Six new ways to become a wine, beer or spirits expert in 2020

We’ve rounded up some of the latest courses to launch in the wine, beer and spirits worlds you might want to consider if you’re looking to broaden your horizons in 2020.

Do you fancy yourself as a beer sommelier, or want to learn more about the mysterious world of Scotch whisky? Drinks education is bigger business than ever. The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, and has now awarded over 500,000 of its qualifications since 1969.

But as the craft spirits and beer markets have expanded in recent years, it is now possible to learn about almost anything in the drinks trade, from discovering the world of saké, to the best etiquette for pairing beer with food.

We’ve taken a look at some of the newer courses that have emerged over the past year, to help you on your journey to becoming a drinks connoisseur.

One Response to “Six new ways to become a wine, beer or spirits expert in 2020”

  1. David Glancy says:

    Great article and I would add one more. We launched Northwest Wine Appellation Specialist (NWAS) in 2019 to complement California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) which we launched online in 2013 and in-class in 2012. These are in addition to San Francisco Wine School offering all 3 of Wine Scholar Guild’s programs, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) from Society of Wine Educators, Somm Essentials, Wine Program Management, Intermediate and Advanced Tasting programs and collaborating with Grape Experience for their offering of WSET programs. Our school launched in 2011 with the mission of bringing all relevant credentials under one roof and being a hub for wine professionals and enthusiasts alike. We have grown to become the largest wine school in the USA with intensive and online available for students globally. Our 4,000 square foot education and event center is near San Francisco International Airport.
    David Glancy, MS, CWE

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