2016 Rhône & Provence Master-Level Certification ~ Won’t You Join Me?

I’m thrilled to announce my participation as a student in the new 2016 Rhône & Provence Master-Level Study & Certificate program launching April 5, 2016 – and I’d be equally excited for you to join me.

Why? Because the Wine Scholar Guild provides a unique online experience that goes beyond boring textbook learning. Created by the Wine Scholar Guild and endorsed by Inter-Rhône and Wines of Provence, these programs are designed for the wine trade and other serious students of wine. The new program provides students with a unique and dynamic learning experience via web-based teaching technology coupled with a comprehensive study manual, instructor Q&A forum and an optional immersion trip to the region itself.


You’ll learn a plethora of information not taught elsewhere…have you ever wondered what the Romans saw when they built terraces for the vine in Vienne? Or the philosophy behind the assemblage of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre? And the differences between Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage? And which appellations are overlooked and represent great values?

photoprovence.fr amphorae Vaison la Romaine


Do you wonder how Provence developed its current rosé pre-eminence and what’s attracted mega stars like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Sacha Lichine to go to Provence and make wine?

And what makes the wines of Bandol, Cassis, Bellet and Pierrevert so special, or how Rosé wines are crafted? And what are the undiscovered wine gems from this region? Is there more than Rosé wine in Provence?

rose Provence

Wines of Provence map


1) We would be classmates, and 2) we’d learn from the best instructors from around the world—I’ve not seen such an impressive lineup in a while—seriously, this is an impressive lineup:

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 Graham
Renowned Californian winemaker and the founder of Bonny Doon Vineyard


Rhône Master-Level Program, April 5 – May 19.
Tuition is $375 and includes study manual, online study program and online exam sit. Registration is valid for a full year from date of registration.

Provence Master-Level Program, April 8 – May 6.
Tuition is $275 and includes study manual, online study program and online exam sit. Registration is valid for a full year from date of registration.


Anyone who wishes to understand Rhône and Provence wines from the ground up:

  • Wine professionals
  • Advanced Students of Wine
  • Serious wine hobbyists

Even better, the Wine Scholar Guild would like to extend an exclusive discount of $50 on each program if you signup using the coupon ENOBYTESR50.

Find all the answers and unveil the secrets of Rhône and Provence by



This programs offers a unique learning experience that you won’t find elsewhere. Discover why Rhône and Provence are some of the greatest wine regions in the World! Signup today and save with coupon code ENOBYTESR50

See you in class. Santé!


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of Enobytes.com, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.


  1. Janet April 5, 2016 at 8:09 PM - Reply

    Its a little late for me to make a decision on this but I’m definitely interested the next time around. Sounds like an interesting program.

    • enobytes April 5, 2016 at 8:34 PM - Reply

      Hope you can join a future class!

  2. Marcy L. April 5, 2016 at 8:43 PM - Reply

    I am interested in the Champagne Master class when it is available! I am curious when they will offer it?

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