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Become a Certified Instructor

Provence Wines Master Class

In partnership with Vins de Provence, the French Wine Society offers a Provence Wines Master-Level Program for North American wine professionals. This is the most comprehensive program of its kind in the U.S. Professionals who complete the course and pass the master-level exam will receive the Provence Master-Level Certificate. The program was launched in June 2009 with a train-the-trainer study trip to Provence. A 60-page self-study manual for wine professionals is available online, along with an online exam

Study-Abroad Trip 

The master-level instructor study abroad program in Provence is another part of the comprehensive education program offered by Vins de Provence in partnership with the French Wine Society. Intended for those who have attained the French Wine Scholar certification, it covers all aspects of the Provence region's viticulture and expects wine educators to sit for the Provence exam at the conclusion of the trip. Study abroad candidates must be recommended by their wine/culinary/hospitality school. For more information, contact Lisa Airey, CWE, education director at the French Wine Society (, 410-472-1309). 


Learn from a Certified Instructor

The following wine educators have been accredited by the French Wine Society and the CIVP/Provence Wine Council as French Wine Academy Master-Level Provence Instructors. Visit their websites for program information.

Lisa M Airey, CWE
French Wine Society
Washington, D.C.

John Bandman, Certified Sommelier
The Art Institute of New York City
New York, NY

Jessica Bell
Midwest Wine School
Chicago, IL

Bryan Burkey, CWE
Wine Institute of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

Julie Dalton, CWE/Sommelier
Four Seasons Hotel - Baltimore
Wit & Wisdom - a Tavern by Michael Mina
Baltimore, MD

Joan Fedus, Wine Educator/Sommelier
Total Wine & More
New Jersey 

Hoke Harden, CSS, CSW
Elixir Vitae Wine & Spirits Consultants
Sonoma, CA

Ellen Kirsh, Wine Educator
Wine Matters
Washington, D.C.

Maggie Meroney, President/Wine Educator
Nectar Wine Consulting and Education
Atlanta, Georgia

Frank K. Patterson, PhD, Owner/Wine Educator
Tradewines Inc.
Philadelphia, PA

Alexandre Pichon, Retailer
Le Wine Shop/Le Gourmet Store
Greenwich, CT 

Jo-Ann Ross, CSW
Adventure Wine
Boston, MA

Bill Sanders, Educator/Writer
Crush and Press
Washington, D.C.  

Sheral Schowe, CWE
Utah Wine School - Wasatch Academy of Wine
Salt Lake City, UT  

Sandy Strick, PhD, CSW
South Carolina University School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM)
Columbia, SC



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