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Cellar Muse Brings the Italian Wine Scholar Study & Certification Program to the Seattle Area


28 December – The Italian Wine Scholar™ education program is the most advanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date Italian wine course available. The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all Italian wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities. Created by native Italian, Maurizio Broggi, (Wine Scholar Guild Education Director for Italy) with the support of the Italian wine DOC/G consortia, this specialization program is designed for all advanced students of wine, whether wine professionals or serious wine enthusiasts.

Those who follow the in-depth curriculum and achieve a final passing score will earn the title of Italian Wine Scholar (IWS). Following this achievement, students are encouraged to use the post-nominal IWS as part of their professional signatures.  This IWS certification provides a validation of your Italian wine expertise and enhances your resume; it also serves as a point of distinction within the wine trade.

Maurizio Broggi, Italian Wine Scholar creator, states: “The Italian Wine Scholar program is unique in the comprehensive nature of its content and its straightforward organization. Only by putting the regions, their grape varieties and their wines into geographic, historic and cultural context you can master the wines of Italy. It can be a daunting task but at the same time extremely rewarding”.

Tanya Morning Star Darling of the Cellar Muse Wine School was one of the first educator to offer the program and has been teaching it for the last three years in Seattle, Bellevue and Portland. Tanya states: “This program is the most comprehensive and accurate program on Italian wines bar none. It is a pleasure to watch how this program transforms people’s lives. “

Unit 1 Class Dates (Sundays 11am-12:15pm, and 12:45-2pm):

  • January 17, 24, 31
  • February 7, 14, 21
  • Study Review: Sunday, March 7
  • Monday, March 14th –  Tasting Lab, in person with social distancing at Cepae Tasting Room 4-7pm
  • Exam: Monday, March 21th

Instructors: The program will be co-taught by Tanya Morning Star Darling DipWSET, CWE, IWS, FWS, SWS, and Alberto Martinez Iteriano DipWest, IWS, FWS, SWS instructor. 

Course Registration Fee: $695 for Unit 1 and $595 for Unit 2  

Wine Lab Fee: $100 per unit

*Note on the format of this course: Due to COVID19, this Unit 1 will take place online, and includes 6 weeks of lectures, one guided review/exam prep pession – all via zoom. There will also be one in-person tasting lab where 30 wines will be tasted and learning objectives reviewed through the tasting. The exam will be held in person. Both the tasting lab and exam will follow strict social distancing and safety protocols. 

*Unit 2 will take place in person at Cepae Tasting Room in Bellevue in April 2021, pandemic conditions permitting.

For more information, contact Tanya, via email at [email protected] or call 206.226.2573

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