Whether you are looking for professional training or just thoughtful imbibing, France 44 Wine & Spirits Education is your home for inclusive, accessible learning about all things fermented.
Study with us
At France 44, we believe that education is the dividing line between an intentional drink and mindless one. Studying with us is not just about titles and certifications, or rote memorization, but deepening the connection and pleasure found in sharing a good drink.
Why choose us? As one of the Midwest's premier fine wine and spirits retailers, we bring a legacy of outstanding customer service, deep connections to the wine and spirits trade, and a passionate, dedicated staff to help you achieve your educational goals in a wide range of courses. You bring your curiosity, and we'll handle the rest.
We've partnered with the internationally-recognized Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) to offer a range of professional training courses in Wine, Spirits, and Sake.
Rigorous yet accessible, our WSET classes are the cornerstone of our education programs. From foundational courses to advanced, personalized study, there are options for every learner.
Who Are We?
At France 44, we know that the key to running a successful business is employing people who are hardworking and passionate about what they do. That's why we've invested in our employees' education over the years, providing stipends, space, and support for our staff to get professional training in wine, beer, and spirits.
Our staff are experts in their fields, and hold a wide range of certifications through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, Wine Scholar Guild, Cicerone Certification Program, and more. They are also a fun-loving bunch who are happiest when they're sharing their knowledge with eager students who like to nerd-out as much as they do.