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12 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 { notebook } PHOTO: PHBCZ VIA THINKSTOCK Wine Scholar Guild 2017 Wine Immersion Study Trips to France, Italy and Spain THE 2017 DATES May 14–19: Tuscany with Jane Hunt MW May 21–26: Piedmont with Kerin O'Keefe May 28– June 2: Burgundy with Andrew Jefford June 5–10: Alsace with Andrew Jefford September 24–29: Rioja with Sarah Jane Evans MW October 1–6: Bordeaux with Gerard Basset MW, MS October 10–14: Champagne with Essi Avellan MW October 15–19: Jura with Wink Lorch October 22–27: Loire with Pascaline Lepeltier, MS The trips are organized and operated by Terroir Wine Services, wine professionals with more than 15 years of experience putting together extraordinary wine trips in Europe. For more information, contact, or call 1-202-640-5466. Full information is also available on the Wine Scholar Guild web site at: overview/french-wine-tours.html THE WINE SCHOLAR GUILD (WSG, formerly the French Wine Society) has announced its 2017 schedule of week-long study trips. Each trip offers an intensive, professional-level series of tastings and cellar visits accompanied by an area expert to serve as host and educator for the duration. Each stop has a specific learning component so as to provide insight and/or insider-information. Most of the French wine region immersion trips include the WSG's industry-endorsed Master-Level programing as part of the travel package. Certificates of mastery are awarded upon success - ful completion of the final exam (taken online at a date and time convenient to the student). All trips are led by internationally-renowned experts such as Andrew Jefford, Essi Avellan MW, Gerard Basset MW, MS, Jane Hunt MW, Kerin O'Keefe and Sarah Jane Evans MW. Julien Camus, WSG President, explains: "After five years of success - fully offering unique study trips to some of the top wine regions in France, we have expanded our in-depth study programs to include Tuscany, Piedmont and Rioja. These trips give participants a taste and feel for each region's wines and wine culture that text books cannot provide. Trips scheduled for 2017 are selling quickly, with many repeat registrations from previous guests—a sign that the Wine Scholar Guild is truly delivering a unique wine tour experience." The trips include extensive high-caliber wine tastings at some of the best estates within each region and are nearly all-inclusive with full comfort hotels, gourmet meals accompanied by great wines, winery tours and tastings and deluxe ground transportation. Prices range from $3,570 to $4,290 per person, double occupancy, and each trip is limited to just 18 guests (15 for Burgundy, Piedmont and Jura).

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