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French Wine Scholar Study and Certification Program

Starting in 2016, the American Wine School will offer the French Wine Scholar Study and Certification program. This in-depth program provides current and accurate information on the wines and wine regions of France. Developed and administrated by the French Wine Society with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program  is designed for serious 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.

The Program Includes

• A series of customized lectures and tastings
• The French Wine Scholar study manual
• One-year access to the French Wine Scholar online study program for class prep and review (a $295 value-added bonus)
• Registration for the French Wine Scholar Exam

Course Locations

Location for this course will be determined based on the size of the class. Regardless of venue, the classes will be held at one of the AWS venues in Chicago proper

Course Dates (The course includes all of the 6 dates below)

Sept 8th, Sept 29th, Oct 6th, Oct 20th, Nov 3rd, Nov 11th

Course Times: 11am – 5pm

Exam Date

Tuesday, Nov 13th at 6pm



“The French Wine Scholar is a very serious wine program but fun and very enjoyable to follow.
The teaching is superb and the quality of the material brilliant.”
 —Gerard Basset, MW, MS, Best Sommelier in the World 2010

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 better.

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 at frenchwinesociety.org.