Certified Specialist of Wine Program - A Prerequisite for Certified Wine Educator

Program Description

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 CSW program was created by Master Sommelier David Glancy to fully prepare students, who want to become wine specialists, for the notoriously rigorous CSW exam. David, a Certified Wine Educator CWE, knows CSW better than most. He is one of only 12 Master Sommeliers in the world to achieve this top credential from the Society of Wine Educators' besides being a CWE, Master Sommelier David Glancy also sat on the Board of Directors for the Society of Wine Educators for 3 consecutive terms.

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 Exam Study Guide, exam credit and more. See what's included below.

Session Date & Time

Jan 12 to Mar 16

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 in our asynchronous format!




*Installment plans available.  Group rates available for parties of 5 or more.  Contact help@sfwineschool.com for more information


Syllabus Overview

About the Certification & Exam

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 from home through ProctorU. 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. 

Enrollment Includes

  • 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
  • Over 70 wine tastings throughout the program
  • Tasting Kit delivery is available across the US for an additional fee 

Formats Available

Hybrid - Room/Zoom - NEW!

We've recently invested in some serious AV technology upgrades to create an integrated Hybrid Room/Zoom experience for all students.  Both "Roomers" and "Zoomers" are able to engage with us and each other during these live classes.  Recordings are also available after the class.  Whether you are excited to return to our beautiful venue in person or are enjoying the convenience of home learning, you can choose the experience that's right for YOU!  Learn more...

In-Person Location

San Francisco Wine School*
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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Guided Tasting Exercises

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


Requirements & Recommendations

All attendees must be 21+ years.  This is considered an intermediate level program.  We encourage beginner students to take our Intro to Wine Series, Somm Essentials, or the equivalent prior to enrolling.

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