ABOUT C.S.W. PROGRAM
CERTIFIED SPECIALIST OF WINE PROGRAM (C.S.W.)
We have partnered with The Society of Wine Educators to provide a 5-week class geared towards exam preparation for the rigorous Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) certification. Recognized Internationally, this Certification is a great way to showcase your knowledge of the Wine World - many of todays top professionals carry and are required to earn the CSW title.
- Ian Blackburn, CSW
• Are you a wine beginner?: Try our program called Wine Camp - a basic foundation course but also good as a train the trainer program.
• Are you a passionate professional or consumer: Try LAW SCHOOL - LearnAboutWine School - 4-week credential program promising “world wine competency” - Celebrating 1,000 graduates in Los Angeles County
• Are you advanced? Are you a working wine professional with experience? This program may be for you - The C.S.W. Prep and Exam is not a basic wine class, and students must be screened and approved. This is a 5-week prep course that accelerates your learning and gets you prepared for the vigorous CSW exam (Which you take when you're ready - with an appointment within 1 year of participating in this program (included). The exam is proctored in conjunction with Society of Wine Educators. To qualify for admission to this program, you will be asked a few questions during registration and need to demonstrate world wine competency. This program is great for those that have passed WSET Level I, Sommelier certification Level 1, LAW SCHOOL Grads or other comprehensive introductory level credential programs.
INTENSIVE 5-WEEK CSW PREP COURSE
• 5-weeks of tasting and in class instruction and tasting
• Exam fee ($675 value) included (you are not required to take the exam)
• Included: Society of Wine Educators CSW Study Guide (Valued over $125)
• Included: Society of Wine Educators CSW Workbook (Valued over $125)
• Access to Society of Wine Educators’ online resources (Signing up as a Member is encouraged)
There is a considerable amount of out of class study, and a significant wine purchasing assignment for homework. Each student is ask to purchase approx. 5-6 bottles of authentic/typical quality (ultra-premium) wine to be tasted during the program and shared with all students (total additional investment approximately $300). Each student will be asked to discuss the wine production of each bottle of wine, and to tell a quick summation about the producer. We will try to assign bottles that are not commonly purchased and the exercise is in place to educate you on unique varietals, typicality, sense of place, and advanced production techniques.
This program involves homework and study review, and in class tasting. Tasting because it gives you the experience you need with the great wines of the world to succeed at answering the questions.
Being a great taster however, does not guarantee your success on this exam… it only gives you the resume and experience you need to progress and to put the questions and reading material in context.
Successful candidates have used a variety of tools to pass the exam - including the Society’s website, the books and materials, and the society’s phone based apps, and on line programs.
This program compliments a successful approach - it does not replace it.
(all students are asked to bring a favorite “Blind” wine- we will taste these wines together and explore the world of blind tasting)
• Introduction and welcome along with homework assignments
• Tasting, Chemistry & Flaws
• Homework - Wine Purchase assignment due in class
• Viticulture & Viniculture
• France Part 1 France (Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Alsace)
• (Northern Rhone, Southern Rhone, Languedoc-Roussillon)
• Europe (Spain, Portugal, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Greece)
• North America (California, Washington, Oregon)
• Southern Hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa
• CSW Review Session
ABOUT CLASS INSTRUCTOR:
Ian Blackburn, CSW, JWE - Founder of LearnAboutWine.com & WineLA.com
Professional Sommelier, Student -The Institute of The Masters of Wine
Ian drinks wine for a living and plans over 100 public and private events a year. Ian is the winemaker for Beekeeper Cellars in Rockpile, a published author (Wiley 2002), a professional Sommelier and Event Planner. Ian stays busy buying collectable wines for high profile clients, planning luxury wine trips for his audience while studying for his Master of Wine.