Master of French Wine

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Course Overview: Dive into the captivating realm of French viticulture with our immersive Master of French Wine™ program, meticulously curated by the esteemed National Wine School. This comprehensive eight-class journey is designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of France’s most renowned wine regions, delving into the intricate interplay of terroir, varietals, and winemaking techniques. From the elegance of Champagne to the timeless allure of Bordeaux, this program offers a virtual odyssey that transports you to the heart of each region’s vinicultural heritage.

Course Structure:

  1. Loire Valley: Explore the scenic Loire Valley, renowned for its diverse white varietals. Delve into appellations while appreciating the historical backdrop of iconic castles.
  2. Champagne & The Alps: Unravel the mysteries of Champagne, the pinnacle of celebratory wines. Ascend to the breathtaking Alps and uncover the nuances of sparkling wines.
  3. Burgundy & Beaujolais: Immerse yourself in the world of Burgundy’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Transition to the vibrant Gamay wines of Beaujolais in this exploration of the region’s terroir.
  4. Rhone Valley: Journey through the southern Rhone Valley, discovering the triumvirate of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. Encounter the allure of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and its counterparts.
  5. Provence & Corsica: Bask in the Mediterranean sunshine as you explore the rosés of Provence and the distinctive wines of Corsica. Unearth the essence of these coastal regions.
  6. Languedoc-Roussillon: Embark on a discovery of Languedoc-Roussillon’s innovation and character. Encounter bold reds and daring blends that challenge convention.
  7. Southwest France: Traverse the lesser-explored charm of Southwest France, where indigenous varietals and a rich cultural tapestry create a captivating wine narrative.
  8. Bordeaux: Culminate your journey in Bordeaux, uncovering the mastery of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blends. Decipher the secrets behind classified growths and the art of blending.

Course Logistics: This synchronous online program unfolds over eight enlightening classes, commencing on Thursday, October 12th, and concluding on December 7th. Classes are scheduled from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm EST, offering a flexible format that accommodates diverse schedules. Please note that there will be no class on Thanksgiving, allowing participants to celebrate the holiday.

Prerequisites and Aspirations: Completion of our L1, L2, and L3 programs is highly recommended before enrolling in the Master of French Wine™ program. This foundational knowledge equips participants to engage deeply with the nuanced material covered in this advanced program. For those seeking the pinnacle of expertise, the successful completion of four advanced programs, including this one, culminates in the prestigious Advanced Sommelier Pin—a symbol of dedication to the art and science of wine.

Cellar Essentials: Wines and Recommendations: While participants are responsible for acquiring their own wines, our program provides an expertly curated list of recommended bottles for each class. These selections ensure that participants can fully experience the distinct character of each region, guided by the expertise of our seasoned wine educators.

In summary, the Master of French Wine™ program offers a transformative journey into the heart of France’s celebrated wine regions. With its meticulously structured curriculum, flexible online format, and potential pathway to advanced accolades, this program is an unmissable opportunity for individuals passionate about elevating their understanding of French wines. Elevate your expertise and embark on an expedition that will forever enrich your appreciation of vinicultural excellence.

Course Title: Master of French Wine Program

Course Code: MFW401

Course Schedule: Thursdays, October 12th to December 7th, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM EST. There is no class on Thanksgiving. 

Zoom Link for Online Access:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81236797004?pwd=amcraFRzeitTU2l2UDgzTXVKMWNGdz09

Course Description: The Master of French Wine Program is an online educational journey that delves into the rich tapestry of French wines, their history, terroirs, and cultural significance. This comprehensive program equips students with an advanced understanding of French winemaking traditions and expertise in selecting and appreciating wines for various occasions. Students will explore the nuances of different French regions and varietals through a curated selection of wines.

Required Materials:

  1. Wine Selections: Students must procure the following wines to engage with the program's content fully. We recommend utilizing a Coravin system to access wine from bottles without compromising integrity. 

    • Class #1, Loire Valley: Explore the scenic Loire Valley, renowned for its diverse white varietals. Delve into appellations while appreciating the historical backdrop of iconic castles.
      1. Muscadet Sevre Et Maine Sur Lie
      2. Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé
      3. Montlouis, Savennieres, Vourvray, or Saumur Blanc. It must be Chenin Blanc with no residual sugar.
      4. Gamay. Preference is for Carbonic Maceration. 
      5. Pinot Noir.
      6. Chinon, Samur or Bourgueil. Must be Cabernet Franc.
      7. Bubbles! Recommended (but not mandatory)
    • Class #2, Champagne & The Alps: Unravel the mysteries of Champagne, the pinnacle of celebratory wines. Ascend to the breathtaking Alps and uncover the nuances of their reds and whites.
    • Class #3, Burgundy & Beaujolais: Immerse yourself in the world of Burgundy’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Transition to the vibrant Gamay wines of Beaujolais in this exploration of the region’s terroir.
      • Aligote
      • Chardonnay. It should be from an appellation within Macon. 
      • Chardonnay. From Chablis or Petit-Chablis
      • Gamay from Beaujolais
      • Pinot Noir from Cote De Beaune
      • Pinot Noir from Cote De Nuits. We recommend Gevrey Chambertin or Fixin for this flight. Expect to spend $50-$100 for this wine. 
    • Class #4, Rhone Valley: Journey through the southern Rhone Valley, discovering the triumvirate of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. Encounter the allure of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and its counterparts.
    • Class #5, Provence & Corsica: Bask in the Mediterranean sunshine as you explore the rosés of Provence and the distinctive wines of Corsica. Unearth the essence of these coastal regions.
    • Class #6, Languedoc-Roussillon: Embark on a discovery of Languedoc-Roussillon’s innovation and character. Encounter bold reds and daring blends that challenge convention.
    • Class #7, Southwest France: Traverse the lesser-explored charm of Southwest France, where indigenous varietals and a rich cultural tapestry create a captivating wine narrative.
    • Class #8, Bordeaux: Culminate your journey in Bordeaux, uncovering the mastery of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blends. Decipher the secrets behind classified growths and the art of blending.
  2. Coravin System: The Coravin system is highly recommended for accessing wines without the need to uncork the bottles. This innovative tool preserves the wine's freshness, allowing for repeated tastings and ensuring that wines remain suitable for both personal enjoyment and academic purposes.

Course Requirements:

  1. Wine Selection and Grading:

    • Students must upload clear photographs of the wines they will be using for each class. This visual documentation is essential for assessment purposes.
    • Wine selections will be graded based on alignment with the program's requirements and the authenticity of the chosen wines.
    • Students are encouraged to source wines from reputable vendors with a diverse selection of French wines. While local wine shops are permissible, major chain wine stores are discouraged due to concerns about product authenticity.
  2. Participation in Online Modules:

    • Attend and Engage actively with the online learning modules, which cover a range of topics from the history of French winemaking to terroir-driven production.
    • Participate in forum discussions, share insights, and collaborate with fellow students.

Recommended Wine Vendors: While the program does not endorse specific wine vendors, the following platforms offer a wide selection of French wines and deliver to various locations across the USA:

Grading:

  • Wine Selections: 25%
  • Participation in Online Modules: 25%
  • Final Project: 50%

Note: This syllabus is subject to change at the instructor's discretion. Students are advised to review the syllabus regularly for updates and clarifications.

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