French Wine Scholar Study and Certification Program
The French Wine Scholar Study and Certification program provides current, accurate and in-depth information on the wines and wine regions of France.
Developed and administrated by the Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists.
Students of wine who follow this in-depth curriculum and pass the exam will earn the French Wine Scholar title and FWS post-nominal.
Set yourself apart from your peers. Specialize in the wines of France!
The Program Includes Everything You Need to Become Fully Versed in the World of French Wines
Our sessions will include 16 hours of classroom instruction with tutored tasting taught by approved instructors, plus:
- The 280-page full-color French Wine Scholar study manual
- 1-year access to the French Wine Scholar online study program for class prep and review
- Registration for the French Wine Scholar Exam
A total of over 40 different wines will be tasted over the course of the program.
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Who is this program for?
The French Wine Scholar Program covers French wine law, grape varieties, viticulture, winemaking and all of the French wine regions. This core body of knowledge is important whether you sell wine, buy wine or teach about wine.
The FWS program allows wine professionals to set themselves apart from their peers by specializing in the wines of France.
It is a great resource and supplement for students of wine moving toward advanced general wine study programs such as WSET Diploma, Master of Wine program, Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier (and up) or Certified Wine Educator.
Why study French wine?
- France vies with Italy as the #1 wine producing country in the world.
- The most popular commercially produced grape varieties (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah) are all native to France!
- When it comes to wine culture, France is the historic benchmark!
More about the French Wine Scholar Program:
Program Providers: The program is exclusively taught by authorized program providers and approved instructors who have passed the exam with honors or highest honors.
Certification Exam: The French Wine Scholar (FWS) credential will be conferred to those individuals who achieve a score of 75 or higher on a 100-question multiple-choice test. Candidates scoring 85-90 pass with Honors. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with Highest Honors.
Online Study Program: To complement the manual and classroom experience, there are 20 multimedia e-learning modules with full audio narration plus a comprehensive series of webinars on regional wine styles with suggested wine list, review quizzes for self-evaluation, instructor Q&A forum for personal assistance and downloadable maps.
Detailed Curriculum: The French Wine Scholar program presents each French wine region as an integrated whole by explaining the impact of history, the significance of geological events, the importance of topographical markers and the influence of climatic factors on the wine the glass. No topic is discussed in isolation in order to give students a working knowledge of the material at hand.
Learn more about the French Wine Scholar Class and curriculum with the French Wine Scholar Brochure
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