French Wine Scholar at Florida Wine Academy

Date(s) - March 5, 2019 - May 7, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Florida Wine Academy


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!


  • Miami – extensive course: Tuesday nights, from March 5th to May 7th, from 6pm to 8.30pm. The Exam is on May 7th.
  • Miami – intensive course: May 15th to May 18th, 2019, from 9am to 5pm

The Program Includes Everything You Need to Become Fully Versed in the World of French Wines

Our sessions will include more than 22,5 hours of classroom instruction with tutored tasting taught by approved instructor Alessandra Esteves, plus:

  •  The 274-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 52 different wines will be tasted over the course of the program.

Earn your French Wine Scholar title with Florida Wine Academy!

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.

While not a pre-requisite, we recommend that students successfully complete at least the lower level course from one of these organizations before entering the FWS program.

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!

Online Study Program: To complement the manual and classroom experience, there are multimedia E-learning modules with full audio narration for each region, 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.

Class Format

Tuesday nights, from 6pm-8.30pm, or intensive course, from 9am to 5pm.


Assessment is by a closed-book exam of 100 multiple-choice questions to be completed within 60 minutes. The French Wine Scholar (FWS) credential will be conferred to those individuals who achieve a score of 75 or higher. Candidates scoring 85-90 pass with Honors. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with Highest Honors.

Entry Requirements

You must be at least 21 years of age to attend the course and to participate in any alcohol tasting.


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