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.


  • 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.

Questions will be pulled from the textbook. Wine tasting exploration will be accomplished through blind tasting and varietal comparison each week.


*Program is 5- weeks long

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK - INCLUDED Society of Wine Educators CSW Study Guide ($250 Textbook + Workbook provided)

Society of Wine Educators CSW Study Guide
($250 Textbook + Workbook provided)



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 to explore the world of blind tasting)
  • Introduction & Welcome along with Homework Assignments
  • Tasting, Chemistry, and Flaws


  • Homework - Wine Purchase assignment due in class
  • Viticulture and Viniculture
  • France



  • France
  • Italy


  • Europe: Other
  • North America


  • Southern Hemisphere
  • CSW Review Session

wineLA is about enhancing the wine culture of Los Angeles. To do so, wine must be in rhythm with fashion, music, food and other beverages. It must take advantage of the geography, the architecture and the centers of interest. Los Angeles is a giant playground with an amazing array of venues, spaces, wine bars, restaurants, beaches, roof tops, gardens, and magical views. We want to be a part of the LA lifestyle, the wine lifestyle, and celebrate the people, the place and the passion.

wineLA will promote significant events, occasional classes, and tastings of merit. This is phase two of what we started 20 years ago at LearnAboutWine.com - America’s first wine education website and first in wine event creation. LearnAboutWine will now evolve onto a digital platform; the transformation will take some time; so we will slowly rebrand our event efforts onto wineLA, reduce the number of activities we focus on, and elevate our efforts to focus on the next big thing… Doing what is best for the wine industry and the communities we serve. Edicts: innovate, evolve and excite.

We thank you for joining our newsletter, we will be sending fewer emails and packing them with amazing content. We want to be your wine content provider and would love to hear about your favorite places, your music, your locations - we want to be under the influence of what ignites your passion for Los Angeles.

Ian Blackburn, CSW, JWE ­‐ LearnAboutWine & wineLA Professional Sommelier, Candidate for the Master of Wine

Ian drinks wine for a living and plans 50 ­‐100 public and private events a year. Ian stays busy buying collectible wines for high profile clients, planning luxury wine trips for his audience, hosting corporate events, and studying for his Master of Wine. Since 1995, LearnAboutWine has done the hard work of building a better culture for fine wine, opening the doors for more quality products to enter the marketplace and has taught over 800,000 students. With a reach of over 80,000 current subscribers and followers, LearnAboutWine now focuses on the best quality events and classes, and wine credential programs which have graduated over 1000 wine students in the last 9 years with a Junior Wine Executive credential (JWE). See what is happening NOW at our new website winela.com.

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