What first steps should I follow?
First step: complete your profile (Preferences/Edit profile).
Second step: join an existing group or create your own.
Why edit my profile?
It is important to complete your profile so that fellow group members better know who you are. Completing your profile increases your chances of being invited to a study group near you.
Why join an existing group?
Joining an existing Study & Tasting group is the fastest route to meeting with an established group of fellow students of wine near you and starting to connect for study tips and discussions as well as student community tastings, gathering and meet-ups.
Who can create a new study group?
Anyone can create a local study group. New study groups submitted are reviewed and validated by WSG. If a local study group already exists near you, we highly recommend you joining that study group first and contributing to it. If you feel the need to create another study group in the same geographic area, please reach out to us. If no local study group already exists near you, consider creating one yourself!
Any advices when creating a new group?
When creating a new group, make sure to clearly state the geographic area of your study group as part of its name. Add a description for the group and include any group rules, focus, maximum number of members, and any other information relevant to your group. After you have created a group, you are encouraged to post a welcome message and introduce yourself, the group creator, in the group’s timeline (your name, wine background, position, wine education, motivations to start the group, specific interests within the world of wine…)
How do I get the word out about my new study group?
We highly recommend you go on the WSG study group on Facebook and make an announcement with a link to your newly created study group. Reach out to fellow students of wine in your area via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc... and invite them to join. Use the group’s feature “Invite Friends” to search students of wine you know in your area to invite them to join the group. Ask your fellow group members to spread the word. Make a post on the forums of the online study programs you have access to. And… ask us for help! We’ll contribute to spreading the word out.
What is expected from study group creators/owners and managers?
Study groups are purely community-based. WSG is not administering nor moderating them, and WSG will only step in if it believes, in its sole discretion, that behavior within the group is a safety concern, is unlawful, or creates any other issue that is potentially harmful to WSG, its reputation, the group, and/or the group’s membership base.. Group creators/owners are responsible for creating a group dynamics, inviting members, accepting or refusing new member requests pending approval, proposing online or offline meetings, etc… Group owners will be the main contact person for the study groups. Group owners are highly encouraged to share the responsibility of the group with fellow group members by promoting them to group administrators.
Who can accept/refuse new member requests pending approvals?
Only the owner and administrators are able to accept/refuse pending requests to join, however, WSG retains the right to close any particular member account or any particular study group.
What if a group owner is not meeting his/her responsibilities?
Again, group owners are highly encouraged to share the responsibility of the group with fellow group members by promoting them to group administrators. If group owner fails to maintain a group or a group is not active enough, WSG reserves the right to unilaterally change the group owner, add group administrators and/or close a group.
What are the features of groups?
Groups allow its members to post information, start discussions, post pictures, post and administer events as well as run polls.
How can one create an event?
Events can easily be created within groups by any of the group members. You must go on the group’s page and click on « events » on the timeline to create an event for the members of the group. You can change and add details of an event at any time by clicking on « edit event ».
Can one belong to several groups?
Yes, you can join several groups. But it is advised to limit yourself to joining only the study group(s) near you. You can also find a « virtual » group to work and exchange with students from over the world.
How can I exchange directly with fellow student(s)/member(s)?
On the top toolbar of the community pages, you will find a “mail” icon to start a conversation with or read messages from
Where should I post pictures of my trips, share flash cards, cheat sheets, etc.?
You may share them within your group(s). But don’t forget to share them with the entire community via the general WSG study group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WSGstudygroup/
Can I add friends like on Facebook?
Not at this time. We decided to disable this feature in order to focus on the main objective: facilitate the formation of local study & tasting groups.
Do you have any questions?
Is there anything I should know about the local study & tasting groups section of the website?
Yes, when you use this section of the websote, you are entering into a legal agreement and you agree to all of the terms outlined in this User Agreement.