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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 two weeks in advance, Andrea McEwan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to schedule the exam.

Schedule of Study:

Week 1 

Welcome webinar (30 mins) 

January 5, 2023 @ 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) 

January 12, 2023 @ 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) 

January 19, 2023 @ 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) 

January 26, 2023 @ 12:00 noon ET

·       Check-in on progress

·       Review of Champagne

Self-study: Loire

Week 5

Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) 

February 9, 2023 @ 12:00 noon ET

·       Check-in on progress

·       Review of Loire

Self-study: Bourgogne, Beaujolais

Week 6

Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) 

February 16 @ 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) 

February 16, 2023 @ 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) 

February 23, 2023 @ 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)

March 2, 2023 @ 12:00 noon ET

·       Check-in on progress

·       Review of Languedoc-Roussillon & Corsica

 Self-study: Manual

Week 10

Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) 

March 9, 2023 @ 12:00 noon ET

·       Comparative review

Customer Reviews
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 31, 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.
5 1 4 Jesus Enrique De Las Heras Roger on Jul 12, 2019
Wonderful overall program
5 1 5 Marcos Iglesias on 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!
5 1 4 Adrien Konings on Jul 1, 2019
Perfect course to keep up and learn more about France as a wine country!
5 1 5 Paul Van Calster on 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.
5 1 5 Olivier Allaert on Jun 29, 2019
The study manual is very clear and very instructive !
5 1 4 Andromachi Gogou on 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.
5 1 5 Benny Jacobs on 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.
5 1 5 Luigi Di Crocco on 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.
5 1 4 Armando Van Duijnhoven on 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...
5 1 4 Anonymous on Jun 24, 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.
5 1 5 Eva on 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!
5 1 5 Anonymous on 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.
5 1 5 Bryn Mohr on 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.
5 1 4 Attila Balint on 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.
5 1 5 Tiago Faccio on May 15, 2019
Great experience, I would love to have the materials about spain and italy. Was a great learning. A little more time to finish the exam would be priceless.

5 1 4 Marinela Ivanova on May 9, 2019
The course offers professionals with busy schedule or difficulties to attend wine schools to gain a very good expertise on the wine regions of France. For those of us who havebeen out of school in a long time it allows an update on the latest trends in the French wine industry.
5 1 4 Umberto Sacchini on May 4, 2019
Overall I really enjoyed the course, which goes deep in wine regions, laws and style of wines. Looking forward for the Spanish Scolar
5 1 5 Rachel Hartley on May 3, 2019
Have you ever felt confused walking down the aisle of French wines at your local wine shop? How about the France portion of the wine list on restaurant menus? This is the perfect class for developing the skills necessary to decode the world of French wine. It provides the key to determining what wines from the major regions of France taste like, as well as being confidence boosting, intriguing, and a whole lot of fun! Highly recommended for fine dining staff, wine industry professionals, and hobbyists who want to up their game.
5 1 5 Pam Auerbach on May 3, 2019
The online materials in combination with an instructor led class works well. The maps are very helpful, both on the website and in the book. The self evaluation quizzes showed me quickly where I needed to focus my study efforts, and the questions on the practice quizzes very much resembled the actual exam. The structure of the book as a whole and within each region is consistent, making it easy to go back and search for information as needed; both the French and Italian books are very good for reference and I see using them for that purpose for many years to come.
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Disclaimer: WSG offers wine study courses that are targeted to both beginners and those more experienced in the wine industry. While WSG has received many accolades, awards, and testimonials, WSG is not an accredited institution or school. WSG does not guarantee or warrant that any employer or school will recognize WSG wine study courses. While WSG knows that it is a well-recognized institution within the multi-national wine community, it cannot guarantee anyone success in their profession or vocation.

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