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    [Video Preview] Italian Wine Scholar Unit 2 Online format with Andrea Eby

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

    This live webinar took place live on June 12th, 2019

    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.

    Meet your instructors: 

     

    Andrea Eby


    Andrea Eby IWS, DipWSET, CSW

    • Manager, buyer and consultant at Banville & Jones Wine Co. in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    • Senior educator and partner at the Wine & Drinks College of Manitoba where she instructs for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Wine Scholar Guild, and ASI accredited Sommelier programs.
    • DipWSET holder with Distinction and awarded the ProWein Scholarship in recognition of her accomplishments. Andrea has been accepted into the Institute or Masters of Wine
    • Judge for the International Wine & Spirit Challenge, member of the editorial board of the Cellar Door magazine and active member of the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers
    • Passionate about the wines of Italy, Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors, VIA certified Italian Wine Ambassador.

    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 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 June 27th 2019, 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 Andrea Eby

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

    via live webinar on:

    Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 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: 

     

    Andrea Eby


    Andrea Eby IWS, DipWSET, CSW

    • Manager, buyer and consultant at Banville & Jones Wine Co. in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    • Senior educator and partner at the Wine & Drinks College of Manitoba where she instructs for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Wine Scholar Guild, and ASI accredited Sommelier programs.
    • DipWSET holder with Distinction and awarded the ProWein Scholarship in recognition of her accomplishments. Andrea has been accepted into the Institute or Masters of Wine
    • Judge for the International Wine & Spirit Challenge, member of the editorial board of the Cellar Door magazine and active member of the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers
    • Passionate about the wines of Italy, Italian Wine Scholar with highest honors, VIA certified Italian Wine Ambassador.

    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 June 27th 2019, register today

    Price: $690

    REGISTER NOW

    Register for the FREE preview webinar:

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

    We would like to thank Peter Weygandt, one of the most highly respected importer of French wine in the USA, for taking the time to carefully review the French Wine Scholar™ study manual and write us such beautiful words of testimonial.

    PETER'S FULL 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"

    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!

    You will find more info about Peter Weygandt on his website: www.weygandtmetzler.com

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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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    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, December 6th, 2018 at 07:00 pm EST (NYC)

    04:00 pm PST Seattle, 12:00 am UK, 1:00 am France, 8:00 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 January 10th 2019, 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!

    Read more...

    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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