But if you have an €8 bottle of wine in front of you and one was in a screw cap and one was corked, I’d definitely choose the screwcap,” he said.
The French Wine Scholar study and certification program is geared for members of the wine trade and serious wine hobbyists; it is designed to test for proficiency in the wines and wine regions of France. They will also receive the French Wine Scholar certificate and lapel pin. Of the eight international commercially produced wines on the market today (Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah) seven are native to France.
It is endorsed by the National French Wine Office and by U. Certification is resumé-building, validates competency and serves as a point of distinction midst trade and peers alike. It is for this primary reason that the rest of the wine world looks to France as the standard-bearer. Once you’ve mastered French wine, the rest of the wine world is far easier to grasp.
But knowing the basics about French wine isn’t as hard as you think.
Successful candidates are conferred the French Wine Scholar title and encouraged to use the FWS post-nominal as part of their professional signatures.
The French Wine Scholar curriculum is comprised of nine 2 hour classes (Total 18 Hours): Alsace, Champagne, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Jura, Savoie, Loire, Bordeaux, Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhone, Southwest, Provence and Corsica. It also includes the access to a complete E-Learning Package.
The screwcaps keep white wine fresher, longer and prevent the bottle from being fouled by bacteria in the cork.
“The culture of the cork is nice, pulling the cork out and making that pop is what makes peoples' juices flow.
Everyone remembers the heatwave that affected the 2003 vintage (last year!) so strongly, bringing the harvest date forward by several weeks (and in some cases more than a month! Calculated on the basis of the lifecycle of the vine, in other words the sugar content and the ripeness of the grape skins, harvests take several days, or even weeks, depending on the size of the plots.