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    News

    INTERVIEW: Paulo Brammer & Thiago Mendes of EnoCultura, new FWS program provider in Brazil

    Meet Eno Cultura, a new French Wine Scholar approved program provider in Brazil.

    Their first FWS session is scheduled to begin October 18th in Sao Paulo. Learn more HERE.

    Sharing their accumulated knowledge from over 25 years combined experience in the European wine industry, Paulo Brammer and Thiago Mendes founded EnoCultura wine school in 2013.

    Q: Paulo, could you give us a bit of background on your personal and/or professional history in wine and your wine school, Eno Cultura?

    Read more...

    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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    Wine Scholar Guild Top Exam Scorers for 2017

    The Wine Scholar Guild is excited to announce the list of 2017 top exam scorers from around the world!

    • French Wine Scholar™: Riccardo Vanossi, FWS - 100 pts (Milano, Italy)
    • Italian Wine Scholar™: Chia-Jui Tsai, FWS, IWS - 99.5 pts (Taipei City, Taiwan)
    • Bordeaux Master-Level: Jeffrey G. Jones - 100 pts (Indianapolis IN, USA)
    • Bourgogne Master-Level: Bruce Smoller, FWS - 98 pts (Rochester NY, USA)
    • Champagne Master-Level: Andrew Belcher, FWS - 96 pts (Uxbridge, UK)
    • Rhône Master-Level: Erika Frey, FWS - 100 pts (Boston MA, USA)
    • Provence Master-Level: Jackie Ang, FWS - 98 pts (Oxford, UK)
    • Alsace Master-Level: Kari Dawson - 92 pts (Charlotte NC, USA)

    Bravo!

    Learn more about our recent high scorers and browse their testimonials.

    We also would like to wave our hat to the following three individuals:

    • Nancy Reynolds, FWS, IWS (Toronto ON, Canada)
    • Rose-Anne St. Jean, FWS, IWS (Toronto ON, Canada)
    • Donald McEachern, FWS, IWS (Park Ridge IL, USA)

    For having passed ALL programs currently offered by the Wine Scholar Guild, more often than not with highest honors:

     Check out our Alumni page

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    Video Preview: Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 Online format with Nancy Reynolds

    Learn about the Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 1 | online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format

    This live webinar took place live on: Thursday, February 8th, 2018 at 12 noon EST (NYC)

    About this webinar:

      • Find out about the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 (northern Italy) 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.

    Your host: Nancy Reynolds, DIPWSET, FWS, IWS

    Nancy Reynolds, DIPWSET, FWS, IWS

    • Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 4 Diploma with Merit, January 2010.
    • Won Brian Kirkwood award for highest score for WSET Diploma Unit 3 in Eastern Canada in 2008.
    • WSET Certified Educator and L3 exam assessor.
    • WSG Italian Wine Scholar and French Wine Scholar.
    • Completed all Wine Scholar Guild Master level courses.
    • Certified Tutor of Bordeaux Wines from L’Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux.
    • Certified Rhone Master from Inter-Rhone.

    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!

    Price: $690

    Register Now

    Read more...

    [Live Preview] Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 Online format with Nancy Reynolds



    Learn about the Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 1 | online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format

    via live webinar on:

    Thursday, February 8th, 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 1 (northern Italy) 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: Nancy Reynolds, DIPWSET, FWS, IWS

    Nancy Reynolds, DIPWSET, FWS, IWS

    • Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 4 Diploma with Merit, January 2010.
    • Won Brian Kirkwood award for highest score for WSET Diploma Unit 3 in Eastern Canada in 2008.
    • WSET Certified Educator and L3 exam assessor.
    • WSG Italian Wine Scholar and French Wine Scholar.
    • Completed all Wine Scholar Guild Master level courses.
    • Certified Tutor of Bordeaux Wines from L’Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux.
    • Certified Rhone Master from Inter-Rhone.

    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 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: $690
    Early bird offer: save $50 if you sign-up by February 14th 2018, use coupon code: EARLYBIRDIWS at checkout page.

    REGISTER NOW

     

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    2017 Instructors and Program Providers of the Year Announced!

    The Wine Scholar Guild is pleased to annonced the winners of its Instructor and Program Provider of the Year Awards.

    Instructor of the Year is an award of excellence recognizing creative and effective classroom instruction for the French or Italian Wine Scholar study & certification programs. The recipient is selected based upon outstanding presentation skills, organization and conviviality —all talents reflected in stellar student evaluations. 

    Program Provider of the Year rewards professionalism and perfectionism in the business of wine education and delivery of the French or Italian Wine Scholar study & certification programs. Judging criteria includes student volume, facilities, student evaluations and the overall profile of the course offerings given by that learning institution.  These factors, together, create an award-winning environment of academic rigor and excellence.


    2017 French Wine Scholar™ (FWS) Instructor of the Year!

    Lim Hwee Peng CWE, FWS (Singapore)

    Founder & Head Coach, Lim Hwee Peng Sch of Wine c/o WineCraft Marketing & Services in Singapore, is a full-fledged wine service provider. In his role as a wine tutor, he desires to nurture a growing number of certified wine professionals through international wine certification programs that his wine school hosts in Singapore and South East Asia. Despite being a graduate of multiple international and professional wine certified programs, Lim remains a committed student of wines as he continues acquiring intimate knowledge of the wine world through regional visits. Read more...


    2017 French Wine Scholar™ (FWS) Program Provider of the Year

    West London Wine School (London, UK)

    West London Wine School was established in 2009 and within nine years has become one of the UK’s leading wine education facilities with over 5000 students per year. We have been twice nominated as WSET Riedel Educator of the Year, and once been a winner as part of the Local Wine School network in 2015, which places us in the top 1% of WSET educators in the world. Read more...


    2017 Italian Wine Scholar™ (IWS) Instructor of the Year!

    Chris Miller (San Francisco, CA)

     

    In addition to his sales and marketing experience, Chris has taught for various wine schools and for private clients, worked on Sommelier teams at events such as the Masters of Food and Wine, the Pebble Beach Food and Wine, the World of Pinot and the California Culinary Institute, and has crafted and consulted on numerous restaurant wine programs. Read more...


    2017 Italian Wine Scholar™ (IWS) Program Provider of the Year!

    Independent Wine Education Guild - IWEG (Toronto, ON)

    IWEG Drinks Academy is the original and only Canadian school to offer all programs and qualifications of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) - including the flagship “Level 4 Diploma” program - leading to internationally recognized certification in Wine, Spirits and Sake. IWEG is the recipient of the prestigious WSET Lifetime Achievement Award for spearheading establishment of the WSET programme in Canada and for excellence in wine and spirit education since 1977. IWEG also offers the Wine Scholar Guild's French Wine Scholar (FWS) and Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) courses. Read more...

    2017 WINE SCHOLAR GUILD AWARDS:

    Previous Years WSG Awards:

    • 2016 WSG Program Provider of the Year: Art Institute of Vancouver (Vancouver, CAN)
    • 2016 WSG Instructor the Year: Sheral Schowe, M.Ed., FWS, IWS (Salt Lake City, USA)
    • 2015 WSG Program Provider of the Year: AWSEC (Hong Kong, HKG)
    • 2015 WSG Instructor the Year: David Glancy MS, FWS (San Francisco, USA)
    Read more...
    

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