Northwest Wine Appellation Specialist NWAS™

Learn the scope of pacific northwest wine...

The Pacific Northwest is the second largest source of wine from North America and many of the regions within it stand toe to toe qualitatively with California, France and other great wine regions of the world. San Francisco Wine School’s Northwest Wine Appellation Specialist NWAS™ was created by David Glancy, MS, CWE and Fred Swan, DWS to provide the first and only in-depth, professional credential dedicated solely to this important region.

"Oregon, Washington, Idaho & BC are relative newcomers to the international wine stage with the majority of expansion and improvement coming in the last 30 years. The last 15 years has been an absolute explosion of new AVAs and GIs and world-class wines. Every day there is more to know! Fred Swan has done an amazing job gathering these details as we launch this credential to give these regions the attention they deserve." - David Glancy, MS, CWE

This 4-class series and certification exam helps students understand the diverse terroirs and wine styles of this dynamic region and features a comprehensive, up-to-date, and formal education on every wine region in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Idaho.

  • Understand how and why Pinot Noir varies between Willamette Valley AVAs
  • Learn Oregon’s unique wine purity and labeling laws.
  • Discover the Chateauneuf-du-Pape of Oregon, the desert of British Columbia, and the unique aspects of the Columbia Valley’s climate and topography which make it ideal for red Bordeaux and Rhone varieties, and the surprising number of producers in Idaho.
  • Dive into the history, current trends and details on every AVA.
  • Engage in curated guided tastings for each region to enhance learning.


        2020 SESSION DATES & TIMES

        Session 1 - Weekly

        Jan 15 to Feb 12    
        Wednesdays 6-9pm 

        Session2- Weekly

        April 23 to May 21
        Thursdays 6-9pm

        Session 3 - Weekly

        Oct 24 to Nov 21
        Sat  10am-1pm
        Exam 12-1pm 


        Northwest Wine Appellation Specialist NWAS™ features 4 workshops and the final exam with time to study over a 6 week period. Each class within the full program can be taken as a single workshop. Click the links to learn more!


          Washington and Oregon are the second and fourth biggest producers of wine in the United States. If British Columbia were an American state, it would be the fifth largest producer. Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is one of America’s hottest wines right now. And almost 50% of Oregon vineyards are certified sustainable. Whether you’re a consumer or in the trade, the Pacific Northwest is a region you need to know. 


            • Registration & Exam Fees
            • Northwest Wine Appellation Specialist NWAS™ Manual
            • Guided tastings of over 30 wines throughout the program
            • Twelve hours of lecture & discussion with an industry leading instructor
            • San Francisco Wine School Water Bottle
            • Certificate upon successful completion 



            *Installment plans available. Contact for more information. 
            A limited number of complimentary seats are available for media.  Apply here.   

            * All Webinar & Webcast participants are eligible to attend a future 2020 session of this class to experience the live tasting and refresh their knowledge. See our COVID-19 Response Information for the latest updates on In-Person and Webinar Classes


            San Francisco Wine School
            415 Grand Ave #301
            South San Francisco, CA 94080
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            *See our latest Re-Opening Information for updates on In-Person and Online Classes.


            All Webinar & Webcast participants will receive pdf handouts, wine lists, and a the link to attend the webinar with login details.  

            If in-person classes have not yet resumed by the time class begins or if you are unable to attend class in person, full price registrants may pickup a wine tasting kit with class wines at the school by appointment or have it shipped to you for an additional fee.  You will be notified of pickup procedures prior to class.

            Those who would like to attend workshops online and forgo the wine tastings can apply WEBONLY at checkout to any online workshops for 40% off.  SEE ALL WEBONLY WORKSHOPS



            No prior wine education necessary, however we encourage first-time wine students to take a blind tasting workshop prior to enrolling in this program.

            All attendees must be 21+ years.

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