French Wine 201

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French Wine 201

Improve your knowledge of French wine with this hands-on course.

A 4-part course and certificate where you learn from award-winning author, Madeline Puckette, and Master of Wine, Christine Marsiglio.

Buy it once, and own the latest versions for life!

What’s Included in the French Wine Course?

Part 1: Northern France

Follow Madeline into a wine specialty store to select wines for a dinner party featuring fish. The questions raised in this wine-seeking adventure get answered with Christine Marsiglio MW outlining the regions of Champagne, Alsace, and the Loire Valley.

Part 2: Central France

Order from the sommelier at fine dining in San Francisco, navigate the wine list with Madeline Puckette. Afterward, Christine Marsiglio MW serves up a course on Burgundy, Beaujolais, and the Northern Rhône to build confidence in this setting.

Part 3: South of France

Go hunting online with Madeline Puckette to search for the perfect bottle and learn how to read between the lines on wine reviews. Then, take a crash course with Christine Marsiglio MW on the regions of Southern France including the Southern Rhône Valley, Provence, and Languedoc-Roussillon.

Part 4: Starting a Wine Collection

Navigate tech sheets and producers with Madeline Puckette to find collectible wines that are meant to cellar and improve with age. Follow this adventure in wine-buying with Christine Marsiglio MW's primer on the wines of Bordeaux and South-West France.

Leave the class having created your own selection of French wines using your newfound skills.

Certificate: Prove Your Knowledge

A 12 part exam that should take you from 15–45 minutes to complete.

  • A grade of 80% is required to earn a certificate.
  • The test is randomized with multiple choice questions.
  • Some questions have multiple correct answers.

    You French Wine Course Instructors

    Wine Folly Founder Madeline Puckette

    Madeline Puckette is the cofounder of Since its creation in 2011, Wine Folly has become one of the most popular wine education sites in the world due to its extensive use of insightful articles, detailed infographics, and entertaining videos. In recognition of these efforts, the International Wine & Spirits Competition awarded Puckette with Wine Blogger of the Year in 2013, and Wine Communicator of the Year in 2019. In 2015, Puckette launched her first book: the New York Times Bestseller Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. It was followed in 2018 by the James Beard Award-winning Wine Folly: Magnum Edition. She has been featured in the popular documentaries Somm: Into The Bottle and Somm 3.

    Master of Wine Christine Marsiglio

    Christine Marsiglio is Wine Folly's head wine educator and one of 32 Bollinger award-winning Masters of Wine. Previously she has worked at the WSET School London where she contributed to the development of materials for the newly released WSET Diploma and teaches all WSET levels. Before discovering her love of wine education, Christine was a Tastings Executive at Decanter where she ran panel tastings and helped organise the Decanter World Wine Awards. During the course of her MW and WSET Diploma studies, Christine was awarded scholarships from the Family of Twelve, Freixenet, and the Derouet Jameson Memorial Foundation. She holds an MSc in Oenology and Viticulture from École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers, France, where her thesis focussed on the early detection of Brettanomyces in wineries. She also holds a BSc in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Alberta in Canada. Christine is a keen long distance runner, cook, and traveller.