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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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    INTERVIEW: Julien Boulard aka Zhulian... new FWS provider in China

    Meet Julien Boulard aka "Zhulian", one of China's most well-known French wine professionals with over 40,000 followers on Weibo.

    We are truly thrilled to welcome Julien, a Frenchmen of passion and talent, to bring the French Wine Scholar study & certification program to Nanning and Guangzhou. The first sessions will be announced shortly on Zhulian Wines' Weibo page.

    Q1. Julien, give us a brief background on your history in wine and your wine school

    After completing a Master in International Affairs (which I took because they offered intensive Chinese classes), my first job was for a wine importer located in a small Chinese city called Nanning. Well, small as in six million habitants…! The boss obviously offered me the job because I was French, and this particular feature could help bring some “authenticity” to his company. I wasn’t keen on being just a white face who could speak Chinese, so I decided that I had to study wine to add another string to my bow.

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    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?

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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 | Intensive, 5-week Instructor-Led Format

    via live webinar on: 

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 at 12:00 noon EST (NYC)

    09:00 am PST Seattle, 5:00 pm UK, 6:00 pm France, midnight in Hong Kong

    About this webinar:

      • Find out about the French Wine Scholar curriculum
      • Preview of the online, intensive 5-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 this 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, CS, DipWSET, FWS, IWS

    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 | Intensive, 5-week Instructor-Led Format

    Earn the French Wine Scholar™ (FWS) post-nominal through 5 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 April 6th 2020, 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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