LEARN THE NUANCES OF CALIFORNIA WINE: A 9-week program to help students master the increasingly complex AVA landscape in California.
California Wine Appellation Specialist® (CWAS) is the first and only in-depth professional credential dedicated to California wine. CWAS® was pioneered by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, David Glancy, in 2012 and has since earned the support of Wine Institute and grower associations throughout the state.
This one-of-a-kind program offers students a comprehensive, up-to-date, formal education on all the California wine regions, featuring material that is literally impossible to find from other resources. The topics will deeply enrich enthusiasts' knowledge and are critical to the success of today's wine professionals.
- Learn the language of California wine labeling
- Discuss the history and impact of California's American Viticultural Areas
- Understand California's wine production
- Analyze the distinctive climates, soils, grapes and wineries of each region that make up the California wine landscape
|Fall||September 8 - November 8, 2015||
|Winter||November 23, 2015 - February 7, 2016||
HOW DO OUR ONLINE CLASSES WORK?
Each week students will tackle a new subject in our virtual classroom, read materials at their own pace, engage in discussions with their instructor and peers, and complete weekly tasting assignments receiving instructor feedback to hone their skills. In addition, students will have access to Virtual Lectures by Master Sommelier David Glancy.
Personalized Online Instruction
California Wine Appellation Specialist® ONLINE consist of 10 learning modules over a nine week period. Modules cover the following areas:
- Virtual Classroom Orientation
- California Wine Labeling & Mendocino
- Napa Valley
- Lake & The Sierra
- Santa Cruz, Livermore & Lodi
- Monterey & San Benito
- Paso Robles & the Rest of San Luis Obisbo
- Santa Barbara & Beyond
- CWAS Credential Exam
Want to learn more about California wine now? Watch Master Sommelier David Glancy in our educational videos filmed for Wine Institute and Discover California Wine.
ABOUT THE CERTIFICATION & EXAM
Students who score of 80% or higher in the program will be awarded a CWAS certificate and can proudly display the initials CWAS after their name. Program grading is weighted as follows: 85% exam, 5% weekly discussion, 5% weekly tasting assignments, 5% weekly quizzes.
Earning this credential will set you apart in the increasingly competitive wine industry and help you guide your customers through the complex and rapidly changing California wine scene.
- Exam Fees & Registration
- 9 weeks of access to our CWAS Online Classroom
- Certificate upon successful completion
All attendees must be 21+ years
WHY IS CWAS IMPORTANT?
"Italy and France both have internationally recognized certification programs in place to drive interest and celebrate the nuances of their wine regions. If wine students don't have the resources or formal channels to specialize in California wine, it sends the wrong message about California's diverse range of meso-climates, grape varieties, and wine styles", warns Glancy. "To compete with old world imports and fully tap into growing demand for wine, we need to put educational channels in place to properly engage the industry. Competition is only getting more intense."