Wines of France

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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 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 prerequisite 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.

Final Exam Information

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Dr. Clinton LeeDr. Clinton Lee has attained the highest qualification from the Wine Spirit and Education Trust based in London, the WSET Diploma and the Certified International Educator. He has over 80 million views globally on TikTok and Instagram about his wine and etiquette lessons.

He is an international wine lecturer, writer and critc. He has taught WSET programs and other wine courses both in Canada and internationally in China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan Argentina, France, Hungary and Italy.

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1.0 Introduction

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

IntroductionSuggested VideosIntroduction Introduction If you've heard of French wine, you've definitely heard the word “terroir.“ In understanding the unique connection of land, culture, tradition and climate, the French paved the way. From the early days of winemaking in France, the French term "terroir" became ingrained in the French wine culture. It was a way of [...]

2.0 History of Wine in France

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

History of Wine in FranceSuggested VideoHistory of Wine in France History of Wine in France Learning Objectives Understand the progression of wine cultivation in France Early French wine English and Dutch interest Phylloxera Current day trends and challenges Timeline Before France's wine history Early cultivation The Greeks The Romans The Middle Ages 400-1200 English and [...]

3.0 Geography

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

GeographySuggested VideoGeography Geography Approximately, 2/3 of France's land is mountains, with the Alps, Pyrenees and the Vosges mountain ranges Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Europe These mountain ranges play an important role in supplying fresh water to vineyards in the driest regions of France The mountains also provide shelter for many wine regions, [...]

4.0 Climate / Soil / Wine regions

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

ClimateSoilBordeauxBurgundyChampagneLanguedocLoire ValleyProvenceRhône ValleyAlsaceSuggested VideoSummary of Main Wine Regions & Main VarietiesClimate Climate Climate is at the forefront of all media, including newspapers, and is the most pressing concern. Its importance cannot be stressed enough. Climate has a major impact not only on a global scale that affects our lives. Certainly we must understand how climate [...]

5.0 Grapes of France

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

GrapesSuggested VideoGrapes Grapes Learning Objectives: Understand the history of wine grapes in France Key facts about wine grapes The major grapes of France Understand major characteristics of the grapes What you must know History The history of the cultivation of the species of grape used for wine is largely unknown Some evidence (residue in clay [...]

5.0A – Wine Tasting Equipment and Tasting List

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Standard

IntroductionWine Tasting EquipmentAPWASI Wine Tasting MethodologyWine Tasting ListIntroduction Congratulations on your decision to learn even more about different cultures and people through your wine studies with APWASI WINES OF FRANCE. For some of you the wine adventure began with Wine Essentials I and then Wine essentials II. By now you are familiar and confident with [...]

6.0 Cuisine/Pairings

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

IntroductionCuisinePairingsSuggested Wine ListIntroduction Introduction  In order to pair any meal with wine, you must know the local / regional culture and tradition of serving food. This is a universal rule and it would serve you well to consider; strange customs are like finding a rare diamond. Don't be offended, but think of it as a [...]

7.0 Culture/Etiquette

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Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

CultureEtiquetteBusiness Culture/Etiquette in FranceBusiness Culture/Etiquette in CanadaSuggested VideoCulture Culture Most of us, if not all of us, have heard these French sayings before: Savoir vivre “know how to live life“ Joie de vivre “joy of living“ C'est la vie “accept life as it comes“ The French embrace life as it is, as we can see [...]

8.0 How to Read the Label / Bottling / Packaging

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

How to Read the Label / Bottling / PackagingSuggested VideoHow to Read the Label / Bottling / Packaging How to Read the Label / Bottling / Packaging Bottle Shapes The advent of glass for wine containers propelled the marketing, durability and commercialization of wine There are four main styles of wine bottles. They are: The [...]

9.0 Future

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

FutureFuture Future Over the years, France has consistently remained one of the top wine producers in the world There are two methods of looking at wine in France: cépage and terroir Cépage (varietals) is the type of grape used in wine production Terroir (land-based) emphasizes the wine's geographic origin, its regional characteristics, and how the [...]

10.0 Summary

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

SummarySuggested VideoSummary Summary Learning Objectives The importance of French Wine in the wine world Understand the different wine regions Know the major grape varietals Identify the major wine classifications and designations of France All serious studies of wine must include France. For many, French wine is the benchmark for all wine. While an exhaustive analysis [...]

11.0 Course Feedback

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Course Feedback Did you enjoy the content of the APWASI preview course? * YesNo 1. How would you rate the quality of this course? PoorAcceptableGoodVery GoodExcellentN/A 2. How did you find the course length & detail? ShortJust RightToo LongN/A 3. Were the course questions easy? EasyJust RightHardVery HardN/A 4. Would you recommend this course? YesNoN/A [...]

12.0 Final Exam

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Congratulations on your wonderful achievement of completing the course. The next step is to successfully pass the Final Examination. This examination is timed and there are 100 multiple choice questions with 65% being the pass mark. We strongly urge you, encourage you to study hard before you attempt to take the examination. Ensure you know […]