French Wine Scholar Program

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

French Wine Scholar Full Program

French Wine Scholar certificate

The French Wine Scholar program is an official course of study designed by the French Wine Society to provide current, accurate information on the wine regions of France and validate proficiency in the Wines of France.  It is endorsed by Wines of France/French National Wine Office and is taught by licensed French Wine Scholar Instructors. Wine professionals who follow this in-depth curriculum on the wines of France and pass the exam, earn the French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal. In order to prepare properly, you must read and study the FWS manual carefully.

The curriculum and teaching materials for the French Wine Scholar Program are the same regardless of whether you study in California or Calgary. Our industry leading instructors will make the difference in your learning experience.  While the average pass rate for the rigorous FWS exam is only 65%, we have been recognized by the French Wine Society for our recent 100% pass rate.  

The Full Program Includes:
  • 33 hours of instruction with tutored tastings of over 75 French wines
  • 280-page, full-color FWS Study Manual ($135 value)
  • FWS exam registration ($150 value)
  • Access for 1 full year to the FWS Online Study Program ($295 value)
  • Set of four professional tasting glasses ($50 value)
  • The French Wine Scholar (FWS) credential, certificate and lapel pin upon passing the FWS exam

FWS lapel pinThe exam is given in multiple-choice format. There are 100 questions covering all of the wine regions of France. Passing score is 75.

Note: All Attendees of our classes must be at least 21 years of age.

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Dates, Time & Location:
  • April 7 – June 30
  • Mondays 10:30am-1:30pm
  • No class May 26th
  • Embassy Suites, South SF
Syllabus:
Our series consists of 11 classes with tutored tastings of over 75 French wines and the FWS exam, as follows:
  • Introduction to France & Alsace
  • Champagne
  • Burgundy’s Cote d’Or
  • Chablis, Chalonnaise & Maconnaise
  • Beaujolais, Jura & Savoie
  • Loire
  • Bordeaux
  • Rhone
  • Provence, Languedoc, & Roussillon
  • Southwest & Corsica
  • FWS Review Session
  • French Wine Scholar exam
Tuition:
  • Full Program: $1,500 or 4 bi-weekly payments of $385
  • Single Courses $125
  • Tuition due at registration.  Credit / Debit Cards, PayPal, and Checks accepted.

To learn more about the French Wine Society, please visit their website: French Wine Society.  (you will be redirected to the French Wine Society.org)

INDIVIDUAL CLASSES

FWS-01 Alsace
Learn about French wine labeling and how it relates to European Union regulations. Next dive into the fascinating Alsace region learning about the history, geography, climate and wines at the French-German border. Until recently this wine region only consisted of three AOCs, but now has fourteen. The diversity of soil types, grape varieties and wine styles makes for a complicated sensory landscape. Do you know the difference between Klevner and Klevener? The relationship between Pinot Gris, Tokay and Furmint? Can you explain the difference between a Vendanges Tardives and a Sélection de Grains Nobles? This class takes Alsace beyond the basics. It includes a tasting of 6-7 wines. The class can be taken as part of the FWS series or on its own.
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Dates and Time:
  • Mon, April 7th
  • 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost:
  • $125.00
FWS 02 Champagne
The champagne process was an evolutionary one not a revolutionary one. Find out how the method developed from an inexpert and uncontrolled phenomenon to the precise and polished process of today. Learn why Champagne is unique among the world’s sparkling wine producing regions and why it has become the world-class luxury good that it is. This class covers an in-depth history, geography, climate and the wines of Champagne, the world’s most famous sparkling wine region, and northernmost fine wine region of France. It includes a tasting of 6-7 champagnes. The class can be taken as part of the FWS series or on its own.
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Dates and Time:
  • Mon, April 14th
  • 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost:
  • $125.00
FWS 03A Cote d’Or
In Burgundy, an ancient and fractured geology delivers wines of distinction and distinctiveness. Learn how soil, topography and climate create enough variability to craft 101 different AOCs within this region’s borders! Discover the history and historic precedent behind such subtle and nuanced fractionalization. This class covers an in-depth history, geography, climate and the wines of Burgundy’s Cote D’Or, the most complex French region and for many people the best wines in the world. It includes a tasting of 6-7 wines. The class can be taken as part of the FWS series or on its own. This class is followed the following week with the rest of Burgundy from Chablis in the North to Macon in the South.
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Dates and Time:
  • Mon, April 21st
  • 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost:
  • $125.00
FWS 03B Chablis, Chalonnaise & Maconnaise
In Burgundy, an ancient and fractured geology delivers wines of distinction and distinctiveness. Learn how soil, topography and climate create enough variability to craft 101 different AOCs within this region’s borders! Discover the history and historic precedent behind such subtle and nuanced fractionalization. This class follows the prior week’s session on Burgundy’s Cote D’Or and dives into Chablis, Chalonnaise and Maconnaise. Discover all of Burgundy, the most complex French region and for many people the best wines in the world. It includes a tasting of 6-7 wines. The class can be taken as part of the FWS series or on its own.
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Dates and Time:
  • Mon, April 28th
  • 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost:
  • $125.00
FWS 04 Beaujolais, Jura & Savoie
Discover the multi-faceted nature of Beaujolais as expressed through its different soil types and vinification techniques. Learn how carbonic maceration and traditional fermentation changes the flavors in the glass. Find out how varying trace elements in the granitic soils of the Crus Beaujolais create wines of different character and age-ability. Beaujolais Nouveau may be a light-hearted quaff, but the subject is far from simple. This class covers an in-depth history, geography, climate and the wines of Beaujolais, the gateway to the south. From there, we head East to Jura and Savoie along the Swiss border south of Lake Geneva. The wines are rarely exported but are worth seeking out. Class includes a tasting of 6-7 wines. The class can be taken as part of the FWS series or on its own.
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Dates and Time:
  • Mon, May 5th
  • 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost:
  • $125.00
FWS 05 Loire Valley
Did you know that the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards of Menetou-Salon, Reuilly, and Quincy are all grown on Kimmeridgean marl? That one of the longest-lived white wines in the world is Savennières? Are you familiar with Breton, Côt and Pineau d’Aunis? It’s time to explore a wine culture as long as the river itself. There are dozens of AOCs that flank the banks of the Loire. Learn about the undiscovered treasures of this region and explore its diversity of grape varieties and wine styles. This class covers an in-depth history, geography, climate and the wines of the Loire, also known as le Jardin de la France. Class includes a tasting of 6-7 wines. The class can be taken as part of the FWS series or on its own.
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Dates and Time:
  • Mon, May 12th
  • 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost:
  • $125.00
FWS 06 Bordeaux
Study Bordeaux from the ground up. Here, wine styles are predicated by a combination of soil, grape and the hand of man. Explore Bordeaux’s distinctive terroirs in order to better understand the nature of the blend, and then discover how and why the blend has changed over the past 150 years. This class covers an in-depth history, geography, climate and the wines of Bordeaux, the most age-worthy of all French wines. It includes a tasting of 6-7 wines. The class can be taken as part of the FWS series or on its own.
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Dates and Time:
  • Mon, May 19th
  • 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost:
  • $125.00
FWS 07 Rhone Valley 
The Rhône River serves as the gravitational axis around which its two halves revolve; the northern half clings tightly, the southern half expands outward and experiences less pull to the riverbanks. These two different wine cultures possess distinctive soils and topographies and they craft vastly disparate wines with unique personalities. It’s one region, but two brave new worlds. Explore them both. This class covers an in-depth history, geography, climate and the wines of the Rhone in the warm south of France. It includes a tasting of 6-7 wines. The class can be taken as part of the FWS series or on its own.
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Dates and Time:
  • Mon, June 2nd
  • 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost:
  • $125.00
FWS 08 Provence, Languedoc & Roussillon
This week we travel to the extreme south to the Côte d’Azur of Provence. Did you know that Provence is the oldest wine region in France? Although Languedoc & Roussillon are often discussed together, they are distinctive regions with distinctive personalities. Did you know that 90% of France’s Vins Doux Naturels hail from Roussillon? Did you know that France’s first and oldest sparkling wine was produced in the Languedoc? This class covers an in-depth history, geography, climate and the wines of the Provence, Languedoc and Roussillon. It includes a tasting of 6-7 wines. The class can be taken as part of the FWS series or on its own.
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Dates and Time:
  • Mon, June 9th
  • 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost:
  • $125.00
FWS 09 Southwest & Corsica
Certainly, Southwest France is under-appreciated, under-marketed and under-valued. Although these vineyards pre-date the vineyards of Bordeaux they have long languished in obscurity. Find out why. Corsica is home to grapes that sound more Italian than French. And there’s a reason for this. This vinous trek will take you through some charted, but often-unexplored territory.This class covers an in-depth history, geography, climate and the wines of Southwest France and Corsica. It includes a tasting of 6-7 wines. The class can be taken as part of the FWS series or on its own.
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Dates and Time:
  • Mon, June 16th
  • 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost:
  • $125.00
FWS 10 FWS Exam Prep Review
This session is a whirlwind review of all 10 regional classes in the French Wine Scholar series. The class can be taken as part of the FWS series or on its own. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions regarding all French wine regions. The French Wine Scholar (FWS) credential will be conferred to those individuals who achieve a score of 75% or higher.
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Dates and Time:
  • Mon, June 23rd
  • 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost:
  • $125.00
FWS 11 French Wine Scholar Exam
The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions regarding all French wine regions. The French Wine Scholar (FWS) credential will be conferred to those individuals who achieve a score of 75% or higher.
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Dates and Time:
  • Mon, June 30th
  • 10:30am-11:30am
Cost:
  • $150.00

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