Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wine Trips to France & Other Ways to Learn

The French Wine Society (FWS) is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, founded in 2005 and dedicated to French wine education. They offer self-paced learning online....and webinar certificate programs...and classes in various US cities...and more.  This year, they're also offering a number of splendid week-long Wine Immersion Study Trips in France. These are new trips, providing an intensive, professional-level educational program, coupled with certification through the FWS’s industry-endorsed Masters-Level programs. 

The trips are led by well-known experts who reside in the visited regions, such as Dewey Markham Jr. (Bordeaux), Matthew Stubbs (Languedoc-Roussillon), Kelly McAuliffe (Rhône Valley) and Jean-Pierre Renard (Burgundy).

The trips include extensive high-caliber tastings at some of the best estates. They're nearly all-inclusive, including the FWS Master-Level Course, ''full comfort'' hotels, gourmet meals with great wines (bien sur!), all winery tours and tastings and ground transportation. Prices range from $3,495 to $3,895 per person, double occupancy, and each trip is limited to just 18 guests. (Single rates are available or you can ask to be paired up with another single traveler.)

The 2013 schedule included seven trips, three of which have already sold out. Trips still available are: 

Languedoc-Roussillon - June 2-7, 2013 (4 spots left)
Bordeaux  - September 1-7, 2013

Rhône Valley - Oct. 13-19, 2013
Bourgogne - Oct. 20-26, 2013
To learn more about the trips, click here

And what if you can't run off to France and drink wine for a week? Then check out the wide range of local learning opportunities the FWS offers in various US cities. For more info, click here.

Then, there are self-guided learning opportunities (study at your own pace) and online webinar based classes, such as the Provence Master Level online Study and Certificate Course which begins January 28. For general info on these programs, click here. For specific info on the Provence class, click here.

FWS director Julien Camus tells me he's happy to answer any questions you might have. Contact him: or call 1-202-640-5466.

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  1. This is so interesting, Julie. I will check these classes out. Someday, maybe even a trip! Thank you :)

  2. Sending love from sunny Texas, Julie...

  3. Thanks for all the info Julie! So many great education opportunities.

  4. I would love to participate. I am planning a trip to France for the month of September and I'll look into the Bordeaux wine trip for sure.
    I am hosting a #WTFrance2013 contest where my readers help plan my trip in exchange for a giveaway each month. I'd love for you to participate when it starts in Feb.

    1. Ok Murissa...sounds interesting...keep us all posted!



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