California Wine Appellation Specialist® (CWAS) is the first and only in-depth professional credential dedicated to California wine. CWAS® was pioneered by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, David Glancy, in 2012 and has since earned the support of Wine Institute and grower associations throughout the state.
This one-of-a-kind program offers students a comprehensive, up-to-date, formal education on all the California wine regions, featuring material that is literally impossible to find from other resources. The topics will deeply enrich enthusiasts' knowledge and are critical to the success of today's wine professionals.
The program is part of the Glancy eWine School and includes university style curriculum with personalized online instruction, engaging student interaction and creative weekly tasting assignments expertly designed to bring the classroom to you! Each week, students will tackle a new subject in our virtual classroom with an industry leading instructor, engage in discussion with their peers, and complete weekly in-depth tasting assignments.
San Francisco Wine School is an official external education provider for Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, having certified many staff members with our proprietary California Wine Appellation Specialist® Program! Read about our partnership and our Corporate Training!
Orientation opens Jan 6
Class Runs Jan 13 - Mar 16
Orientation opens May 5
Class Runs May 12 - Jul 13
Orientation opens Sept 1
Class Runs Sept 8 - Nov 9
HOW DO OUR ONLINE CLASSES WORK?
Each week students will tackle a new subject in our virtual classroom, read materials at their own pace, engage in discussions with their instructor and peers, and complete weekly tasting assignments receiving instructor feedback to hone their skills. In addition, students will have access to Virtual Lectures by Master Sommelier David Glancy.
Want to see how our online classes work? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give you a tour of the virtual classroom!
California Wine Appellation Specialist® ONLINE consist of an orientation and 9 learning modules over a ten week period. Modules cover the following areas:
Want to learn more about California wine now? Watch Master Sommelier David Glancy in our educational videos filmed for Wine Institute and Discover California Wine.
ABOUT THE CERTIFICATION & EXAM
Students who score of 80% or higher in the program will be awarded a CWAS certificate and can proudly display the initials CWAS after their name. Program grading is weighted as follows: 85% exam, 5% weekly discussion, 5% weekly tasting assignments, 5% weekly quizzes.
Earning this credential will set you apart in the increasingly competitive wine industry and help you guide your customers through the complex and rapidly changing California wine scene.
Our online classroom and the resources within it are not completely compatible with all smartphones and tablets. We recommend having access to a computer to ensure all of the online resources will be available.
WHY IS CWAS IMPORTANT?
"Italy and France both have internationally recognized certification programs in place to drive interest and celebrate the nuances of 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."