Certified Specialist of Wine


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San Francisco Wine School

TAKE YOUR WINE KNOWLEDGE TO THE NEXT LEVEL: An Exclusive 10-week program to prepare for the notoriously rigorous CSW credential exam.

Our 10-week Certified Specialist of Wine program was created by Master Sommelier David Glancy to fully prepare students for the notoriously rigorous CSW exam. David knows CSW better than most. He is one of only 12 Master Sommeliers in the world to achieve Society of Wine Educators' top credentialCertified Wine Educator. He also sits on the Board of Directors for SWE.

The program covers wine tasting, terminology, composition, chemistry, flaws, viticulture, enology, labels, laws and wine regions of the world. In addition, students will receive the official Society of Wine Educators' CSW Study Guide and access to the Society's Online Wine Academy.

Session Dates & Time
Guided Blind Wine Tasting Exercises
Syllabus Overview
About the Certification & Exam
Enrollment includes


Session 1 
January 12 - March 15, 2016
6pm - 9pm Tuesdays
Session 2 April 5 - June 7, 2016
10am - 1pm
Session 3 August 15 - October 24, 2016
**No Class 9/5/16**
6pm - 9pm Mondays
Session 4 October 17 - December 19, 2016 10am - 1pm Mondays


San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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Students will taste over 70 wines from around the world to bring learning objectives to life and practice blind tasting techniques.  All wines are selected by Master Sommelier David Glancy and our instructors to represent a broad sampling of the classic wines of the world.



Certified Specialist of Wine consists of 10 three-hour classes covering the following areas:

The Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) is an internationally recognized credential conferred by the Society of Wine Educators (SWE), which has branches in countries around the globe. Obtaining the CSW demonstrates your mastery of wines of the entire world and can help you launch or further your career in wine. It is also a mandatory prerequisite for SWE's top credential, Certified Wine Educator (CWE).

CSW exam registrations are included in the program and are good for one full year. CSW exams are available at Pearson VUE testing centers and other locations. Students will be sent an authorization code and further instructions after the program begins. With the authorization code, a CSW Exam may be scheduled with the testing center at the candidate's preferred time and place.


  • Exam Fees & Registration
  • Official Society of Wine Educators' CSW Study Guide
  • Access to the Society of Wine Educators Online Wine Academy
  • Set of four professional tasting glasses
  • San Francisco Wine School Water Bottle
  • CSW pin and certificate upon successful completion

All attendees must be 21+ years



San Francisco Wine School is breathing new energy into the world of wine education by bringing together under one roof the wine topics and credential programs that best prepare students for success, no matter what their career path or personal goal. Founded in 2011 by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School has quickly grown to be the largest wine school in the country. We strive to offer programs that are relevant to everyone, from students newly embarked on their discovery of wine to the most advanced wine professionals. Our inspired educational programs are taught in our state of the art wine education center and our cutting edge virtual classroom by industry-leading instructors from all major educational disciplines and feature the best content in the business: expert course materials, carefully conceived wine flights, and in-depth blind tasting exercises designed to engage students, illuminate course content and enhance learning.

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