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Italian Wine Specialist Course
Sat, May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
The IWS (Italian Wine Specialist)was the 1st and original Italian wine certification program offered in the USA and Canada, recognized throughout the world and offered globally, designed in conjunction with the AIS (Italian Sommelier Association) in Italy and backed by the WSA (Worldwide Sommelier Association). The course was pioneered exclusively by NASA, recognized as the leading global educational and consulting authority on Italian wines in North America as well as a fast growing national Sommelier network, providing consistent benefits and education to its members. Our purpose in the IWS certification is to transmit the true atmosphere, heart and soul of Italy and Italian wine along with the numbers and facts that are of public domain. It is exactly this very atmosphere, heart and soul of each region that becomes essential in truly understanding and appreciating Italian wine, beyond merely the superficial concepts and hard facts.
The instructors are all native Italians, certified Sommeliers and professional educators & consultants. They are amongst the highest authorities on Italian wine in the United States. We hand pick them to be born and raised in the regions they teach, giving you first hand knowledge, real anecdotes, local dialect & slang notions and details you will not find on publicly sold books or from non-native individuals, including the proper pronunciation of Italian names and words as well as authentic cultural & folkloristic facts.
The course consists of a total of 28 hours (4 days) of class time lecture and tasting of the most representative wines, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the 'IWS' certificate and lapel pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and the Worldwide Sommelier Association. This class will deeply & comprehensively explore all 20 wine regions of Italy in sequence, the country's wine laws & regulations, grape varietals, intricate culture, history and traditions, trends, typicality, terroirs and key differentiating characteristics, including a brief overview of cuisine.
A portion of the course will be dedicated to the exclusive and advanced NASA/WSA 'technical wine-tasting technique' for which we are internationally renowned as well as notions of technical food & wine pairing, both traditional Italian and extracted from our world patented 'technical food & wine pairing methodology'.