March 10, 2023
Karin Rockstad, Spanish translator/English editor, WSET Educator, SWS, FWS, IWS, Albariño Ambassador, Certified Advanced Cava Educator
WSG courses are deep dives into specific countries, like Spain, France, and Italy. You not only learn about the grapes and appellations of these places, but also the history, geography, soil, producers, and key people who played an important part in that country's wine industry.
These courses are intense and lengthy (9-12 weeks). They can be taken online, but if you take them through Vine Lab, you don't have to run out and try to find the wines to taste on your own, we provide them in class! The Italian Wine Scholar course is especially long. Italy has so many grapes and regions that they had to break it into two courses. If you're not up for such an undertaking, there is also the Italian Wine Scholar Prep, which is much shorter and gives a good overview along with travel information.
Just becoming a member of the WSG has benefits too. There is a vast library of webinars about many other wine regions of the world, tasting skills, history, geology, panel interviews, and more. They have online games where you can compete with other wine geeks to help keep your knowledge sharp.
There are also master-level courses for the French regions of Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Champagne, and the Loire Valley. These are even more specific and longer, so if you're an obsessed Francophile, these may be for you!
The WSG also offers study trips throughout the year. Some past trips include Sicily, Piemonte, Languedoc-Roussillon, and Rioja.
Keep your eye on the Vine Lab website and social media! We expect to offer all the WSG "scholar" courses this year.
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