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Spanish Wine Scholar Program Update!

At long last, we have begun development of our Spanish Wine Scholar program!

The program is spearheaded by Rick Fisher, a San Diego resident of Catalan descent. Rick’s passion for his Spanish heritage and a desire to educate others about Spanish culture, food, and wine led him to create Bodega: Eat. Drink. Explore. ESPAÑA! (www.bodegaspanishwine.com) in 2009. He joined the Wine Scholar Guild in June of 2017 to build our Spanish study and certification program.

“I’ve spent many years focusing on Spain,” states Rick. “I’ve travelled extensively throughout the country while tasting and blogging about this dynamic landscape, its wines and its culture. Although the Spanish Wine Scholar program is a new Wine Scholar Guild initiative, for me, it’s the closing of a circle. Spain is where I began my wine studies. Now, I’ll be giving others a guided curriculum. I can’t tell you how good that feels.”

“We are delighted to have Rick join the team,” states Lisa M. Airey, WSG Education Director. “His energy level could power a small country and his enthusiasm is contagious. It is so nice to have him on board to drive this project to the finish line. And right now, that finish line looks like autumn of 2018.”

The Spanish program will mirror the existing French and Italian Scholar programs with a full-color manual with illustrative graphics and proprietary maps, e-learning modules, and pronunciation exercises. It, too, will be available in either independent study or classroom format.

Are you attending Sommcon in California or Spain’s Great Match in NYC? Rick will be there! If you want to introduce yourself, reach out to Rick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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[Live on Facebook - Aug. 18th] Preview - FWS Instructor-Led Format with Sharon Mclean

Learn about the French Wine Scholar ™ online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format

via live webinar on: 

Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 12 noon EST (NYC)

9 am PST Seattle, 5:00 pm UK, 6:00 pm France, 1:00 am in Hong-Kong

About this webinar:

    • Find out about the French Wine Scholar curriculum
    • Preview of the online 14-week Instructor-Led Format format 
    • Get a feel for the emphasis and thrust of this certification program and if it is “a fit” for your professional development goals.
    • Duration: 15 min

Register for the FREE preview webinar:



Instructions on how to access this live webinar will be emailed to all registered 48 hours prior to the webinar.

Your host: Sharon Mclean, DIPWSET, FWS

Sharon Mclean

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

About the French Wine Scholar ™ online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format

Earn the French Wine Scholar™ (FWS) post-nominal through 14 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.

This live and online classroom format is starting on October 24th 2017, register today 

Price: $790 
Early bird offer: save $50 if you sign-up by August 31st 2017, use coupon code: EARLYBIRDFWS at checkout page.

 

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[Live on Facebook] WSG Wine Study Tour Highlights: Loire & Jura

 

WSG Wine Study Tour Highlights: Loire & Jura

via Live Presentation on Facebook: 

Monday, August 21st, 2017 at 12 noon EST (NYC)

9 am PST Seattle, 5:00 pm UK, 6:00 pm France, 1:00 am in Hong-Kong

About this webinar:

    • Learn about the producers visited, the tour guide, as well as well the restaurants and hotels that the participants will get to enjoy during the trips in Jura and the Loire.
    • Ask your questions live to Lauriann Greene, Sommelier-conseil and study trip coordinator for WSG wine travel.
    • Duration: 10-15 min 

Register for this FREE Live Facebook Broadcast:

Join us for live presentation on the Wine Scholar Guild Facebook page on August 21st at 12:00 noon EST with Lauriann Greene, Sommelier-conseil, study trip coordinator for WSG wine travel.

It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about the producers visited, the tour guide, as well as well the restaurants and hotels that the participants will get to enjoy during the trips in Jura and the Loire.

RSVP is not mandatory but is recommended so that we can send you a reminder and a link to watch the recorded presentation in case you cannot attend live.

Instructions on how to access this live webinar will be emailed to all registered 48 hours prior to the webinar.

About the Wine Scholar Guild Study Trips. 

Experience insider tastings with winemakers and cellar masters at some of the world’s most prestigious wineries. You’ll enjoy expert instruction throughout the trips by some of the world's leading wine authorities.

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A new "Wine Scholar Guild Study Group" now live on Facebook !

Dear WSG Students,

A new "Wine Scholar Guild Study Group" is now live on Facebook!

In today’s spirit of collaborative study, the Wine Scholar Guild created a group study page for students who wish to share study tips and self-created quiz questions on our certification programs.

The main objective of the group is to create a new way to speak and share with the “WSG student community”!

On this group, you can:

  • Exchange on study tips and strategies 
  • Post/answer questions to/from fellow WSG students
  • Share cheat sheets, flash cards, quiz questions, graphics and more 
  • Form study & tasting groups, meet ups, etc… 
  • Be alerted when new learning tools are released by WSG such as the brand new Flash Cards for the French Wine Scholar program

 

Just know that this site will be a community-based, self-guided group with no official endorsement on our part. There is no WSG monitor to vet questions or guarantee accuracy and we will not be suggesting this page as a study assist. It is purely community-based and will have a life of its own should you wish to get involved. It is important that you know this upfront.

 

To join the Wine Scholar Guild Study Group on Facebook, follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WSGstudygroup/

This is a closed group. Only accepted members of the group will have access to posts, files or any other content posted on this group.

 

Like! Comment! Share!

See you on the Facebook group ! :) 

 

 

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Italian Wine Scholar Preview Webinar with Maurizio Broggi



Learn about the Italian Wine Scholar study formats, learning tools & exam

via Live Presentation on Facebook: 

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 at 12 noon EST (NYC)

9 am PST Seattle, 5:00 pm UK, 6:00 pm France, 1:00 am Friday in Hong-Kong

About this webinar:

    • Find out about the curriculum and study options.
    • Review sample exam questions.
    • Get a feel for the emphasis and thrust of this certification program and if it is “a fit” for your professional development goals.
    • Duration: 45 min-1 hr.

Register for this FREE Live Facebook Broadcast:

Instructions on how to access this live webinar will be emailed to all registered 48 hours prior to the webinar.

Your host: Maurizio Broggi, DWS, FWS, CSW

        • Wine Scholar Guild Director of Education for Italy
        • Creator of the Italian Wine Scholar™ program 
        • WSET Advanced Top World Scorer 2013, Level 2 Top Scorer 2013  
        • Member of Associazione Italiana Sommeliers (AIS)
        • Previous Wine Ambassador and Consultant for various Italian Consortia
        • Certified Specialist of Wine (SWE) & Certified Sommelier (CMS)

 

About the Italian Wine Scholar study certification program:

The Italian Wine Scholar program is a study and certification program which can be followed in classroom or online format

It is the single most comprehensive resource on Italian Wine knowledge. It provides a solid foundation for any wine student with respect to the role of terroir, history and culture--a foundation upon which an educator, sommelier or wine enthusiast can teach, sell or enjoy Italian wines with poise and confidence.

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FWS Preview Webinar with Lisa Airey

Learn about the French Wine Scholar study formats, learning tools & exam

via live webinar on: 

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 12 noon EST (NYC)

9 am PST Seattle, 5:00 pm UK, 6:00 pm France, 1:00 am Wednesday in Hong-Kong

About this webinar:

    • Find out about the curriculum and study options.
    • Introduction to the new online 14-week Instructor-Led Format format 
    • Review sample exam questions.
    • Get a feel for the emphasis and thrust of this certification program and if it is “a fit” for your professional development goals.
    • Duration: 45 min-1 hr.

Register for the FREE preview webinar:

Instructions on how to access this live webinar will be emailed to all registered 48 hours prior to the webinar.

Your host: Lisa M. Airey, FWS, CWE

Lisa Airey

      • 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 

About the French Wine Scholar study certification program:

The French Wine Scholar program is a study and certification program which can be followed in classroom or online via instructor-led or independent study formats

It is the single most comprehensive resource on French Wine knowledge. It provides a solid foundation for any wine student with respect to the role of terroir, history and culture--a foundation upon which an educator, sommelier or wine enthusiast can teach, sell or enjoy French wines with poise and confidence.

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Cru Artisan College 2017 in DC, SF and Chicago

Cru Artisan College is an annual, multi-city, full-day wine education seminar series bringing together a panel of talented winemakers who will address some of the nation’s leading sommeliers, trade members, wine educators and serious students of wine. The fourth edition of CAC, scheduled for May 1 in Washington DC, May 2 in Chicago and May 3 in San Francisco, will focus on the wines of Italy. It is organized with the collaboration of the Wine Scholar Guild,  SOMM Journal, Guild of Sommeliers, Society of Wine Educators, Tasting Panel Magazine, and Clever Root.  

As an academic partner, the Wine Scholar Guild is offering its members and all serious students of wine the opportunity to partake by purchasing tickets in one of the following cities:  

Washington DC
May 1st 2017
At The Dupont Circle Hotel

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Tuition: $150 

Chicago
May 2nd 2017
At The Union League Club

65 W Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604

Tuition: $150 

San Francisco
May 3rd 2017
At San Francisco Wine School

415 Grand Ave #301, South San Francisco, CA 94080

Tuition: $200 

The Wine Scholar Guild only has 20 seats available per city for this event, so reserve your space today! 

SYLLABUS AND SCHEDULE WINERIES WINEMAKERS REGISTER NOW

“Not having yet traveled to Italy myself, I felt as if Italy was brought to me. This opportunity to be educated by this incredible group was one of a kind. The Cru Artisan College was made for somms. The quality of lectures, tasting and interaction was a priceless learning experience. »Shelly Fitzgerald, CS, CSW, Wine Buyer for Downtown Spirits and past participant of Cru Artisan College. 


The Headmaster for this year’s Crus Artisan US Tour is Maurizio Broggi, DWS, FWS 

  • Native Italian, DWS and Certified Sommelier.
  • Wine Scholar Guild's Education Director for Italy.
  • Creator of the Italian Wine Scholar™ study & certification program

Syllabus & Schedule 

9:00 am – 9:20 am | HOMEROOM - PASTRIES AND PROSECCO

  • We’ll break the ice with the quintessential symbol of Italian hospitality and offer an informal introduction to the concept of breakfast wine. Coffee and tea will also be served for those needing greater stimulus. 
  • Featured wines: Maschio dei Cavalieri Prosecco

9:30 am – 11:00 am | DIGGING IN: CELEBRATING THE UNIQUE TERROIRS OF LA BELLA ITALIA

  • Over 1,800 different native wine grape varietals thrive (or survive) on Italy’s patchwork quilt of soil types, ranging from her mountainous Apennine backbone and volcanic soils to the rich clay of her plains and the sandy loam near her long coastline. A panel of winemakers from five of her 20 regions – Piemonte, Toscana, Lazio, Veneto and Abruzzo - will show you some of the winning combinations of unique varietals and special places.
  • Featured Wines: Bolla Soave 883, Principessa Gavia, Cortalto, Terre di Grifi, Luna Mater, L’Ardí, Sartori Valpolicella, Torre Migliori, ASKA 

11:10 am – 12:15  | TRADITIONS AND INNOVATIONS IN ITALIAN ROSÉ THROUGH THE WINEMAKERS EYES

  • Rosé is growing in popularity and seasonality; as it takes the market by storm Italians won’t be left behind. That argument will be made with the lighter side of five famous red varietals – Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Corvina, Montepulciano and Lambrusco di Sorbara – by the men who made them, served with some inventive pairings. 
  • Featured wine:Cuvee Aurora Rose, Sartori Bardolino Chiaretto, Centine Rosé, Cerulli Cerasuolo, FB Lambrusco

12:20 pm – 12:35 pm | COMPETITIVE BLIND TASTING 

  • A cash prize is on the line for the student who can correctly identify the most characteristics of our four wines.

12:40 pm – 1:40 pm | BUILDING A BRUNELLO FROM THE GROUND UP – A WINEMAKER’S PERSPECTIVE

  • Hailed by Wine Spectator Magazine as “Builders of Brunello, the Castello Banfi estate has pioneered clonal research and zonation studies in their pursuit of excellence, raising a tide of quality that has lifted the region. Castello Banfi’s cellarmaster will reveal the elements of this three-decade-long research and demonstrate how Sangiovese behaves so uniquely not only in Montalcino, but from hill to hill on just one single estate. 
  • Featured wines: Mandrielle Vyd, Biadaioli Vyd, Sorrena Vyd, Poggioni Vyd, Castello Banfi Brunello, Poggio alle Mura, Poggio all’Oro Riserva 

1:50 pm – 2:50 pm | AMARONE AMORE – ANCIENT TECHNIQUES FOR CONTEMPORARY TASTES: STYLE VARIATIONS AND THE FUTURE

  • Leading Veronese producers of Amarone and Ripasso wines will share their knowledge, passion and insights for the unique appassimento winemaking technique dating back to ancient Romans and “farmers’ secret” for centuries. 
  • Featured wines: L’Appassione, Le Poiane, Bolla Amarone, Sartori Amarone, Corte Bra, Le Origini, I Saltari 

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm | NOT YOUR NONNA’S MARSALA: A SWEET FINISH AND A BITTER NOTE

  • Sicily’s historic Florio winery holds the world’s largest reserve of aged marsala and will reveal why their cellars are renowned for their attentive selection and complexity, demontstrating the flexibility and future of Marsala. Malvasia delle Lipari and Florio Fernet add Sicilian counterpoints. 
  • Featured wines: Florio Sweet Marsala, Florio Dry Marsala, Targa, Florio Malvasia delle Lipari, Fernet Florio  

 

SYLLABUS AND SCHEDULE WINERIES WINEMAKERS REGISTER NOW

Win a Full Italian Wine Scholar™ Scholarship!

In 250-words or less, why do you want to become an Italian Wine Scholar™?

A full Italian Wine Scholar™ scholarship (Unit 1: The North and Unit 2: Central-South) in distance-learning format will be awarded to the best essay among CAC participants in each city. Learn more here

1. Register for Cru Artisan College in DC, Chicago or San Francisco. (Contest is only open to registered participants.)
2. Submit your essay via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, April 24th.
3. The winner for each city will be announced at the close of Cru Artisan College programming in D.C. on May 1st, in Chicago on May 2nd and in San Francisco on May 3rd.

Participating Wineries Include:

Participating Winemakers Include:

“The best part of the day was having the producers there. These are the people that have an intimate knowledge of how their wines are made giving sommeliers like myself an opportunity to geek out and know it’s alright. » Paul Sherman, Advanced Sommelier at Valentino, Santa Monica and past participant of Cru Artisan College. 

 

SYLLABUS AND SCHEDULE WINERIES WINEMAKERS REGISTER NOW

For more information:

For more information please visit www.cruartisancollege.com or contact Lars Leicht at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 516 686 2532.

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FWS now approved for Singapore Skillsfuture

The Wine Scholar Guild’s French Wine Scholar (FWS) Program received official endorsement as an approved wine certification program from Skillsfuture Singapore!

The Skillsfuture is a national movement that encourages individuals to take ownership of their skills development and lifelong learning.

All Singaporeans aged 25 and above have received an opening credit of S$500 since January 2016. Such credit will not expire and the Singapore government will provide periodic top-ups so that Singaporeans may accumulate their credit, and use it to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses in the Skillsfuture listing.

(Click on this link to watch a clip on the’ Who, What, When, Where, Why and How’ of Singapore’s Skillsfuture initiative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9C5WB6lqiI )

Mr. Lim Hwee Peng CWE FWS (of WineCraft Marketing & Services, an approved program provider for the FWS Program in Singapore) shared, “We are extremely proud and delighted that the FWS program under our care in Singapore has been successfully accorded as an approved program in the Skillsfuture listing. The Skillsfuture, a national initiative, aspires to deepen skills and achieve mastery in professional fields through a list of curated courses; such aim coincides neatly into ours, which is to increase professionalism in the Wine, F&B, Hospitality and related trade sectors.”

Lim continues, “The efforts we have cultivated in building credibility and to heighten awareness of FWS program among professionals and enthusiasts were instrumental in paving the way for the FWS program to be approved as part of Skillsfuture courses.” Lim also highlighted that FWS program’s approved status in Skillsfuture will run till year 2021.  

Wine Scholar Guild President, Julian Camus, stated, “Having a Singapore Skillsfuture listing validates the resumé-building nature of this study and certification program. We are proud to be a part of Singapore’s commitment to professional development.”

The next French Wine Scholar program in Singapore will launch in April 2017. Interested wine professionals should contact Mr. Lim Hwee Peng CWE FWS at WineCraft Marketing & Services for details: www.winecraftmktg.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About the Wine Scholar Guild:

The Wine Scholar Guild (www.winescholarguild.org) provides outstanding educational programming for the professional development of wine industry members and committed students of wine. It offers innovative and multi-faceted instruction through print, webinars, study trips and classes with tutored tastings. The Wine Scholar Guild offers wine study and certification programs for serious students of wine. These programs are offered by 50 program providers in 15 countries on 5 continents. Educational programing is also available in distance learning formats.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 1-202-640-5466.

Full information on the French Wine Scholar program is also available on the Wine Scholar Guild web site at:

https://www.winescholarguild.org/france/french-wine-scholar/program-overview.html

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Lisa Airey radio interview on Champagne programs and trip

Last week, WSG Education Director Lisa M. Airey, CWE, FWS, got interviewed on Vin Village online radio, featuring the very popular broadcast wine and food journalist Lynn Krielow Chamberlain along with wine and food aficionado Rob Barnett, doing exclusive interviews of the “who’s-who” in wine and food. Tune-in daily at: wsRadio.com, or at the highly followed audio-blog of the show, “Vin-de-Cru” on http://vinvillageradio.com/.

Interview #1: Lisa on our Champagne Master-Level Program:

 

Interview #2: Lisa on our Champagne Immersion Study Trip:

 

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Wine Scholar Guild Top Exam Scorers for 2016

The Wine Scholar Guild is excited to announce the list of 2016 top exam scorers from around the world! Bravo!

French Wine Scholar Program

1. Lillian Lim (California, USA) - Score: 100%

''My certifications include: Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, Certified Specialist of Wines with the Society of Wine Educators (currently pursuing the Certified Wine Educator, too) and California Wine Appellation Specialist.

Although the CMS and SWE programs covered a wide breadth of knowledge, the FWS program gave me the opportunity to pursue my passion for French wines.  It provided me with a deeper understanding of the historical, sociological and geological factors that have contributed to the development of French wines. I learned about the early civilizations that first produced wine in each region, how events such as war or changes of nationality impact the community around the wine, the geological history of the soils, the soil and climate conditions in which certain grapes thrive and the relationship of wine to local cuisine. Through my studies with the FWS program, I felt as if I had taken a tour of France over thousands of years." READ MORE

1. Katharine (Kate) Hall (Great Britain) - Score: 100%

''Previously, I had also passed WSET level 3.  I liked that the French Wine Scholar course concentrates on just one country and it was possible to learn about its wines in much more depth.

It was enjoyable to see how the comprehensive and detailed information on the course, plus the French language, history and geography I learned in school, and my travels around France, came together to explain today's French wines. 

It has also made me much more adventurous in my choice of wines, and more confident in selecting a wine from one of the lesser known regions..."  READ MORE

1. Flavio Lorenzilli (California, USA) - Score: 100%

''I have been taking WSET classes. The latest one was WSET Advanced, which I passed with distinction. I am planning to move on to the WSET diploma, if my own work schedule permits.

I am currently enrolled in the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1. I would really enjoy continuing on to IWS Unit 2 and the Spanish Wine Scholar course, when they are available. Because I do have a full-time job and also teach college courses at UCLA, my time is limited, but I do intend to continue my wine education.

The FWS program has been extremely interesting and it has complemented my knowledge about French wines tremendously. I think that the course was very well organized and extremely informative. This is what convinced me to enroll in the Italian Wine Scholar program." READ MORE

1. Shawn McVay (California, USA) - Score: 100%

"As much as I enjoy the studying and selling aspects of wine, I feel my calling is to craft with my hands.  I just resigned from my previous position as a wine director and bartender at a great restaurant in order to pursue my winemaking goals.  I plan on focusing on my studies for a while and interning at local wineries until I have enough experience to establish my own place.

So far, I have completed the  WSET Level 2 & 3,  the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Level 1, and the FWS.  I am currently enrolled to take the Certified Sommelier exam in March of this year.

Regarding longer-term educational goals, I plan on moving forward with my WSET Diploma as well as the Advanced Sommelier certification. And in the meantime I look forward to taking the Italian Wine Scholar and other supplemental educational workshops and programs." READ MORE

1. Richard Milot (Ontario, USA) - Score: 100%

I much appreciated the FWS for its framework, its access to a rich web-based material and its commendable efforts in maintaining an up to date package using authoritative sources.

My thanks go to Linda McPhee for her most enjoyable and relevant sessions at the Institute.

I have joined forces with Importation Vins Sélect Privée a modest but dynamic Montreal based wine import agency and I remain a humble student of wine working towards becoming a fully certified wine educator. READ MORE

 

1. Jerome Cornet (Ontario, Canada) - Score: 100%

2. Albert Sheen (California, USA) - Score: 99%

I have been drinking wine for the past 20 years but only recently have I decided to pursue serious wine education.  I am passionate about discovering new wines from all over the world.

I have passed the WSET Levels 1, 2, and 3 certification programs.  WSET Levels 2 and 3 I have passed with distinction.  The FWS program built upon my previous studies by providing a comprehensive overview of the major viticultural regions of France.

I plan to enroll in the WSET Level 4 Diploma course in the future.  The FWS was excellent preparation for my further study of French wine.

2. Diccon Westworth (California, USA) - Score: 99%

2. Timo Rieg (California, USA) - Score: 99%

2. Jessica Dominguez Rieg (California, USA) - Score: 99%

2. Evan Wiens (California, USA) - Score: 99%

 

Bourgogne Master-Level Program

1. Kari Dawson (Noth Carolina, USA) - Score 97%

"I am a dedicated wine enthusiast who has traveled to wine producing areas throughout the United States, France and Italy.

I hold a WSET Level 3 (advanced) certification and am a Certified Specialist of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits.

The Master-Level program allowed me to take a more general understanding of wine and focus on a specific area and type of wine. 

I love understanding how the history, natural attributes and culture of a given place shape its wines."

 

Bordeaux Master-Level Program

1. Jamie Tiy Bowton (California, USA) - Score 99%

"I have been in the WSET program as well, and am still studying for my diploma.

At this point, I’m not sure where I am going – I love sharing and teaching people about wine.

The French Wine Scholar Guild study programs have really helped solidify and expand my knowledge of French wine and wine in general.

Materials are so well written and organized and I have used them as an adjunct to my other studies."

1. Erika Frey, FWS (Massachusetts, USA) - Score 99%

"I hold the Diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and I am a Certified Wine Educator with the Society of Wine Educators.

I also completed the Wine Studies Certificate at Boston University. I've done some wine studies at Cornell University and UC Davis as well.

I also hold the California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) certifications in addition to my FWS and Alsace and Champagne Master Levels. I just completed a WSET course in Sake."

 

 

Champagne Master-Level Program

1. Heather Dougherty, FWS (Pennsylvania, USA) - Score 97%

"I run wine tastings and events for a wide range of consumers and for the wine trade. I am a member of the Circle of Wine Writers and am the current Chairman of the Association of Wine Educators. Wine is something that turned from a hobby to a profession for me. I’ve been educating people about wine for the last twelve years and feel incredibly lucky to be doing something I love for a living.

I hold the WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits. Champagne has been an abiding interest through numerous visits/study tours to the region over the years, but the Champagne ML programme has taken my knowledge and appreciation to a new level. Last year I was a UK finalist in the European Champagne Ambassador competition and I would love to go one better in the future"

 

Sud de France Master-Level Program

1. Joanna Mackie (France) - Score 98%

"I consider myself a wine enthusiast. It’s primarily a hobby that has taken me from boutique wine tastings, wine dinners and regional and international tours to some serious study – WSET wine courses, French wine scholar program and more recently undertaking the Master Level program with the Wine Scholar Guild.

So what is it about wine that inspires me to learn more?

Wine encompasses ancient civilizations, history, culture, science, geography and more importantly a sense of place. I believe wine is made in the vineyard and it is that interaction of geology, climate and vine that creates that unique substance in the glass. Like learning a new language, it takes almost a lifetime to master." READ MORE

 

Provence Master-Level Program

1. Erika Frey, FWS (Massachusetts, USA) - Score 98%

''I hold the Diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and I am a Certified Wine Educator with the Society of Wine Educators. I also completed the Wine Studies Certificate at Boston University. I've done some wine studies at Cornell University and UC Davis as well. I also hold the California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) certifications in addition to my FWS and Alsace and Champagne Master Levels. I just completed a WSET course in Sake.

Most of the other programs I have done have been overview courses which really only allow students to touch upon each regions. With the Master Levels, I have enjoyed focusing on one area and really digging deep into the history, people, process, etc. Not only do you learn what sets a particular region apart from others, but you also learn many valuable concepts that can be applied to many other regions."

 

Alsace Master-Level Program

1. Danielle St-Jules, FWS (California, USA) - Score 93%

''I have always been interested in the Alsace wine region since I really enjoy the wine that I’ve tasted from that area of France.

After taking the French Wine Scholar program and learning more about the Master-Level programs that were available, I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn more about Alsace.

The detail of the program guide and the informative webinars were excellent and have really inspired me to continue learning more about French wine." READ MORE

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