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Wine & Spirits Certificate Programs and Day Classes

JWU Culinary Wine and Spirit Educaiton Trust ProgramJWU’s Providence Campus offers non-credit beverage certifications in partnership with the world-renowned Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the Society for Wine Educators (SWE) and L’Ecole du Vin of Bordeaux.

These specialized programs for hospitality professionals and wine enthusiasts are tailored to varying degrees of expertise.

Scroll down for our extensive day classes in wine history and pairings, craft cocktails, mixology and beer brewing.

Register online. For more information, contact Adult & Continuing Education at 401-598-2336 or by email.

Wine Education brochure (600K PDF).

Certificate Programs

Level I: WSET Foundation A 6-hour, entry-level introduction to wine. Learn primary wine styles, grape varietals, tasting methods and food pairing techniques. Cost: $225
Dates offered: Sep 14, 2013 or Mar 29, 2014; 9am-4pm

Level 2: WSET Intermediate This intensive 9-week program focuses on Old and New World wine production and classification, as well as sparkling and fortified wines, spirits and liqueurs. Recommended as a starting point before proceeding to Level 3. Cost: $850
Dates:  Thursdays, Sept 26-Nov 21, 2013; Jan 16-March 20, 2014 (no class on Mar 6); March 27-May 22, 2014, 7:15-10:30pm

Level 3: WSET Advanced Become a true wine expert through this 15-week program covering the wine-growing regions of Europe, the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Study production methods and labeling laws as they relate to wines from around the world. Cost: $1350
Dates: Tuesdays, Jan 28-May 20, 2014 (no class Mar 4), 7:15-10:30pm

SWE Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) Take your wine knowledge to the next level by preparing for the rigorous CSW exam, which tests knowledge of viticulture and wine production. Although CSW certification is largely meant to be self-study, this course includes 5 3-hour classes to reinforce central concepts and refine the palette through tastings. Cost includes the one-hour exam. Cost: $950
Dates: Saturdays, Sep 21-Nov 9, 2013, with an exam on Nov 16; Jan 18 to Mar 15, 2014 (no class on Mar 8), with an exam on Mar 22; 9:30am-12:30pm; exams at 8:30am

SWE Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) Become an expert in spirits from fermentation to distillation, including whiskey, brandy, vodka, gin, rum and tequila. Although CSS certification is largely meant to be self-study, this course includes 5 3-hour classes to reinforce central concepts and refine the palette through tastings. Cost includes the one-hour exam. Cost: $695
Dates: Saturdays, Oct 12-Nov 9, 2013, 9am-1pm, exam on Nov 16 at 8:30am

Bordeaux Wine Certificate Examine this classic wine region in this intensive 3-week course accredited by L’Ecole du Vin of Bordeaux, the official educational branch of the Interprofessional Bureau of Bordeaux Wines. Cost: $395
Dates: Saturdays, Apr 5, Apr 12, Apr 26, 9am-1pm

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New World vs Old World Wines This 3-hour class compares classic Old World wines to their New World counterparts to explore production techniques and how terroir influences the final product. Cost: $125
Date offered: Oct 16, 7:15pm-10:00pm

Sparkling Wines and Champagne What makes Champagne special and can other sparkling wines reach its complexity? You will taste a broad spectrum of sparkling wines from California, New England, Spain, Italy and France. Cost: $125
Date offered: Nov 13, 7:15pm to 10:15pm

Beer Brewing This introductory 4-hour class teaches the basics of all-grain brewing, including how to read a beer recipe; tasting and understanding malted grains and hops; and the secrets of time and temperature controls. You will work alongside a Certified Beer Judge to brew a 1/2 barrel batch of craft beer from scratch. Cost: $125
Dates offered: Saturdays, Oct 5, 2013 or Feb 8, 2014, 9:00am–1pm

Beer Appreciation
Expand your knowledge of beer in this 4-hour introductory course. Learn the basics of the brewing process, including beer ingredients and how to identify classic styles of beer brewed around the world. Includes guided tastings with a Certified Beer Judge. Cost: $99
Dates offered: Saturdays, Sep 28, 2013 or Mar 22, 2014, 9am-1pm

Mixology Basics A hands-on overview on how to build cocktails and mixed drinks using professional techniques and tools. Participants are given the reasons behind building drinks in a precise manner and their presentations according to recipes. A great class for budding bartenders and amateurs alike. Cost: $99
Date offered: Saturday, Sep 21, 2013, 9am-1pm

Classic Cocktails This 4-hour class focuses on the classic cocktails and why they have enjoyed such a renaissance. Learn the proper procedures for building cocktails, then sample each others’ creations.
Date offered: Saturday, Jan 11, 2014, 9am-1pm
Cost: $125

Crafting Cocktails This class builds on Mixology Basics to focus on the crucial importance of well-sourced ingredients and impeccable technique when crafting cocktails. You’ll have the opportunity to craft your own cocktails using mystery ingredients. Cost: $125
Date offered: Saturday, Mar 22, 2014, 9am-1pm

Food & Wine Pairing Why do certain foods bring out the best in some wines and not others? Taught by a Certified Wine Educator, this 4-hour class will help you understand the principles behind successfully matching foods to wine. Cost includes pairings of wine with foods. Cost: $125
Dates offered: Saturdays, Sep 24, Dec 7, 2013 or Apr 12, 2014; 9am-1pm

Register online. For more information, contact Adult & Continuing Education at 401-598-2336 or by email.

Wine Education brochure (600K PDF).