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    French Wine Scholar online - 10-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.

    Get your FWS certification in 10 weeks! Next online instructor-led session starts May 6, 2021. 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 French Programs Director Matthew Landry 

    • 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

    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 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.
    Customer Reviews
    5 1 5 Mark Wayda on Feb 20, 2021
    This course was not an exersize in rote learning of facts and data points. This course is about the "whys" of French Wine. It brings together the grapes, soils, topography, climate, culture, and tradition to give the student the capacity to understand French viticulture and viniculture, and better appreciate both the art and science of French Wine making.
    5 1 4 Soumyajit Kanungo on Feb 19, 2021
    This is hands down the best course to study French Wines and the history behind it which gave the modern day reputation of the wines of France. It’s definitely going to help me a lot to prepare for my Advanced Sommelier certification.
    5 1 4 Frank De Staebel on Jan 19, 2021
    I discovered grapes I had never heard of. The book inspires me to get to know France better. And the history ... and the gastronomy ... and the wines of course
    5 1 4 Willem Philippe on Jan 19, 2021
    I appreciate in particular the very efficient and pleasant instructor-led sessions with an efficient knowledge transfer and testing, and an excellent style of presenting (very nice voice and tone, beautiful language which was so nice to listen to for me as a non native English speaker). Many thanks.
    5 1 5 Nikki Erpelding on Jan 13, 2021
    I found the French Wine Scholar Instructor led course to be an amazing journey into the depth of information this course provided. I feel like I have a strong grasp of the diverse regions of France. I studied every morning before work, now I miss my quiet study time, I guess I better select my next course. Thank you!
    5 1 5 Lynn Houser on Dec 12, 2020
    The French Wine Scholar course is challenging and fun. Any student who puts the time and effort into it will come away with a vast knowledge of French wine and French history. The final exam, which encompasses the entire textbook, is a challenge even for those with a working knowledge of French wine going in. The instructors are friendly and engaging, and the online classes helpful. Also helpful are the learning modules, flash cards and tips. I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to become a true French wine scholar.
    5 1 5 Kirsten George on Dec 11, 2020
    The FWS study program is one of the most comprehensive and in depth curriculums I have come across. The instructor-led format was really helpful and kept me engaged and excited. I will 100% be enrolling in the IWS study program and have recommended the Wine Scholar Guild to all of my peers.
    5 1 5 Alex Gapinski on Dec 8, 2020
    This course was amazing! The material was easy to digest and having multiple formats (i.e. book, instructor slide show, online quizzes and modules) was particularly helpful for those that learn best with multiple exposures. I would recommend this course to anyone looking for a thorough overview of French wines and hope to take the other courses available.
    5 1 5 Lyndsey Wylie on Dec 8, 2020
    I thoroughly enjoyed the FWS programme. The instructor led, on line course worked really well for me living in Hong Kong. It meant that I could study in my own time and the right timezone!

    The instructors were excellent and brought expertise and humour to the course - thank you Sharon and Lisa!

    Now, I am keen to study the Bordeaux masterclass and understand the region in even more depth.
    5 1 5 Bill Donahue on Dec 7, 2020
    I found the format of the online instructors (Sharon and Lisa) to be excellent. The modules were fun, educational and very interactive. The ability to rewatch the recorded sections was vital to me in order to pass the exam. Everything needed for the exam is in the classes and book. Great educational experience
    5 1 4 Mauricio Manile on Dec 1, 2020
    I took the FWS course with WSG allied in Brazil (Enocultura). The course was very comprehensive and materials provided (both online and paper book) were of high quality. The course requires a high investment in self-study time as the test is not easy. I would recommend the training to all wine lovers (professionals or not) who wants to deep dive into French wine, culture and history.
    5 1 5 Nancy Reinertz-Sjoblom on Nov 14, 2020
    I followed this course to help me prepare (as well) for my WSET Level 3. I found the book was well-designed and the on-line lessons were interesting and fun to follow. My wine knowledge and understanding of terroir and wine production has increased enormously!
    5 1 5 Shwan Kassim on Nov 8, 2020
    It’s a great program that gave me deep insight into terroir and how soils and geography drive textures and flavors in wine. The consistency of the approach to each of the wine regions helped me parse their uniqueness.
    5 1 5 Shreen Ahmad on Aug 12, 2020
    A comprehensive and well-structured programme. The instructors (Sharon and Lisa) were very knowledgeable, responsive, approachable and encouraging.
    5 1 4 Yvonne OU on 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!
    5 1 5 Rich Vanderheiden on 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.
    5 1 4 Andres Alexander Medrano-Brenes on 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! ;-)
    5 1 5 Lela Sherdon on 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.
    5 1 4 Rosa Lyn Joy Way Bueno on 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.
    5 1 4 Rosa Lyn Joy Way Bueno on 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.
    5 1 4 T. Negeen Pegahi on 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.
    5 1 5 Christopher Assise on 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.
    5 1 4 Sebastian Gamboggi on 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.
    5 1 4 Tahnee Fournier on 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.
    5 1 4 Marc S Werner on 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.
    5 1 5 Woodie Stephenson on 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.
    5 1 5 Anonymous on 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!

    5 1 5 Denise Clarke on 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.
    5 1 5 Kristina Beuthner on 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!
    5 1 4 Daniel Hilsabeck on 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.
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