San Francisco Wine School Offers Only California Wine Credential Program

San Francisco, Calif. (January 17, 2014) – San Francisco Wine School is offering the first and only formal credential relating to California wines to shape a new generation of industry-leading California wine experts: the California Wine Appellation Specialist® (CWAS) Program. Nick Frey, former President of Sonoma County Winegrowers, is very supportive. “By delving into the diversity of climates, soils and topography,” explains Frey, “the class helps students fully appreciate wines from each AVA.”

CWAS® is the only comprehensive, up-to-date education program on California wine, featuring material that is literally impossible to find from other resources. David Glancy, CEO and founder of San Francisco Wine School, created the CWAS® program and exam to help ensure the next generation of wine experts is properly versed in the nuances of California wine. His hope is that the program creates California wine advocates from Miami to NYC to Las Vegas, who can truly open up the world of California wines to consumers.

Italy and France both have internationally recognized certification programs in place to drive interest and celebrate the nuances 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.”

David has a deep history with wine education. He currently sits on the board of the Society of Wine Educators and is only one of twelve Master Sommeliers in the world to pass their rigorous Certified Wine Educator exam. He also created, managed and taught the only Certified Sommelier Program approved by Court of Master Sommeliers at the Professional Culinary Institute.

Three options for study:
CWAS® Online 9-Week Credential Program – Online Virtual Classroom – Jan 27
**NEW** CWAS® 3-Day Credential Program – Santa Rosa, CA – Jan 31
CWAS® 9-Week Credential Program – South San Francisco, CA – Spring 2014

3-Day program details:
The inaugural 3-day CWAS® credential program in Santa Rosa will feature special guests Nick Frey, former long-time president of Sonoma County Winegrowers and Dr. Liz Thach, Master of Wine and professor at Sonoma State University in the Wine Business Institute.

● Guided tasting and discussion of over 60 California wines
● Identification and interpretation of USA and California wine laws
● Discussion of history and impact of California’s American Viticultural Areas
● Examination of the various climates, soils, grapes, and wineries of each region that make it distinctive to the California wine landscape

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.

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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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