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French Wine Scholar online - 10-week Instructor-Led Format

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We've just released a brand new version of the French Wine Scholar program (7th edition)! Register today and get your FWS certification in 10 weeks! 

Next online instructor-led session starts January 5, 2023.
Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

The package includes:

  • A comprehensive 330-page study manual with illustrations, maps, and graphics, available in print + e-book formats
  • 1-year access to our interactive and user-friendly e-learning platform including online learning modulespronunciation exercisesquizzes and flashcards
  • Live review webinars* with acclaimed wine educators *instructor-led format only
  • suggested schedule of study* with learning objectives that provide detailed assessment criteria for mastery
  • A list of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group 
  • An online exam sit (100 multipe choice questions).

Registration for the FWS online exam:

  • 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 Andrea McEwan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to schedule the exam.

    Important notice: You can cancel or reschedule your exam at any point before your scheduled exam time by logging in to your ProctorU account and using the rescheduling link.
    If not cancelled or rescheduled prior to the exam start time and you are not showing up for your exam or more than 15 minutes late, a $75 re-scheduling fee payable to WSG will be applied.

Schedule of Study:

Week 1 

Welcome webinar (30 mins) 

Thursday, September 22, 2022 @ 12:00 noon ET

·       Meet your instructor and other students

·       General orientation 

·       How to access online program and log-in to live webinars

·       How to use the discussion forum

Self-study: Fundamentals Units

Week 2 

Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) 

Thursday, September 29, 2022 @ 12:00 noon ET

·       Check-in on progress

·       Review of Fundamentals Units

Self-study: Alsace, Jura and Savoie

Week 3

Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) 

Thursday, October 6, 2022 @ 12:00 noon ET

·       Check-in on progress

·       Review of Alsace, Jura and Savoie

Self-study: Champagne

Week 4

Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) 

Thursday, October 13, 2022 @ 12:00 noon ET

·       Check-in on progress

·       Review of Champagne

Self-study: Loire

Week 5

Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) 

Thursday, October 20, 2022 @ 12:00 noon ET

·       Check-in on progress

·       Review of Loire

Self-study: Bourgogne, Beaujolais

Week 6

Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) 

Thursday, October 27, 2022 @ 12:00 noon ET

·       Check-in on progress

·       Review of Bourgogne, Beaujolais

Self-study: Bordeaux, South-West France

Week 7

Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) 

Thursday, November 3, 2022 @ 12:00 noon ET

·       Check-in on progress

·       Review of Bordeaux, South-West France

Self-study: Rhône Valley, Provence

Week 8

Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) 

Thursday, November 10, 2022 @ 12:00 noon ET

·       Check-in on progress

·       Review of Rhône Valley, Provence

Self-study: Languedoc-Roussillon, Corsica

Week 9

Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

Thursday, November 17, 2022 @ 12:00 noon ET

·       Check-in on progress

·       Review of Languedoc-Roussillon & Corsica

 Self-study: Manual

Week 10

Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) 

Thursday, December 1, 2022 @ 12:00 noon ET

·       Comparative review

Customer Reviews
5 1 4 Nilu Afshar on Oct 1, 2022
The overall Experience was great from administration answering questions to instructors explaining very clearly.
I enjoyed it even though it was a lot of information and for me about 7 months of study time.
5 1 4 Nilu Afshar on Oct 1, 2022
The overall Experience was great from administration answering questions to instructors explaining very clearly.
I enjoyed it even though it was a lot of information and for me about 7 months of study time.
5 1 5 Gary Carter on Sep 4, 2022
Although I have already obtained a WSET Dioloma, I was keen to “deep dive” into French wine history and culture, plus fill in gaps that aren’t part of the WSET diploma syllabus. The course delivered on all these objectives and more. The materials are excellently laid out and the teaching was engaging and knowledgeable. What really stood out for me was the online teaching and revision materials, videos, flashcards and quizzes that made exam preparation straightforward. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone interested in understanding the breadth of French wine.
5 1 4 Federica Cazzaniga on Jun 30, 2022
I took the FWS course after passing my WSET 3, in preparation for DipSet. Great content and great insights that gave me a strong understanding of the variety and complexity of France and its wine regions.
5 1 4 Martin Feldman on Jun 29, 2022
I highly recommend the FWS course.
As a long time wine lover, I have often been intimdated by French wine. Not any more! The FWS has provided a comprehesive understanding of French wine and terrior. Lisa and Sharon share their incredible knowledge in a fun classroom atmosphere. The manual is a phenomenal reference, and the online learning tools, especially the videos make it all work.
5 1 5 Nathalie Brien on Jun 17, 2022
Great way to learn about French wines and geography even if you visited the country 20 times! Discover grape varieties you never heard about through videos, live sessions and a great book. I totally recommand this program with WSG.
5 1 5 Sarah Lewis on Apr 20, 2022
The program was excellent with a harmonious balance of historical context, growing environment, winemaking practices, and of course the wines themselves. In particular, I think the FWS has a focus on delivering materials that enhance the student's success in understanding and appreciation of all that the wines of France have to offer.
5 1 4 David Kamm on Apr 13, 2022
The French Wine Scholar program provides an in-depth exploration of every wine region in France. It is an invaluable aid in grasping the nuances of the different regions, their soil, geography and other environmental influences, going far being the grape and viticulture. It is very detailed, however, and not for the faint of heart, but more geared to the serious wine student. Clearly, even without taking the exam, one's knowledge of the French wine regions will be boosted by the course.
5 1 4 Szymon Milonas on Feb 25, 2022
During studying you almost feel like being there, great motivation to visit french regions
5 1 5 Jeff Tyner on Feb 10, 2022
I am a 68 year old cardiothoracic surgeon in San Diego who has no connection with the wine industry. Nonetheless, I find the viniculture, viticulture, history, and personalities fascinating. I took and passed WSET 2 and 3 but knew what i really wanted to understand was more about the French wine history and culture. I have no idea if I passed but no matter, I learned a lot and an am grateful for the experience. The online tutors are terrific and the study materials very accessible and concise. Thanks for a well designed and crafted learning experience. J Tyner
5 1 4 Luiz Batistello on Feb 9, 2022
The program was clear, very didactic and with a good amount of information concerning to the local culture, French expressions, names, sub-areas less explored, making the exam a little bit challenging.
I live in France and travel often to the main regions and I have learned also may new things even for Champagne where I spend most of time.
I was very satisfied of taking this program. My only suggestion would be maybe to have more short videos in the region's sessions, they could help making a faster revision. In the quiz would be nice too, to have more questions.
5 1 5 Libby Lewis on Feb 6, 2022
The French Wine Scholar program is formidable and detailed. However, the large variety of study materials, live sessions, and ability to go back to review recordings was very helpful as I prepared for my exam. I enjoyed the program while being challenged. It is the first of what I hope to be many certifications I will pursue with the Wine Scholar Guild.
5 1 5 Marni Blivice on Feb 6, 2022
The French Wine Scholar program is a "master" program, in the fullest and most-noble sense of the word - not only do you learn about French winemaking, the French organizational and regulatory system, the grapes, the key historical figures, geology, world-economic-political-sociological history - but you get to experience some of the very finest mentor-instructors, as well as a great networking experience with your classmates! Very enjoyable experience!
5 1 5 John Ferris on Jan 20, 2022
I found the program very enjoyable and enlightening. With my curiosity peaked, I have experienced many wines that i never would have tried. And there are many more I am looking forward to tasting! This course opened my eyes as to just how wonderful the world of French wine really is. Thank you.
5 1 5 Sunny Gandara on Dec 14, 2021
I found the French Wine Scholar program to be incredibly very in-depth and comprehensive and challenged me in a positive way that inspired me want to continue studying the individual regions further. Lisa and and Sharon were fantastic instructors, very thorough and quick to respond to any inquiries from students. A very well designed program I highly recommend anyone who is interested in the wine region of France to take!
5 1 5 Carol Morris on Oct 15, 2021
I wholeheartedly endorse the French Wine Scholar program! The instructors were extremely knowledgeable, patient and helpful. The material was comprehensive but easy to understand. I learned so much through this program, I can’t say enough about how amazing it is!!
5 1 5 Henry Sullivan on Aug 26, 2021
This class is extremely fun and presents you with all necessary information to understand French wine in great depth and detail. Highly recommend!
5 1 5 Mandy Shih-Yu Wang on Aug 25, 2021
I would like to thank WSG for such a wonderful program. The French Wine Scholar textbook and the accompanying PowerPoint slides are so helpful for those who would like to explore the French wine regions and further enhance their wine knowledge. Moreover, the webinars led by Lisa and Sharon not only provided students with guidance on how to study the textbook information but also the instructors' insights, which helped students realize the rationale behind the viticulture /viniculture practices and the transformation of certain French wine laws. This is such a valuable course that every wine student and enthusiast must take. Thank WSG for such a wonderful wine journey.
5 1 5 Gladys Melendez on Jul 27, 2021
French Wine Scholar is an excellent program for any serious student of wine, that provides a
premium quality learning materials. In short you feel a before and after about the knowledge of French wine when you finish the course that gives you a lot of ownership on the subject,
Is a wine education as its best! Totally recommended
5 1 4 Emily Samoska on Jul 2, 2021
The study manuals were well thought out and presented really informatively and professionally. The instructors were especially knowledgeable and did a great job of moving through the material.
5 1 4 Kristie Tacey on Jul 2, 2021
This was a great deep dive into all of your favorite wine regions of France. The program went into history and soil types to really understand the varietals in the regions. I learned so much and there is still so much to learn!
5 1 4 Mark Annett on Jul 2, 2021
I very much enjoyed the French Wine Scholar course. I thought the instructors were excellent both in their knowledge and their responsiveness to questions raised during classes.

Taking the course online (via Zoom) with an instructor keeps you on track and provides you with a ready resource for your questions. It is also great for those of us who do not live close to a major centre and want to improve our wine knowledge.

Based on my experience I am enrolling in the Spanish Wine Scholar course.
5 1 5 Mike Wheeler on Jun 30, 2021
Having started on the Independent Study Format I took up the offer of Instructor Led Format, I found this very helpful in structuring my study and knowing the level of detail required.
5 1 4 Gabriel Penteado on Jun 25, 2021
I think it’s a great program, not only for the learning and understanding of the overall view of French Wines, but for the cultural and historical France.
I strongly recommend it!
5 1 5 Annette Solomon on Jun 15, 2021
This class organizes and simplifies the plethora of French wine information.
5 1 5 Nikhil Suryawanshi on May 31, 2021
The study material has helped me understand my French wines and the outline is perfect for someone who is obsessed to French wines.
5 1 5 Patrick Murray on May 29, 2021
I really enjoyed the WSG FWS program. The instructor-led webinars were very well done and workbook information is excellent. There is a tremendous amount of information to absorb and a lot of studying required, but it was well worth the time and effort. I will most likely take another WSG course in the future.
5 1 5 Diane Hart on May 21, 2021
I first registered for the independent study FWS course. After a few weeks, I moved to the Instructor Led Format and it was such a good decision! Sharon and Lisa were fabulous instructors, helping us navigate each of the regions in a thorough and understandable way. They very much "connected the dots" and provided many of the need-to-knows in preparation for the exam. I would not have had the same experience doing the course on my own. I am excited to look at other courses after learning so much about French wine!

One more thing... I am wondering if you would consider allowing the FSW students the opportunity to register for one of wine tours. I would love to explore a wine region(s) of France with the Wine Guild but not sure I have the time to do all of the Master courses.

Thank you!
5 1 5 Stu Charles on May 21, 2021
I took the French Wine Scholar program having already attained my WSET 3 certification. While my WSET certainly gave me a great understanding of French wine the French Wine Scholar program took that quite a bit deeper. WSET certainly helped me with the main French wine regions but I thoroughly enjoyed learning so much more about the other French wine regions that aren't talked about as much. I feel I obtained a very in depth knowledge of all the French wine regions which will benefit me greatly.
5 1 5 Said Maamouri on May 21, 2021
Excellent over all specially Sharon and Lisa great knowledge about the region and history.
The ultimate program for wine professionals .
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