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Certified Sherry Wine Specialist (CSWS®)

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Please make sure you can attend both sessions before registering. If you are unable to attend for any reason once you are registered, reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least 30 days before Session 1 so we may attempt to reschedule you to a later session. Please note that we cannot guarantee rescheduling less than 30 days before your course starts. 

In the event an emergency prevents you from taking Session 2 (Tasting & Exam) once the course begins, you should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.We will make every attempt to offer you an alternative course date, however, we cannot guarantee it. Should you neglect to contact us prior Session 2 or do not attend Session 2, you will forfeit your enrollment fee for the course. 

By enrolling in this course, you are acknowledging that you understand the above conditions.

ORDERING THE REQUIRED WINES

This course requires the purchase of the Lustau Mixed Case six-pack. These wines are mandatory for the online tasting and exam. We recommend ordering them as soon as you register for the course. 

For students living in the USA, please follow the links below to obtain your Lustau Mixed Case six-pack: Zachys (unable to ship to Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio and Utah) and Crunchy Red Fruit (unable to ship to Utah).

For students living outside of the USA, you may register for the course if you are able to source these exact six wines. Please contact the CSWS Administrative Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make sure you have the correct wines for the exam. Read FAQ section for more information.

The Certified Sherry Wine Specialist Course program and certification consists two 2-hour online sessions that includes the following:

  • Session 1: Theory 

  • Session 2: Tasting of 6 sherries, followed by the exam

Once you have registered, you will receive instructions on how to access the online classes and study materials.

A 50-question graded exam will take place at the end of Session 2. The award of "Certified Sherry Wine Specialist" will be granted to those with a minimum passing score of 75%. This Certificate of Achievement will be signed by both Lustau’s CEO and César Saldaña, President of the Regulatory Council of Jerez. A Certificate of Recognition will be issued to those that do not achieve the passing grade.

If a passing score is not achieved, students may choose to retake the exam at a later date and there are no restrictions as to how many times they may take the exam.

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