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Champagne Master-Level - Excerpts 2

Champagne Master-Level - Excerpts 2

Master the wines of Champagne and study under world-renowned regional experts.                    

Explore Champagne through a comprehensive study program designed for wine professionals & serious hobbyists. Enjoy instruction from a panel of world renowned Champagne experts in a unique and dynamic online course.

 Fully updated program with live webinars launches Jan. 21st 2019. Register now!

Excerpts pulled from the 2015 Champagne Master-Level program:


The Champagne Master-Level Online programs include:

  • Preparatory reading assignments, online study modules and review quiz
  • 15 live and recorded webinars by expert Champagne instructors
  • A copy of the Champagne Master-Level Study Manual
  • Reading and tasting assignments to accompany each lecture
  • Online review quizzes
  • Access to instructors via the Q&A forum
  • Online, proctored exam: candidates need to be equipped with a webcam, audio system to take the online exam.

Tuition for this Master-Level program is $495.00 and includes study manual, online study program and online exam. Registration is valid for a full year from date of registration


"I am currently in Stage 2 of the Master of Wine program.  The FWS Champagne Master-Level program will be critical in helping me towards the goal of MW certification.  To pass the MW, one must achieve depth of knowledge in not just practical, but also theory." Nicholas Poletto, Director of Education at Kobrand Corporation 



    • Essi Avellan MW
      Editor of FINE Champagne magazine, chair of Decanter World Wine Awards’ Champagne panel and revising editor of Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine by Tom Stevenson.
    • Peter Liem
      Award-winning author of Champagne, author and publisher of ChampagneGuide.net and former senior correspondent for Wine and Spirits.
    • Steve Charters MW
      Former Professor of Champagne Management, Reims Management School and current Professor of Wine Marketing at School of Wine & Spirits Business at Burgundy School of Business.
    • Charles Curtis MW
      Former head of wine for Christie’s in both Asia and the Americas, founder of the Institute of Master of Wine’s annual champagne tasting, author and columnist.
    • Robert Walters
      Owner of Bibendum Wine Co., vineyard owner and award-winning author of Bursting Bubbles: A Secret History of Champagne.
    • Carl Edmund Sherman
      International development consultant for Champagne brands and Champagne ambassador.
    • Patrick Schmitt MW
      Editor-in-chief at The Drinks Business and a specialist on Champagne, visiting the region regularly, chairing the Champagne Masters, editing the annual Champagne Report, and author of original research into the changing sugar levels in Brut NV Champagne over a 21-year period for his MW dissertation.
Essi Avellan MW Charles Curtis MW Peter Liem Steve Charters MW

Carl Sherman

Robert Walters Sharon McLean,
Patrick Schmitt MW


"My goal is to have our company be comprised of the most knowledgeable people in the Champagne industry in the US. This course was a significant step towards that goal." Michelle Defeo, President at Laurent Perrier US

Webinar Topics:

  • Champagne History: Steve Charters MW
  • Growing the Grapes: Carl Edmund Sherman
  • Sub-Regional Studies: Côte des Blancs & Montagne de Reims: Peter Liem
  • Sub-Regional Studies: Vallée de la Marne & Other Sub-regions: Peter Liem
  • Making Champagne and the Sensory Impact of Choices:  Essi Avellan MW
  • Blending and Balance: Essi Avellan MW
  • House Styles : Essi Avellan MW
  • The Development and Organisation of the Champagne Industry: Steve Charters MW
  • Branding, Distributing and Selling Champagne: Steve Charters MW
  • Champagne and the World of Fizz: Essi Avellan MW
  • Champagne Who’s Who: Charles Curtis MW
  • The Growth of the Growers:  Robert Walters
  • Vintage, Prestige & Icon Cuvées: Charles Curtis MW
  • What Price Champagne? Charles Curtis MW
  • The Changing Face of Champagne: Steve Charters MW
  • The Changing Taste of Champagne: Patrick Schmitt MW

This is, in scope and design, the most comprehensive wine study program on Champagne bar none. Through this program, students will acquire a profound knowledge of the region and develop a greater sensory understanding of its wines.

Learn more about the detailed curriculum...

Fully updated program with live webinars launches Jan. 21st 2019. Register now!

Schedule of study:

Week 1 

Champagne history with Steve Charters MW

Monday, January 21, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EST

Growing the grapes with Carl Sherman

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EST

Week 2

Sub-Regional Studies: Côte des Blancs & Montagne de Reims with Peter Liem

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EST

Sub-Regional Studies: Vallée de la Marne & other Subregions with Peter Liem

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EST

Week 3 

Making Champagne and impact on taste with Essi Avellan MW

Monday, Feb. 04, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EST

Blending and balance with Essi Avelan MW

Wednesday, Feb, 06, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EST

Week 4

Champagne House Styles with Essi Avellan MW

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EST

The development and organisation of the champagne industry with Steve Charters MW

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EST

Week 5

Meet The Growers with Robert Walters

Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm EST

Champagne and the world of Fizz with Essi Avellan MW

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EST

Week 6

Champagne Who's Who with Charles Curtis MW

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EST

Branding, distributing and selling champagne with Steve Charters MW

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EST

Week 7

Vintage, Prestige & Icon Cuvées with Charles Curtis MW

Monday, Mar. 04, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EST

What price Champagne? with Charles Curtis MW

Wednesday, Mar. 06, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EST

Week 8

The Changing Face of Champagne with Steve Charters MW

Monday, Mar. 11, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EST

The Changing Taste of Champagne with Patrick Schmitt MW

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EST