The packed agenda condenses a 9 week course in to a three day weekend, providing total immersion and slamming our brains full of little known AVAs and factoids that are important for those seeing a CWE credential. Included in our education was a guided tasting of 60 wines, review of detailed wine laws related to California, the importance of the state in the wine world, and so much more.
Specifically, as we looked through Mendocino County, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay, the Delta, Lake County, the Sierra Foothills, Monterey and San Benito, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and beyond, we learned about the smallest AVA, the largest AVA, the largest undivided AVA, and what wines are produced where.
Phew! That’s a weekend full! I’m proud to say, that after a month of studying things that i never thought I’d want to know (hey, how many AVAs are there in LA county people?) I earned my California Wine Appellation Specialist credential with honors – missing only three pesky questions on the 100 question exam.
I highly recommend this class to any blogger, educator, or wine industry professional who wants to further their career and knowledge of California. The instructors are experts in their field, as well as instructional material, as well as entertaining and personable. This is an excellent first stop to the CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine) credential, which I intend to pursue, and on to the CWE (Certified Wine Educator) credential. This 3 day class is returning April 26-28, and I suggest you run, don’t walk to sign up.
The school itself has provided world class wine education and professional development since 2011 and offers a wide variety of courses to suit your wine education needs. With a unique online model in conjunction with in person classes, there is something for everyone.