The New CSW is here!

New CSW SpainThe Society of Wine Educators is proud to announce the publication and release of its 2014 Edition of the Certified Specialist of Wine Study Guide.  This latest version, which hit the streets on October 1, 2013, is updated, expanded, and improved in many ways!

The first thing you may notice about the new study guide is its appearance.  The new “lay-flat” style makes for a more compact and transportable study guide; it’s easier to carry to your study group or pack into a carry-on suitcase.  The new version is also printed in full color with over 100 color photographs and 40 newly-created, colorful wine maps.

Despite its more compact style, the new study guide is over 300 pages long – that’s a full 50 pages of additional information compared to the last edition, which was published in 2010.  Look for comprehensive updates on the rules and regulations that have affected the wine world in the last four years, as well as expanded coverage of the smaller wine producing regions both in Europe and the New World. Sections on sensory evaluation, food and wine pairing, and wine service have also been significantly updated and expanded, and now include teaching tools such as the SWE Logical Tasting Rationale and a Wine Aroma Checklist.

New CSW VitiThe new wine maps are such an important part of the study of wine that we have made them available not just in the printed version of the study guide, but online as well.  All of the maps included in the study guide, and some additional maps as well, are accessible e electronically on the SWE Blog, “Wine, Wit, and Wisdom.”  You are encouraged to access the maps electronically for computer-based study or to download full-page copies of the maps for ease of use.  The electronic address is: .

As you may have noticed, the world of wine is in a constant state of change.  In the last month alone, there has been a  change in the terminology used for VDP wines in the Rheingau, and no less than four new AVA’s approved for the state of California.  Here at SWE we are doing our best to keep our study materials up-to-date and our members informed of the latest happenings in the world of wine. To that end, we have created a “Study Guide Update” page on our blog.  Any changes in EU Regulations, re-naming of wine regions, newly-approved AVAs, or industry changes of any kind that affect the information in the new study guide will be noted here. (Note: any information that changes after the publication of the study guide will not be included on the CSW exam, but is provided for informational purposes  only.)

New CSWIf you are studying for the CSW using a 2010 Study Guide, there is no need to worry.  All CSW Exams that occur between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014  will include only those questions based on subject matter that is covered in both the 2010 Study Guide and the 2014 edition. After April 1, 2014, all CSW Exam questions will be drawn solely from the new Study Guide.

We sincerely hope that the new Certified Specialist of Wine Study Guide meets your professional wine education needs and we wish you the best of luck with your studies!

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3 Responses to The New CSW is here!

  1. Wai Xin says:

    This is a timely update for the study guide amidst all the rapid shift in trends and legislative updates. The colorful maps are a welcoming sight, as the monochrome version in 2010 makes it hard to distinguish one region from another.

    Thanks for the great work.

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