Sunday, November 25, 2012

Great Educational Resource: The French Wine Society

I've been brushing up my French wine knowledge lately, because I may have the opportunity to teach a class on French wine soon.  If you're interested in learning about French wine, the French Wine Society website is a great resource.  Here's an overview of what is offered free and what is offered to members.  (Membership is $100/year, which is a bargain if you're serious about your French wine education.)

The site offers:

  • Self study programs (with or without certification exams)
  • Online study programs (with or without certification exams)
  • A listing of in-person local classes by approved providers (with or without certification exams) -- in our area these are provided by the Texas Wine School
  • Study trips to French wine regions

If you are a member, you also have access to:

  • Live 1-hour webinars, offered monthly and taught by French wine experts, with the opportunity to ask questions
  • Archive of all past webinars to view on demand (currently there are 49 available)
  • A Pronunciation Guide for each wine region (Ecoute et répète!)
  • A Knowledge Database with over 60 downloadable maps and other educational resources
  • 10% off anything you purchase on the website (study materials, online courses, exams, even membership renewal)

I love having all this information at my fingertips whenever I want it, so I can learn as it's convenient for me.  Spend a few minutes exploring the French Wine Society website, and get inspired to study French wine!

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