This Online Wines of France Course is an intermediate level wine course that is designed for wine enthusiasts, connoisseur and industry professionals to learn the history, culture and practical knowledge about French wine.

What You Will Learn in the APWASI Online Wines of France Course

  • The History of French Wines
  • The Geography
  • The Styles of French Wines
  • Grape Varieties
  • Wine and Cuisine Pairings and Etiquette

We provide you with a list of French wines and pairings to try. We strongly encourage you to try these wines during the course of your studies.

Online Wine Course Structure

This is a self-paced course and should take approximately 19-25 hours including study time to complete.

There are quizzes at the end of each section and a Final exam at the end of the course.

Online French Wine Course Entry Requirements

Although there are no requirements to take the APWASI Online French Wine course, we recommend that you complete Wine Essentials 1 and Wine Essentials 2 (or equivalent, check out our Course Comparisons) before proceeding with this course. You must also be of legal drinking age in the country where you are attending the course if you will participate in the tasting of wines.

Upon completion, you will receive receive a APWASI Wines of France ACWS post nominal, an APWASI certificate and pin.

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Preview of Online Wine of France Course

It is not by mere chance that the French are considered, the world over, the custodians of fine wine. Armed with the grace of Pinot Noir and the muscular strength of a Cabernet Sauvignon we see no retreat from quality or diversity of grapes and wine styles. The French are in their element and as they famously share “joie de vivre”. We transport ourselves to the year 1153 when Bordeaux was English and the birth of the quintessential Claret of the English, a proud heritage that persists to the 21st century. Their style matchless and quality and finesse unparalleled. Probably, no country is more synonymous with wine than France. This course opens up the mystery as to the why, where, how, who and when it all began and the fascinating facts will no longer be camouflaged but brightly lit and shed light on the true depth of French wine. We journey from the Historical city of Reims in Champagne region to the summer retreat of French royalty in the Loire to the bustling enterprising cities of Bordeaux and the Rhone. Not to be left alone in terms of identity Alsace claims its pride of place hovering over two cultures and displaying enviable flexibility to the powers of the day with their wines representing this dual culture, rich, tempestuous but oh so flavourful. C’est magnifique! and you will agree as we wander in unison through the world of French wine.

With each course there is a recommended wine list that is indicative of the classic wines of this country. We strongly encourage you to try these wines during the course of your studies.
This is a self-paced course and should take approximately 19-25 hours including study time to complete.

Additional Benefits that APWASI Students Receive from our Strategic Partners

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All Course Enrollments come with:

  • FREE APWASI Tasting Mat
  • FREE APWASI Virtual Wine Assistant for Wine/Food Pairing
  • FREE Seven Noble Grapes E-Magazine

FREE 6-Month Access to Quini

FREE 1-Year Subscription to Wine Spectator Magazine!

Course Structure

APWASI General Course Structure

Courses are taught through a combination of educational material and videos by Dr. Lee and his team.

Courses are easy to understand, combined with images and broken down to subsections.

After each lesson, there is a quiz of multiple choice and true/false questions to review what was taught. You must complete and pass the quiz before being able to move onto the next section.

This is an example of a quiz from one of our course excerpts.

To enhance your learning, there is a wine tasting component in every course where we recommend you to purchase wines from your local liquor store to try.

Dr. Lee guides you through a personal wine tasting experience.

A course feedback form includes a series of up to 10 questions which is requested from the students when they reach the end of their lessons, right before their final multiple choice exam.

You only have one chance to pass a multiple choice question final exam. Upon completion, you will receive an APWASI Certificate.

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1.0 Introduction

2.0 History of Wine in France

3.0 Geography

4.0 Climate / Soil / Wine regions

5.0 Grapes of France

5.0A - Wine Tasting Equipment and Tasting List

6.0 Cuisine/Pairings

7.0 Culture/Etiquette

8.0 How to Read the Label / Bottling / Packaging

9.0 Future

10.0 Summary

11.0 Course Feedback

12.0 Final Exam


Estimated study time?

Individuals differ, learning styles differ, and the individual time factors and learning speeds differ so it would be hard to place a precise time so we suggest a range of between 19-25 hours of study. This includes reading through the material and completing the quizzes and the final examination. There is no time constraint nor limit, of utmost importance is you enjoy this journey of knowledge and you indulge your curiosity and thirst for knowledge.

How long do I have to complete the course?

Human beings never complete anything without a target. We may believe this to be untrue but if you were to silently contemplate yourself with unbridled honesty you would admit this is a truth, unpleasant it may be but still the truth. At APWASI we encourage you to complete this course within six months from registration. As the course recommendation is between 19-25 hours, a six-month period of completion is an exaggerated premium of time for you as we want you to do other more constructive things in life than procrastinate.

Who is it for?

Our courses are for the dedicated, determined, belief in themselves and wanting to succeed. If you have these qualities you will succeed at anything you want not only these courses.

These courses, by the nature of their content are aimed at wine professionals currently in the industry and those who are intending to join the industry, and enthusiasts. The kaleidoscope of career options is many. This would include retail, importing, exporting, distributing, and perhaps even producing. Additionally, if you are in the hospitality industry, hotel, airline, cruise ship, high-medium end restaurants, this course would give you a firm and unquestionable structure of wine and spirit knowledge to further your career. Following our 5 C’s philosophy we believe our courses are for those who treasure knowledge and have a thirst to make their mark in life.

Where can I do this?

Anywhere in the globe, on the sunny beaches of Hawaii or the secluded jungle of South America or even the salubrious atmosphere of a private club in London, literally it is anywhere you wish. Our courses are available world-wide, 365/ 24/7, in 23 different languages. All you need is an internet connection! These courses can be accessed on your mobile device, tablet or on your computer.

Why us?

We are all accustomed to choices and with choices there are set parameters that we set before making a decision. Education is not an inanimate object it is not a pair of lifestyle shoes, shirt, blouse or meal. Education is the keystone of your life and we encourage you to choose as you see fit. Our criteria suits those that are openminded, cultural adept, eager to learn on a holistic basis and not just facts and figures- regurgitating them out like an antiquated calculator with a paper roll attached. We want, we demand, our graduates to be beacons of openness, approachable and wanting to share experiences and knowledge with all within the industry. We all begin our life with the currency of youth and this applies to not only APWASI but also other organizations like us across this globe. We bring fresh beginnings with new education methods to match the new trends, embrace the plethora of learning styles and together our courses are definitive in character that are matchless in the devotion given to their creation. If you value the future as we state, “learning for the future” then we are your future.

How will it help me?

Acquiring any knowledge is a true blessing in any culture. But, acquiring knowledge in an area and career you are avid about can have no effect other than a positive one. Our courses are practical, up-to-date, structured in a manner where it is easy to absorb information, flexible, accessible whenever you need it. Upon successful completion we realise the market recognizes success by signs of recognition. Your success will be recognized in the form of post-nominal letters that you are entitled to use. For example, upon successful completion of the Italian course Mr Nice Guy can write:

Mr. Nice Guy Certified Wine Professional Italy (APWASI)

How can I learn this without tasting?

One cannot learn to swim without water and neither do we expect you to learn without tasting . We have at the end of each course a selection of wines we recommend you to try using the skills you have acquired on the wine essentials course we offer. Through this method you can increase your practical wine tasting skills. Our courses allow you to evaluate the wines by understanding the “why” and “the how”.

I don’t know how to taste.

The ability to taste wine is universal. The methodology to understanding wine and appreciating wine is not universal and that needs to be understood through concept, tasting and recording. This we achieve by having you take the wine essentials course we have as a pre-requisite to any courses you select. Within this course lie the secrets to identifying, nosing and tasting wines and finally evaluate wines. It’s our pleasure to join you on this journey of adventure and bountiful knowledge. After taking this course you will learn and be able to taste wine with comfort.

$545.00 USD

Duration: 19-25 hours
Lectures: 10
APWASI Wines of France ACWS