Somms of the East Coast get ready; serious California wine education is hopping coasts to cater to the thriving restaurant scene in Washington DC. David Glancy of San Francisco Wine School proposes that these this powerful immersion into California wine “may change the course of your wine career, or make your team significantly more effective at what they do.”
“Competition in the wine industry is only getting more intense, and education will set you apart,” counsels Glancy, founder of San Francisco Wine School. “More than ever before, consumers are educated and wine-savvy. When they make a purchase, they demand more than what’s on the label. They want details, history, even stories. They want a wine that will satisfy all of their senses.”
David Glancy champions a wine professional’s ability to make a difference with education, and created the first and only professional credential program on our country’s most significant wine-producing region: the California Wine Appellation Specialist® certification, CWAS® for short.
The CWAS® program arms students with up-to-date, nuanced knowledge about California’s rich history and distinct wine landscape. It quickly has become the gold standard for the industry, earning the support of wine grower associations and the Wine Institute. Instructor David Glancy is one of only twelve people in the world to hold both a revered Master Sommelier diploma and a Certified Wine Educator credential. He’s not only a wine expert, but has proven his ability to teach and help students analyze what’s in their glass.
The CWAS® 3-day Intensive will feature guided blind tasting of more than 60 wines, immersing students into Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay, the Delta, Lake County, the Sierra Foothills, Monterey, San Benito, Paso Robles and the rest of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and beyond. Watch the CWAS preview videos here.
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The CWAS® 3-Day Intensive includes 22 hours of instruction. It will take place at Capital Wine School June 5-7, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Daily breakfast and lunch are included, and a Saturday tasting dinner with David Glancy is available for an additional charge. The CWAS® credential exam will be available online following the program. Students who achieve a passing exam score will be designated California Wine Appellation Specialists® and granted the use of the post-nominal CWAS. The program fee is $1,495. Installment plans are available.
In addition to the 3-Day Intensive, CWAS® is taught year-round as a 9-Week Credential Program (next start date is September 15 in the school’s brand new facility located in South San Francisco), and online in San Francisco Wine School’s virtual classroom on June 22. SeeCWAS® for program overview; registration information is at CWAS® 3-Day Intensive.
About San Francisco Wine School
We strongly believe that education propels everyone to greater success. At San Francisco Wine School, our mission is to breathe new energy into the world of wine education by teaching only the wine topics and credential programs that best prepare students for success, no matter what their career path. We strive to offer programs that are relevant to everyone, from students newly embarked on their discovery of wine, to advanced wine professionals already successfully established in the business.
Inspired educational programs are taught 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. Rigorous wine programs not only aid in credential exam preparation, but foster an in-depth understanding of wine types and world appellations and with that, a profound appreciation of the subject.
San Francisco Wine School is bringing together under one roof all of the credentials most important to wine professionals and filling the gaps in areas where no relevant education exists. Founder and CEO, David Glancy, MS, CWE created the California Wine Appellation Specialist® (CWAS) credential, the first ever in-depth California professional credential program, Somm Essentials, a 40-hour certificate program for the beverage and hospitality industries, as well as beginning and advanced workshops for industry professionals and enthusiasts alike.