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San Francisco Wine School Creates New Northwest Wine Appellation Specialist NWAS™ Certification Program


The first and only in-depth, professional credential dedicated to the region

May 16, 2019, South San Francisco, California – San Francisco Wine School is thrilled to announce a new professional level credential program, Northwest Wine Appellation Specialist NWAS™.  NWAS is the first and only formal credential dedicated solely to Pacific Northwest wines, continuing San Francisco Wine School’s commitment to being the leader of wine education for wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.

San Francisco Wine School previously authored California Wine Appellation Specialist CWAS®, which has since become the gold standard for professional level wine education for the California region, being used for staff training by Wine Institute, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, plus winery and grower associations throughout the state.

After California, the Pacific Northwest is the second largest source of wine from North America and many of the regions within it stand toe to toe qualitatively with California, France and other great wine regions of the world. Northwest Wine Appellation Specialist NWAS™ was created by San Francisco Wine School’s Founder, David Glancy, MS, CWE and Wine Writer and Educator, Fred Swan, DWS. 

“Oregon, Washington, Idaho & BC are relative newcomers to the international wine stage with the majority of expansion and improvement coming in the last 30 years. The last 15 years has been an absolute explosion of new AVAs and GIs and world-class wines. Every day there is more to know! Fred Swan has done an amazing job gathering these details as we launch this credential to give these regions the attention they deserve.” – David Glancy, MS, CWE

The 4-class series and certification exam helps students understand the diverse terroirs and wine styles of their dynamic landscape and features a comprehensive, up-to-date, and formal education on every region in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Idaho. The program dives into the history, current trends and details on every AVA and engages students in curated guided tastings for enhanced learning. Upon completion of the course, students will understand how and why Pinot Noir varies between Willamette Valley AVAs, learn Oregon’s unique wine purity and labeling laws, discover the Chateauneuf-du-Pape of Oregon, and the unique aspects of the Columbia Valley’s climate and topography which make it ideal for red Bordeaux and Rhone varieties, the surprising number of producers in Idaho and much more.

In keeping with current San Francisco Wine School program formats, each of the four classes within the full program can be taken as a single workshop. 

A limited number of complimentary seats for media are available for this session only.  Apply here

Program Begins:

Monday, June 10th, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM


San Francisco Wine School
315 Grand Avenue, Top Floor
South San Francisco, CA 94080

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