Online Wine Education

The CMAA Wine Society has partnered with the Wine Spectator school.com, an online wine school launched by Wine Spectator in September 2002. It is a perfect match as a tool for our members to use. With the flexibility offered by the Internet, restaurateurs, consumers and wine-trade members from more than 35 countries are taking advantage of these wine-appreciation courses backed by the Wine Spectator magazine's more than 25 years of experience. The WineSpectatorschool.com is operated as a separate entity from the Wine Spectator Magazine.

The course includes video interviews with winemakers, sommeliers and restaurateurs; online quizzes and exams; worksheets and study guides; tutored tastings to train staff in the Club; and an online professor to answer e-mail questions. The total course takes between six to nine one-hour segments depending on the knowledge of the participants. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a CMAA IWS certificate for participants scoring 80 percent or better on their final online exam. In addition you will receive educational credits from CMAA. Those scoring 90 percent or better also receive a distinctive pin from the Wine Spectator School.com.

Currently, the program the Wine Society is offering (with certification education credits) is Understanding Professional Wine Sales and Service. (A how-to build a thorough foundation in wine along with the sales and service skills that distinguish successful professionals). The Wine Society receives a special 15 percent discount that is passed directly to Club Managers. It is an inexpensive way to increase you and your staff’s knowledge and gain education credits at the same time.

We will be adding a range of short, specialized classes including California Cabernet, Bordeaux reds and wines from Tuscany at a substantial discount as we sign up more club managers. This will allow for more specialized training, particularly helpful when your staff have to design and develop Club wine dinners. As an example, the “Tuscany” course would be an excellent tool for having an “Italian Night.”

To sign up today and take advantage of this exciting new opportunity, please visit the Wine Spectator.

Please note that the CMAA promotional code to sign up and get the Wine Society discount is “WCLUBS.”