Spain has historically always been one of the world's prime producers of wine, especially reds and fortified. 3rd in line after France and Italy, Spain is quickly garnering a very important market share thanks to its incredible capability of volume/quality ratio, competitive prices and top quality gems such as Rioja, Priorat and Ribera Del Duero denominations.
NASA's SPANISH WINE SPECIALIST 'SWS' certification course takes a detailed look at the regions and the wines produced from this incredible land, one of the most important wine economies of the world and the fastest growing wine market segment in the US.
A full immersion into the classic wine appellations of Spain, from its famous wine districts of Rioja, Ribera, Priorat, Castilla, Rias Baixas, Penedes and Jerez, to its most important grape varieties, clones and biotypes: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Monastrell, Viura, Albariño, Xarel-lo and more.
Topics include: Labels and wine classification, history, geography, viticulture and overview, wine districts, food and wine pairing tradition.
The course consists of 2 full days (7 hours ea. with break) of professional lecture and tastings, led by NASA qualified Sommeliers and specialists, with an exam set for a 3rd date. The course is also supported by the Regulatory Board of Denominación de Origen Rioja.
The exam consists of a 1 hour written test (multiple choice, short answer and 1 short essay) with no tasting or food pairing involved. It can be taken multiple times for a re-examination fee of $70 should the results be negative. Passing grade is 70/100, with 80-90 passing with 'distinction' and 90+ passing with 'Honors'.
Cost of the course is 'all inclusive' (lunch, wines, lectures, exam, material).