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

Learn about wine, beer and sake with db‘s Man of the Year 2019

Whether you’re working in the wine trade or just an enthusiastic drinker, if you live in London, we recommend checking out the West London Wine School in Fulham.

Founded by Jimmy Smith, winner of the Drinks Business Man of the Year Award in 2019, it offers a wide range of courses from in-depth examinations of prestigious regions such as Bordeaux, to WSET-accredited programs from Level 1 through to Level 4, as well as the Advanced Scholar Programmes developed by the Wine Scholar Guild.

Speaking to db this month, Smith said his school will also ramp up its offerings outside of the world of wine, with more courses on Saké through WSET and the Saké Sommelier Association, as well as committing more course dates for the school’s BPET (Beer Professional Education & Training) sessions that assist students in achieving their Cicerone accredited qualifications.

“We feel that these are both emerging educational topics in the UK and we hope to be pioneers at offering a comprehensive schedule of events in 2020.”

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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