Certified Specialist of Wine

TAKE YOUR WINE KNOWLEDGE TO THE NEXT LEVEL: An Exclusive 10-session program to prepare for the notoriously rigorous CSW credential exam, a prerequisite for Certified Wine Educator.

Our 10-session Certified Specialist of Wine program was created by Master Sommelier David Glancy to fully prepare students for the notoriously rigorous CSW exam. David knows CSW better than most. He is one of only 12 Master Sommeliers in the world to achieve Society of Wine Educators' top credentialCertified Wine Educator. He also sits on the Board of Directors for SWE.

The program covers wine tasting, terminology, composition, chemistry, flaws, viticulture, enology, labels, laws and wine regions of the world. In addition, students will receive the official Society of Wine Educators' CSW Study Guide,  exam credit and more. See what's included below.


Session 1 

Tuesdays 6pm-9pm
March 31 to June 2 

Session 2 

Sundays 10am-5pm
September 13 to October 11
Includes a 1 hour lunch break. See dining options near us.

Have a tricky schedule?  Join others around the globe and take the program on your own schedule with our instructor led
 Certified Specialist of Wine Online format!


Students will taste over 70 wines from around the world to bring learning objectives to life and practice blind tasting techniques.  All wines are selected by Master Sommelier David Glancy and our instructors to represent a broad sampling of the classic wines of the world.



Certified Specialist of Wine consists of 10 three-hour classes covering the following areas.  

Each class within the full program can be taken as a single workshop.  Click the links to learn more!

The Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) is an internationally recognized credential conferred by the Society of Wine Educators (SWE), which has branches in countries around the globe. Obtaining the CSW demonstrates your mastery of wines of the entire world and can help you launch or further your career in wine. It is also a mandatory prerequisite for SWE's top credential, Certified Wine Educator (CWE).

CSW exam registrations are included in the program and are good for one full year from the start of the program. CSW exams are available at Pearson VUE testing centers and other locations. Students will be sent an authorization code and further instructions after the program begins. With the authorization code, a CSW Exam may be scheduled with the testing center at the candidate's preferred time and place.


San Francisco Wine School*
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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  • Exam Fees & Registration
  • Official Society of Wine Educators' CSW Study Guide
  • San Francisco Wine School Lecture Manual
  • San Francisco Wine School Water Bottle
  • CSW pin and certificate upon successful completion

All attendees must be 21+ years

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