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Spanish Wine Scholar Certification Prep Course

    Past Event: Mon, October 28, 2019 (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

Cepae Tasting Room
258 106th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
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Cost: $695 Tuition + $150 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. Upon passing the Spanish Wine Scholar examination, the scholar receives a diploma and the right to add the post nominals SWS (Spanish Wine Scholar) to their name.

This coursetaught by Seattle-based wine educator Tanya Morning Star Darling, CWE and SWS, offers in-depth study of Spain’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 $150 will be assessed and paid separately to the host venue. Students must be 21 years of age to participate in wine tasting.

Course Tuition: $695
Wine Fee: $150 (paid separately to Cepae)

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

Classes meet from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the following Mondays:

October 28
November 4, 18, 25
December 2, 9
Review Session: December 16 

Exam: Sunday, January 5, 2020, at 2 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 Spanish 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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