Time: Sundays 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM and Wednesday evenings 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Class Dates: March 15,18,22,25,29
Exam: Wednesday, April 15
Where: Addie’s Place, private room above The Wine House
Instructor: Monica Marin, FWS/DWS, and nominee for WSET Educator of the Year 2019
Note: Study materials will be available one week before the beginning of class for students registered before February 15; those registering after that date will get study materials on the first day of class.
Two installment payment program available via phone registration only. Call (310) 479-3731 during store hours to pay in two installments.
• 24 hours of instruction (4 sessions of 6 hours each) with tutored tastings in all sessions
• Newly redesigned 270-page, full-color FWS Study Manual (6th edition, updated in 2017)
• Access for 1 full year to the FWS Online Study Program
• FWS in-classroom exam
• Upon passing the FWS exam, participants receive The French Wine Scholar (FWS) credential, a certificate and a lapel pin.
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 administered 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 (FWS) post-nominal (e.g., John Smith, FWS). The exam is given in multiple-choice format. There are 100 questions covering all of the wine regions of France. Passing score is 75. Students must be at least 21 years of age.
French wine regions and styles are the “reference points” in the world of wine, making an in-depth understanding of French wine indispensable. The course includes a foundation unit covering French wine law, grape varieties, viticulture, viniculture and a discussion of Old World vs. New World wine styles, plus in-depth study of each region:
• Jura & Savoie
• Languedoc & Roussillon
• Southwest & Corsica
The FWS Study Manual (pictured in the course brochure) includes comprehensive coverage of France’s 14 distinct wine regions presented in the following manner:
• Viticultural history, wine culture and traditions
• Location and climate and their effects on viticulture and wine style
• Topography, geography and soils and their impact on the vine
• Grape varieties and their organoleptic profiles
• Viticulture and winemaking practices
• Wine industry trends and economics
• All AOCs with their regulations, wine styles and specificities
This course has a 72-hour cancellation policy.