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MASTER THE WINES OF FRANCE: An in depth program designed by the French Wine Society and endorsed by the French National Wine Office and the French Ministry of Agriculture.

The French Wine Scholar program provides students with a deep level of information on each wine region of France, helping students achieve a professional level of proficiency in French wine. The impact of history, the significance of geological events, the importance of topographical markers and the influence of climatic factors will be discussed.

Students will taste over 80 wines throughout program which includes 33 hours of instruction and the official 280-page, full-color French Wine Scholar study manual, as well as 1 full year of access to French Wine Scholar Online. 

The French Wine Scholar program has received endorsements from many important professional organizations:

  • The French Ministry of Agriculture
  • Diageo
  • Maisons Marques & Domaines
  • Pasternak Wine Imports
  • Robert Kacher Selections
  • Vintage '59 Imports
  • Louis Latour Inc.
  • Wilson Daniels Ltd.

San Francisco Wine School is the exclusive provider of the French Wine Scholar program in Northern California. To learn more about the French Wine Scholar and the Wine Scholar Guild, please download this pdf.

Session Dates & Times
Guided Blind Wine Tasting Exercises
Syllabus Overview
About the Certification & Exam
Enrollment Includes



Session 1  February 22 - May 9, 2016
6pm - 9pm Mondays
Session 2 April 6 - June 22, 2016 10am - 1pm Wednesdays
Session 3 September 6 - November 22, 2016 6pm - 9pm Tuesdays


San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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Students will taste over 80 French wines to bring learning objectives to life and practice blind tasting techniques. All wines are selected by Master Sommelier David Glancy and our instructors to represent a broad sampling of the classic wines of France.   See sample course wine list!

French Wine Scholar consists of 12 three-hour classes covering the following areas.  Each class within the full program can be taken as a single workshop.  Click the links to learn more!


Wine professionals who follow this in-depth curriculum and pass the exam earn the French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal and will receive a certificate and official lapel pin. 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%, San Francisco Wine School has been recognized by the Wine Scholar Guild multiple times for a 100% pass rate.


  • FWS Exam Fees
  • Official 280-page, full-color French Wine Scholar study manual
  • 1 full year of access to the French Wine Scholar Online
  • San Francisco Wine School Water Bottle
  • FWS pin and certifcate upon successful completion

All attendees must be 21+ years


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San Francisco Wine School strives to open up the world of wine to serious students and enthusiasts everywhere while helping people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school in the U.S., offering the most thoughtful approach to wine study. Classes are taught in our state of the art wine education center and our cutting edge virtual classroom by industry-leading instructors from all major educational disciplines.

San Francisco Wine School’s curriculum features the best content in the business: expert course materials, carefully conceived wine flights, and in-depth blind tasting exercises designed to engage students, illuminate course content and enhance learning. Our brand new sunlight-filled Wine Education Center is conveniently located just 5 minutes from San Francisco International Airport. It boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall arched windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, South San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Bay, making it the perfect place to enjoy classes, industry seminars and tastings and host a wide variety of private events.

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