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.
2021 Session Dates & Times
Jan 12 to Mar 16
Session 2* - New Hybrid Format!
Jul 11 to Sep 19
No Class September 5
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 asynchronous format!
Guided Blind Tasting Exercises
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!
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 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.
- 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
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...
San Francisco Wine School*
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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All attendees must be 21+ years