California Wine Appellation Specialist CWAS®

Learn the nuances of California Wine.  Gain critical knowledge to help you stand out and master the increasingly complex AVA landscape in California.

Bokisch Ranch, Lodi

You can learn the nuances of California wine in our California Wine Appellation Specialist CWAS® program and gain critical knowledge to help you master the increasingly complex AVA landscape in California and become a wine 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 of the wine regions, featuring material that is literally impossible to find from other resources or wine specialists. The topics will deeply enrich enthusiasts' knowledge and are critical to the success of today's wine professionals.

  • Learn the language of California wine labeling
  • Discuss the history and impact of California's American Viticultural Areas
  • Understand California's wine production
  • Analyze the distinctive climates, soils, grapes and wineries of each region that make up the California wine landscape

This program is offered in a live, synchronous format and as well as an asynchronous, instructor led online format as part of the Glancy eWine School.  Want help deciding which is right for you?  Contact us for assistance. 

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Since our inception, we have been providing financial aid programs in the form of educational scholarships and internships to worthy students in the wine and hospitality trade. We are thrilled to be able to support the next generation of industry leaders.

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