Program Details & FAQs

Program Details

Who should enroll?

Anyone who wishes to understand Burgundy 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 Bourgogne
  • Online access to the French Wine Scholar’s Bourgogne e-learning module and review quiz

What does the program include?

  • Preparatory reading assignments, online study modules and review quiz
  • Seventeen recorded lectures by lead instructor, Don Kinnan, CWE
  • Supplemental recorded lectures by Allen Meadows, Becky Wasserman, Eric Hemer MS, Jay Youmans MW and Karen McNeil
  • A copy of “The Wines of Burgundy”, 12th English edition, by Pitiot and Servant
  • Reading and tasting assignments to accompany each lecture
  • Online review quizzes
  • Access to instructors via the Q&A forum
  • Optional study immersion trip to Burgundy (Additional fees apply.)
  • Online, proctored exam sit

Want to learn more? Download the list of the 22 thematic lectures with their detailed abstracts.

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?

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 exam is comprised of three separate sections: 50 multiple-choice questions, four short-answer questions and a map exercise. Passing score is 75/100.


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