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Industry Testimonial: US Importer Peter Weygandt reviews the French Wine Scholar™ manual

 

ABOUT PETER WEYGANDT

Since 1987, Peter Weygandt has been an importer of French wines and has gained a national and international reputation for the quality of his selections and his portfolio of top “boutique” French wines.

Peter Weygandt Selections are a near constant feature of top wine journals including Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, The Wine Spectator, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, and Burghound, and Peter Weygandt has been mentioned in articles in Time Magazine, The New York Times, and featured in Business Monthly and numerous times in various wine publications, most recently Food and Wine Magazine.

In recent years he has expanded his portfolio to include Italian, German, Austrian, Australian, and Spanish wines, more than 120 producers in all.

"One of the small specialty importers with impeccable credentials as well as a great palate, the unassuming gentleman, Peter Weygandt, does as fine a job as anybody in the business, culling out great wines from France and Australia. His low profile personality rarely generates much noise for himself, but he does not have to given the impeccable quality of his portfolio. Readers who do not have access to Weygandt-Metzler offerings are missing some of the finest values as well as best imports in the United States." – Robert M. Parker, Jr. – Wine Personalities of the Year, The Wine Advocate, 144.

 

A SHORTLIST OF HIS FRENCH WINES' SELECTION

  • Domaine Albert Mann in Alsace
  • Domaine des Lambrays in Morey St Denis, Côte d'Or
  • Pierre-Marie Chermette in Bourgogne and Beaujolais
  • Domaine de la Pinte in Arbois, Jura
  • Clos Marie in Pic St Loup, Languedoc
  • Domaine Gauby in Roussillon
  • Château Bellegrave in Pomerol
  • Domaine Raymond Usseglio in Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Yann Chave in Hermitage
  • Pascal & Nicolas Reverdy in Sancerre

And many more!


HIS TESTIMONIAL ABOUT THE FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR™ MANUAL

"To anyone for whom knowledge of the subject of French wine is important, I would give the French Wine Scholar™ Study Manual my most complete commendation.

It presents clearly, concisely, and accurately the sometimes intricate French viticultural appellations and rules, bringing them into one handy book where a quick reference provides one with the information. Organizing by region is practical and efficient for the reader.

As important as the technical knowledge is, though, I find equally interesting and important the work that has gone into explaining the history of each region--political, religious, social--and the geology and climate of each region.

There is no true comprehension of wine without an understanding of the history of how a variety(varieties) came to be planted where they are, the geology of the soil on which these grapes are planted, and the effect of climate--in short to truly understand the term "Terroir" one must have knowledge of all of these aspects.

This Manual provides a serious reader with these essentials. Indeed, there is much to be learned by anyone who reads this book. At least there was for me.

To everyone who worked so diligently to prepare and write this Manual, I thank you. – Peter Weygandt"

 

Thank you for such a complete and kind testimonial! 

You will find more info about Peter Weygandt on his website:

www.weygandtmetzler.com

 

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Spanish Wine Scholar: Applications now open for wine educators

The Wine Scholar Guild rolls out its Spanish Wine Scholar™ (SWS) study & certification program with a pre-launch reserved for wine educators.

Pre-Launch program schedule:

  • Accepted educators will have exclusive preview access to the Spanish Wine Scholar program starting January 2019.
  • In this pre-launch program, study manuals will ship in January 2018. Live review webinars presented by Spanish Wine Scholar Education Director Rick Fisher will run January through April 2019
  • The goal is set to achieving instructor certification by May 2019.

The wine educator application period is now open; registration closes November 15th.

APPLY NOW to become one of the first Spanish Wine Scholars and SWS certified instructors.



An application form will be emailed to you shortly after submitting your request. Access to the program's pre-launch will be open to a limited number of wine educators selected by the Wine Scholar Guild among all applicants. Applicants will be informed of whether or not their application has been accepted by December 10th, 2018.

Who can apply:

Application is open to all qualified wine educators from all over the world who are either affiliated with a wine school or training staff in a wine related business.

About the Spanish Wine Scholar program:

The Spanish Wine Scholar™ study & certification program is a Spanish wine course designed to provide committed students of wine with the most advanced and comprehensive specialization study program on Spanish wine bar none!

It is being created by the Wine Scholar Guild and designed by Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar Education Director.

As a certification program, it confers the Spanish Wine Scholar title and SWS post-nominal to wine professionals and enthusiasts who successfully pass the certification exams (Ex: John Smith, SWS).

The Spanish Wine Scholar™ study program mirrors the unparalleled level of depth, accuracy, detail and academic rigor offered by the acclaimed French Wine Scholar™ and Italian Wine Scholar™ programs.

With over 50 program providers in 20 countries on 5 continents, the Wine Scholar Guild has become the leader in specialized wine study programs. These programs offer students the opportunity to set themselves apart by acquiring mastery in the wines of the three largest wine producing and wine exporting companies in the world.

The official, international launch of the SWS program is slated for Summer/Fall 2019.

 

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Video Preview: Italian Wine Scholar Unit 2 Online format with Alan Tardi

Learn about the Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 2 | online | 15-week Instructor-Led Format

This live webinar took place live on: September 20th, 2018

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

About this webinar:

    • Find out about the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 2 (Central & Southern Italy) curriculum
    • Preview of the online 15-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.

 


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

Maurizio Broggi


Maurizio Broggi, DWS, FWS, IWS, CSW

  • 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 ™ Unit 2 Online | 15-week Instructor-Led Format

Master the wines of Northern Italy through 15 weeks of self-study fully supported by a comprehensive study manual, interactive e-learning modules for each region, and 9 live review webinars.

This live and online classroom format is starting on February 27th 2018, register today!

Price: $695

Register Now

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

The Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 2 online | 15-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 2 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 

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.

This live and online classroom format is starting on February 27th 2018, register today!

Price: $695

Register Now

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[Live Preview] Italian Wine Scholar Unit 2 Online format with Alan Tardi

Learn about the Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 2 | online | 15week Instructor-Led Format

via live webinar on:

Thursday, August 30th, 2018 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 Italian Wine Scholar Unit 2 (Central & Southern Italy) curriculum
    • Preview of the online 15-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.

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

Maurizio Broggi


Maurizio Broggi, DWS, FWS, IWS, CSW

  • 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 ™ online | 15-week Instructor-Led Format

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

This live and online classroom format is starting on February 27th 2018, register today

Price: $690

REGISTER NOW

Register for the FREE preview webinar:

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FWS Scholarships for Master of Wine Candidates

Each year, the Wine Scholar Guild awards three full scholarship to the French Wine Scholar™ study & certification program to three students of the Institute of Masters of Wine.

These scholarships are designed to allow students preparing for the Master of Wine exam to further and strengthen their French wine knowledge.

"The French Wine Scholar is a very serious wine program but fun and very enjoyable to follow. The teaching is superb and the quality of the material brilliant."
GERARD BASSET, MW, MS, Best Sommelier in the World 2010

Who can participate?

This scholarship opportunity is open to all students officially enrolled in the Master of Wine program and at any stage of their studies. Eligibility to apply for this scholarship will be verified by the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW).

Applications are open from May 1st to May 31st 2018

Click here to learn more and submit your application

 

 

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Video Preview • FWS Instructor-Led Format with Sharon Mclean

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

Launches Sept. 4th, 2018

This video is the recording of our live preview webinar which took place on March 29th, 2018

About this video:

    • Find out about the French Wine Scholar curriculum
    • Preview of the online 15-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: 30 min

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 | 15-week Instructor-Led Format

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.

This live and online classroom format is starting on Sept. 4th 2018, register today

Price: $790

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Live Preview • FWS Instructor-Led Format with Sharon Mclean

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

via live webinar on: 

Thursday, August 23th, 2018 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 15-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 | 15-week Instructor-Led Format

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.

This live and online classroom format is starting on September 4th 2018, register today

Price: $790

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Sneak peek: Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 Online format with Nancy Reynolds & Mauzio Broggi

On Wednesday February 27th, we hosted the welcome webinar for students enrolled in the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 program in its new 14-week, instructor-led online format.

This welcome webinar is a great sneak peek into the program. If you've been thinking about registering for the program, watch the recording of our welcome webinar:

You can still join today and catch up!

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

Master the wines of Northern Italy through 14 weeks of self-study fully supported by a comprehensive study manual, interactive e-learning modules for each region, and 7 live review webinars.

This live and online classroom format is starting on February 27th 2018, register today!

Price: $690

Register Now

The Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 1 online | 14-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

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.

This live and online classroom format is starting on February 27th 2018, register today!

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Free Webinar: Armagnac with May Matta-Aliah

Join May Matta-Aliah, the official BNIA Armagnac Educator who has been working with the region since 2009, for an informational webinar about Armagnac.

Wednesday Feb 21st @ 12:00 noon EST

May will provide some historical background on Armagnac then bring it to the modern day to discuss some of the trends and changes that the region has been witnessing in the last decade.

Finally May will share some delicious Armagnac cocktail recipes with you to inspire you not only to enjoy the spirit neat but to have some fun mixing it up.

Register for this FREE webinar:

Instruction on how to join the webinar will be emailed prior to the webinar to all registered participants.

France’s best kept secret no more. Meet Armagnac, the oldest ‘new kid’ on the brandy block.

Armagnac is finally having its moment! The latest 2016 numbers from the BNIA, the Inter professional Bureau for Armagnac (http://www.armagnac.fr/en), shows the US firmly leading as the Number 1 export market for Armagnac, with sales growing 33% by volume and 19% in value. What was once France’s best kept secret is now everyone favorite new spirit discovery! Bartenders, importers, restaurants and retailers have all embraced this small region producing the world’s oldest brandy.

With annual production still hovering around the 6 million-bottle mark, Armagnac is the original artisanal craft spirit. 20% of distillation in the region still takes place by roving distillers that criss-cross the countryside, traveling from farm to farm to distill their wines in the late fall. Maturation takes places in century-old cellars lined with 400L barrels mostly produced from the local oak. Tucked away in the dusty corners of the cellars, you will find hand-blown bottles holding vintage Armagnac, dating back to the late 19th century in some cases.

 

Presenter: May Matta-Aliah, DWS, FWS

May Matta-Aliah, DWS, FWS

May is a firm believer in making wine and spirits education accessible to everyone from wine and spirits trade professionals to curious appreciators. Her experience includes a long-standing affiliation with the prestigious International Wine Center, where she has been teaching the classes of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, to frequently sold-out consumer classes at a variety of venues around New York City.

She has designed and taught custom courses to industry organizations and presented at large trade conferences such as Tales of the Cocktail, San Antonio Cocktail Classic, New York Wine Expo, Society of Wine Educator Annual Conference and the French Wine Society Annual Conference.

May’s numerous accreditations include the Diploma in Wines & Spirits from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET), she is a French Wine Scholar (FWS) from the Wine Scholar Guild, as well as the Certified Wine Educator (CWE) through the Society of Wine Educators.

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