Oregon, Washington & more - NWAS Credential Begins June 10

Learn the scope of pacific northwest wine...

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The Pacific Northwest is North America’s second-most important wine geography and San Francisco Wine School’s Northwest Wine Appellation Specialist NWAS is the first and only in-depth, professional credential dedicated solely to that region. This 4-class series and certification exam helps students understand the diverse terroirs and wine styles of this dynamic region and features a comprehensive, up-to-date, and formal education on every wine region in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Idaho.

  • Understand how and why Pinot Noir varies between Willamette Valley AVAs
  • Learn Oregon’s unique wine purity and labeling laws.
  • Discover the Chateauneuf-du-Pape of Oregon, the desert of British Columbia, and the unique aspects of the Columbia Valley’s climate and topography which make it ideal for red Bordeaux and Rhone varieties.
  • Dive into the history, current trends and details on every AVA.
  • Engage in curated guided tastings for each region to enhance learning.

2019 SESSION DATES & TIMES: Jun 10 - Jul 15 **Study Break Jul 8**

Find out more & register at: https://sanfranciscowineschool.com/products/northwest-wine-appellation-specialist-nwas

About San Francisco Wine School

We strive to open up the world of wine to students everywhere, helping people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier David Glancy, we are the largest wine school in the United States offering the most thoughtful approach to wine study: respected industry Certification Programs, unique Workshops on today's most important topics, Special Events, and Private Experiences.  

  • Oregon, Washington & Idaho have added 7 new AVAs in the last 12 years with 10 more pending "approved as perfected". British Columbia's GIs are evolving rapidly, as well, with 5 GIs, 5 emerging regions and more than 250 new wineries in the last 29 years. Learn about all of this and taste wines to reinforce all of it.

  • The new industry standard NWAS certification program was created and is being taught by Fred Swan, DWS and David Glancy, MS, CWE


  • The wine lists for these classes is looking great. I'm very excited to be pouring Force Majeure, among other highlights!

  • Here's the draft of week 1 wine list for next Monday, June 10 - Southern Oregon.

    Unit 1: Southern Oregon

    1. Melrose Vineyards, Sauv Blanc, Umpqua Valley
    2. Cowhorn, Marsanne/Roussanne, Applegate Valley
    3. Bradley Vineyards, Baco Noir, Elkton
    4. Troon Vineyard, Cuvée Pyrenees (Tannat/Malbec), Applegate Valley
    5. Abacela, Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley
    6. Weisinger, Tempranillo, Rogue Valley  
    7. Del Rio, Syrah,  Rogue Valley
    8. Quady North, Cabernet Franc, Applegate Valley