Sharpen Your Wine Skills in San Francisco this Summer

© Dmytro PanchenkoReady to invest in your passion for wine this summer with an educational vacation or stay-cation in San Francisco? David Glancy, MS, CWE, unveils San Francisco Wine School’s seven spring and summer wine programs and workshops, each designed to take participants—whether wine professional or serious enthusiast—to the next level.
The upcoming schedule includes the fun and challenging Blind Wine Tasting Basics, the Society of Wine Educators’ Certified Specialist of Wine program, and the French Wine Scholar certification course.
Not ready to put in the time to become a Certified Specialist of Wine or prefer to taste only wines from a single wine region like Italy or Santa Barbara? San Francisco Wine School invites wine-lovers to sample individual classes that are part of longer professional programs. For example, the French Wine Scholar program runs 12 weeks, but students can sample one or several classes within the program, such as Champagne or Bordeaux.  Attendees receive a top-notch instruction on a focused topic without committing to the entire series.
“San Francisco Wine School’s David Glancy was born to teach. I learned a lot more than I thought I would and was surprised at how quickly I have put what I learned into practice at my job,” said Heidi Butler, Safeway Wine Steward, who attended the California Wine Appellation Specialist® 9-Week Credential Program.
David Glancy is one of only twelve people in the world to hold both the revered Master Sommelier diploma and the Certified Wine Educator credential.  More importantly, Glancy is a visionary for wine education, carefully selecting each program he offers. When he identifies a gap, he tailors a comprehensive program to fill that need.  For example, Glancy launched the first ever, in-depth California professional certification program–the California Wine Appellation Specialist® credential.
Spring / Early Summer 2014 Schedule
New programs, workshops and single classes begin in May and June. July/August schedule coming soon.
Single classes that are part of a longer program are $125 each.  Visit www.sfwineschool.com for more detail on single class wine regions and topics.
Sunday, May 18
Blind Wine Tasting Basics
12-3 p.m.             $125
Sunday, May 18
Advanced Blind Wine Tasting
4:30-7:30 p.m.   $125
Tuesdays, June 3-August 19
French Wine Scholar
6-9 p.m.               $1,500
Monday, June 2 – August 10
California Wine Appellation Specialist®
ONLINE                $1,000
Wednesday, June 18
Blind Wine Tasting Basics
6-9 p.m.               $125
Mondays, June 23- August 18
California Wine Appellation Specialist®
6-9 p.m.               $1,200
Tuesdays, June 24- September 2
Certified Specialist of Wine
6-9 p.m.               $1,500
Program & Workshop Descriptions
Blind Wine Tasting Basics
Learn about the physiology of taste and how to evaluate acidity, tannin, residual sugar and other structural elements of wine. Start building your wine description vocabulary. Attend this fun 3-hour workshop to gain confidence in knowing what kind of wines you like and how to describe them. Or use this as the start of your journey in preparing for entry to mid-level wine exams.
Advanced Blind Wine Tasting
Take your blind wine tasting to the next level with this 3-hour intensive workshop. Work on your knowledge of tasting grids and how to thoroughly but quickly describe and identify wines. Learn the markers for several varietals and regions as well as what other wines are similar. Taste challenging wine flights and try new methods to improve your tasting skills. Fun for enthusiasts who like a challenge and essential for anyone preparing for upper level sommelier exams, WSET, MW or CWE.
California Wine Appellation Specialist®
San Francisco Wine School is offering the first and only professional credential relating to California wine to support the next generation of industry-leading California wine experts. This credential program features material that is literally impossible to find from other resources:
  • Identification and interpretation of USA and California wine laws
  • Discussion of history and impact of California’s American Viticultural Areas
  • Detailed investigation of California’s wine production
  • Examination of the various climates, soils, grapes, and wineries of each region that make it distinctive to the California wine landscape
The program is available in three formats:
The 9-Week and 3-Day programs include guided tasting of over 60 California wines to enhance learning.
The 9-Week Online includes nuanced weekly tasting assignments, ongoing class discussion with students and instructors, and weekly virtual lectures.
French Wine Scholar
The French Wine Scholar 12-week program is an official course of study designed by the French Wine Society to provide current, accurate information and validate proficiency in the Wines of France. It includes in-depth coverage of all French wine regions and includes carefully selected guided tasting of over 75 wines throughout the program to enhance learning. The program is endorsed by French National Wine Office and the French Ministry of Agriculture. Students who follow this curriculum and pass the exam are awarded the French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal.
Certified Specialist of Wine
Certified Specialist of Wine is a professional wine certification offered by the Society of Wine Educators that covers the entire world of wine. Our 11-week program of study was created by Master Sommelier David Glancy to fully prepare students for this notoriously rigorous exam.  Our program includes the official Society of Wine Educator’s CSW Study Guide, access to the society’s Online Wine Academy, and the CSW Exam. Over the course of the program, students will participate in guided tastings of over 60 wines to enhance learning.
Class location:
Unless otherwise indicated, San Francisco Wine School programs are held at Embassy Suites Oyster Point, 250 Gateway Boulevard, South San Francisco, CA. See www.sfwineschool.com for more detail. The Blind Wine Tasting Workshops on May 18th will be held at The Club at Wingtip, 550 Montgomery St, San Francisco.
San Francisco Wine School launched the California Wine Appellation Specialist® (CWAS) credential, the first ever, in-depth California professional credential program, while bringing together under one roof all of the credentials most important to wine professionals.    For more information, visit San Francisco Wine School at www.sfwineschool.com and on FacebookLinkedInInstagram, and Twitter.