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    15-week Instructor-Led Format

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


     
    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:

    The program launches on December 2nd 2019.
    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.

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    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

    The program launches on December 2nd 2019.
    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

     

    The program launches on December 2nd 2019.
    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 
    (Dec 2-8)

    Welcome webinar (30 mins) with Sharon

    Monday, Dec. 2nd 2019 @ 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  
    (Dec 9-15)

    Self-study: Jura and Savoie 

    Week 3 
    (Dec 16-22)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Sharon

    Monday, Dec. 16th 2019 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Alsace, Jura and Savoie

    Self-study: Champagne

    (Dec 23-Jan 5)

    Holiday Break - Self-study: Champagne

     

    Week 4
    (Jan 6-12)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Sharon

    Monday, Jan 6th 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Champagne

    Self-study: Loire

    Week 5
    (Jan 13-19)

    Self-study: Loire

    Week 6
    (Jan 20-26)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Sharon

    Monday Jan 20th 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Loire

    Self-study: Bourgogne

    Week 7
    (Jan 27-Feb 2)

    Self-study: Beaujolais

    Week 8
    (Feb 3-9)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Lisa

    Monday Feb 3rd 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Bourgogne, Beaujolais

    Self-study: Bordeaux

    Week 9
    (Feb 10-16)

     

    Self-study: South-West France

     

    Week 10
    (Feb 17-23)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Lisa

    Monday Feb 17th 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Bordeaux, South-West France

    Self-study: Rhône

    Week 11
    (Feb 24-Mar1

     

     

    Self-study: Provence

     

    Week 12
    (Mar 2-8)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Lisa

    Monday Mar 2nd 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Rhône Valley, Provence

    Self-study: Languedoc-Roussillon

    Week 13
    (Mar 9-15)

    Self-study: Corsica 

    Week 14

    (Mar 16-22)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Sharon

    Monday Mar 16th 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Languedoc-Roussillon & Corsica

     

    Week 15

    (Mar 23-29)

    Revision Week

    Mar 30

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Sharon

    Monday Mar 30th 2019 @ 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

    The program launches on December 2nd 2019.
    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

    The program launches on December 2nd 2019.
    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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    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.

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