French Wine Scholar Program - Discover the Wine Regions of France

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Program Description

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.

2022 Session Dates & Times

Session 1 

Tuesdays 6pm-9pm
Jan 11 to Mar 29

Session 2 

Wednesdays 6pm-9pm
Sep 21 to Dec 14*
*No class November 23


Formats Available

*Hybrid - Room/Zoom - NEW!

We've recently invested in some serious AV technology upgrades to create an integrated Hybrid Room/Zoom experience for all students.  Both "Roomers" and "Zoomers" are able to engage with us and each other during these live classes.  Recordings are also available after the class.  Whether you are excited to return to our beautiful venue in person with wine in your glass or are enjoying the convenience of home learning with a tasting kit, you can choose the experience that's right for YOU!  Learn more...

In-Person 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.


Guided Wine Tasting Exercises

Wine is included in this program.  Students will taste over 80 French wines to bring learning objectives to life and practice wine 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!

Roomers will have wine in their glass in the classroom.  Zoomers will have tasting kits they can either pickup or have delivered for an additional fee.  View wine pickup and delivery options.

Syllabus Overview

French Wine Scholar consists of 12 three-hour classes covering the following areas.  The first class within the full program will be available as an a la carté workshop.  This is a great way to preview the program.  If you decided to continue, your workshop fee will be credited towards the full program tuition.  Click on the link to learn more about that workshop and sign up!

  • Bordeaux
  • Alsace
  • Champagne
  • Burgundy's Cote d'Or
  • Burgundy's Chablis, Chalonnaise & Maconnaise
  • Beaujolais, Jura & Savoie
  • Loire Valley
  • Rhone Valley
  • Provence, Languedoc & Roussillon
  • Southwest France & Corsica
  • Review Session
  • French Wine Scholar Exam


About the Certification & Exam

The French Wine Scholar exam is one hour long and consists of 100 multiple choice questions.  The exam must be taken in person at San Francisco Wine School.  Online exam upgrades are granted by Wine Scholar Guild on an exception basis only and require an additional fee. 

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.


Discounts apply for groups of 5 or more.

Enrollment Includes

  • FWS In-Person Exam Fees
  • 39 hours of live instruction
  • Tastings of 80 French Wines 
  • Tasting kit delivery across the US available for additional charge
  • 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


All attendees must be 21+ years 

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