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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.

    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 acclaimed instructors, a flexible schedule of study designed for busy professionals and all the necessary tools to master the wines of northern Italy.

    Next online instructor-led session starts September 14, 2020. Registration is now open!
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    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.

    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 

    Register Now What's Included Instructors

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


    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

    Price: $695

    Next online instructor-led session starts September 14, 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 IWS STUDY TOOLS


    Student Testimonials:

    • Karene Vilela
      on Sep 10, 2020
      "The module as a whole was very well delivered and Alan Tardi made it interesting and a good learning experience. Content is interesting, level and depth of information are just right. E-learning modules and self-tests are helpful."
    • Julianne
      on Sep 1, 2020
      "Alan Tardi was a an amazing instructor. I watched his lectures, read the book, and used the flash cards. "
    • Daniel Rogenski
      on Aug 17, 2020
      "The IWS program is complex, however the information is presented in a way that helps you learn and most importantly retain knowledge. Completing this program has finally given me a clear understandIng of this incredibly diverse country, it’s history, varietals, vinicultural practices and it’s wonderful people. "
    • Steve Mosteiro
      on Jul 27, 2020
      "I already have my Somm, Certified Specialist of Wine, and WSET III wine certifications and the IWS Unit 1 has been my favorite session so far. Cannot wait for IWS Unit 2"
    • Alessandra Ferreira
      on Jun 29, 2020
      "All material is very good i think miss a general quiz with 100 questions"
    • Missa Capozzo
      on May 21, 2020
      "I truly love the WSG courses. The only thing I might change is offering immediate exam results like the Society of Wine Educators does with the CSW. I took my exam 4 days ago and am still awaiting my results via email, and since I took it digitally online, I know the results were scored immediately. "
    • Andrejs Batkilins
      on Aug 16, 2019
      "Very interesting and informative program with deep knowledge of Italian Wine teaching in simple, not "abstruse" language, but clear and alive. "
    • Eleanor Crabtree
      on Jul 12, 2019
      "The most in-depth course on Italian wines. The only way to learn more is to go to Italy!"
    • Juan Molano Mesa
      on Jun 2, 2019
      "This program is excellent!! Give me a lot of tools to understand both Italian regions and wines!!! Thanks"
    • Lyndsey Wylie
      on May 14, 2019
      "I enjoyed studying for the IWS unit 1 with Awsec just as much as unit 2. The material was excellent and the tuition fun and engaging. I don’t work in the industry but for an enthusiast such as myself I think the WSG IWS is an excellent course to follow. "
    • Cheryl Mansen
      on May 1, 2019
      "The combination of history, viticulture, climate and soil of each region made the wines seem more vital and memorable. A highlight was learning about the continuation of so many unique grape varieties despite political dictates, war and climatic challenges, and provided some insight to the enduring mystique of wine. "
    • Sue Geary
      on Apr 25, 2019
      "The Italian Wine Scholar Unit I is the third Wine Scholar Guild course that I have taken--along with the French Wine Scholar Course and the Italian Wine Scholar Unit II--and I can't wait for the launch of the Spanish Wine Scholar course. The courses are all beautifully comprehensive with the inclusion of the history, geography, and unique viticulture of each region. The manual and the online materials are well-presented and extensive and allow the student to be well-prepared for the post-nominal exam. I have been introduced to wines that I might never have experienced if not for these courses. I now feel confident shopping for wines, and pairing them with a variety of cuisines. I routinely enjoy a wider variety of wines than I had before I took the courses. Finally, I have a far greater appreciation for the commitment of generations of wine growers who love the land and the wines they produce. "
    • James Bornn
      on Apr 22, 2019
      "In the chaos that can be Italian wines, the IWS program is a great tool for the student looking to sift through the immense amount of material and get right to the important parts."
    • Calen Macdonald
      on Apr 20, 2019
      "I have always felt that Italy was my Achilles heel in the wine world, so naturally the Italian Wine Scholar program was the logical solution. Unit 1 was an excellent introduction into Northern Italy and I am excited to start Unit 2 as soon as possible."
    • Rachele Neal
      on Apr 19, 2019
      "Italian Wine Scholar took my knowledge of Italian wines to a whole other level! The content was outlined in such a straight-forward way and factual way making it easy to get through the material. Highly recommend for any Italian wine lovers!"


    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 Wine Programs Coordinator
    • 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 it works

    • 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.

    Register Now What's Included Instructors

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

     

    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.

    Next online instructor-led session starts September 14, 2020. Registration is now open!
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    Schedule of study

    Week 1
    (Sept 14 - 18)



    Welcome webinar (30 mins)

    Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · 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
    (Sept 21 - 25)



    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Piedmont Part 1

    Self-study: Piedmont Part 2

    Week 3
    (Sept 28 - Oct 2)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, September 28, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Piedmont Part 2 

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

    Week 4
    (Oct 5 - 9)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, October 5, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Piedmont Part 3 & Valle d'Aosta

    Self-study: Liguria & Emilia-Romagna

    Week 5
    (Oct 12 - 16)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, October 12, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Liguria & Emilia-Romagna

    Self-study: Trentino & Alto Adige

    Week 6
    (Oct 19 - 23)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Trentino & Alto Adige

    Self-study: Friuli Venezia Giulia & Lombardia

    Week 7
    (Oct 26 - 30)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardia

    Self-study: Veneto Part 1

    Week 8
    (Nov 2 - 6)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, November 2, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Veneto Part 1 

    Self-study: Veneto Part 2

    Week 9
    (Nov 9 - 13)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, November 9, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Veneto Part 2

    Week 10
    (Nov 16 - 20)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Cross-regional review & recap

    · Sample test questions

    · Exam protocols

    Register Now What's Included Instructors

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


    Student Testimonials:

    • Karene Vilela
      on Sep 10, 2020
      "The module as a whole was very well delivered and Alan Tardi made it interesting and a good learning experience. Content is interesting, level and depth of information are just right. E-learning modules and self-tests are helpful."
    • Julianne
      on Sep 1, 2020
      "Alan Tardi was a an amazing instructor. I watched his lectures, read the book, and used the flash cards. "
    • Daniel Rogenski
      on Aug 17, 2020
      "The IWS program is complex, however the information is presented in a way that helps you learn and most importantly retain knowledge. Completing this program has finally given me a clear understandIng of this incredibly diverse country, it’s history, varietals, vinicultural practices and it’s wonderful people. "
    • Steve Mosteiro
      on Jul 27, 2020
      "I already have my Somm, Certified Specialist of Wine, and WSET III wine certifications and the IWS Unit 1 has been my favorite session so far. Cannot wait for IWS Unit 2"
    • Alessandra Ferreira
      on Jun 29, 2020
      "All material is very good i think miss a general quiz with 100 questions"
    • Missa Capozzo
      on May 21, 2020
      "I truly love the WSG courses. The only thing I might change is offering immediate exam results like the Society of Wine Educators does with the CSW. I took my exam 4 days ago and am still awaiting my results via email, and since I took it digitally online, I know the results were scored immediately. "
    • Andrejs Batkilins
      on Aug 16, 2019
      "Very interesting and informative program with deep knowledge of Italian Wine teaching in simple, not "abstruse" language, but clear and alive. "
    • Eleanor Crabtree
      on Jul 12, 2019
      "The most in-depth course on Italian wines. The only way to learn more is to go to Italy!"
    • Juan Molano Mesa
      on Jun 2, 2019
      "This program is excellent!! Give me a lot of tools to understand both Italian regions and wines!!! Thanks"
    • Lyndsey Wylie
      on May 14, 2019
      "I enjoyed studying for the IWS unit 1 with Awsec just as much as unit 2. The material was excellent and the tuition fun and engaging. I don’t work in the industry but for an enthusiast such as myself I think the WSG IWS is an excellent course to follow. "
    • Cheryl Mansen
      on May 1, 2019
      "The combination of history, viticulture, climate and soil of each region made the wines seem more vital and memorable. A highlight was learning about the continuation of so many unique grape varieties despite political dictates, war and climatic challenges, and provided some insight to the enduring mystique of wine. "
    • Sue Geary
      on Apr 25, 2019
      "The Italian Wine Scholar Unit I is the third Wine Scholar Guild course that I have taken--along with the French Wine Scholar Course and the Italian Wine Scholar Unit II--and I can't wait for the launch of the Spanish Wine Scholar course. The courses are all beautifully comprehensive with the inclusion of the history, geography, and unique viticulture of each region. The manual and the online materials are well-presented and extensive and allow the student to be well-prepared for the post-nominal exam. I have been introduced to wines that I might never have experienced if not for these courses. I now feel confident shopping for wines, and pairing them with a variety of cuisines. I routinely enjoy a wider variety of wines than I had before I took the courses. Finally, I have a far greater appreciation for the commitment of generations of wine growers who love the land and the wines they produce. "
    • James Bornn
      on Apr 22, 2019
      "In the chaos that can be Italian wines, the IWS program is a great tool for the student looking to sift through the immense amount of material and get right to the important parts."
    • Calen Macdonald
      on Apr 20, 2019
      "I have always felt that Italy was my Achilles heel in the wine world, so naturally the Italian Wine Scholar program was the logical solution. Unit 1 was an excellent introduction into Northern Italy and I am excited to start Unit 2 as soon as possible."
    • Rachele Neal
      on Apr 19, 2019
      "Italian Wine Scholar took my knowledge of Italian wines to a whole other level! The content was outlined in such a straight-forward way and factual way making it easy to get through the material. Highly recommend for any Italian wine lovers!"


    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

    Next online instructor-led session starts September 14, 2020. Registration is now open!
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    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.

     

    Register Now What's Included Instructors

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