The more I learn about wine, the more I realize how little I know. Despite my efforts to travel around the world with each bottle consumed, my thirst for wine knowledge continues to grow. From Burgundy to Bordeaux and Provence to Rhone, France is the world’s most storied and complicated wine-growing country. Though I can learn more about it via YouTube or the library, I’m intrigued by the Wine Scholar Guild’s French Wine Scholar course that provides in-depth, hands-on education.
The course is designed to provide committed students of wine with a comprehensive program. It’s taught at the Neptune School of Wine in Costa Mesa by wine expert and educator Peter Neptune. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first four Saturdays in October. Cost for the classes and an exam is $1,000. The course includes:
- 24 hours of instruction with tutored tastings
- A 250-page, full-color French Wine Scholar Study Manual and exam registration
- Access for one full year to the French Wine Scholar Online Study Program
- The French Wine Scholar credential, certificate, and lapel pin upon passing the FWS exam
The syllabus alone got my mouth watering and my Franchophile feathers ruffled for the “tutored tastings.”
- Introduction to France & Alsace
- Burgundy’s Cote d’Or
- Chablis, Chalonnaise & Maconnaise
- Beaujolais, Jura & Savoie
- Provence, Languedoc, & Roussillon
- Southwest & Corsica
- French Wine Scholar Review Session
- French Wine Scholar exam
The French Wine Scholar exam date is Nov. 19, 2016 and is given in multiple-choice format. There are 100 questions covering all of the wine regions of France. Passing score for certification is 75.