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    15-week Instructor-Led Format

    Spanish Wine Scholar ™ online | 15-week Instructor-Led Format

    Earn the Spanish Wine Scholar™ (SWS) post-nominal through 15 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: 

    Next SWS instructor-led session starts March 2020, stay tuned!

    The Spanish Wine Scholar™ education program is a Spanish wine course designed to provide committed students of wine with the most advanced and comprehensive specialization study program on Spanish wine bar none! After completion of this program, an educator, sommelier or wine enthusiast can teach, sell or enjoy Spanish wines with poise and confidence.

    The Spanish Wine Scholar™ online | 15-week Instructor-Led Format includes: 


        • 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

    REGISTER What's Included Instructors 

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

    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 15 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:

    Next SWS instructor-led session starts March 2020, stay tuned!

    Week 1  
    (October 14-20)

    Welcome webinar (30 mins)

    Tuesday, Oct. 15th 2019 @ NOON EST

    ·       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

    Week 2  
    (October 21-27)

    Self-study: Green Spain

    Week 3  
    (October 28 - November 3)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday, Oct. 29th 2019 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of The Fundamentals & Green Spain

    Self-study: The Duero River Valley

    Week 4
    (November 4-10)

    Self-study: The Duero River Valley

    Week 5
    (November 11-17)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday, Nov. 12th 2019 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of The Duero River Valley

    Self-study: La Rioja

    Week 6
    (November 18-24)

    Self-study: The Ebro River Valley

    Week 7
    (November 25 - December 1)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday Nov. 26th 2019 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of La Rioja & The Ebro River Valley

    Self-study: Cataluña

    Week 8
    (December 2-8)

    Self-study: Cataluña

    Week 9
    (December 9-15)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday Dec. 10th 2019 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Cataluña

    Self-study: The Central Mediterranean Coast

    Week 10
    (December 16 - 22)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday Dec. 17th 2019 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of The Central Mediterranean Coast

    Self-study: The Meseta & Andalucía

    December 23 - January 5)

    Holiday break

    Week 11
    (January 6-12)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday Jan. 7th 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of The Meseta

    Self-study: Andalucía

    Week 12

    (January 13-19)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday Jan. 14th 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Andalucía

    Self-study: The Islands

    Week 13

    (January 20-26)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday Jan. 21st 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of The Islands


    Week 14

    (January 27-February 2)

    Revision Week

    Week 15

    (February 3-9)


    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday Feb. 4th 2020 @ NOON EST

    ·      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

    Study tools:


    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.

    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: