Wine Scholar Guild Offers New Master Level Certifications


I’m thrilled to announce you my participation as a student in the 2016 Rhône & Provence Master Level Study & Certificate that will launch today. I am a lifelong student and appreciate the opportunity to share these programs with you.

The first is the Rhône Master-Level Certificate Program, which begins today, Tuesday, April 5. The Provence Master-Level Certificate Program begins Friday, April 8. The programs are endorsed by Inter-Rhône and Wines of Provence and are geared towards wine trade and serious students of wine. Both programs are accessible anywhere online using web-based teaching technology, a study manual, an instructor Q&A forum, and an optional immersion trip to the region itself.


Do you wonder what the Romans saw when they built terraces for the vine in Vienne? What is the philosophy behind the blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre? What are the differences between Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage ? Which appellations are overlooked and represent great value? What are the differences, in legend and in reality, between the Côtes Brune and Blonde in Côte-Rôtie?


Do you wonder how Provence has developed its current rosé preeminence? Are there more than lavender fields and olive groves in the Provençal landscape? How are rosés produced? What makes the wines of Bandol, Cassis, Bellet, and Pierrevert so special? What are the undiscovered wine gems? Are there more than rosés in Provence?


Course instructors include Masters of Wines, Master Sommeliers, WSET Diploma holders and Certified Wine Educators. The instructor for the Provence program is Elizabeth Gabay, MW,  who has lived and worked in Provence since 2002. Instructors for the Rhône course include:

  • Christophe Tassan
    Rhône native; Sommelier at The Battery in San Francisco; Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2004
  • Victor Coulon
    8th generation winemaker of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s Domaine du Beaurenard; organic and biodynamic farmer
  • Louis Barruol
    14th generation Gigondas winemaker
  • Paul Amsellem
    3rd generation producer; champion for the Condrieu AOC
  • Olivier Hickman
    Rhône resident and educational Rhône wine guide; owner of Wine-Uncovered
  • Charles Curtis
    Master of Wine; former head of Christie’s America and Christie’s Asia
  • Elizabeth Gabay
    Master of Wine, wine writer and consultant; resident of southeast France
  • Lisa Granik
    Master of Wine, doctorate from Yale Law School, judge, award-wining author and teacher for 10 years with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the American Sommelier Association and the Institute of Masters of Wine
  • Barbara Philip
    Master of Wine, Category Manager for BC Liquor Stores, international presenter, journalist and judge
  • Special Guest Randall Grahm


To register for the Rhône Program ($375), visit this link. To register for the Provence Program ($375) visit this link. If you register for both programs, you will pay $500 instead of $650 and save $150. Please use promo code WINECHICKR50 to get $50 off each program. You have one year to complete the programs and take the exam.

If you decide to join in the fun of learning about the wines of the Rhône and Provence, I’ll be right there with you learning, too.



  1. That’s fantastic, Beth. I was looking at these as well. I would love to do them at some point but as I just did WSET 2, I should probably not spend the money right now. Looking forward to your thoughts on the programs.

    1. I am going to give it a try and write a review of the program. I do really have a budding interest in Rhône varietal wines, so perhaps it was meant to be. 🙂

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