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    Unit 1 - 10-week Instructor-Led Format

    Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 1 online | 10-week Instructor-Led Format

    THE ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR™ PROGRAM IS THE INDUSTRY'S MOST RESPECTED CERTIFICATION COURSE ON THE WINES OF ITALY

    Master the wines of Northern Italy through 10 weeks of self-study fully supported by a comprehensive study manual, interactive e-learning modules for each region, and 9 live review webinars. The Italian Wine Scholar™ Unit 1 curriculum via online learning offers an interactive program that is put into a measurable, meaningful format designed for maximum retention of content and ease of use.

    Students who pass the exam for Unit 1 and Unit 2 will earn the Italian Wine Scholar™ (IWS) post-nominal.

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

    The Italian Wine Scholar course is composed of two separate units:

    • Unit 1: The Wines of Northern Italy
    • Unit 2: The Wines of Central & Southern Italy 

    10-week instructor-led format

    Next session starts September 8, 2022

    Price: $695 

    Register Now

     

    Note: Unit 1 & 2 can be taken in any order.

    Program Preview:

    The Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 1 online | 10-week Instructor-Led Format includes:
    Italian Wine Scholar live online format

    Plus:

    • A schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
    • The Italian Wine Scholar™ Unit 1 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

    10-week instructor-led format

    Next session starts September 8, 2022

    Price: $695 

    Register Now 

    Note: Unit 1 & 2 can be taken in any order.

    Meet your instructors

     

    Alan Tardi IWS

    • Food & wine journalist with publications in The New York Times, Wine & Spirits Magazine, The Wine Spectator, Decanter, and Sommelier Journal
    • Former resident of Italy
    • Author of the James Beard award-winning book "Romancing the Vine: Life, Love and Transformation in the Vineyards of Barolo"
    • First-ever US Ambassador of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco

    Andrea Eby

    Andrea Eby IWS, DipWSET, CSW 

    • WSG Italian Programs Director
    • DipWSET holder with Distinction and awarded the ProWein Scholarship in recognition of her accomplishments
    • Worked for more than a decade in the wine world; as a wine buyer, in retail sales, and as a drinks educator at one of Canada’s top wine stores.
    • Member of the expert judging panels at the International Wine & Spirits Competition, International Wine Challenge and Vinitaly 5 Star Wines.
    • Student of the Institute of Masters of Wine. 

    How does it work?

    • You receive the full-color, 262-page Italian Wine Scholar study manual for Unit 1 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 9 live webinars for 10 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 for Unit 1. 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.

    10-week instructor-led format

    Next session starts September 8, 2022

    Price: $695

    Register Now 

    Note: Unit 1 & 2 can be taken in any order.

    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.

    Ciro and Andrea 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

    Welcome webinar (30 mins)

    · 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 Chapter & Piedmont Part 1

    Week 2

    No webinar

    Week 2


    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Piedmont Part 1

    Self-study: Piedmont Part 2

    Week 3

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Piedmont Part 2 

    Self-study: Piedmont Part 3 & Valle d'Aosta

    Week 4

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Piedmont Part 3 & Valle d'Aosta

    Self-study: Liguria & Emilia-Romagna

    Week 5

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Liguria & Emilia-Romagna

    Self-study: Trentino & Alto Adige

    Week 6

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Trentino & Alto Adige

    Self-study: Friuli Venezia Giulia & Lombardia

    Week 7

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardia

    Self-study: Veneto Part 1

    Week 8

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Veneto Part 1 

    Self-study: Veneto Part 2

    Week 9

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Veneto Part 2

    Week 10

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    · Cross-regional review & recap

    · Sample test questions

    · Exam protocols

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    Study Materials

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

    #1 ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR STUDY MANUAL: 

    The 260-page, full-color study manual 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.

    A comprehensive cover of Northern Italy’s 9 distinct wine regions in the following manner:

    • History, culture and traditions
    • Location and climate with their effects on viticulture and wines
    • Topography, geography and soils
    • Grape varieties and their organoleptic profiles
    • Viticulture and winemaking
    • Wine industry trends and economics
    • All DOCs and DOCGs with their regulations, wine styles and specificities

    Regions covered: Valle d’Aosta, Lombardia, Piemonte, Trentino, Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna

    Plus: A Foundation Unit covering Italian wine law, history, geography, topography, climate, viticulture and wine styles

    Italian Wine Scholar™ study manual Unit 1 (Northern Italy) features:

    #2 IWS Online Study Modules:

    The IWS 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 Northern Italy are covered and dovetails nicely with the Italian Wine Scholar study manual Unit 1. Study materials are available 24/7. If you’ve got a laptop and an internet connection, you’ve got a classroom!

    Italian 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 Italian Wine Programs Coordinator Andrea Eby
    • Online Instructor-led Format: via the Q&A forum plus email and live chat with acclaimed wine educators 
    • In Classroom: via a local, certified instructor

    Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 Online Exam:

    • The exam is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions and must be completed in 60 minutes. There is no tasting component.
    • To become an Italian Wine Scholar and receive the IWS credential candidates need to pass the exams for Unit 1 and Unit 2 with a composite score of 75%
    • The scores from both exams are added together and averaged for final assessment.
    • Students with a composite score of 85-90.5 pass with HONORS. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with HIGHEST HONORS.
    • Online exam candidates must have a computer (tablet not compatible), a good internet connection, a webcam and a microphone with speakers for proctoring purposes.
    • You have one year from your registration date to take your final exam for Unit 1. When you are ready, please contact, WSG Office Manager Celine Camus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., one month in advance to check on availability and schedule your online exam.

    About the program: 

    The Italian Wine Scholar™ education program is the most advanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date Italian wine course available. The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all italian 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 with the support of the Italian wine DOC/G consortia.

    The Italian Trade Commission (ITA) endorsed the program in recognition of its exceptional level of depth, accuracy, detail, and academic rigor.

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

     

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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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