Intensive 3-Day Wine Immersion Into California Appellations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 10, 2014 — An intensive, three-day wine education program in San Francisco, CA, April 26-28 delves into the intricacies of California’s wine and wine regions, and examines their impact on the world of wine.  Upon successful completion, program participants will earn the California Wine Appellation Specialist® credential.

The California Wine Appellation Specialist® (CWAS) credential was developed by San Francisco Wine School’s founder, David Glancy MS, CWE, and is the only comprehensive education program on California wine. The cutting-edge program is aimed at those active in or aspiring to professional careers in the California wine industry, although attendees also include avid wine-lovers seeking to deepen their understanding of California wine.

“This three-day program packs into a single weekend all of the training usually provided in a nine-week course,” explained Glancy, one of only twelve people in the world to hold both a Master Sommelier diploma and a Certified Wine Educator credential. “We’ve found that busy professionals prefer total immersion, which boosts their wine expertise fast.”

The three-day intensive includes:

  • Guided tasting and discussion of over 60 California wines
  • Identification and interpretation of USA and California wine laws
  • Discussion of the history and importance of California’s American Viticultural Areas (AVAs)
  • Detailed investigation of California’s production of wines
  • Examination of the various climates, soils, grapes, and wineries of each region that make it distinctive to the California wine landscape

Regions of study include Mendocino County, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay, the Delta, Lake County, the Sierra Foothills, Monterey and San Benito, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and beyond.

The program runs 8:30-5:30 Saturday and Sunday, and 8:30-3:00 Monday at Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.  Daily continental breakfast and lunch are included with the program.  A Sunday tasting dinner with San Francisco Wine School founder David Glancy, MS, CWE and other professional wine experts is available for an additional fee.  The optional online exam can be taken within one month of completing the program and enables those who achieve at least an 80% score to display the prestigious CWAS® designation.

Enrollment materials and information are available at the San Francisco Wine School website, or by calling the school at 415-644-8461. Email inquiries should be directed to

About San Francisco Wine School 

Since 2011, San Francisco Wine School has provided world-class wine education and professional development for successful careers in the wine industry. San Francisco Wine School programs are designed for credential exam preparation, however many enthusiasts outside of the wine industry attend to deepen their wine knowledge and appreciation. For more information, look for San Francisco Wine School at and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Yelp and Twitter.

Karen MacKenzie
Christine Piccin
MacKenzie Agency

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San Francisco Wine School strives to open up the world of wine to serious students and enthusiasts everywhere while helping people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school in the U.S., offering the most thoughtful approach to wine study. Their inspired educational programs and workshops are taught in their state of the art wine education & events center and their cutting edge virtual classroom by industry-leading instructors from all major educational disciplines. San Francisco Wine School’s curriculum features 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. Their brand new sunlight-filled wine education & events center is conveniently located just 5 minutes from San Francisco International Airport and boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall arched windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, South San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Bay, making it the perfect place to enjoy classes, industry seminars and tastings and host a wide variety of private events—from serious educational programs for wine/hospitality industry staff to team-building and other fun, social, private events for wine enthusiasts.

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