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WSET Diploma Classes Kick-Off in Chicago for January 2020 with American Wine School


CHICAGO – December 5, 2019 – Marianne Frantz, Founder & President of the American Wine School (AWS) is pleased to announce the next round of WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines classes will begin Monday, January 6, 2020 at the Sofitel Chicago, 20 E. Chestnut Street.

WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines is a specialist qualification for wine industry professionals seeking a greater knowledge of wine’s commercial factors, as well as the ability to professionally evaluate wines. The qualification will prepare those who are required to make managerial decisions, interpret information and have a thorough understanding of market trends and requirements in a variety of trade and industry sectors. The WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines aims to provide specialist product knowledge and understanding of the global and domestic markets for wines, as well as to develop a candidate’s ability to present information in a format suitable for business. The total study time required to earn the WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines award is (at a minimum) approximately 600 hours.

“The Diploma program is a valuable and in-depth course for anyone with or seeking a career in the wine industry,” said Frantz. “It prepares students for careers in sales, education, hospitality or even in the winery. This is our third year offering the program in Chicago, which is the only location in the Midwest for Diploma.”

WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines consists of six units including Viticulture and Vinification, Global Wine Business, Wines of the World, Sparkling and Fortified Wines and an independent research project. Students seeking Diploma must hold WSET® Level 3 in Wines or the WSET® Level 3 in Wines & Spirits to enroll. Classes begin Monday, January 6, 2020, with an informational kick-off session, followed by the first course on Viticulture and Vinification on Saturday, January 18, 2020. For more information, or to enroll for the program, visit http://americanwineschool.com/diploma-dates-registration/.

About the American Wine School

The American Wine School, founded in 2001 by Marianne Frantz, offers an internationally recognized program of study through its affiliation with the prestigious Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). Currently, Levels 1, 2 & 3 of this program are offered in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Detroit and Chicago. WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits is only offered in Chicago. American Wine School also offers Wine Scholar Guild classes, as well as a series of consumer classes designed to help wine lovers and novice sippers understand the styles of wines they like and how to select those wines from a retail shelf. Since inception, more than 15,000 wine enthusiasts have attended American Wine School classes, educational events and tastings across seven states. For more information, visit www.americanwineschool.com.

About the Wine Spirit & Education Trust

The Wine Spirit & Education Trust (WSET) provides best-in-class education and qualifications to inspire and empower the world’s wine and spirits professionals and enthusiasts. The program offers a comprehensive suite of qualifications covering wines, spirits and sake. WSET qualifications are globally recognized as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They courses are designed for those just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits. For more information, visit www.wsetglobal.com.

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