Congratulations to Malcolm Lamont, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!
I am a wine educator preparing to move to London, UK to seek opportunity as a full-time wine and spirits educator. It all started for me when I took my first wine course – Oenology in 2009 as an elective while studying for a Bachelor of Science.
Having joined the wine industry officially in 2014 in Niagara, Canada, just two years later I had the great fortune to start as a WSET Wine Educator with the Independent Wine Education Guild, thereby realizing my dream job!
From the day of my last class in Oenology, I knew I wanted more. I enrolled in a Certified Sommelier program in Ottawa and completed that in a little over a year, relishing every moment. I then went on to complete the WSET level 3 and enroll for the WSET level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits. After 4 years of diligent study, I completed that program just in August 2018! At the same time, I embarked on the Italian Wine Scholar, first unit 2 then 1, and was grateful to complete those in 2017/2018.
With a bit more time and an ever-increasing desire to learn about wine, I started the French Wine Scholar certification and dedicated myself to studying it. To see I achieved a higher mark than the goal I had set for myself was a huge feeling of accomplishment!
I have great respect for the Wine Scholar Guild’s French Wine Scholar and hold it right up there as one of the top certification programs available. The program was excellently designed and easy to follow. The textbook, slides, online program, and support materials are all brilliantly done, and made for very engaging learning of the content. The teaching team at IWEG did a superb job of bring the content to life! A big challenge since, to my knowledge, the syllabus is as broad as you can get, giving you specialist knowledge of France and her wines.
I am currently pursuing the Certified Wine Educator certification with the Society of Wine Educators. Completing the French Wine Scholar has given me confidence to handle questions that may come up on French regions such as Bordeaux, Jura and Provence, from the classification of 1855 to the soils of Champagne.
I have already gained so much from taking this program. It has made me want to pursue the Wine Scholar Guild’s Master level programs, especially those of Bordeaux, Bourgogne and Champagne. And I hope that one day I may be able to share my knowledge with other keen Oenophiles and teach the French Wine Scholar program!