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Program Details & FAQs

Who should enroll?

Anyone who wishes to understand Alsace wines from the ground up:

  • Wine Professionals
  • Advanced Students of Wine
  • Serious Wine Hobbyists

What are the prerequisites?

A strong wine background is suggested. Nevertheless, preparatory reading and e-learning modules are immediately accessible upon registration for those who need to brush up.

You will be provided with all the materials you need to enter the program from a position of strength:

  • The French Wine Scholar Study Manual’s chapter on Alsace
  • Online access to the French Wine Scholar’s Alsace e-learning module and review quiz

What does the program include?

  • Preparatory reading assignments, online study modules and review quiz
  • Eight recorded webinars by lead instructor, Thierry Meyer
  • Six supplemental recorded webinars by Olivier Humbrecht MW, Etienne Hugel, Andrew Jefford, David Schildknecht, Thierry Fritsch and Sue Style
  • A copy of the Alsace Master-Level Study Manual
  • Reading and tasting assignments to accompany each lecture
  • Online review quizzes
  • Access to instructors via the Q&A forum
  • Optional immersion study trip to Alsace (Additional fees apply.)
  • Online, proctored exam sit*

Want to learn more? Discover the program's detailed curriculum

Why study online?

  • E-learning is flexible and available “on demand”. Your programming is delivered to your computer at your convenience,  regardless of traffic or weather.
  • E-learning makes the world smaller! By going online, this program allows students to have access to a pool of talented educators from France and the USA.
  • E-learning is accessible, convenient, and affordable.  No traffic jams.  No travel. No parking costs.

What about tasting?

The choice is yours: purchase wine and work your way through the optional tasting assignments. 

You may also link up with fellow students near you by connecting with them via the course's Student Community Forum.

What is the detailed curriculum?

To discover the detailed curriculum, click here.

*What does the exam entail?

The proctored exam is administered online. Candidates will need to be equipped with a computer outfitted with webcam and audio system. Candidates have one year to take the examination and may contact one month in advance the WSG office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check on availability.

The exam is composed of three separate sections: 50 multiple-choice questions (50 points), four short-answer essays (40 points) as well as a map identification exercise (10 points) and must be completed in 90 minutes. The Alsace Master-Level Certificate will be conferred to those individuals who sit the exam and achieve a score of 75 or higher.



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