California Wine Appellation Specialist® Intensive

May 18, 2018 (Fri) - May 21, 2018 (Mon)
10:00am - 5:00pm

San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080

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Cost: $1395.00 (Installment Plan Available)

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LEARN THE NUANCES OF CALIFORNIA WINE: A 4-day intensive program to help students master the increasingly complex AVA landscape in California.

California Wine Appellation Specialist® (CWAS) is the first and only in-depth professional credential dedicated to California wine. CWAS® was pioneered by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, David Glancy, in 2012 and has since earned the support of Wine Institute and grower associations throughout the state.

This one-of-a-kind program offers students a comprehensive, up-to-date, formal education on all the California wine regions, featuring material that is literally impossible to find from other resources. The topics will deeply enrich enthusiasts' knowledge and are critical to the success of today's wine professionals.

  • Learn the language of California wine labeling
  • Discuss the history and impact of California's American Viticultural Areas
  • Understand California's wine production
  • Analyze the distinctive climates, soils, grapes and wineries of each region that make up the California wine landscape

Discounted hotel rooms are available for our out of town guests. for more information.

San Francisco Wine School is an official external education provider for Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, having certified many staff members with our proprietary California Wine Appellation Specialist® Program!  Read about our partnership and our Corporate Training!

This program will take place in our gorgeous Wine Education Center!

San Francisco Wine School 
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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2018 Dates:

May 18-21, 2018- Friday - Monday - Online Exam Period: June 10-16

November 30- December 3, 2018 - Friday - Monday- Online Exam Period : Dec 30- Jan 5

If these dates aren't right for you, check out CWAS and CWAS Online.

Blind taste over 60 wines to enhance learning objectives. All wines are selected by Master Sommelier David Glancy and our instructors to represent all theAVAs of California. 

24 hours of lectures and guided blind wine tasting cover the following areas: 

California Wine Overview & Mendocino 
Napa Valley 
Lake & The Sierra
Santa Cruz, Livermore & Lodi 
Monterey & San Benito 
Paso Robles & San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara & Beyond 

Special guests come from all over the industry - wine makers, restaurant wine directors, executives from wine media companies and grower association representatives. They speak on a topic relevant to their part of the industry.

Want to learn more about California wine now? Watch Master Sommelier David Glancy in our educational videos filmed for Wine Institute and Discover California Wine.


The optional CWAS credential exam is available online 1 month following the program. Students have access to online supplemental materials in the interim to prepare.

Students who score of 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

  • Exam Fees & Registration
  • California Wine Appellation Specialist® Manual 
  • San Francisco Wine School Water Bottle
  • Certificate upon successful completion

All attendees must be 21+ years


"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."