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    Program Overview

    French Wine Scholar Challenge @ SommCon DC

    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.

    FOCUS:

    This advanced program is designed for serious students of wine, both trade and non-trade who wish to hone their knowledge of the wines of France.  From a terroir-ist standpoint, the program dives deeply into why the wines of France have the structure and character they do.

    TASTING:

    Benchmark wines from very top producers will accompany the lecture allowing students to put theory to the taste test.

    PRESENTER: Lisa M Airey, FWS, CWE:

    Your presenter for this seminar with be Lisa M Airey, Education Director for the Wine Scholar Guild.

    Lisa M. Airey was knighted by the French government for the creation of the French Wine Scholar program and its significant contribution to the French wine industry.
     
    She has 24 years of experience in the wine industry. She has sold wine at the wholesale level, conducted her own wine school and written a weekly wine column. As Education Director for the Society of Wine Educators, she gained experience in building study and certification programs. 

    As Director of Education for the Wine Scholar Guild, Lisa is responsible for designing the programs' structure, creating and updating all study materials, teaching materials and exams. She also coordinates instructors on our online study programs as well as oversees all educational aspects of our immersion study trips to France.

    PRIZE:

    At day’s end, the top scorer on the opening quiz will receive a scholarship to the French Wine Scholar On-Line program (value $595).

    DETAILS:

    • Date & Time: Sunday July 22nd, 2018 from 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m
      with a one-hour lunch break (lunch not included)
    • Location: SommCon DC - The Westin Georgetown, 2350 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037
    • Cost: $250 (WSG members enjoy a 10% discount)

     

    Register Now

    CREDIT:

    Non-winning participants who wish to enroll in the FWS program (whether in its distance-learning format or in classroom-learning format at our DC program provider, Capital Wine School) can apply $195 of the review day seminar fee toward their tuition.

     

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    French Wine Scholar ™ online | 15-week Instructor-Led Format

    Study from home! Additional FWS online instructor-led session starts April 6th with instructor Sharon McLean. Get your FWS certification in 5 weeks! 
    INFORMATION & REGISTRATION


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

    Earn the French Wine Scholar™ (FWS) post-nominal through 15 weeks of self-study fully supported by a comprehensive study manual, interactive e-learning modules for each region, and 8 live review webinars. 

    This format provides the convenience and flexibility of an online study program with interactive live “classroom” instruction delivered to a global student network via computer or tablet.

    We provide true tech support, stellar instruction from world renowned instructors, a flexible schedule of study designed for busy professionals and all the necessary tools to master French wines.

    Preview of the Program:

    Next 15-week, online instructor-led session starts July 13th, 2020. Registration is now open! 
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    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.

    Register Now What's Included Instructors 

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study FWS STUDY TOOLS


    The French Wine Scholar ™ online | 15-week Instructor-Led Format includes:

    Plus:

    • A schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
    • The French Wine Scholar™ online exam*
    • Access to repeat-after-me pronunciation exercise
    • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
    • Downloadable maps
    • A list of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group organized by students enrolled in the online program

    Price: $790

    Next 15-week, online instructor-led session starts July 13th, 2020. Registration is now open! 
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    Register Now What's Included Instructors 

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study FWS STUDY TOOLS


    Meet your instructors

    Sharon Mclean

    Sharon McLean, CS, DipWSET, FWS, IWS

    • Certified Sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild Senior
    • Authorized instructor of Wine Scholar Guild and WSET courses on Vancouver Island
    • WSET Diploma with the highest marks in Canada
    • An accredited Bordeaux instructor
    Lisa Airey

    Lisa M. Airey, CWE, FWS

    • Director of Education for the Wine Scholar Guild since 2009
    • 24 years of experience in the wine industry
    • Knighted by the French government for the FWS program’s significant contribution to the French wine industry. 
    • Creator of the French Wine Scholar™ program 

    You can see Sharon's and Lisa’s detailed bio here.

     

    How it works:

    • You receive the full-color, 274-page French Wine Scholar study manual for independent reading and study. Work through the material when you have time in your schedule. 
    • You are provided access to on-line study modules and review quizzes corresponding to the course content found in the manual. These are available to you 24/7!
    • Attend 8 live webinars for 15 weeks via webinar accessible from computer or tablet. An opportunity to exchange freely with your instructor and fellow students. We always love to hear from you! Can’t make a webinar live? No problem. All are recorded for on demand replay in webinar or podcast formats…perfect on your way to work!
    • Have a question after watching a recorded webinar? Contact your instructors via and Instructor Q & A forum or email her directly. The choice is yours.
    • Track your progress through the course curriculum via our online tracking system.
    • You have one year from your registration date to take your final exam. When you are ready, please contact one month in advance, WSG Office Manager Celine Camus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check on availability and schedule your online exam. The test consists of 100 multiple choice questions. There is no tasting component. All you need is a laptop equipped with microphone and webcam and an internet connection.
    • We have structured the curriculum into a three-month program to keep you focused and disciplined in your study. But you have a full year to sit the exam…just in case life gets in the way.

    Register Now What's Included Instructors 

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study FWS STUDY TOOLS

     

    Next 15-week, online instructor-led session starts July 13th, 2020. Registration is now open! 
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    Why this format?

    1. It is manageable.

    The program is designed to keep you on track…but it is also flexible enough to enable you to catch up should your schedule get interrupted…or even to suspend it should you get derailed. It is designed to accommodate the needs of a busy professional.

    2. You have real human support.

    Lisa and Sharon are available for questions via chat box during webinars, via the Q&A forum and via direct email/phone. There is also a student forum should you wish to create a study group/tasting group in your area or just interact with your fellow students. You can be as interactive or as independent as you want to be.

    3. You are part of a global student community.

    Your classmates will hail from every segment of the wine industry from all over the globe and offer very different insights and points of view. The intellectual ferment adds to the depth of your learning.

    4. Your classroom is mobile.

    If you have a computer, cell phone or tablet, you have a classroom.

     

    Schedule of study:

    Week 1 
    (Jul 13-19)

    Welcome webinar (30 mins) with Sharon

    Monday, July 13, 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Meet your instructor and other students

    ·       General orientation 

    ·       How to access online program and log-in to live webinars

    ·       How to use the discussion forum

    Self-study: Foundation Chapters and Alsace

    Week 2  
    (Jul 20-26)

    Self-study: Jura and Savoie 

    Week 3 
    (Jul 27-Aug 2)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Sharon

    Monday, July 27, 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Alsace, Jura and Savoie

    Self-study: Champagne

    (Aug3-9)

    Self-study: Champagne

     

    Week 4
    (Aug 10-16)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Sharon

    Monday, August 10th 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Champagne

    Self-study: Loire

    Week 5
    (Aug 17-23)

    Self-study: Loire

    Week 6
    (Aug 24-30)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Sharon

    Monday August 24, 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Loire

    Self-study: Bourgogne

    Week 7
    (Aug 31-Sep 6)

    Self-study: Bourgogne

    Week 8
    (Sep 7-13)

    Self-study: Beaujolais

    Week 9
    (Sep 14-20)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Lisa

    Monday September 14, 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Bourgogne, Beaujolais

    Self-study: Bordeaux

    Self-study: South-West France

    Week 10
    (Sep 21-27)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Lisa

    Monday September 21, 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Bordeaux, South-West France

    Self-study: Rhône

    Week 11
    (Sep 28-Oct 4)

     

     

    Self-study: Provence

     

    Week 12
    (Oct 5-11)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Lisa

    Monday October 5, 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Rhône Valley, Provence

    Self-study: Languedoc-Roussillon

    Week 13
    (Oct 12-18)

    Self-study: Corsica

    Week 14

    (Oct 19-25)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Sharon

    Monday October 19, 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Languedoc-Roussillon & Corsica

     

    Week 15

    (Oct 26-Nov 1)

    Revision Week

    Nov 2

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Sharon

    Monday November 2nd 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Overall review with sample test questions & exam Protocols

    Register Now What's Included Instructors 

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study FWS STUDY TOOLS

    Next 15-week, online instructor-led session starts July 13th, 2020. Registration is now open! 
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    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:

    "The manual is very well laid out with pertinent information that goes beautifully hand-in-hand with the online program. Highly recommended for both newcomers and well-seasoned wine students alike." Brian Christ, FWS

    #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
    "I cannot think of a better way to dive in deep on the wines of France to prepare for the Advanced & Master Sommelier exams, WSET Diploma or MW" David Glancy MS, CWE, FWS, Founder of San Francisco Wine School

     

    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 1 month in advance, WSG office manager Celine Camus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule the exam.
      Important notice: Candidates cancelling less than 5 business days prior to their scheduled exam date or not showing up the day of will incur a $85 re-scheduling fee.

    Register Now What's Included Instructors 

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study FWS STUDY TOOLS

    Next 15-week, online instructor-led session starts July 13th, 2020. Registration is now open! 
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    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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    The "Taste of France" Webinar Series

     

    The French Wine Scholar Study & Certification Program has a tasting component that allows the student to put theory to the taste test through at-home tasting exercises. These sensory exercises are accompanied by commentary and tutelage by Jay Youmans, Master of Wine via an on-demand webinar series.

    All students enrolled in the French Wine Scholar Online Program will have access to this webinar series.

     

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    A comprehensive series on regional wine styles with suggested wine list

    The Taste of France is comprised of 13 webinars that explore the wine regions of France in terms of their benchmark aromatic, flavor and structural characteristics.

     

    1. Critical Wine Tasting Skills: FWS Systeme de Degustation
    2. The Taste of Alsace: Fruit, Spice and Everything Nice
    3. The Taste of Champagne: Luxury in Bottle
    4. The Taste of Bourgogne: One Step Forward, One Step Sideways
    5. The Taste of Beaujolais: Not to be Taken for Granite
    6. The Taste of Loire: Stone Juice
    7. The Taste of Bordeaux: True Grit
    8. The Taste of the Southwest: A Road Less Travelled
    9. The Taste of Languedoc-Roussillon: Power without Position
    10. The Taste of Rhône: Que Syrah, Syrah and the Gang of Grenache
    11. The Taste of French Rosé: 50 Shades of Pink
    12. The Taste of French Fortification, Flor, Noble Rot, and Passerillage
    13. The Taste of Other French Fizz

     

     

    The webinar series is designed to complement the French Wine Scholar curriculum by offering tutored tasting segments that provide a meaningful way to internalize the learning points. The webinars also double as a palate workshop for those who are eager to hone their tasting skills.

    Each webinar is accompanied by a list of 2-3 suggested wines. Students will source them in advance,  then taste through them with the instructor via on-demand play. (Many organize a small get-together and watch the recorded webinars as part of group study.)

    Note: The 100-question multiple choice format of the exam itself is unchanged. The tasting component was added to simply enrich the curriculum. There is no tasting component added to the exam itself.

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    PRESENTED BY: JAY YOUMANS, MW

    Jay Youmans, Master of Wine, will be the lead instructor for this dynamic webinar series!

    Jay Youmans owns the Capital Wine School in Washington, DC.

    He has judged for numerous wine competitions including Starwine International, The Dallas Morning News, the Mid-Atlantic Wine Competition and the California State Fair.

    He is also the competition director for the Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Competition.

    He is an Advanced Level Sommelier, a Certified Wine Educator (CWE) and a Master of Wine (MW).

     

     

     

    More Information:
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    About the FWS Exam

    Candidates who follow this in-depth curriculum on the wines of France and pass the exam, earn the French Wine Scholar™ (FWS) post-nominal.

    The exam is given in multiple-choice format. There are 100 questions covering all of the wine regions of France. Passing score is 75.

    Candidates scoring 85-90 pass with HONORS. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with HIGHEST HONORS.

    Preparing for the exam:

    In order to prepare properly for the FWS exam, you must read and study the FWS manual carefully. At first, it may seem a daunting body of knowledge to tackle…but we would like to give you a few tips.

    What facts are important?

    • Pay close attention to superlatives (biggest, smallest, highest, lowest, newest, oldest, youngest).  Note the facts associated with words such as “first” and “last”.  They make for good exam questions.
    • Learn the French wine terms and their English equivalents.
    • Pay close attention to the passages citing “exceptions to the rule” throughout the text. They also make for good exam questions.
    • Know your soils, geography, mountains and rivers.
    • Know your grapes and their synonyms.
    • Become conversant in France’s AOCs and the primary grape(s) grown within their confines.
    • If any particular AOC is responsible for the bulk of the production in any given region, you should know all the particulars about it (minimum alcohol, maximum yield, blending formula etc.)  But, no, you do not need to know this type of specific detail about lesser AOCs.
    • Know your history and the key individuals who have figured prominently in the development of wine culture of any given region.
    • Study the specifics of wine production for white, rosé, red, sparkling, late-harvest, and vin doux naturel. Know the specifics of carbonic maceration.
    • Know your sparkling wine label nomenclature (especially as it pertains to champagne) and the terms used to qualify the reductive and oxidative aging of vin doux naturel.
    • Study your maps. You need to know where the wine regions and their AOCs are located.

    The exam is comprehensive. It will cover all the wine regions of France. This means you must study everything…Corsica too! But, the food and wine pairing texts are for your personal edification. There are no exam questions on this material.

    Scheduling your 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 one month in advance WSG office manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check availabilities. 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.

    Don't feel ready? Know that you have the possibility to extend your enrollment for another year for a nominal fee from HERE

    Questions?

    Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Industry Testimonials

    • "The French Wine Scholar manual has once again proven why the Wine Scholar Guild is one of the best wine education programs in the world."
      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
    • "Anyone wanting to learn about French wines needs to take this program; there is no better program out there"
      Kevin Cleary
      Owner/Director at Vermont Wine School
    • "I cannot think of a better way to dive in deep on the wines of France to prepare for the Advanced & Master Sommelier exams, WSET Diploma or MW"
      David Glancy MS, CWE, FWS
      Founder of San Francisco Wine School
    • "The level of detail and quality of the materials make this program a must-do for any serious student of wine"
      Peter Neptune, MS, CWE, FWS
      Founder of The Neptune School of Wine
    • "The French Wine Scholar Program is the industry's most comprehensive, in-depth course on the wines of France"
      Jay Youmans, MW
      Founder of Capital Wine School
    • "My most sincere appreciation goes to the WSG team for their great work to make French wines so much fun and easy to learn"
      Xavier Barlier
      Sr. VP, Marketing & Communication at Maisons Marques & Domaines
    • "I only wish I had this book when I began studying French wine!"
      Peter Marks, MW
      VP of Education at Constellation Academy of Wine
    • "To anyone for whom knowledge of the subject of French wine is important, I would give the French Wine Scholar Study Manual my most complete commendation."
      Peter Weygandt
      Founder & owner at Weygandt-Metzler Importing
    • "Looking for informative, current and easy to understand materials to support your wine studies?  WSG is the answer."
      Christophe Tassan MOF
      Maitre Sommelier UDSf and MOF Sommellerie
    • "I would recommend the FWS program to any trade member wishing to increase his/her expertise in French wine and validate the same. This is wine education at its best!"
      Louis-Fabrice Latour
      Chairman at Maison Louis Latour
    • "I truly enjoyed studying and preparing the French Wine Scholar course. I found a lot of new facts and fascinating detail about French wine regions we do not cover in
      Juan Lo Bello
      Wine Educator at Wein-Werkstatt

     

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    Supplemental Materials

    Supplemental materials include learning objectives, sample exam questions, appendices and glossary

    Learning Objectives:

    Appendices:

    Sample Exam Questions:

    Glossary:

     

    Industry Testimonials

    • "The French Wine Scholar manual has once again proven why the Wine Scholar Guild is one of the best wine education programs in the world."
      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
    • "Anyone wanting to learn about French wines needs to take this program; there is no better program out there"
      Kevin Cleary
      Owner/Director at Vermont Wine School
    • "I cannot think of a better way to dive in deep on the wines of France to prepare for the Advanced & Master Sommelier exams, WSET Diploma or MW"
      David Glancy MS, CWE, FWS
      Founder of San Francisco Wine School
    • "The level of detail and quality of the materials make this program a must-do for any serious student of wine"
      Peter Neptune, MS, CWE, FWS
      Founder of The Neptune School of Wine
    • "The French Wine Scholar Program is the industry's most comprehensive, in-depth course on the wines of France"
      Jay Youmans, MW
      Founder of Capital Wine School
    • "My most sincere appreciation goes to the WSG team for their great work to make French wines so much fun and easy to learn"
      Xavier Barlier
      Sr. VP, Marketing & Communication at Maisons Marques & Domaines
    • "I only wish I had this book when I began studying French wine!"
      Peter Marks, MW
      VP of Education at Constellation Academy of Wine
    • "To anyone for whom knowledge of the subject of French wine is important, I would give the French Wine Scholar Study Manual my most complete commendation."
      Peter Weygandt
      Founder & owner at Weygandt-Metzler Importing
    • "Looking for informative, current and easy to understand materials to support your wine studies?  WSG is the answer."
      Christophe Tassan MOF
      Maitre Sommelier UDSf and MOF Sommellerie
    • "I would recommend the FWS program to any trade member wishing to increase his/her expertise in French wine and validate the same. This is wine education at its best!"
      Louis-Fabrice Latour
      Chairman at Maison Louis Latour
    • "I truly enjoyed studying and preparing the French Wine Scholar course. I found a lot of new facts and fascinating detail about French wine regions we do not cover in
      Juan Lo Bello
      Wine Educator at Wein-Werkstatt

     

     

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    French Wine Scholar™ Study & Certification Program

    Study from home! Additional FWS online instructor-led session starts April 6th with instructor Sharon McLean. Get your FWS certification in 5 weeks! 
    INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

    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.

     

    ONLINE LEARNING CLASSROOM LEARNING FWS STUDY MANUAL 

    FWS ONLINE STUDY MODULES INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT  

     

    STUDY OPTION 1 | ONLINE LEARNING

    Earn the French Wine Scholar™ (FWS) post-nominal via the online, independent study format or enroll in the 15-week, instructor-led online format including 8 live review webinars.

    "If you are a professional in the wine business looking to enhance your career, this is the program for you. Great instructors, easy-to-follow study guide and 24-hour internet access." Ronald Plunkett, FWS, Sommelier at Hakkasan in San Francisco 


    The French Wine scholar™ online learning format includes:


    Plus:

    • A suggested schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
    • Live review webinars with acclaimed wine educators Sharon Mclean, DipWSET, FWS and WSG Education Director Lisa M. Airey, CWE, FWS (*instructor-led format only)
    • 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

    Pricing for the online study formats:

    Study from home! Additional FWS online instructor-led session starts April 6th with instructor Sharon McLean. Get your FWS certification in 5 weeks! 
    INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

    Independent study format

    On-demand, start anytime

    Price: $595 

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    15-week instructor-led format

    Next session starts July 13th, 2020

    Price: $790 

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    Click here to see the difference between instructor-led vs independent study format.

    STUDY OPTION 2 | CLASSROOM LEARNING

    French Wine Scholar™ classes are offered by licensed program providers and delivered by an approved FWS instructor. This study format includes:

    All FWS program providers teach from the same Wine Scholar Guild-developed presentations and are supplied with uniform teaching materials.

    Naturally, each instructor has a unique teaching style, the wine selection will vary by market, the class length and class structure (weekly, biweekly, weekends etc.) will vary from location to location, but the content will be the same no matter where you take the class. For many, the classroom experience helps to hammer home the theory; a tutored tasting component brings each region to life. Many students find the set “schedule” helpful in keeping on top of their studies.

    FIND A PROVIDER NEAR YOU

    "I would recommend the FWS program to any trade member wishing to increase his/her expertise in French wine and validate the same. This is wine education at its best!”
    Louis-Fabrice Latour, Chairman at Maison Louis Latour

    ONLINE LEARNING CLASSROOM LEARNING FWS STUDY MANUAL 

    FWS ONLINE STUDY MODULES INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT  

    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:

    "The manual is very well laid out with pertinent information that goes beautifully hand-in-hand with the online program. Highly recommended for both newcomers and well-seasoned wine students alike." Brian Christ, FWS

    #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
    "I cannot think of a better way to dive in deep on the wines of France to prepare for the Advanced & Master Sommelier exams, WSET Diploma or MW" David Glancy MS, CWE, FWS, Founder of San Francisco Wine School

    ONLINE LEARNING CLASSROOM LEARNING FWS STUDY MANUAL 

    FWS ONLINE STUDY MODULES INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT  

    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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    FWS-Student-Testimonials

    • With FWS, I’ll be using all that I’ve learned every day as a food and wine tour guide in Toulouse.
      Jessica Hammer, FWS
      Founder of Taste of Toulouse
      WSET Level 2
    • FWS, and the whole Wine Scholar Guild, will keep me updated…..and being updated is just the best thing you can do in the wine world if you want to succeed!!
      José Luiz Ferrazzo Neto, FWS
      Commercial Manager at Portus Importer - Wine Educator with Oenocultura
      WSET Diploma
    • I use what I’ve learned in the FWS on a daily basis, and I would highly recommend the FWS to those of whom want a comprehensive knowledge of the most important region in the world.
      Kathy Phillips, FWS
      Server at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
      Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS)
    • I would be interested in becoming a certified FWS wine educator to further pursue my wine passion.
      Zhiyong Zhou, FWS
      Wine Enthusiast
      WSET Level 3

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    Detailed Curriculum

    The French Wine Scholar™ program presents each French wine region as an integrated whole by explaining the impact of history, the significance of geological events, the importance of topographical markers and the influence of climatic factors on the wine in the the glass. No topic is discussed in isolation in order to give students a working knowledge of the material at hand.

    Foundation Unit:

    In order to launch French Wine Scholar™ candidates into the wine regions of France from a position of strength, Unit One covers French wine law, grape varieties, viticulture and winemaking in-depth. It merits reading, even by advanced students of wine, as so much has changed-- specifically with regard to wine law and new research on grape origins.

    Alsace:

    In Alsace, the diversity of soil types, grape varieties and wine styles makes for a complicated sensory landscape. Do you know the difference between Klevner and Klevener? The relationship between Pinot Gris, Tokay and Furmint? Can you explain the difference between a Vendanges Tardives and a Sélection de Grains Nobles? This class takes Alsace beyond the basics.

    Champagne:

    The champagne process was an evolutionary one not a revolutionary one. Find out how the method developed from an inexpert and uncontrolled phenomenon to the precise and polished process of today. Learn why Champagne is unique among the world’s sparkling wine producing regions and why it has become the world-class luxury good that it is.

    Bourgogne:

    In Bourgogne, an ancient and fractured geology delivers wines of distinction and distinctiveness. Learn how soil, topography and climate create enough variability to craft 101 different AOCs within this region’s borders! Discover the history and historic precedent behind such subtle and nuanced fractionalization.

    Beaujolais:

    Discover the multi-faceted nature of Beaujolais as expressed through its different soil types and vinification techniques. Learn how carbonic maceration and traditional fermentation changes the flavors in the glass. Find out how varying trace elements in the granitic soils of the Crus Beaujolais create wines of different character and age-ability. Beaujolais may be a light-hearted quaff, but the subject is far from simple.

    Jura:

    The Jura lies tucked between Burgundy and Switzerland and represents the eastern uplift of the Saône graben. Although the wines are rarely found outside the Jura itself, it produces some unique wine products from non-mainstream grape varieties that merit attention.  The region is famous for Vin Jaune, but Pasteur, responsible for ground-breaking work in fermentation science and Millardet, responsible for both the “Bordeaux Mixture” and the grafting of French vines onto American rootstock as a solution to phylloxera were born here! But that’s not all! The Arbois zone of production was one of the first to be granted AOC status in 1936. The region is a dynamo!

    Savoie/Savoy:

    Savoie is an alpine region just south of the Jura.  Very little wine is exported; most of the production is consumed by tourists who visit for ski and other winter sport. The wines, however, are as colorful as the grapes that go into them--Jacquère,  Altesse, Gringet, Molette, Mondeuse Noire, Persan—and are as fun to study as they are to drink…if you are so lucky.

     

     Loire Valley:

    Did you know that the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards of Menetou-Salon, Reuilly, and Quincy are all grown on Kimmeridgean marl? That one of the longest-lived white wines in the world is Savennières? Are you familiar with Breton, Côt and Pineau d’Aunis? It’s time to explore a wine culture as long and wide as the river itself. There are over 5 dozen AOCs that flank the banks of the Loire. Learn about the undiscovered treasures of this region and explore its diversity of grape varieties and wine styles.

    Bordeaux:

    Study Bordeaux from the ground up. Here, wine styles are predicated by a combination of soil, grape and the hand of man. Explore Bordeaux’s distinctive terroirs in order to better understand the nature of the blend, then discover how and why the blend has changed over the past 150 years.

    Southwest France:

    Viticulture was established in Gascony before Bordeaux was planted to the vine. Magdeleine Noire des Charentes, the parent of both Merlot and Malbec is believed to have originated here. The grapes are interesting and high-quality, the wines are good but the region languished in obscurity because Bordeaux blocked the Southwest’s access to the global wine market by controlling trade through its port. Landlocked for centuries, this region is finally and justifiably beginning to make a name for itself. This cluster of growing regions has adopted an “all for one and one for all” face to the wine world. And why not? D’Artagnan, the fourth of the three Muskateers hailed from Gascony and coined the phrase!

    Languedoc-Roussillon:

    Although Languedoc and Roussillon were administratively joined in 1972, they are historically, culturally and topographically two distinct regions.  Roussillon produces 80% of France’s Vins Doux Naturels crafted from old vine Spanish grape varieties. Yet today, it also crafts many dry blockbuster reds from those same old vines. Languedoc represents a cornucopia of vines that have historically gone into varietally labeled IGP products or simple Vins Sans IG.  Today, it re-discovers its terroir and its grape legacy with new AOCs and a collective drive for quality. Together, Languedoc-Roussillon represents the last wine frontier in France. Things have changed here. Keep current!

    Rhône Valley:

    The Rhône River serves as the gravitational axis around which its two halves revolve; the northern half clings tightly, the southern half expands outward and experiences less pull to the riverbanks. These two different wine cultures possess distinctive soils and topographies and they craft vastly disparate wines with unique personalities. It’s one region, but two brave new worlds. Explore them both.

    Provence:

    Did you know that Provence is the oldest wine region in France?  It is also the only region in France and the only region in the world to focus primarily on the production of rosé.  In fact, the local vignerons have been perfecting the craft for 2,600 years!  Learn all about Provence’s path to pink as well as its stellar production of dry reds and whites.  It’s not all sunflowers and lavender in this sun-drenched parcel of France!

    Corsica:

    The island of Corsica has a long and colorful past. Throughout the millennia, it has been ruled by no less than six different nations and each of them have left their mark. However, many of the region’s winemaking traditions and grape varieties are Italian due to the island’s close proximity to that country. Today, Corsica is indeed French with an Italian accent. Discover its rich history… in the glass.

     

    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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    French Wine Scholar ™ online | Independent Study Format

    Study from home! Additional FWS online instructor-led session starts April 6th with instructor Sharon McLean. Get your FWS certification in 5 weeks! 
    INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

    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

    *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 one month in advance WSG office manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check availabilities. 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:

    "The manual is very well laid out with pertinent information that goes beautifully hand-in-hand with the online program. Highly recommended for both newcomers and well-seasoned wine students alike." Brian Christ, FWS

    #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
    "I cannot think of a better way to dive in deep on the wines of France to prepare for the Advanced & Master Sommelier exams, WSET Diploma or MW" David Glancy MS, CWE, FWS, Founder of San Francisco Wine School

     
    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 1 month in advance, WSG office manager Celine Camus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule the exam.
      Important notice: Candidates cancelling less than 5 business days prior to their scheduled exam date or not showing up the day of will incur a $85 re-scheduling fee.

    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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    Classroom Learning

    French Wine Scholar™ classes are offered by licensed program providers and delivered by an approved FWS instructor. This study format includes:

    • Classroom instruction with tutored tastings
    • A copy of the FWS study manual
    • Access to the FWS online study modules & quizzes for class prep & review
    • In-classroom exam sit

    All FWS program providers teach from the same Wine Scholar Guild-developed presentations and are supplied with uniform teaching materials.

    Naturally, each instructor has a unique teaching style, the wine selection will vary by market, the class length and class structure (weekly, biweekly, weekends etc.) will vary from location to location, but the content will be the same no matter where you take the class. For many, the classroom experience helps to hammer home the theory; a tutored tasting component brings each region to life. Many students find the set “schedule” helpful in keeping on top of their studies.

    Who teaches for the Wine Scholar Guild?
    Highly regarded industry professionals and educators including:

    Jay Youmans MW, FWS Mark Pygott MW, FWS Sheral Schowe, M.Ed., FWS
    David Glancy MS, CWE, FWS

    Sharon Mclean, DipWSET, FWS

    Jimmy Smith, DipWSET, FWS, IWS, SWS Peter Neptune MS Julien Boulard MW, FWS 

    FIND A PROVIDER NEAR YOU

    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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    Where to Study

    Disclaimer: WSG offers wine study courses that are targeted to both beginners and those more experienced in the wine industry. While WSG has received many accolades, awards, and testimonials, WSG is not an accredited institution or school. WSG does not guarantee or warrant that any employer or school will recognize WSG wine study courses. While WSG knows that it is a well-recognized institution within the multi-national wine community, it cannot guarantee anyone success in their profession or vocation.

    WSG thanks the following organizations for their support:

     
     
    

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