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    IWS Prep Online Course

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    Build a strong foundation in Italian wine! Next online instructor-led session starts June 10, 2021.
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your coursebook!

    The package includes:

    - A beautifully designed 125-page, coursebook rich with photographs & maps - The Wines of Italy: Glass by Glass.

    - 1-year access to the IWS Prep online course including:

    • Interactive e-learning modules with additional cultural highlights
    • 4 live review webinars with your instructor Alan Tardi
    • Webinar recordings for on-demand replay
    • schedule of study with learning objectives for each chapter
    • Quizzes for self-evaluation
    • A list of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group

    - Registration for the IWS Prep exam (optional) 

      • The exam is composed of 50 multiple choice questions and must be completed in 45 minutes, passing score is 60%
      • Online exam candidates must have a computer (tablet not compatible), a good internet connection, a webcam and a microphone with speakers for proctoring purposes.
      • Candidate has one year from registration date to take the exam. When ready, the candidate may contact Andrea McEwan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to schedule the exam.

        Important notice: You can cancel or reschedule your exam at any point before your scheduled exam time by logging in to your ProctorU account and using the rescheduling link.
        If not cancelled or rescheduled prior to the exam start time and you are not showing up for your exam or more than 15 minutes late, a $75 re-scheduling fee payable to WSG will be applied.

    Schedule of study:

    Build a strong foundation in Italian wine! Inaugural online instructor-led session starts June 10, 2021.
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your coursebook!

    WEEK 1

    Welcome webinar (30 mins)

    Tuesday, June 10, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Meet your instructor and other students

    ·       General orientation 

    ·       How to access online program and log-in to live webinars

    ·       How to use the discussion forum

    Self-study: Northern Italy

    WEEK 2 

    Live webinar (1 hr 30 mins)

    Tuesday, June 17, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Northern Italy

    Self-study: Central Italy

    WEEK 3

    Live webinar (1 hr 30 mins)

    Tuesday, June 24, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Central Italy

    Self-study: Southern Italy

    WEEK 4

    Live webinar (1 hr 30 mins)

    Tuesday, July 1, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Southern Italy

    Customer Reviews
    5 1 5 Cheryl Belles on Apr 13, 2021
    This was an excellent course. The written materials were very well-organized and easy to follow and the companion study materials on the website, including the quizzes and flashcards were very helpful to review for the exam.
    5 1 5 Ray Garcia on Apr 13, 2021
    The program was clear, coherent and structured in a way that facilitates the understanding of Italian wine as opposed to other programs which require you to memorize information that unfortunately you soon forget.
    5 1 5 Carl Belles on Apr 13, 2021
    This was an excellent way to get a high-level introduction to the often-confusing wine landscape of Italy. I am now a much more confident consumer, with a much better understanding of the major Italian wine regions. I would love to see "prep" classes for France, Spain, and Australia/NZ.
    5 1 5 Christopher Millns on Mar 18, 2021
    A very useful and informative course on all Italian Wines and origins led by a great teacher.
    5 1 5 Katherine Morgan on Mar 18, 2021
    The course was a great introduction to Italian wine and it advanced what knowledge I already had.
    I really enjoyed the 'extra' elements of the course such as the detours, shopping tips and history of the Italian appellations.
    Superb grounding for me to now take on the main course, but would recommend this course if you simply want to learn about Italian wine in a bit more detail.
    5 1 5 Grant Scicluna on Mar 4, 2021
    The IWS Prep course effectively distils the complexity of Italian wine into a digestible and approachable course. It would suit both wine professionals working with Italian wines, but also regular consumers who want to learn more about Italian wine. Jargon and pretence free, it is outright joyous in the way it celebrates Italian wine. It makes for a fun learning experience!
    5 1 5 James Clark on Mar 2, 2021
    Andrea was fantastic, insightful and engaging.
    5 1 4 Marius Frangu on Mar 1, 2021
    Excellent lay out info, for a visual learner like me, a real feast! Amazing history notes and regional gastronomical references!
    5 1 5 Charlie Landino on Feb 28, 2021
    The program covers a very complex topic by covering multiple wines and regions with enough detail and without getting lost in details. It’s an excellent path to a general foundation of knowledge of Italian wines upon which one can build a more comprehensive understanding.
    5 1 5 Jeanie Hoepfel on Feb 27, 2021
    An excellent introduction to Italian wines. It was a fun way to learn and the quizzes were an excellent tool for retention. Now I will take IWS!!!
    5 1 5 Heinz K. Grohs on Feb 18, 2021
    IWS-Prep 2021:
    This was a great introductory course to Italian Wines. I can highly recommend it to those who want to feel a little more confident when discussing Italian Wines or use their knowledge in restaurant settings.
    The course is relatively short (3 - 4 weeks), the Study Manual is well written and well organized and the teacher presented the material very well. She answered questions concisely and in an easy to understand way, never making us students feel embarrassed or stupid for having asked the question in the first place. She was also very responsive to questions sent to her via e-mail.
    To summarize, this was a great first experience for me in taking an on-line course; the course was impressive enough for me to consequently enroll in the 10-week course on Northern Italy, hopefully to be followed by taking the 15-week course on Central and Southern Italian Wines.
    5 1 5 Marco D'ignazio on Feb 15, 2021
    The course gives a clear overview of some of the most important grapes and wines from Italy and it makes you wanna continue with the more extensive IWS program!
    5 1 5 Kay Strayer on Feb 5, 2021
    This Italian wine scholar Prep class is an excellent introduction to great Italian wines! It is the perfect class for people who want to learn about Italian wines, but are not interested in becoming a sommelier. Also, this is a wonderful introduction class for those students interested in completing the entire Italian Wine Scholar courses. I highly recommend this course- lots of fun and extremely educational!
    5 1 4 Wendy Wallace on Dec 24, 2020
    The course was very enjoyable and didn’t feel watered down at all. The additional cultural info was a very nice touch also. I enjoyed the course so much that I wanted it to last longer, 3 sessions felt quick and a bit rushed, maybe 6 shorter sessions? I also wish there was a virtual tasting. I feel like that is what Is missing (for me at least). Overall very enjoyable and am waiting for Spain& France prep next!
    5 1 5 Michael Goergen on Dec 9, 2020
    This class was everything that I hoped it would be. It has wet my appetite to go on to study Italian wines in more detail. The book is amazing, and will always be within easy reach as I drink Italian wines. Monica was a great instructor and easy to follow. The on-line material was very beneficial. I highly recommend this course.
    5 1 4 Nicholas Weinstock on Dec 9, 2020
    An excellent overall course that feels like a lush overseas journey and rigorous training at once. A total pleasure.
    5 1 5 Anonymous on Dec 6, 2020
    I thoroughly enjoyed IWS Prep! Online materials were well laid out with knowledge checks along the way. The book was well done. Flashcards and maps were helpful. Andrea was a terrific instructor. The course wasn't just about wine - points of interest and cuisine rounded out the course. I found myself taking mini-vacations as I worked through each of the chapters.
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