Alsace Master

Alsace Master-Level Certificate Program

The Alsace Master-Level Program is an official course of study designed for the wine trade.

The program has been created jointly by the Wine Scholar Guild and Alsace resident and expert, Thierry Meyer, lead instructor.

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Offered in a Distance-Learning Format

Explore Alsace from the comfort of your own office or home. This is Alsace as you’ve never seen it presented!

The online study package includes:

  • Preparatory reading assignments, online study modules and review quiz
  • Eight recorded webinars by lead instructor, Thierry Meyer
  • Six supplemental recorded webinars by Olivier Humbrecht MW, Etienne Hugel, Andrew Jefford, David Schildknecht, Thierry Fritsch and Sue Style
  • A copy of the Alsace Master-Level Study Manual
  • Reading and tasting assignments to accompany each lecture
  • Online review quizzes
  • Access to instructors via the Q&A forum
  • Online, proctored exam sit

Online study materials are accessible for one full year from date of registration.


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Objectives & Scope

This is, in scope and design, the most comprehensive wine study program on Alsace bar none.

Through this program, students will acquire a profound knowledge of the region and develop a greater sensory understanding of its wines.

A passing score of 75 on the final exam validates mastery of the course content. This exam can be taken online. For proctoring purposes, you will need access to a computer equipped with microphone and webcam.

Students have a full-calendar year of access to the online study materials and a full year within which they may sit for the exam.

Learn more about the detailed curriculum...

Study under true Alsace wine experts and masterful instructors...

Thierry Meyer

Delve into Alsace with the insight of Alsace expert and resident, Thierry Meyer, lead-instructor.

Learn from a prestigious panel of guest instructors including:

  • Olivier Humbrecht, Master of Wine, owner and manager of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht
  • Etienne Hugel (DEC), former owner and manager of Hugel & Fils
  • Thierry Fritsch, Education Director for the Alsace Wine Council (CIVA)
  • David Schildknecht, former critic at the Wine Advocate for the wines of Alsace, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon, Champagne, Germany, Austria, Eastern Europe, America’s Eastern & Midwestern wineries, New Zealand and South Africa.
  • Sue Style, Alsace resident, food & wine blogger and instructor
  • Andrew Jefford, wine writer, author of "The New France"

Your moderator and program coordinator is Lisa M. Airey, CWE, FWS, Education Director, Wine Scholar Guild.

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Why study Alsace and its wines?

With 5 sub-regions, 13 grape varieties, 200+ terroir styles, and 1,000 producers crafting more than 10, 000 cuvées of dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet or sweet wines every year, Alsace is mind-bogglingly difficult to comprehend. Moreover, quality/price ratios range from poor to exceptional. Price does not filter out the world class gems from the rest.

Impossible to master the region? No.  The key to understanding Alsace--its wines, vintages, cuvées, wine styles, terroirs and its relationship with food--all boils down to the grapes and where they are grown. It’s a formula that you will master.

This knowledge base will enable you to purchase the wines of Alsace from a position of strength, drink more interesting bottlings and make these bottlings shine at table. The course is both practical and empowering. 

 

With 5 sub-regions, 13 grape varieties, 200+ terroir styles, and 1,000 producers crafting more than 10, 000 cuvées of dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet or sweet wines every year, Alsace is mind-bogglingly difficult to comprehend. Moreover, quality/price ratios range from poor to exceptional. Price does not filter out the world class gems from the rest.

 

Impossible to master the region? No.  The key to understanding Alsace--its wines, vintages, cuvées, wine styles, terroirs and its relationship with food--all boils down to the grapes and where they are grown. It’s a formula that you will master.

 

This knowledge base will enable you to purchase the wines of Alsace from a position of strength, drink more interesting bottlings and make these bottlings shine at table. The course is both practical and empowering.

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