Orientation available July 3rd. Program Runs July 10th - Sept 17th. Attend 9 weekly classes on your schedule Monday - Sunday with assignments due Wednesday and Sunday.
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).
Our 9-week CSW 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 SWE's top credential - Certified Wine Educator. He also sits on the Board of Directors for SWE.
The program covers wine tasting, terminology, composition, chemistry, flaws, viticulture, enology, labels, laws and wine regions of the world. 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 in-depth tasting assignments. Throughout the program, you'll expand your network with wine professionals and serious enthusiasts from all over the world. Students will have access to Virtual Lectures given by Master Sommelier David Glancy, in addition to the official Society of Wine Educator's CSW Study Guide, and the society's Online Wine Academy.
- Week 1 Tasting, Chemistry, and Flaws
- Week 2 Viticulture & Enology
- Week 3 Northern France
- Week 4 Southern France
- Week 5 Italy
- Week 6 Spain, Portugal & Eastern Mediterranean
- Week 7 Germany & Eastern Europe
- Week 8 North America
- Week 9 Southern Hemisphere
Students must have access to 18 wines from various regions around the world. Wines may vary dependent upon selection, location, and availability. Purchases by the glass or half bottle are recommended when available. Local tasting groups are encouraged! Read the wine requirements at www.sfwineschool.com
All Attendees of our classes must be at least 21 years of age.
Taking the Exam:
CSW exam registration fees are included in the program and are good for one full year. CSW exams are available through SWE at any of their publicly scheduled exams and through any Pearson VUE testing center. Authorization codes will be provided at time of scheduling.