“California Wine Intensive” Hits Vegas March 27-29 - Become a Credentialed California Wine Expert in Sin City in Just Three Days

California Wine Intensive Hits Vegas

San Francisco, Calif. (March 5, 2015) - Play the slots, take in a show, and then spend a few days in Las Vegas tasting wine with San Francisco Wine School.  Not what you expected for a trip to Sin City? David Glancy wagers that, if you join him, “What happens in Vegas just may change the course of your career.”

Glancy, founder of San Francisco Wine School, created the first and only professional credential program on California wine: the California Wine Appellation Specialist® certification, CWAS® for short. Typically taught over nine weeks in the San Francisco Bay Area, CWAS® travels to The Signature at MGM Grand in Las Vegas as a 3-Day Intensive, March 27-29.

“Competition in the wine industry is only getting more intense, and education will set you apart,” counsels Glancy. The CWAS® program arms wine professionals with up-to-date, nuanced knowledge about California’s rich history and distinct wine landscape, transforming them from someone who writes an order into someone who tells a wine’s story and really sells it. “That affects their bottom line,” notes Glancy.

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 pioneered CWAS® as a deep-dive into all of California’s wine regions to help those who sell wine, meet the growing consumer demand for detailed insight. The program has quickly become the gold standard for the industry, earning the support of Wine Institute and grower associations throughout the state.

Glancy will be accompanied by special guest instructor, Master Sommelier Joe Phillips, Director of Wine Education at Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada. Joe is well-known in Sin City and was voted Best Sommelier in Las Vegas by Las Vegas Weekly. 

California Wine Intensive Hits Vegas

CWAS® features guided blind tasting of more than 60 wines, immersing attendees into 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. Watch the CWAS preview videos here.

Topics also covered are:

  • Identification and interpretation of US and California wine laws
  • Discussion of California wine history and its impact on today’s American Viticultural Areas
  • Detailed investigation of California’s wine production
  • Examination of the various climates, soils, grapes, and wineries of each region that make it distinctive to the California wine landscape

The CWAS® 3-Day Intensive includes 22 hours of instruction by San Francisco Wine School founder and CEO, David Glancy. It will take place at The Signature at MGM Grand, 145 East Harmon Avenue, Las Vegas, March 27-29 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 at Honey Salt 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 in South San Francisco and online in San Francisco Wine School’s virtual classroom. See CWAS® for more details; 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 and feature the best content in the business:  expert course materials, carefully conceived wine flights, and signature blind tastings 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 launched the California Wine Appellation Specialist® (CWAS) credential, the first ever, in-depth California professional credential program, and Somm Essentials, a 40-hour intensive for the beverage and hospitality industries, while bringing together under one roof all of the credentials most important to wine professionals. For more information, visit San Francisco Wine School at www.sfwineschool.com and on FacebookLinkedInYelp 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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