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American Wine Society
Super Tasting Series—Level I

When You’re Thirsty for Wine Knowledge

Ready for the next level of wine learning but looking for something less intense than the three-year commitment of the AWS Wine Judge Certification Program? The Super Tasting Series—Level I is a day-long beginner/intermediate wine class run by credentialed, enthusiastic wine instructors with the American Wine Society. Soak up a great wine education in a fun, informative setting!


Learn about wine components, the wine aroma wheel and wine styles as you journey through multiple grape varieties and regions. And, of course, wine tastings are included!

Pass a 50-question, multiple-choice exam to earn a certificate. Enjoy the low student/instructor ratio. Get your wine questions answered!


Class takes place the day prior to the start of the 2½-day AWS National Conference. 


“The enthusiasm and knowledge of the presenters made it an

excellent learning experience!”

-- 2016 participant


 "Great for winery and restaurant staff."

-- 2016 participant

Sign up--It's like Wine 101 on Steroids

$150 registration (AWS members only. Not a member? Join now.)

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
AWS National Conference
Kalahari Resort, Mt. Pocono, PA


Register by contacting the national office at executivedirector@americanwinesociety.org or 1-888-AWS-9070.

Have wine class questions? Contact Director of Education Aaron Mandel at directoreducation@americanwinesociety.org

Last Year’s Super Tasting Series—Level I Outline

I. Winemaking
     a. Process for white wine
     b. Process for red wine
     c. Sparkling wine
     d. Fortified wines


II. General Tasting
     a. Tasting
          i. How to taste
          ii. Terms
          iii. Aroma Wheel
     b. Serving Wine
     c. Storing Wine
     d. Packaging
          i. Bottle shapes
          ii. Bottle sizes
          iii. Labeling


III. Sauvignon Blanc
     a. Taste Sancerre and New Zealand


IV. Riesling
     a. Taste Mosel, Rhine and Finger     Lakes


10:00-10:15 BREAK


V. Pinot Noir
     a. Taste Oregon, Burgundy, New Zealand


VI. Syrah
     a. Taste S. Africa, Australia, Northern Rhone

VII. Sparkling
     a. Methods of production
     b. Champagne vs sparkling wine
     c. Taste Champagne and Prosecco


12:00-1:00 LUNCH


VIII. Chardonnay
     a. Taste California and Burgundy (Chablis)


IX. Tempranillo 
     a. Taste Spain

X. Sangiovese 
     a. Taste Italy

XI. Malbec
     a. Taste Argentina

XII. Review other important grape varieties or regions


2:15-2:30 BREAK



XIII. Cabernet Sauvignon
     a. Taste California, Bordeaux, Australia (Barossa)



XIV. Fortified, Sweet and Ice Wines
     a. Taste port, sherry, late harvest, ice wine (Finger Lakes)


3:30 BREAK


 3:45-5:00 EXAM






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