French Wine Scholar (Wine Scholar Guild)
WSET Level 3 (Wine & Spirit Education Trust)
I put off learning about wine – way too long. Once started though, difficult to stop.
Visiting wineries, wine events, checking out bottle shops and ordering wine became much more fun. Learning to ask better questions – getting more interesting answers and better wine was a bonus.
I wish the same for you!
This project began when I was living in France enjoying the essentials of French culture. For me that was wine and food.
After years of working in hospitality & tourism, and an unswerving interest in wine, my calling shifted to wine tourism.
Having decided to focus on French wine tours, I started the French Wine Scholarship to build on my wine know-how.
And yes, there were gaps in my education.
To become a French Wine Scholar meant knowing foundations, and wine regions as a whole. Things like viticulture, climate, soils, grapes, ‘terroir’ and wine laws.
Understanding ‘place,’ and regions as a whole, taught me more before even tasting wine. All wine tastes the better for knowing it.
My understanding finally went from patchy to competent ( always more to learn!).
In 2021 my COVID ‘home project’ was completing the WSET 3 of world wines, which not only alleviated ‘stuck at home’ boredom, it really helped me appreciate & compare wines all over the world.
Most important was learning that all wine tastes better when you learn a bit of the wine language and appreciate what you’re tasting.
How you do that is up to you. I recommend a mix of more questions every time you buy a bottle, taste, or travel to a different wine region.
We would love to help you on your wine journey. Sante!