Not every trip to Las Vegas includes tasting wine with the San Francisco Wine School.

But David Glancy, the school’s founder, says what happens in Vegas can be a career-altering experience.

Glancy, founder of San Francisco Wine School, created the first professional credential program on California wine: the California Wine Appellation Specialist certification, CWAS. Typically taught over nine weeks in the San Francisco Bay Area, CWAS is travelling to The Signature at MGM Grand in Las Vegas as a three-day intensive course March 27-29. 

“Competition in the wine industry is only getting more intense, and education will set you apart,” Glancy says. The CWAS program arms wine professionals with up-to-date, nuanced knowledge about California’s rich history and distinct wine landscape to tells a wine’s story and really sell it.

“That affects their bottom line,” Glancy says.

David Glancy is one of twelve people to hold both a master sommelier diploma and a certified wine educator credential. He pioneered CWAS as a deep-dive into all of California’s wine regions to help those who sell wine meet the growing consumer demand for detailed insight.

Glancy will be accompanied by special guest instructor master sommelier Joe Phillips, director of wine education at Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada.

CWAS features guided blind tasting of more than 60 wines, immersing attendees into Mendocino County, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and beyond.

Other topics include:

  • Identification and interpretation of U.S. and California wine law
  • Discussion of California wine history and its impact on today’s American Viticultural Areas 
  • Detailed investigation of California’s wine production
  • Examination of the various climates, soils, grapes, and wineries of each region that make it distinctive to the California wine landscape
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