California Wine Appellation Specialist CWAS® features 8 workshops and the final exam over nine weeks. Each class within the full program can be taken as a single workshop. Click the links to learn more!
California Wine Overview & Mendocino
Lake & The Sierra
Santa Cruz, Livermore & Lodi
Monterey & San Benito
Paso Robles & The Rest of San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara & Beyond
CWAS Credential Exam
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ABOUT THE CERTIFICATION & EXAM
Students who score 80% or higher will be awarded a CWAS certificate and can proudly display the initials CWAS after their name. Earning this credential will set you apart in the increasingly competitive wine industry and help you guide your customers through the complex and rapidly changing California wine scene.
*Students taking a 4-day intensive program take the exam online 1 month following the last class and have access to online supplemental materials in the interim to prepare.
WHY IS CWAS IMPORTANT?
"Italy and France both have internationally recognized certification programs in place to drive interest and celebrate the nuances of their wine regions. If wine students don't have the resources or formal channels to specialize in California wine, it sends the wrong message about California's diverse range of meso-climates, grape varieties, and wine styles", warns Glancy. "To compete with old world imports and fully tap into growing demand for wine, we need to put educational channels in place to properly engage the industry. Competition is only getting more intense."
*Installment plans available. Group rates available for parties of 5 or more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Exam Fees & Registration
- California Wine Appellation Specialist Manual
- San Francisco Wine School Water Bottle
- Certificate upon successful completion
San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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.