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Italian Wine Scholar Certification Prep Course, Unit 2

    Past Event: Sun, April 5, 2020 (4:00 PM - 7:00 PM)

Cepae Tasting Room
258 106th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
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Cost: $595 Tuition + $125 Wine Fee

The Wine Scholar Guild is an internationally recognized certification body for advanced wine learning. Their programs are respectively the most comprehensive formal study programs available bar none. Students achieving a combined score of 75 percent or higher on the Unit I and Unit II Italian Wine Scholar examinations will receive a diploma and the right to add the post nominals IWS (Italian Wine Scholar) to their name.

This course, taught by Seattle-based wine educator Tanya Morning Star Darling, CWE and IWS, offers continued in-depth study of Italy’s wine-producing regions, covering topics including grape varieties, origin of cultivars, geological exploration, wine cultivation and viticulture, history of the region’s winemaking, food specific to each region and regulations for wine categories. Each class will include sensory evaluation of representative wines from the regions studied.

A materials fee of $125 will be assessed and paid separately to the host venue. Students must be 21 years of age to participate in wine tasting.

Course Tuition: $595
Wine Fee: $125 (paid separately to Cepae)

Tuition includes: Five 3-hour classes, one 3-hour review session, certification exam, study manual and Wine Scholar Guild online learning modules.

Classes meet from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the following Sundays:

April 5, 19, 26
May 3, 10

Review Session: 24

Exam: May 31


Exam: Sunday, May 17, 2020, at 4 p.m.

Why study with Tanya? Tanya Morning Star Darling has been a wine professional and educator for more than two decades. Her love of classical wines — along with her passion for history, nature and gastronomy — inspires her educational approach. She is the approved provider of the Wine Scholar Guild’s French, Italian and Spanish Wine Scholar Certification programs for in-class learning and testing in Washington State. Tanya’s certifications include the Wine and Spirit Trust Diploma, Certified Wine Educator and Italian Wine Scholar, among others. She is also a Bourgogne Wines Official Ambassador, and she was named 2018 French Wine Scholar Instructor of the Year by the Wine Scholar Guild.

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