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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
  • Thirteen live and recorded lectures by lead instructor, Don Kinnan, CWE
  • Supplemental recorded lectures by Allen Meadows, Alex Gambal, Andrew Jefford, Stephen Charters MW and Chris Tanghe MS
  • A copy of the Bourgogne Master-Level Study Manual, updated in 2017
  • 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

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 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. The exam questions are taken from the course textbook (by Pitiot) plus the supplemental reading material posted on the Burgundy ML home site. Practice maps are also available on the site. Essay questions are pulled from webinar topics, the Pitiot book and all supplemental reading material.



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