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 credential—Certified 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.
|Summer||July 14th - September 15th||Tuesdays||6pm - 9pm|
|Fall||September 28th - November 30th||Mondays||6pm - 9pm|
GUIDED BLIND TASTING EXERCISES
250 Gateway Boulevard
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(Five minute walk from CalTrain)
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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:
- Tasting, Chemistry & Flaws Intensive
- Viticulture & Enology Intensive
- Wines of Northern France
- Wines of Southern France
- Wines of Italy
- Wines of Spain, Portugal & Greece
- Wines of Germany & Eastern Europe
- Wines of North America
- Wines of the Southern Hemisphere
- Review Session
ABOUT THE CERTIFICATION & EXAM
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