French Wine Scholar Program - Discover the Wine Regions of France



MASTER THE WINES OF FRANCE: An in depth program designed by the Wine Scholar Guild 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 enrolled in this French wine program will taste over 80 wines throughout the program which includes 33 hours of instruction and the official 274-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.

2021 SESSION DATES & TIMES

Session 1* 

Tuesdays 6pm-9pm
Apr 13 to Jun 29

* Option of Live Online w/ tasting kits - OR - In-Person (when permitted)
 

GUIDED BLIND TASTING EXERCISES
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!


SYLLABUS OVERVIEW
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!

 

ABOUT THE CERTIFICATION & EXAM
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.

TUITION

$1,395pp
Discounts apply for groups of 5 or more.


ENROLLMENT INCLUDES

  • 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 certificate upon successful completion

LOCATION 

San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Click for parking and public transportation information

*See our latest Re-Opening Information for updates on In-Person and Online Classes.

ONLINE & WINE TASTING OPTIONS

All Webinar & Webcast participants will receive pdf handouts, wine lists, and a the link to attend the webinar with login details.  

If in-person classes have not yet resumed by the time class begins or if you are unable to attend class in person, full price registrants may pickup a wine tasting kit with class wines at the school by appointment or have it shipped to you for an additional fee.  You will be notified of pickup procedures prior to class.

Those who would like to attend workshops online and forgo the wine tastings can apply WEBONLY at checkout to any online workshops for 40% off.  SEE ALL WEBONLY WORKSHOPS


REQUIREMENTS
All attendees must be 21+ years 

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