American Wine Specialist ® Course Rocky Mountains to East Coast

January 6, 2018 (Sat) from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rita House
5971 W. 3rd Street
West Hollywood, CA 90036

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Cost: $195

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The American Wine Specialist Certification is now offered in two pods: West Coast Intensive and Remaining US. Students may take one or both pods.

Seats are available for the 3rd day of the Course - Remaining US. This includes wine regions and wine tasting from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Virginia, New York, and other states. 

Students may take this individual day without the West Coast - no exam is given for this pod alone. Remaining US is a fun day of exploring wines - including hybrids and native grape varieties - from nascent regions outside of the West Coast.

West Coast Intensive:  Sa Nov 4th, Sa Nov 11th 2017  - 9:00AM to 4:00pm (with break)
Remaining US:  Sa Jan 6th 2018 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 pm (with break) NOW ACCEPTING STUDENTS!

Exam: TBA (10:00am - 1 hour)

WHERE: Rita House (workspace)  5971 W. 3rd Street, West Hollywood CA 90036

NASA is proud to present the first globally-recognized certification on American Wine available - our American Wine Specialist ® certification course.

America has some of the most unique and acclaimed wine regions on the planet.  Our ideal climate and our geologic richness provide the potential for perfection, vintage after vintage.  Americans have the luxury to grow virtually any grape variety in any style, giving us complete freedom to create a rich and diverse wine culture that began here in the 16th century and survived wars, drought, pestilence and Prohibition. It's a blockbuster story that will change the way students - wine professionals and wine enthusiasts - think about American wine.

The American Wine Specialist® course is now offered in two pods - West Coast intensive, and remainder of the United States.  The course is structured for flexibility; students may enroll only in the West Coast intensive to achieve the AWS West Coast Specialist certification only, or enroll in both pods to take the Remainder US, to achieve full 50 State Certification.  

 NASA encourages students already knowledgable in our West Coast wine regions to consider the Remainder US as an option to expand tasting experiences; a one-day master class on vitis vinifera, hybrid and native varieties from wine regions of the East Coast, Midwest, Southwest, South. 

What is Covered:

West Coast Intensive PodWest Coast terroir factors, including climate and weather, geology and topography. US regulations. Wine regions of California, Oregon and Washington. Over 25 wines tasted.

Remainder US Pod
Coverage of native and hybrid varieties in addition to vitis vinifera. East Coast, Midwest, South, Southwest. Over 14 wines tasted.

West Coast Intensive $395
Remainder US $195

The course consists of 3 full days of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (4th day) required to achieve the official AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® 50 State certification and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association (

The American Wine Specialist ® West Coast and 50 State Certification includes the following materials:

  • “An Overview of American Wine” study guide coursebook (published by NASA, updated annually)
  • Promotional NASA membership for the current year
  • Tasting of wines from many regions, and comparisons of our varieties in various regions
  • American Viticultural Area maps from many of America's notable wine regions

This course requires no previous wine expertise, although a minimum basic wine knowledge is strongly recommended. Students should consider taking the Wine Primer course in addition to the AWS®.