, 2020
      "I was quite informative and hope I passed. "
    • Joseph
      on Jun 25, 2020
      "The French Wine Scholar program is a must for anyone wishing to go deeper into understanding the world of French wine. The level of detail in the study material is exceptional."
    • Lindsay Schwietz
      on Jun 22, 2020
      "I really enjoyed taking the French Wine Scholar program. The information is arranged logically with interesting historical and regional stories that I look forward to using while selling wine in my job as a server. I can't wait to dive into the other Wine Scholar courses!"
    • Shu Tong Tan
      on Jun 11, 2020
      "A thorough and in-depth look into the world of French wines. Definitely require a substantial amount of wine knowledge before attempting this course, else it can be an uphill task of memory work with the vast amount of information involved. The course is the de facto holy grail necessary to understand the history, the hype, and the happenings of wines for all wine students as it is where the trinity of fame, glory, and luxury for the wine industry comes together."
    • Caitlin Ferguson
      on Jun 7, 2020
      "The French Wine Scholar was the deep dive into France that I needed! It was challenging, and very informative, and I feel that it gave me a solid understanding of French wine. I will definitely be considering the master classes on Burgundy or Champagne, which were the most challenging regions for me while studying FWS. "
    • Bart Crols
      on May 13, 2020
      "Very informative, comprehensive and interesting material to learn about the French wine scene in a fun way. "


    FWS Online Exam:

    • The exam is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions and must be completed in 60 minutes.
    • The French Wine Scholar credential will be conferred to those individuals who sit the exam and achieve a score of 75 or higher.
    • Online exam candidates must have a computer (tablet not compatible), a good internet connection, a webcam and a microphone with speakers for proctoring purposes.
    • Candidate has one year from registration date to take the exam. When ready, the candidate may contact the WSG office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule the exam.

    Register now 

    Industry Testimonials

    • "The French Wine Scholar manual has once again proven why the Wine Scholar Guild is one of the best wine
      Nicholas Poletto
      Director of Education at Kobrand Corporation
    • "Indispensable for any wine trade professional who works with French wine.  Bravo!”    
      Martin Sinkoff
      VP and Director of Marketing, Frederick Wildman And Sons
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