French Wine Scholar Challenge


We will start this full-day program with a quick 20-question quiz! Bring your A-game! There are prizes to be won!

During this session, we will review the important wine regions of France’s north: Alsace, Champagne, Bourgogne, Beaujolais, and Loire.

We will go over the biggest stumbling blocks to mastery for each region and clarify the complicated bits. The program is informative, fun and interactive.

Although a stand-alone primer on France, the day also serves to introduce participants to the depth and breadth of the French Wine Scholar certification program.

This advanced program is designed for serious students of wine, both trade and non-trade who wish to hone their knowledge of the wines of France. From a terroir-ist standpoint, the program dives deeply into why the wines of France have the structure and character they do.

Benchmark wines for each French wine region will accompany the lecture allowing students to put theory to the taste test.


Your presenter for this seminar with be Lisa M Airey, Education Director for the Wine Scholar Guild.

Lisa M. Airey was knighted by the French government for the creation of the French Wine Scholar program and its significant contribution to the French wine industry. 
She has 24 years of experience in the wine industry. She has sold wine at the wholesale level, conducted her own wine school and written a weekly wine columns. As Education Director for the Society of Wine Educators, she gained experience in building study and certification programs. 

As Director of Education for the Wine Scholar Guild, Lisa is responsible for designing the programs' structure, creating and updating all study materials, teaching materials and exams. She also coordinates instructors on our online study programs as well as oversees all educational aspects of our immersion study trips to France.


At day’s end, the top scorer on the opening quiz will receive a scholarship to the French Wine Scholar On-Line program (value $595).


Non-winning participants who wish to enroll in the FWS program (whether in its distance-learning format or in classroom-learning formatat our DC program provider, Capital Wine School) can apply $195 of the review day seminar fee toward their tuition.

Lisa M. Airey, CWE, FWS | Education Director, Wine Scholars Guild

Event Info:

  • Sunday, July 22
  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • The Westin Georgetown
  • Trade Only
  • 250.00