Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois Announces Wine Education Class

Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois, a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, today announced the establishment of a new wine curriculum designed exclusively for beverage and hospitality professionals entitled From Grapes to Glass.

The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the fundamentals of wine—its production, marketing, and enjoyment. From Grapes to Glass focuses on key facets of wine acumen, including: grape growing, winemaking, tasting, varietals, vintages, appellations, and wine sales, and service.

Will Conniff, Executive Vice President/General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota, says, “It is with great enthusiasm that we launch this wine curriculum to our trade partners. This class creates a solid foundation for a lifetime of wine learning. We could not be more excited about providing this topflight training resource to our customers.”

Serafin Alvarado, Master Sommelier and SWS-IL’s Director of Wine Education, comments, “From Grapes to Glass allows hospitality professionals to immerse themselves in the fundamentals of wine. This course provides industry professionals with an opportunity to advance their careers by providing a comprehensive understanding of wine along with core service skills.”

According to Brian Orlik, SWS-IL’s Director of Education and Trade Relations, “From Grapes to Glass provides an excellent baseline for the wine service professional. Our goal for this course was to combine theory and application in an effort to put students in the best position for success while serving tableside.”

From Grapes to Glass is a five week program designed exclusively for beverage and hospitality professionals.

The inaugural class begins on April 2, 2012 at Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois’ Direct Warehouse Sales facility located at 250 N. Artesian in Chicago. Enrollment fee for this program is $150 and includes a text book and wines sampled in class.

Participants must be 21 years of age and seating is limited.

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