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Wine Scholar Guild Relaunches Bourgogne Master-Level Program


October 7th – The Wine Scholar Guild (WSG) is pleased to announce the relaunch of its Bourgogne Master-Level program, reimagined and redesigned for busy wine professionals and serious students of wine.

Led by a team of Bourgogne experts and endorsed by the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) this six-month program will take wine students deep into one of the world’s richest, most complex wine regions.

The updated course now showcases a new hybrid format, the first of its kind, and combines the ease and flexibility of on-demand learning, with the structure and camaraderie of an instructor-led program. 

Students will study the history, geology, viti/vini practices, terroirs, vintages and significant producers of the region via more than 35 recorded lectures. Content has been divided into shorter segments to minimize screen time and maximize content retention.

Key concepts will be re-examined each month via live online review sessions.

Instructors include:

  • Andrew Jefford – Award-winning journalist and author
  • Robin Kick, MW – Wine educator and Bourgogne expert
  • Tim Magnus – Wine educator and Bourgogne importer
  • Françoise Vannier – Bourgogne-based geologist
  • Don Kinnan, CWE – Former Education Director for Kobrand
  • Sharon McLean, FWS, DipWSET – Wine educator

The Bourgogne Master-Level program includes a fully-revised, comprehensive study manual, as well as a series of video interviews, led by award-wining journalist and author, Andrew Jefford. Andrew interviews some of the most admired experts of the region, including:

  • Jasper Morris MW, Bourgogne author and expert
  • Jeremy Seysses, Domaine Dujac 
  • Frédéric Barnier, Technical Director of Louis Jadot

Creatively reformatted, the new Bourgogne Master-Level program sets a new standard in advanced wine education by presenting the terroirs of Bourgogne via a wealth of comprehensive and innovative angles of focus.   

Students will discover Bourgogne through reading assignments (from dual perspectives), recorded sessions from an incredible panel of renowned instructors and Bourgogne specialists, and recorded interviews with leading Bourgogne experts. 

The rigorous exam – a combination of essays, multiple choice questions and map exercises – can be taken at the student’s convenience upon completion of the course. Those who earn a score of 75 or higher will receive a certificate of mastery.  

About the Wine Scholar Guild: The Wine Scholar Guild (www.winescholarguild.org) provides specialized study and certification programs for the professional development of wine industry members and committed students of wine. Fields of study include the wines and wine regions of France, Italy and Spain.

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