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French Wine Scholar

Sundays, September 13 - November 15, 2020, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Certification Exam: Sunday, December 13, 2020

Registration Deadline: September 1, 2020

16 (of 16) Spaces Available

215 SE 9th Ave #204

Portland, OR

French Wine Scholar™ Study & Certification Program

$995 Tuition 

The French Wine Scholar™ offers an advanced and comprehensive study program for dedicated wine students. This in-depth program was created by The Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture. 


The French Wine Scholar™ program offers an unparalleled level of depth, accuracy, detail and academic rigor for the serious wine student. The course covers French wine law, grape varieties, viticulture, winemaking, wine industry trends and economics as well as the regulations, wine styles and specificities of France's AOCs.


Registration is inclusive of all fees including the full-color French Wine Scholar study manual, 1-year access to the online study program, exam registration and all tasting fees. 


Who is this program for?: This high level certification course is ideal for students with a solid foundation in basic wine knowledge and/or previous wine training. Students will need to allocate time outside of class for reading and review in order to be successful in this rigorous course. 


About the exam: The exam for each unit consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. Candidates need a composite score of 75% to receive the SWS credential. Students with a composite score of 85-90% pass with honors. Candidates with a composite score of 91-100% pass with highest honors.


About the instructors: This course is co-taught by Maxine Borcherding and Cheryl Wakerhauser. Maxine brings 23 years of hospitality experience and 16 years of experience as a wine and hospitality educator. She is a Lead Chef instructor at Oregon Culinary Institute and regularly teaches wine classes and leads European wine tours through her company, Taste and Compare Academy of Wine, Spirits and Food. Cheryl Wakerhauser is owner, executive chef and wine director of Bar Vivant and Pix Patisserie. Cheryl trained in pâtisserie at the prestigious MOF Philippe URRACA in southern France and travels annually to France to deepen her knowledge of French pâtisserie and French wines. Her wine list has been named World's Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine List six years in a row. 

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