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French Wine Scholar By San Francisco Wine School

    Past Event: Sun, March 1, 2020 (6:00pm - 9:00pm)

San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Avenue, Suite 301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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Cost: $13950 (Installment Plan Available)

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 will taste over 80 wines throughout 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.


Session 1 

Sundays 10am-5pm* 
Mar 1 to Apr 19 (no class Apr 12)
*Includes a 1 hour lunch break. See dining options near us.

Session 2 

Tuesdays 6pm-9pm
Sept 29 to Dec 15

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!

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


Discounts apply for groups of 5 or more.


  • 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


San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080

All attendees must be 21+ years

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