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French Wine Scholar Program Coming To White Plains

Ned Towle
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Westchester Wine School will bring the French Wine Scholar program to Westchester for the first time beginning Monday, June 8, in White Plains.

The French Wine Scholar program is administered by the French Wine Society with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture.

The program is intended for both wine enthusiasts and the county’s professionals, and provides students with a deep understanding of the wines of France and a globally recognized certification. The course includes educational texts, maps and exercises, plus more than 40 French wines to taste.

Ned Towle is the founder of Westchester Wine School and will teach the course. Towle’s first exposure to wine came at age 19, when he picked grapes in southern France for a wine grower whose only means of transporting grapes was a wooden cart drawn by a donkey.

Towle is a sommelier certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers and a wine educator certified by the Society of Wine Educators.

The French Wine Scholar program is one of many offered by the school. The fall calendar includes a six-class introductory survey “The World of Wine” and the “Certified Specialist of Wine Training Course.”

The program will be co-taught by Elizabeth Miller, formerly of Blue Hill at Stone Barns and the current manager at Vintology Wine & Spirits in Scarsdale. Miller received her CSW through the Westchester Wine School in 2012.

The French Wine Scholar Program meets at Grapes The Wine Company in White Plains from 7-10 p.m. June 8, 15, 22 and 29, July 13, 20 and 27 and Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 31. Tuition is $1,095 ($1,050 for hospitality professionals). Register at

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