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    Certified Sherry Wine Specialist (CSWS)

    The House of Lustau Certified Sherry Wine Specialist (CSWS®)

     

    The Certified Sherry Wine Specialist course is the most comprehensive certification course on sherry wines.

    It was created by The House of Lustau, with the support of the Sherry Regulatory Council guaranteeing the CSWS® program's exceptional level of depth, accuracy, detail, and academic rigor as well as its impact on the global wine industry.

    The award of Certified Sherry Wine Specialist will be given to students who succesfully pass a 50-question graded test at the conclusion of the course. This Certificate of Achievement will be signed by both Lustau’s CEO and César Saldaña, President of the Sherry Regulatory Council. A Certificate of Recognition will be issued to those that do not achieve the passing grade.

    REGISTER NOW ($99) WHAT'S INCLUDED GET YOUR SHERRY MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR 

    Next CSWS® online session starts in:

     COURSE AVAILABLE IN USA ONLY

    This course requires the purchase of the Lustau Mixed Case six-pack. You will need this to participate in the online tasting and exam. Please follow the links to get your mixed wine!

    Please note Zachys is unable to ship to Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio and UtahCrunchy Red Fruit is also unable to ship to Utah.

    UPCOMING 2021 SESSIONS: 
    June 2021 (Jun. 21 - 28)
    August 2021 (Aug. 9 - 16)
    September 2021 (Sep. 13 - 20)

     

    WHAT'S INCLUDED? 

    #1 Two Live webinars with Lucas Payá, The House of Lustau educator and world class sommelier

    The program consists of two online classes with instruction on the history of the Sherry region, DO’s identity, viticulture, winemaking, aging and diversity in the region. Students will also learn about food pairings and the best ways to serve Sherry.

    First webinar (2 hours): theory
    Second webinar (2 hours): tasting + exam

    #2 Tasting of six Lustau sherry wines (to be purchased separately)

    tasting of six Lustau wines will show the most classic styles of sherry: Finos, Manzanilla, Amontillado, Olorosos, and Pedro Ximénez.

    The tasting component is included in the second live webinar. Wines to be purchased separately.

    #3 CSWS® manual available in digital format 

    The CSWS® manual is available in digital format to make the learning process more comfortable and interactive. It has been designed in full color, rich in imagery, videos, and infographics. Each chapter is designed for maximum content retention and utilizes an interactive approach.

    The Certified Sherry Wine Specialist CSWS® manual consists of eight chapters:

    • History of the Region
    • Jerez - Xérèz - Sherry
    • Viticulture
    • Winemaking
    • Urban Terroir
    • Aging
    • Sherry Diversity
    • Enjoying Sherry Wines

    #4 Downloadable materials to enhance your studies

    These material include maps, infographics, a quick guide with tips and suggestions, practical guides, and pronunciation exercises.

    #5 CSWS® exam 

    The exam is composed of a 50-question test which is administered at the conclusion of the course. 

    The award of Certified Sherry Wine Specialist will be given to those with a passing score of 70% (35 correct). 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. 

    Individuals who successfully pass the exam will earn the CSWS® title and CSWS® post-nominal which may be incorporated into a professional signature (e.g. John Smith, CSWS). 

    CSWS® highest-scoring participants will have an opportunity to be selected for one of only two honorary seats reserved annually by Cesar Saldaña (President of the Sherry Regulatory Council) to the Sherry Educator Course in Jerez, Spain.

    #6 Personalized online concierge service with Lucas Payà 

    After completion of the course, students will receive one years access to the exclusive The House of Lustau Concierge Service. You will have the opportunity to discuss with Lucas ways to enhance culinary experiences with sherry wines.

     

    REGISTER NOW ($99) WHAT'S INCLUDED GET YOUR SHERRY MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

    GET YOUR SHERRY!

    COURSE AVAILABLE IN USA ONLY

    This course requires the purchase of the Lustau Mixed Case six-pack. You will need this to participate in the online tasting and exam. Please follow the links to get your mixed wine!

    Please note Zachys is unable to ship to Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio and UtahCrunchy Red Fruit is also unable to ship to Utah.

    Unbox the 360 sherry wine experience with The House of Lustau!

    The CSWS® education program is designed to take the diversity and versatility of sherry wines to the student. Wines to be tasted have been selected by WSG and The House of Lustau educator, Lucas Payà to enable students to understand the wide variety of Sherry styles.

    The box is the perfect format to keep the experience alive, even after the course. The pack includes six 375ml bottles of Lustau sherry wines. 

    The box includes the following wines: 

               
    • Lustau Fino Jarana: Bright pale straw color with greenish reflections. This is the style of Fino made in Jerez de la Frontera: fresh, full of notes almonds and bread dough notes. Dry and crisp.
    • Lustau Fino del Puerto: Pale straw color. A coastal tasting wine. Very dry. This Fino is exclusively aged in el Puerto de Santa María, by the Atlantic Ocean. Very briny, fresh, and classy.
    • Lustau Manzanilla Papirusa: Bright yellow color. This Manzanilla is laced with sea breeze scents and pleasant chamomile and yeasty (flor) aromas. Bone dry and light. The perfect expression from Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

    Additionally, two other dry styles of sherry wines, Amontillado and Oloroso, are included, both of which have been exposed to oxygen at different stages of production and aged in Jerez de la Frontera. The two styles also are aged for different lengths of time.

    • Lustau Amontillado Los Arcos: This dry Amontillado gets a genuine, rich, and nutty flavor through years of aging. Amber in color with hazelnut aromas on the nose. Light and soft on the palate.
    • Lustau Oloroso Don Nuño: Dark bronze color. Walnuts and chocolate aromas with a smoky wood background. This Oloroso wine has an intense, round palate.

    Finally, there is a bottle of an exceptionally sweet sherry produced from sun-dried Pedro Ximénez grapes. 

    • Lustau Pedro Ximénez San Emilio: Ebony in color. Its aromas are reminiscent of figs, chocolate, and coffee. Sweet, velvety and with a lovely acidity that balances the wine on the palate.

    Get your wine pack and start the experience!

    WEST COAST ($79.99)  EAST COAST ($79.99) 
       

     COURSE AVAILABLE IN USA ONLY

    This course requires the purchase of the Lustau Mixed Case six-pack. You will need this to participate in the online tasting and exam. Please follow the links to get your mixed wine!

    Please note Zachys is unable to ship to Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio and UtahCrunchy Red Fruit is also unable to ship to Utah.

     

    REGISTER NOW ($99) WHAT'S INCLUDED GET YOUR SHERRY MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

    MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR 

     

     

    Lucas Payà
    The House of Lustau Educator and world-class sommelier.







    Lucas is an independent consultant and ambassador working in collaboration with several world-class firms dedicated to wine, beverage, and culinary culture.

    Early in his professional career, Lucas joined in 2002 elBulli restaurant to lead the sommelier team working for 5 years under the direction and leadership of acclaimed chef Ferran Adrià and partner Juli Soler, who dramatically shaped his understanding of the artistry in gastronomy, wine and service. His experience at elBulli was the perfect segway into his time as Wine & Beverage Director for José Andrés, ThinkFoodGroup (TFG), where he oversaw the wine and beverage programs for all fifteen TFG restaurants in the US and internationally. Over the two years following the end of his work with TFG, Lucas spearheaded the launch of Coravin in Spain.

    In 2016, Lucas was appointed House of Lustau U.S. National Brand Educator to create the Certified Sherry Wine Specialist (CSWS®) program in conjunction with the Sherry Regulatory Council. Since 2017, the CSWS® courses have educated more than 3,500 people across the US and Canada. Lucas has been instrumental in educating both consumers and the trade on the versatility of the region and Lustau’s full range of premium sherries.

    He holds a Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust; he is a member of the prestigious L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and a Certified Sherry Educator.