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    Program Overview

    French Wine Scholar™ Study & Certification Program

    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 10-week, instructor-led online format including 8 live review webinars.


    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 French Programs Director Matthew Landry (*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:

    Independent study format

    On-demand, start anytime

    Price: $595 

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    10-week instructor-led format

    Next session starts May 6, 2021

    Price: $790 

    LEARN MORE
     

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

    Student Testimonials:

    • Nikhil Bhusal
      on Feb 23, 2021
      "The French Wine Scholar is a very well-thought-out program. The study material is easy to use and understand, making technical and tricky subjects, simple to cover. 100% recommended for those who are stepping into the world of wine!"
    • Efraime Calaunan
      on Feb 17, 2021
      "Although I do not carry any current certificates I chose FWSG to challenge myself & most importantly to learn . This course did exactly that! It is well structured & many resources are provided . I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is willing to apply themselves to further their wine knowledge !"
    • Luis Felipe Campos
      on Feb 16, 2021
      " Participating in the French Wine Scholar program gave me knowledge far beyond wine; it's like a real deep dive into French culture"
    • Luis Felipe Campos
      on Feb 15, 2021
      "To get enrolled into French Wine Scholar program became me self confident in several aspects beyond french wine's knowledge itself; it's like a deep dive into french culture and history"
    • Adrian Matei
      on Jan 15, 2021
      " it is very good course with a good amounth of information given."
    • Chantal Molin
      on Dec 22, 2020
      "Great program! It would have been great to receive the access to the online learning earlier than 2 months before the classroom session. But great material et great school for the classroom learning."
    • Brianna Burns
      on Dec 20, 2020
      "The French Wine Scholar is a thoroughly enjoyable wine certification course that gives context above all. I love learning about why wine is the way it is, along with learning about what it is and where it comes from and FWS really provides that needed background. For anyone looking for an all-encompassing knowledge of French wine, this course is for you. I can't wait to take on the other courses!"
    • Joao Rocha Lima Neto
      on Dec 17, 2020
      "I think the program as very interesting. Hoping to have the Italian and Spanish program in Portuguese as well in a short period of time."
    • Renee Munro
      on Dec 14, 2020
      "The information in the French Wine Scholar program is expertly and beautifully presented, in a manner that even non-wine professionals like me can master. The content is fascinating and fun - I can't wait to sign up for the next course!"
    • Giuseppina Andreacchio
      on Dec 13, 2020
      "I attended FWS at West London School and the program proved to be excellent for the detailed description of the various regions and for the easy explanations of those regions that may seem a bit more complicated (i.e. Bourgogne). The program was clear, well delivered and the wines we tasted were a perfect example of the grape varieties or styles presented by the tutors. The course is perfect for anyone who is not familiar with French Wines or for wine professionals who want to improve their knowledge of French Wines further. I highly recommend the course which is very enjoyable but teaches you an awful lot at the same time."
    • Charlene Denise Perez
      on Dec 10, 2020
      "Great Course, really learned a lot"
    • Thomas Trull
      on Dec 10, 2020
      "French Wine Scholar gives you a remarkably deep insight into the history, geology, and character of French wines and regions that will give you a leg up whether in your wine career or just completing your own cellar."
    • Tian Lewis
      on Dec 10, 2020
      "No other program offers this kind of deep dive into France’s various wine regions. I highly recommend the program to anyone who is curious and dedicated to learning about French wine."
    • Jose Renato Camilotti
      on Dec 1, 2020
      "The FWS is a journey through wine, its history, cultural and political elements. A real immersion in the culture of humanity, providing deep and solid knowledge about French regions and wines. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to feel confident and expert on the subject."
    • Jörg Philipp
      on Nov 30, 2020
      "After years of trying to get structure into my knowledge about French wine, finally I found the solution! FWS has a clear structure on each wine region, with the most needed information in a row. No need to search around for the things I am looking for. It really took me so many years of struggling with French wine, now I am clear. Many thanks to FWS and I can only suggest this format, if you are also wondering how to get your knowledge in a row or if you start with France, this is the course to take!"

    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

    Student Testimonials:

    • Nikhil Bhusal
      on Feb 23, 2021
      "The French Wine Scholar is a very well-thought-out program. The study material is easy to use and understand, making technical and tricky subjects, simple to cover. 100% recommended for those who are stepping into the world of wine!"
    • Efraime Calaunan
      on Feb 17, 2021
      "Although I do not carry any current certificates I chose FWSG to challenge myself & most importantly to learn . This course did exactly that! It is well structured & many resources are provided . I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is willing to apply themselves to further their wine knowledge !"
    • Luis Felipe Campos
      on Feb 16, 2021
      " Participating in the French Wine Scholar program gave me knowledge far beyond wine; it's like a real deep dive into French culture"
    • Luis Felipe Campos
      on Feb 15, 2021
      "To get enrolled into French Wine Scholar program became me self confident in several aspects beyond french wine's knowledge itself; it's like a deep dive into french culture and history"
    • Adrian Matei
      on Jan 15, 2021
      " it is very good course with a good amounth of information given."
    • Chantal Molin
      on Dec 22, 2020
      "Great program! It would have been great to receive the access to the online learning earlier than 2 months before the classroom session. But great material et great school for the classroom learning."
    • Brianna Burns
      on Dec 20, 2020
      "The French Wine Scholar is a thoroughly enjoyable wine certification course that gives context above all. I love learning about why wine is the way it is, along with learning about what it is and where it comes from and FWS really provides that needed background. For anyone looking for an all-encompassing knowledge of French wine, this course is for you. I can't wait to take on the other courses!"
    • Joao Rocha Lima Neto
      on Dec 17, 2020
      "I think the program as very interesting. Hoping to have the Italian and Spanish program in Portuguese as well in a short period of time."
    • Renee Munro
      on Dec 14, 2020
      "The information in the French Wine Scholar program is expertly and beautifully presented, in a manner that even non-wine professionals like me can master. The content is fascinating and fun - I can't wait to sign up for the next course!"
    • Giuseppina Andreacchio
      on Dec 13, 2020
      "I attended FWS at West London School and the program proved to be excellent for the detailed description of the various regions and for the easy explanations of those regions that may seem a bit more complicated (i.e. Bourgogne). The program was clear, well delivered and the wines we tasted were a perfect example of the grape varieties or styles presented by the tutors. The course is perfect for anyone who is not familiar with French Wines or for wine professionals who want to improve their knowledge of French Wines further. I highly recommend the course which is very enjoyable but teaches you an awful lot at the same time."
    • Charlene Denise Perez
      on Dec 10, 2020
      "Great Course, really learned a lot"
    • Thomas Trull
      on Dec 10, 2020
      "French Wine Scholar gives you a remarkably deep insight into the history, geology, and character of French wines and regions that will give you a leg up whether in your wine career or just completing your own cellar."
    • Tian Lewis
      on Dec 10, 2020
      "No other program offers this kind of deep dive into France’s various wine regions. I highly recommend the program to anyone who is curious and dedicated to learning about French wine."
    • Jose Renato Camilotti
      on Dec 1, 2020
      "The FWS is a journey through wine, its history, cultural and political elements. A real immersion in the culture of humanity, providing deep and solid knowledge about French regions and wines. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to feel confident and expert on the subject."
    • Jörg Philipp
      on Nov 30, 2020
      "After years of trying to get structure into my knowledge about French wine, finally I found the solution! FWS has a clear structure on each wine region, with the most needed information in a row. No need to search around for the things I am looking for. It really took me so many years of struggling with French wine, now I am clear. Many thanks to FWS and I can only suggest this format, if you are also wondering how to get your knowledge in a row or if you start with France, this is the course to take!"

    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:

    #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 Matthew Landry, French Programs Director
    • Online Instructor-led Format: via the Q&A forum plus email and live chat with acclaimed wine educators Sharon Mclean, DipWSET, FWS and French Programs Director Matthew Landry
    • In Classroom: via a local, certified instructor

    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

    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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