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    10-week Instructor-Led Format

    Spanish Wine Scholar ™ online | 10-week Instructor-Led Format

    Earn the Spanish Wine Scholar™ (SWS) post-nominal through 10 weeks of self-study fully supported by a comprehensive study manual, interactive e-learning modules for each region, and 10 live review webinars. 

    This format provides the convenience and flexibility of an online study program with interactive live “classroom” instruction delivered to a global student network via computer or tablet.

    We provide true tech support, stellar instruction from world renowned instructors, a flexible schedule of study designed for busy professionals and all the necessary tools to master Spanish wines.

    REGISTER What's Included Instructors 

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study SWS STUDY TOOLS

     

    Preview of the program:


    The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all Spanish wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities. It provides committed students of wine with an unparalleled set of study tools that are designed to maximize learning and boost knowledge retention.

    The program was created by Spanish wine specialist Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar™ Education Director.

    Wines from Spain (ICEX - Spain's Trade & Investment Government Agency) has endorsed the program in recognition of its exceptional level of depth, accuracy, detail, and academic rigor.

    The Spanish Wine Scholar study and certification program confers a post-nominal to wine professionals and enthusiasts who successfully pass the certification exam (Ex: John Smith, SWS). With a school network encompassing 30 countries on 5 continents, the SWS credential has true international recognition.

     

    The Spanish Wine Scholar™ online | 10-week Instructor-Led Format includes: 

    PLUS:

        • The Spanish Wine Scholar™ online exam
        • A suggested schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
        • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
        • Downloadable maps of all Spanish wine regions
        • Pronunciation exercises to boosts your credibility
        • A list of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group hosted by students enrolled in the online program

    Price: $790

    Get your SWS certification in 10 weeks! Next online instructor-led session starts October 6th, 2020. Registration is now open!
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    REGISTER What's Included Instructors 

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study SWS STUDY TOOLS


    Student Testimonials:

    • Amon Ferry
      on Aug 25, 2020
      "The Spanish program was fantastic. The material was well presented both in written format and during the presentations. I commend Rick for his ability to take a country rich in history and wine making and distilling it down to a level that is understandable and easy to comprehend. I learned alot not only about the various wines of Spain but also the geography and history. Thanks! "
    • Molly Ann Brooks
      on Aug 16, 2020
      "Studying Spain feels “simpler” that it’s European neighbors, but the country has a rapidly expanding, dynamic breadth of world class wines at accessible value. Rick Fisher’s enthusiasm, and the intensive program he created with Wine Scholar Guild, have paved a clear path for a nuanced and powerful understanding of this diverse county."
    • Alberto Martinez-Interiano
      on Jul 16, 2020
      "The Spanish Wine Scholar is a fantastic program to get an in-depth view of all the Spanish wine regions. Taking a model from the successful French and Italian Wine scholar programs, it follows a well-structured approach for the main features in the environment (climate, soils, topography, grapes) as well as key viticulture and verification methods to better understand the traditional wines of the main DOs of Spain. Highly Recommended for both the professional and enthusiast interested in learning more about Spanish wine! "
    • Crystal Wilson
      on Jul 16, 2020
      "The WSG Spain program is a fantastic way to learn more about Spain in general as well as wine specifically. I'm excited to go to a Spanish restaurant and start working through their wine list. and I can't wait to go back to Spain!"
    • Eugene O'Brien
      on Jul 10, 2020
      "I would highly recommend the SWS course to not just those that are working in the world of wine but also to those that may be new to wines and are curious to know more! The study manual and online study guides are highly intuitive and interesting for all levels of wine lovers!"
    • Nataliia Burlachenko
      on Jul 7, 2020
      "I like this course a lot! The structure and the presented material is awesome! Especially I like the tests to complete each region. For me, as foreigner, was not always easy to understand the professor but he was very helpful and then tests helped me to fix everything in my head. I plan to take another course with WSG"
    • Patrick W Bartle
      on Jul 6, 2020
      "Phenomenal course ..!! Well structured with great supplementary learning materials. Rick's enthusiam made it even that much more enjoyable...!! I feel like I learned more relevant and practical information in this course/certification than in many of the others I have previosuly experienced. History, geography, and everything else you need to know to flex your knowledge of Spanish wines on a very high level....Loved it...!! Thank you. Cheers, Pat "
    • Anthony Gerard Higgins
      on Jul 2, 2020
      "I found the Spanish Wine Scholar course really useful and interesting. The information that I learnt I will be able to use in future projects that I have planned. "
    • Debbie Caine
      on Jun 30, 2020
      "Loved this course!!! I learned a lot and feel so comfortable with Spanish wine! Can’t wait to go back to Spain and practice what I have learned!!"
    • Gretchen Thomas
      on Jun 28, 2020
      "Wonderfully comprehensive and thorough class on Spain. There’s a ton of knowledge packed into 300 pages, having the online modules really solidified the key points in the text book. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to sharpen their knowledge in Spanish wines!"
    • Richard Milot
      on Jun 22, 2020
      "A clear, complete and very well structured program that delivers the need to know and then some. The historical perspective helps to bring wine laws into the right context. The manual is very well designed and Rick Fisher does a first rate job delivering the material. Highly recommended. Richard Milot, FWS Certified Sommelier Ottawa, Canada "
    • Jonelle Gingrich
      on Jun 19, 2020
      "The SWS program is the most comprehensive Spanish Wine program out there. I learned so much about Spanish wines and discovered some true gems that are now staples in our wine rack. Rick is passionate about Spain and it shows in his ability to comprehensively teach the program and prepare students for the exam."
    • Lise
      on Jun 16, 2020
      "If you love Spanish wine, and want to learn all about the history, geography, grapes, growing and winemaking techniques that go into it, then SWS is your place to be. It requires effort to learn, but the materials make it so approachable. Passion is a must!"
    • Michal Stykowski
      on Apr 24, 2020
      "I am very glad that i had an opportunity to study this program. Sometimes during the exam, questions were little bit difficult to understand for me( lost in translation). Provider and the host during an exam were great."
    • Mary Jones
      on Mar 20, 2020
      "In just fifteen weeks the Spanish Wine Scholar led me in a logical, organized fashion from novice to competence in the knowledge of wine laws, topography, indigenous grapes, viti-vinicultural practices, wine styles, and DOs of Spain. This is a thorough and thoughtful course that connects Spain’s vast history of winemaking to its present emergence as one of the most exciting wine-producing countries. It develops an appreciation of the drive of Spanish winemakers to rediscover indigenous varieties, recover old vines, and identify diverse terroirs to produce world class wines. "

     
    Meet your instructor: 

     

    Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar™ Education Director

    • Creator of the Spanish Wine Scholar™ program
    • Awarded Certified Sherry Educator through the Consejo Regulador of Jerez-Xérès-Sherry
    • Creator of Bodega: Adventures in Spanish Food & Wine, a venue for the promotion and education of Spanish food, wine, and culture
    • Provided education content for Rias Baixas and Drink Ribera consumer campaigns in the USA
    • Traveled extensively throughout Spain
     
     
     

    How it works:

    • You receive the full-color, 315-page Spanish Wine Scholar study manual for independent reading and study. Work through the material when you have time in your schedule. 
    • You are provided access to on-line study modules and review quizzes corresponding to the course content found in the manual. These are available to you 24/7!
    • Attend 10 live webinars for 10 weeks via webinar accessible from computer or tablet. An opportunity to exchange freely with your instructor and fellow students. We always love to hear from you! Can’t make a webinar live? No problem. All are recorded for on demand replay in webinar or podcast formats…perfect on your way to work!
    • Have a question after watching a recorded webinar? Contact your instructor via and Instructor Q&A forum.
    • Track your progress through the course curriculum via our online tracking system.
    • You have one year from your registration date to take your final exam. When you are ready, please contact one month in advance, WSG Office Manager Céline Camus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check on availability and schedule your online exam. The test consists of 100 multiple choice questions. There is no tasting component. All you need is a laptop equipped with microphone and webcam and an internet connection.
    • We have structured the curriculum into a three-month program to keep you focused and disciplined in your study. But you have a full year to sit the exam…just in case life gets in the way.

    REGISTER What's Included Instructors 

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study SWS STUDY TOOLS

     

    Why this format?:

    1It is manageable.

    The program is designed to keep you on track…but it is also flexible enough to enable you to catch up should your schedule get interrupted…or even to suspend it should you get derailed. It is designed to accommodate the needs of a busy professional.

    2You have real human support.

    Rick is available for questions via chat box during webinars and via the Q&A forum. There is also a student forum should you wish to create a study group/tasting group in your area or just interact with your fellow students. You can be as interactive or as independent as you want to be.

    3You are part of a global student community.

    Your classmates will hail from every segment of the wine industry from all over the globe and offer very different insights and points of view. The intellectual ferment adds to the depth of your learning.

    4Your classroom is mobile.

    If you have a computer, cell phone or tablet, you have a classroom!

    Schedule of study:

    Get your SWS certification in 10 weeks! Next online instructor-led session starts October 6th, 2020. Registration is now open! 
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    Week 1

    Welcome webinar (30 mins) 

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 @ 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: Fundamentals & Green Spain

    Week 2

    Live webinar (1 hr 30 mins)

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of The Fundamentals & Green Spain

    Self-study: The Duero River Valley

    Week 3

    Live webinar (1 hr)

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of The Duero River Valley

    Self-study: La Rioja & The Ebro River Valley

    Week 4

    Live webinar (1 hr 30 mins)

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of La Rioja & The Ebro River Valley

    Self-study: Cataluña

    Week 5

    Live webinar (1 hr)

    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Cataluña

    Self-study: The Central Mediterranean Coast

    Week 6

    Live webinar (1 hr)

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of The Central Mediterranean Coast

    Self-study: The Meseta 

    Week 7

    Live webinar (1 hr)

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of The Meseta

    Self-study: Andalucía

    Week 8

    Live webinar (1 hr)

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Andalucía

    Self-study: The Islands

    Week 9

    Live webinar (1 hr)

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of The Islands

    Revision week

    Week 10

    Final live review webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·      Cross-regional review & recap

    ·      Sample test questions & exam protocols

    REGISTER What's Included Instructors 

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study SWS STUDY TOOLS


    Student Testimonials:

    • Amon Ferry
      on Aug 25, 2020
      "The Spanish program was fantastic. The material was well presented both in written format and during the presentations. I commend Rick for his ability to take a country rich in history and wine making and distilling it down to a level that is understandable and easy to comprehend. I learned alot not only about the various wines of Spain but also the geography and history. Thanks! "
    • Molly Ann Brooks
      on Aug 16, 2020
      "Studying Spain feels “simpler” that it’s European neighbors, but the country has a rapidly expanding, dynamic breadth of world class wines at accessible value. Rick Fisher’s enthusiasm, and the intensive program he created with Wine Scholar Guild, have paved a clear path for a nuanced and powerful understanding of this diverse county."
    • Alberto Martinez-Interiano
      on Jul 16, 2020
      "The Spanish Wine Scholar is a fantastic program to get an in-depth view of all the Spanish wine regions. Taking a model from the successful French and Italian Wine scholar programs, it follows a well-structured approach for the main features in the environment (climate, soils, topography, grapes) as well as key viticulture and verification methods to better understand the traditional wines of the main DOs of Spain. Highly Recommended for both the professional and enthusiast interested in learning more about Spanish wine! "
    • Crystal Wilson
      on Jul 16, 2020
      "The WSG Spain program is a fantastic way to learn more about Spain in general as well as wine specifically. I'm excited to go to a Spanish restaurant and start working through their wine list. and I can't wait to go back to Spain!"
    • Eugene O'Brien
      on Jul 10, 2020
      "I would highly recommend the SWS course to not just those that are working in the world of wine but also to those that may be new to wines and are curious to know more! The study manual and online study guides are highly intuitive and interesting for all levels of wine lovers!"
    • Nataliia Burlachenko
      on Jul 7, 2020
      "I like this course a lot! The structure and the presented material is awesome! Especially I like the tests to complete each region. For me, as foreigner, was not always easy to understand the professor but he was very helpful and then tests helped me to fix everything in my head. I plan to take another course with WSG"
    • Patrick W Bartle
      on Jul 6, 2020
      "Phenomenal course ..!! Well structured with great supplementary learning materials. Rick's enthusiam made it even that much more enjoyable...!! I feel like I learned more relevant and practical information in this course/certification than in many of the others I have previosuly experienced. History, geography, and everything else you need to know to flex your knowledge of Spanish wines on a very high level....Loved it...!! Thank you. Cheers, Pat "
    • Anthony Gerard Higgins
      on Jul 2, 2020
      "I found the Spanish Wine Scholar course really useful and interesting. The information that I learnt I will be able to use in future projects that I have planned. "
    • Debbie Caine
      on Jun 30, 2020
      "Loved this course!!! I learned a lot and feel so comfortable with Spanish wine! Can’t wait to go back to Spain and practice what I have learned!!"
    • Gretchen Thomas
      on Jun 28, 2020
      "Wonderfully comprehensive and thorough class on Spain. There’s a ton of knowledge packed into 300 pages, having the online modules really solidified the key points in the text book. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to sharpen their knowledge in Spanish wines!"
    • Richard Milot
      on Jun 22, 2020
      "A clear, complete and very well structured program that delivers the need to know and then some. The historical perspective helps to bring wine laws into the right context. The manual is very well designed and Rick Fisher does a first rate job delivering the material. Highly recommended. Richard Milot, FWS Certified Sommelier Ottawa, Canada "
    • Jonelle Gingrich
      on Jun 19, 2020
      "The SWS program is the most comprehensive Spanish Wine program out there. I learned so much about Spanish wines and discovered some true gems that are now staples in our wine rack. Rick is passionate about Spain and it shows in his ability to comprehensively teach the program and prepare students for the exam."
    • Lise
      on Jun 16, 2020
      "If you love Spanish wine, and want to learn all about the history, geography, grapes, growing and winemaking techniques that go into it, then SWS is your place to be. It requires effort to learn, but the materials make it so approachable. Passion is a must!"
    • Michal Stykowski
      on Apr 24, 2020
      "I am very glad that i had an opportunity to study this program. Sometimes during the exam, questions were little bit difficult to understand for me( lost in translation). Provider and the host during an exam were great."
    • Mary Jones
      on Mar 20, 2020
      "In just fifteen weeks the Spanish Wine Scholar led me in a logical, organized fashion from novice to competence in the knowledge of wine laws, topography, indigenous grapes, viti-vinicultural practices, wine styles, and DOs of Spain. This is a thorough and thoughtful course that connects Spain’s vast history of winemaking to its present emergence as one of the most exciting wine-producing countries. It develops an appreciation of the drive of Spanish winemakers to rediscover indigenous varieties, recover old vines, and identify diverse terroirs to produce world class wines. "

    Study Materials:

    EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO SUCCEED

    Modeled after the French Wine Scholar™ program, Spanish Wine Scholar™ students will receive the same complete set of study materials.

    #1 THE SWS STUDY MANUAL:

    The Spanish Wine Scholar™ manual is the most comprehensive and current coverage on the wines of Spain and follows a regional approach with strong tie-ins to terroir.

    Each chapter is designed for maximum content retention and utilizes a systematic approach, allowing the student to compare and contrast each of the wine regions of Spain.

    Manuals are current and discuss the most recent trends. They are printed in full-color, are rich in imagery and peppered with the iconic wine labels of each region.

    Every Spanish wine appellation is discussed (vs. just mentioned) and triaged by "need-to-know" icons. Emphasis is given to the flavor and structure profiles of the wines.

    A Fundamentals Chapter provides an overview which puts all of Spain and its wines into perspective.

    #2 SWS Online Study Program:

    The SWS online study program offers interactive e-learning modules that are put into a measurable, meaningful format designed for maximum retention of content and ease of use.

    Each region of Spain is covered and dovetails nicely with the Spanish Wine Scholar™ study manual. Study materials are available 24/7. If you’ve got a laptop and an internet connection, you’ve got a classroom!

    Spanish Wine Scholar™ online study modules features: 

    • E-learning modules loaded with videos and learning games to keep you engaged
    • Your place is automatically bookmarked/saved to resume where you left off
    • Quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
    • Hundreds of online flashcards
    • Pronunciation exercises
    • You earn badges to track your accomplishments

    #3 Detailed Spanish Wine Maps:

    Your study manual will be packed with beautiful wine maps which have been designed for this program by Quentin Sadler. Electronic versions of these maps, in addition to blank practice maps are also available for download on the online course page.

    #4 Professional Instructor Support:

    • Online Independent Study: via the Q&A forum answered by Rick Fisher, SWS Education Director
    • Online Instructor-led Format: via the Q&A forum plus email and live chat with instructors
    • In Classroom: via a local, certified instructor

    Disclaimer: WSG offers wine study courses that are targeted to both beginners and those more experienced in the wine industry. While WSG has received many accolades, awards, and testimonials, WSG is not an accredited institution or school. WSG does not guarantee or warrant that any employer or school will recognize WSG wine study courses. While WSG knows that it is a well-recognized institution within the multi-national wine community, it cannot guarantee anyone success in their profession or vocation.

    WSG thanks the following organizations for their support: