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Program Overview


A comprehensive study and certificate program on the wines of the Rhône Valley in an online webinar format!


Program starts January 24th, 2012. Registration is now open!


This is the Rhône Valley as you’ve never seen it presented! Fifteen live webinars conducted by experts in their field, preparatory online study modules, revised and enriched Rhône Master-Level manual, interactive Q&A with instructors, plus an opportunity to review course content in a live classroom environment with tutored tasting!


This is, in scope and design, the most comprehensive wine study program on Rhône Valley wines bar none. Through this program, students will acquire a profound knowledge of the region and develop a greater sensory understanding of its wines.


The Rhône Master-Level Program was developed by the French Wine Society in conjunction with lead instructor Roger Bohmrich, Master of Wine. It is endorsed by InterRhône.


Mastery is conferred to candidates who successfully finish the curriculum and pass the final exam.



Take 8 weeks and visit the Rhône Valley from the comfort of your own office or home computer.


Study with the masters, including:

  • Roger Bohmrich, Master of Wine and lead instructor of the program
  • Charles Curtis, Master of Wine
  • David Glancy, Master Sommelier
  • Catherine Fallis, Master Sommelier


Delve into the Rhône Valley with the insight of Rhône valley resident and sommelier Kelly McAuliffe.

Learn about the cultural history of the Rhône valley through the masterful story-telling of Paul Wagner, Balzac Communications.

Your moderator and program coordinator will be Lisa M. Airey, CWE, FWS, Education Director, French Wine Society.


Learn more: Instructor Bios.



Who should enroll?

Anyone who wishes to understand Rhône Valley wines from the ground up:

  • Wine professionals
  • Advanced Students of Wine
  • Serious wine hobbyists



What are the prerequisites?

A strong wine background is suggested. Nevertheless, preparatory reading and e-learning modules are immediately accessible starting January 1st for those who need to brush up.


You will be provided with all the materials you need to enter the program from a position of strength:

  • The French Wine Scholar Study Manual’s Rhône chapter
  • Online access to the French Wine Scholar’s Rhône e-learning module and review quiz



What does the program include?

  • Preparatory reading, e-learning module and quiz in advance of the core curriculum
  • A comprehensive series of 15 live webinars
  • Access to the video recording of the webinars for on-demand review
  • Revised and enriched Rhône Master-Level Study Manual
  • Three online review quizzes
  • Instructor Q&A forum and student community forums
  • Suggested reading list
  • Exam registration (optional and additional)
  • Note: Exam registration is optional and available for an additional fee.


Want to learn more? Download the list of the 15 thematic webinars with their detailed abstracts.



Why study online?

  • E-learning is flexible and available “on demand”. Your programing is delivered to your computer at your convenience,  regardless of traffic or weather.
  • E-learning makes the world smaller! By going online, this program allows students to have access to a pool of talented educators from France and the USA.
  • E-learning is accessible, convenient, and affordable.  No traffic jams.  No travel. No parking costs.



What about tasting?

The choice is yours: link up with fellow students at a participating FWS program provider for a day of review and tutored tasting or study and taste on your own.


View the list of review & tasting sessions offered near you



What is the detailed curriculum?

To discover the detailed curriculum, click here.



What does the exam entail?

The exam is comprised of three separate sections: 50 multiple-choice questions, five short-answer questions and a map exercise. Passing score is 75/100.




In the spring of 2011, we conducted such a program on Bordeaux. See what participating students had to say about that program below.

Member/Student Reviews 

Rating 5
Kyle Whitney, FWS

I loved the course. I was truly a joy to participate. You and Lisa did a fantastic job putting it all together. Dewey is a terrific teacher, and the other “color” sessions supplemented the main classes perfectly.rn rnI had to really watch the Webinar’s twice. Once as sort of an overview, and possibly ask questions, and second time to take notes. It was great to be able to stop and back up the lecture to make sure the notes are correct. You can’t do that in college.

Rating 5
Susan Keyes

I have learned so much and enjoyed the well written material as well as the professional webinars. Our proctor here in the northeast (Jo Ann Ross) has been spectacular and very helpful. I look forward to taking the next course.

Rating 5
Rosalind Angoff, FWS

Thanks for all you are doing to get this Bordeaux Masters Program up to such a professional level. I have enjoyed each of the lectures and loved the guest lecturers and the context that each of them added. I know it took a ton of work to coordinate and it is greatly appreciated.

Rating 5
Denham Julie Page

Bravo on Modules 1 and II and last Monday's webinar with Dewey - great material and very well presented. I still marvel at how accessible you make this information for the relative novices among us!

Rating 5
John Stubblefield

Julien, the webinar was excellent. Content was great. I was extemely impressed with the cadence of the presentation. Honestly, Dewey answered many questions that we receive in classes.

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