Certified Specialist of Wine Online

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TAKE YOUR WINE KNOWLEDGE TO THE NEXT LEVEL: An Exclusive 9-week program to prepare for the notoriously rigorous CSW credential exam.

Our 9-week Certified Specialist of Wine Online 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 Educator's top credential, Certified Wine Educator. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Society of Wine Educators.

Certified Specialist of Wine Online is also enjoyed by any student looking to enhance their knowledge of wine tasting, terminology, composition, chemistry, flaws, viticulture, enology, labels, laws and wine regions of the world.

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.

In addition, students will receive the official Society of Wine Educators' CSW Study Guide.

Session Dates & Time
How our online classes work
Syllabus Overview
About the Certification & Exam
Enrollment includes
Requirements

SESSION DATES & TIMES

January 9 - March 12, 2017
April 10 - June 11, 2017
July 10 - September 17, 2017
October 16 - December 17, 2017


Also check out our Certified Specialist of Wine Weekly format!

HOW DO OUR ONLINE WINE 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 help@sfwineschool.com and we'll give you a tour of the virtual classroom!


Personalized online instruction
Your industry leading instructor will personally connect with you and your classmates in the virtual classroom, guiding you through the curriculum, answering your questions, providing feedback and taking an active role in the class discussions.

Self-paced learning
Our virtual class materials are designed to accommodate all different learning styles and schedules. Read the slides and articles, listen to lectures, watch the videos, view the maps - pause, skip ahead, go back, jump to a different section – all with the click of a mouse.


Student Interaction
Our online programs are designed to promote engagement with the other members of the class. Students gain a new network of wine professionals and serious enthusiasts from all over the world. In many ways, our online students are more connected than those who meet in a traditional program. Weekly discussions are known to get very lively and because there are no set classroom hours, students engage much more than they would during a traditional class. Some classes even decide to come together from far and wide just to meet in person at the end of the program.   


Wine Tasting Assignments
Each tasting assignment is designed to impart the learning objectives for each region of study and has flexible parameters to allow for differences in wine availability in your area. Get to know your local wine shop, tasting bar, your own cellar, or hit the road to see the region in person!  Locating wines that meet the assignment criteria is half the fun and enriches the learning experience.  Read the Wine Requirements.



SYLLABUS OVERVIEW
Certified Specialist of Wine consists of a Virtual Classroom Orientation which is open for 1 week prior to the start of the curriculum, followed 9 modules. Classes cover the following areas:

  • Virtual Classroom Orientation
  • Tasting, Chemistry & Flaws Intensive
  • Viticulture & Enology Intensive
  • Wines of Northern France
  • Wines of Southern France
  • Wines of Italy
  • Wines of Spain, Portugal & Greece
  • Wines of Germany & Eastern Europe
  • Wines of North America
  • Wines of the Southern Hemisphere

ABOUT THE CERTIFICATION & EXAM

CSW exam registrations are included in the program and are good for one full year. 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.

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).


ENROLLMENT INCLUDES

  • Exam Fees & Registration
  • Official Society of Wine Educators' CSW Study Guide**
  • CSW pin & certificate upon successful completion

**Shipping Surcharge for International Students

REQUIREMENTS

All attendees must be 21+ years

Our online classroom and the resources within it are not completely compatible with all smartphones and tablets.  We recommend having access to a computer for to ensure all of the online resources will be available.

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ABOUT

San Francisco Wine School strives to open up the world of wine to serious students and enthusiasts everywhere while helping people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school in the U.S., offering the most thoughtful approach to wine study. Their inspired educational programs and workshops are taught in their state of the art wine education & events center and their cutting edge virtual classroom by industry-leading instructors from all major educational disciplines. San Francisco Wine School’s curriculum features the best content in the business: expert course materials, carefully conceived wine flights, and in-depth blind tasting exercises designed to engage students, illuminate course content and enhance learning. Their brand new sunlight-filled wine education & events center is conveniently located just 5 minutes from San Francisco International Airport and boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall arched windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, South San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Bay, making it the perfect place to enjoy classes, industry seminars and tastings and host a wide variety of private events—from serious educational programs for wine/hospitality industry staff to team-building and other fun, social, private events for wine enthusiasts.

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