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    French Wine Scholar™ online | 15-week Instructor-Led Format

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    The package includes:

    The FWS study manual, access to interactive e-learning modules, and review webinars for one year as well as registration for the FWS online exam-sit. Does not include the one-year membership subscription.

    Next 15-week, online instructor-led session starts July 13th, 2020. Registration is now open! 
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    Detail of the package:

    French Wine Scholar study manual, 6th Edition

    • A 274-page, full-color study manual on the wines of France
    • The most current and comprehensive resource on the wines of France (6th edition)
    • Manual doubles as a reference book for wine professionals

    Professional instructor support with acclaimed wine educators Sharon Mclean, DipWSET, FWS and WSG Education Director Lisa M. Airey, CWE, FWS

    • A schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
    • 8 live webinars recorded for on-demand replay
    • 12 interactive e-learning modules with loads of illustrations and full audio narration
    • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
    • A list of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group organized by students enrolled in the online program
    • Instructor Q&A forum for assistance as well as Student Community forums
    • Downloadable maps
    • Access to repeat-after-me pronunciation exercise
    • Study materials are available 24/7 and registration is for one full year

    Note: Online study program is in English only. Examination is available in all languages above.

    Registration for the FWS online exam-sit

    • The exam is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions and must be completed in 60 minutes.
    • The French Wine Scholar credential will be conferred to those individuals who sit the exam and achieve a score of 75 or higher.
    • Online exam candidates must have a computer (tablet not compatible), a good internet connection, a webcam and a microphone with speakers for proctoring purposes.
    • Candidate has one year from registration date to take the exam. When ready, the candidate may contact 1 month in advance, WSG office manager Celine Camus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule the exam.
      Important notice: Candidates cancelling less than 10 business days prior to their scheduled exam date or not showing up the day of will incur a $99 re-scheduling fee.
    List of the comments:
    Jul 4, 2020
    Instructor-led course online was comprehensive and boosted my knowledge on areas of France that I found tricky. Most importantly it was delivered in an interesting way by a friendly instructor! Thank you!
    Jun 27, 2020
    I found the the FWS course to be excellent. The wine learning experience is better than courses I have taken with the Society of Wine Educators and the Court of Master Sommeliers. It is important not to do the FWS course just to pass the exam, but to find value in immersing yourself in the wine regions of France.
    Jun 25, 2020
    Fantastic program. Loved every bit of it. The teachers are very knowledgeable with tons of education experience. The book is a great reference, easy to read and study. Love WSG from Paris to the Moon! ;-)
    Jun 19, 2020
    The French Wine Scholar program is a comprehensive course that is both challenging and very rewarding. It is truly amazing how much information is required in the preparation and learning of the material. This is not a superficial wine course, rather it is a program the has depth and meaning and beauty. It is a course that teaches about the famed wines of such diverse regions, from climates to the soil types, to the expression of the different grapes themselves under different influences. This course also adds to that, the rich history and development of the wine legacy that runs so deep within the terroir itself. The instructors were very passionate and put a lot of heart into the material for every class. It is one of the most profound courses I have had the fortunate opportunity to experience and I have personally expanded from the knowledge.
    Jun 18, 2020
    What I liked the most about FWS was to learn about French wine regions in a very comprehensive way and not only the most famous or commercial ones. Moreover, the strong focus on history was interesting as well.
    Jun 18, 2020
    What I liked the most about FWS was to learn about French wine regions in a very comprehensive way and not only the most famous or commercial ones. Moreover, the strong focus on history was interesting as well.
    Jun 18, 2020
    The instruction in this program was first-rate. I'd highly recommend the instructor-led version of the course to anyone looking to seriously deepen their understanding of the various wine regions of France.
    Jun 14, 2020
    Great class. As an enthusiast rather than a professional, I found the content challenging but learnable, and the explanations clear and not jargon laden.
    Jun 8, 2020
    The full course and test, reach my expectation. i´m looking further to make a Master level. Thank you all the team.
    May 30, 2020
    Having taken an instructor lead format in person previous to Covid, I can attest the online instructor program is excellent and I retained so much information and knowledge. I feel rather accomplished with this process. The only downside is not being able to taste as many great wines when in a classroom together! I highly recommend the program.
    May 7, 2020
    I found the program to be informative and very worthwhile. It was a great foundation for an understanding of French wine and a great stepping stone for future study. I would recommend it.
    Apr 20, 2020
    I was most impressed by the course material, it’s organizations and the thoroughness of information. Never had there been a source as accurate and complete on all things French wines. The instructors led the course with a respect for the material that was evident of their passion for French wines. The distant learning format was very smoothly broadcast with an interactive format that did not take away from the organization of the lesson; with many online courses there is too much feedback, racket and interruption due to technical issues but that was never the case with the Wine Scholar Guild.
    Sep 23, 2019
    I enjoyed the program mainly as it covered more history, location and also food of the area. I have not got my exam results back but think the exam could have been more challenging - I hope I pass after stating that!

    Sep 1, 2019
    Very thorough, professional and accurate information about French wine regions. Highly recommend the instructor-led course to keep you focused and accountable for meeting study deadlines.
    Aug 15, 2019
    The FWS is for the French passionné(e), for the wine professional, to dive deeper into the whole of France: a way of distance learning, with book, webinars on each region, e-learning seminars and flashcards for practice. I loved (and love) the interactive webinars, the description of typical foods of the area in the book, and the specials/podcasts related to France from the Winescholar website!
    Aug 9, 2019
    What a great experience and fun to learn! I was glad to finish, but also a bit sad it was over! Hopefully, I got a good score and can continue to the master level.
    Jul 12, 2019
    Wonderful overall program
    Jul 4, 2019
    French Wine Scholar is a comprehensive and in-depth course to understand French wines and appellations. The study materials--manual, maps, quizzes, flashcards, online instruction and webinars--afford the serious student an excellent opportunity to learn French wines. Sharon's knowledge, easygoing teaching style, affability and patience helped to make this the best wine course I have taken. Thanks!
    Jul 1, 2019
    Perfect course to keep up and learn more about France as a wine country!
    Jun 29, 2019
    Great revieuw of the French wine-regions.
    General important items such as climate, topografie and soils get enough attention. Grape variaties are well detailed.
    Jun 29, 2019
    The study manual is very clear and very instructive !
    Jun 29, 2019
    I was a "tabula rasa" regarding French wine, having spend all of my life in Greece, working on a different sector. I chose to follow this program for professional reasons and to get a full knowledge of the subject. It was hard. It took loads of commitment, but to the end I feel that it has exceeded my expectations.
    Jun 29, 2019
    Pleasant and looking forward to the exam result. We heard it would take 10wks which according to me is not according to standards for a multiple choice exam that can be corrected by computer.
    Jun 25, 2019
    The program is very well balanced among the different french wine regions. It is a plus even for the wine industry professionals. Try to choose the classroom course: it will add more to your experience and it offers the possibility to share informations and opinions with educators and classmates.
    Jun 24, 2019
    Thanks for the course, I really enjoyed it...
    What could be improved ist that one gets the results of the test (multiple choice) way faster back than 6 weeks...
    Jun 23, 2019
    The FWS was a tremendously in-depth program. It was pure joy to listen to Lisa Airey's e-learning modules and to attend the online seminars. The exam was very fair but you have to know your stuff. I loved this Tour de France which is also a true Tour de Force.
    Jun 23, 2019
    I am very happy that I have decided to learn about French wines through Wine Scholar Guild. Great materials and tutors and help provided asap if needed. Hope to do another course with you soon. Keep up the good work!
    Jun 20, 2019
    I enjoyed the French Wine Scholar course so much that I plan to take the Spanish Wine Scholar course as well.

    Any kind of person into wine will benefit from the program. It will make you a better consumer and will really make you appreciate the history of wine, the vine, and the grape.
    Jun 1, 2019
    With excellent study materials, weekly live video lectures, and access to instructors throughout the course, the French Wine Scholar provides an incredibly in-depth education on French wine. But beware - this is no easy course and there is no way to pass it by putting in the minimum effort. But if you are serious and prepared to put in the work then this is one of the most rewarding wine programs you can complete.
    May 28, 2019
    WSG is a really comprehensive program, great extension of the WSET L3. I loved every moment of the study, especially the online materials.
    the only negative point is that the book is available only in hard copy and cost 79USD to ship it outside from the US. Another program provider from the same region (Asia, Europe, etc.) could send the book to the students instead of the US.
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