Conference Preview: Agave Intensive…No, Really!

Agave arthurToday we have a conference preview from Arthur Black. Arthur tells us about his session entitled “Agave Intensive – No, Really!” Read on to see what this session has in store…

Do not overlook the often-abused word, “Intensive” in the title of this seminar. Those unfamiliar with agave-based spirits are welcome to come play with us, as Agave Intensive is comprehensive and builds upon itself, but the material covered is hard core and the spirits tasted are serious, amazing, beautiful and some of the most “spiritual” spirits on the planet.

Imagine walking through an orchard in the highlands of Oaxaca at 8,000 feet elevation with a palenquero who points towards a Sierra Negra sub-species of agave and tells you that his grand father planted it over 35 years ago and he has walked past it everyday of his life and in two weeks time he will harvest, cook, ferment and distill it. Yeah, welcome to the world of artisanal mezcal and “other” agave-based spirits.

Most spirit aficionados and even trade persons have never had the pleasure nor are they familiar with mezcals based on the agave species Tobala or Cuixe, nor those which have been percolated through dead animals and distilled in amphora, nor know the likes of the obscure Mexican distillates Sotol, Bacanora and Raicilla. To experience such spirits is a rare trip into oddity, beauty and meditation. For many reasons, which will be covered in this Agave Intensive discussion, these works of art are the world’s most laboriously crafted and transcendent spirits in the world.

agave arthur 2Outside of its manifestation as spirit, the agave plant alone is fascinating enough. Its entrenched in the mores of Central American-Mexican culture with no shortage of myth, lore and cultural utility. The agave plant is simultaneously the source of the Americas’ first fermented beverage and first distilled beverage. These sharp, monocarpic, pointy plants can grow to be larger than a small car and some species can take decades to mature. One mezcalero once told me, “these ancient plants are what the dinosaurs ate!”

In this seminar, we will taste mezcal from Michoacan and Oaxaca, made from Cuixe (which grows three meters tall), Tobala, Mexicano and Espadin, as well as mezcal de ollo from one palenquero outside of Sola de Vega. Of course, you can’t have an agave discussion without tasting pechuga! We will taste and discuss the Dasylirion based Sotol from Chihuahua,   in addition to Espadin based Bacanora from Sonora.

Arthur Black is one of few young beverage industry educational leaders in the country, acquiring many titles and accreditations over 15 years of intense study. Arthur is the Corporate Wine and Spirits Sales Manager for RNDC, a leading national wholesaler of fine wine and spirits. In addition to his role at RNDC, Arthur is a Certified Specialist of Wine, a Certified Spanish Wine Educator, a Certified French Wine Educator, a Certified Sake Specialist, Certified Spirits Specialist, Advanced Sommelier, and Level 1 Cicerone. Arthur is also the founder of the non-profit, Indiana Craft Beverage Association, an educational and promotional body dedicated to driving quality beverage programming in trade in Indiana and the Mid-West.

Arthur’s session, “Agave Intensive – No, Really!” will be held on Thursday morning, August 13th as part of SWE’s 39th Annual Conference, to be held in New Orleans.

 

 

 

 

Friday Lunchtime SWEbinar: Champagne!

ChampagneJoin us at lunchtime on Friday – June 12th, Noon central time for a bubbly SWEbinar! Presented by Valerie Caruso, CSW, we are pleased to offer: Champagne: A region, a wine style and a legacy! From battlegrounds to bubbly, the compelling history and evolution of Champagne throughout the centuries has gifted the world with a wine that is associated with life’s most celebrated moments – and with good reason!  In this SWEbinar we will explore the story, the main growing regions, terroirs, and the AOCs as well as the production & styles – all part of Champagne’s enduring legacy. This session will be presented by Valerie Caruso, CSW, a retired military officer who moved to Italy to study wine shortly after retirement. She settled in the states full time in 2011 and conducted direct-to-consumer sales and tastings for a Napa Winery for several years before launching her own education and consulting business. Val is also a French Wine Scholar & a WSET diploma candidate.

SWE’s SWEbinar series is unique in that it is offered free-of-charge, and open to the public! We also try to accomodate all schedules by offering sessions on weekdays and weekends, as well as daytime and evening hours. If you have a topic you would like to see addressed, or a time-of-day that would work for you, please let our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles know via email at jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Login Instructions: At the appointed time, just click on the link. There is no need to register in advance. Choose to “enter as a guest” and type in your full name. Links will be attached to the date and time announcement of each session in the list below and will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date.

Link: Friday, June 12th – Noon Central Time – Champagne: A region, a wine style and a legacy, presented by Valerie Caruso, CSW

computer outside 8When the SWE Adobe Connect homepage appears, click on “enter as a guest,” type in your full name, and click “enter room.” Remember that each session is limited to 100 attendees, and that several of our past sessions have reached capacity. We are hoping to avoid this issue in the future by offering more SWEbinars, but its still a good idea to log on early!

  • If you have never attended an Adobe Connect event before, it is also a good idea to test your connection ahead of time (just click on the link).
  • If you are having any trouble with your Adobe Connect connection, please see our SWEbinar Trouble-shooting page.

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Nickles:  jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Click here for the 2015 SWEbinar Calendar

Are you interested in being a guest blogger or a guest SWEbinar presenter for SWE?  Click here for more information 

Friday Lunchtime SWEbinar: “Great Philosophical Issues in Wine”

adamJoin us on Friday – June 5th – at 12 noon central time – for “Great Philosophical Issues in Wine – presented by Adam Edmondson, CSW. Wine and Philosophy can be discussed in a variety of ways, from the Philosophers of old discussing wine as an intellectual beverage, to modern wine producers arguing over whether the “Old World” or the “New World” philosophy reigns supreme. Join us for this SWEbinar on wine and philosophy, and we’ll explore this deep and fascinating subject. Our presenter, Adam Edmondson, CSW, is a wine educator with the Wine Elite Sommelier Company, located in Orange County, California. Adam can be reached at: Adam@WineElite.org

SWE’s SWEbinar series is unique in that it is offered free-of-charge, and open to the public! We also try to accomodate all schedules by offering sessions on weekdays and weekends, as well as daytime and evening hours. If you have a topic you would like to see addressed, or a time-of-day that would work for you, please let our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles know via email at jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Login Instructions: At the appointed time, just click on the link. There is no need to register in advance. Choose to “enter as a guest” and type in your full name. Links will be attached to the date and time announcement of each session in the list below and will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date.

Link: Friday June 5th – at 12 noon central time – for Great Philosophical Issues in Wine” presented by Adam Edmonsond, CSW. 

computer outside 7When the SWE Adobe Connect homepage appears, click on “enter as a guest,” type in your full name, and click “enter room.” Remember that each session is limited to 100 attendees, and that several of our past sessions have reached capacity. We are hoping to avoid this issue in the future by offering more SWEbinars, but its still a good idea to log on early!

  • If you have never attended an Adobe Connect event before, it is also a good idea to test your connection ahead of time (just click on the link).
  • If you are having any trouble with your Adobe Connect connection, please see our SWEbinar Trouble-shooting page.

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Nickles:  jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Click here for the 2015 SWEbinar Calendar

Are you interested in being a guest blogger or a guest SWEbinar presenter for SWE?  Click here for more information 

 

Friday Lunchtime SWEbinar: The Mystique of Scotch Whisky!

Russ ScotchJoin us on Friday – May 1 – at 12 noon central time – for Russ Kempton’s SWEbinar on Scotch – The Mystique of Scotch Whisky.” 

As Russ likes to say, “All Scotch is whisky, but not all whisky is Scotch!” 

The country of origin for Scotch whisky is exclusively Scotland. Within Scotland, the 109 (or so) operating distilleries use pot stills (for single malts) or continuous stills for (grain whiskies), a range of mash bills, and a variety of finishing techniques. Each distillery, and each whisky, has its own unique flavor profile due to its location and production techniques. 

The three most important factors in the character of any Scotch whisky are time, place, and environment. Join Russ Kempton, CSS – otherwise known as “That Whisky Guy” on a journey through Scotland and her whisky! You may contact Russ at his new website, Speaking of Grapes and Grains.

SWE’s SWEbinar series is unique in that it is offered free-of-charge, and open to the public! We also try to accomodate all schedules by offering sessions on weekdays and weekends, as well as daytime and evening hours. If you have a topic you would like to see addressed, or a time-of-day that would work for you, please let our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles know via email at jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

computer outside 8Login Instructions: At the appointed time, just click on the link. There is no need to register in advance. Choose to “enter as a guest” and type in your full name. Links will be attached to the date and time announcement of each session in the list below and will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date.

 

When the SWE Adobe Connect homepage appears, click on “enter as a guest,” type in your full name, and click “enter room.” Remember that each session is limited to 100 attendees, and that several of our past sessions have reached capacity. We are hoping to avoid this issue in the future by offering more SWEbinars, but its still a good idea to log on early!

  • If you have never attended an Adobe Connect event before, it is also a good idea to test your connection ahead of time (just click on the link).
  • If you are having any trouble with your Adobe Connect connection, please see our SWEbinar Trouble-shooting page.

Link: Friday, May 1st – 12 noon central time – The Mystique of Scotch Whisky – presented by Russ Kempton (Link will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date/time.) 

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Nickles: jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Click here for the 2015 SWEbinar Calendar

Are you interested in being a guest blogger or a guest SWEbinar presenter for SWE?  Click here for more information 

Saturday Spirits SWEb: The Insider’s Guide to the CSS!

Insiders guide to the CSSTomorrow – Saturday, April 25th at 10:00 am central time – we will once again be offering our “Insider’s Guide to the CSS Exam.” This session has become a monthly installment. If you have questions about the CSS Exam, have just started to study, or are a cocktail-enthusiast who is “thinking about” getting certified, you’ll find the answers to all your questions at the “Insider’s Guide”!

SWE’s SWEbinar series is unique in that it is offered free-of-charge, and open to the public! We also try to accomodate all schedules by offering sessions on weekdays and weekends, as well as daytime and evening hours. If you have a topic you would like to see addressed, or a time-of-day that would work for you, please let our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles know via email at jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Login Instructions: At the appointed time, just click on the link. There is no need to register in advance. Links will be attached to the date and time announcement of each session in the list below and will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date.

CSS Study GuideWhen the SWE Adobe Connect homepage appears, click on “enter as a guest,” type in your name, and click “enter room.” Remember that each session is limited to 100 attendees, and that several of our past sessions have reached capacity. We are hoping to avoid this issue in the future by offering more SWEbinars, but its still a good idea to log on early!

  • If you have never attended an Adobe Connect event before, it is also a good idea to test your connection ahead of time (just click on the link).
  • If you are having any trouble with your Adobe Connect connection, please see our SWEbinar Trouble-shooting page.

Link: Saturday, April 25th – 10:00 am Central time – The Insider’s Guide to the CSS Exam  This is one for the Spirits Crowd! presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSS, CWE  (Link will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date/time.) 

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Nickles: jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Click here for the 2015 SWEbinar Calendar

Are you interested in being a guest blogger or a guest SWEbinar presenter for SWE?  Click here for more information 

Friday Lunchtime SWEbinar: King and Queens of the Old World!

Kings and QueensThis Friday, April 24th – 12 Noon central time – we offer a special SWEbinar “Kings and Queens of the Old World – Discovering Character in 8 Iconic Appellations” presented by Joey Kleinhans, CSW, Principal at The Wine Elite Sommelier Company.  They are the legends of the wine world: Rioja, Bandol, Margaux, Barolo, Valpolicella, Mosel, Cote Rotie, and Condrieu! Join Joey Kleinhans in this live session to learn about the grapes, the terroir, the character and the history that makes these regions the Kings and Queens of the Old World! Sommelier Joey Kleinhans is a wine educator and blind-tasting instructor in Orange County, California. His perspectives on wine have been published by the Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, MarketWatch and the Robb Report. He can be reached at Joey@WineElite.orgJoey welcomes any specific requests our members would like to have addressed during this webinar.  

SWE’s SWEbinar series is unique in that it is offered free-of-charge, and open to the public! We also try to accomodate all schedules by offering sessions on weekdays and weekends, as well as daytime and evening hours. If you have a topic you would like to see addressed, or a time-of-day that would work for you, please let our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles know via email at jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

computer outside 15Login Instructions: At the appointed time, just click on the link. There is no need to register in advance. Links will be attached to the date and time announcement of each session in the list below and will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date.

When the SWE Adobe Connect homepage appears, click on “enter as a guest,” type in your name, and click “enter room.” Remember that each session is limited to 100 attendees, and that several of our past sessions have reached capacity. We are hoping to avoid this issue in the future by offering more SWEbinars, but its still a good idea to log on early!

  • If you have never attended an Adobe Connect event before, it is also a good idea to test your connection ahead of time (just click on the link).
  • If you are having any trouble with your Adobe Connect connection, please see our SWEbinar Trouble-shooting page.

Link: Friday, April 24th –  “Kings and Queens of the Old World – Discovering Character in 8 Iconic Appellations” presented by Joey Kleinhans, CSW (Link will go live a few hours before the scheduled event.)

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Nickles: jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Are you interested in being a guest blogger or a guest SWEbinar presenter for SWE?  Click here for more information!

 

Click here for the 2015 SWEbinar Calendar

#Wine Wednesday SWEbinar – WOW – The Wines of Washington!

Washington StateThis Wednesday – April 8th -at 7:00 pm  central time,  we will be offering a repeat performance of our SWEbinar entitled  WOW – the wines of Washington State!

Presented by Sam Schmitt, CSW – this is a repeat performance of the session held last Saturday – and it is jam-packed with beautiful graphics and great information! 

Here is Sam’s synopsis: Washington State is the second largest wine producer in the United States. Its geographic location near the northern extreme of the ideal wine growing latitudes belies its warm, semi-desert continental climate. Shaped by colossal floods at the end of the last ice age, its 13 AVAs are unique and diverse. Washington is well-known as a high-quality producer of New World Riesling, but Riesling is far from the only high quality wine produced in the state. In this one-hour webinar, Sam Schmitt, CSW, and founder of The Winaut-Wine Education and Travel blog and a Consumer Experience Development Consultant will discuss the geography, climate, and geographic history of Washington State, the state’s diverse AVAs, the prominent grapes, the unique laws, and some of the leading producers of Washington State wine.

Washington State

SWE’s SWEbinar series is unique in that it is offered free-of-charge, and open to the public! We also try to accomodate all schedules by offering sessions on weekdays and weekends, as well as daytime and evening hours. If you have a topic you would like to see addressed, or a time-of-day that would work for you, please let our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles, know via email at jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Login Instructions: At the appointed time, just click here. There is no need to register in advance. Link will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date.

When the SWE Adobe Connect homepage appears, click on “enter as a guest,” type in your name, and click “enter room.” Remember that each session is limited to 100 attendees, and that several of our past sessions have reached capacity. We are hoping to avoid this issue in the future by offering more SWEbinars, but its still a good idea to log on early!

  • If you have never attended an Adobe Connect event before, it is also a good idea to test your connection ahead of time (just click on the link).
  • If you are having any trouble with your Adobe Connect connection, please see our SWEbinar Trouble-shooting page.

computer outside 7Link: Wednesday, April 8th at 7:00 pm central time – WOW! Wines of Washington State – presented by Sam  Schmitt, CSW (Link will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date/time.) 

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Nickles: jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Click here for the 2015 SWEbinar Calendar

Are you interested in being a guest blogger or a guest SWEbinar presenter for SWE?  Click here for more information!

 

April 2015 SWEbinars

computer outside 11Coming up in April of 2015 we have some wonderful offerings in our SWEbinar program!

  • Saturday, April 4th –10:00 am central time: WOW: The Wines of Washington State – presented by Sam Schmitt, CSW. Washington State is the second largest wine producer in the United States. Its geographic location near the northern extreme of the ideal wine growing latitudes belies its warm, semi-desert continental climate. Shaped by colossal floods at the end of the last ice age, its 13 AVAs are unique and diverse. Washington is well-known as a high-quality producer of New World Riesling, but Riesling is far from the only high quality wine produced in the state. In this one-hour webinar, Sam Schmitt, CSW, and founder of The Winaut-Wine Education and Travel blog and a Consumer Experience Development Consultant will discuss the geography, climate, and geographic history of Washington State, the state’s diverse AVAs, the prominent grapes, the unique laws, and some of the leading producers of Washington State wine.
  • Wednesday, April 8th, at 7:00 pm central time – Repeat performance of  WOW: The Wines of Washington State – presented by Sam Schmitt, CSW. 
  • Insider's GuideFriday, April 17th – 12 Noon Central Time –  The Insider’s Guide to the CSW Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSS, CWE Back by popular demand…we are once again offering our very special session titled “The Insider’s Guide to the CSW.” If you are currently pursuing the CSW Certification, or considering the CSW as your next stage of professional development, this session is for you! This online workshop will cover all aspects of the CSW, including what the test covers, how difficult the test is, the format of the questions, the resources available to students, and how long SWE recommends for study before sitting the exam. This session is led by Jane A. Nickles, CSS, CWE (SWE’s Director of Education). You will have a chance to ask any and all questions about the CSW – she’ll answer just about any questions save for “what are the answers?” 
  • Friday, April 24th – 12 Noon central time – “Kings and Queens of the Old World – Discovering Character in 8 Iconic Appellations” – presented by Joey Kleinhans, CSW, Principal at The Wine Elite Sommelier Company. CMittelmosel. Join Joey Kleinhans in this live session to learn about the grapes, the terroir, the character and the history that makes these regions the Kings and Queens of the Old World! Sommelier Jörn Kleinhans is a wine educator and blind-tasting instructor in Orange County, California. His perspectives on wine have been published by the Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, MarketWatch and the Robb Report. He can be reached at Joey@WineElite.org. Joey welcomes any specific requests our members would like to have addressed during this webinar. 
  • Saturday, April 25th – 10:00 am central time – The Insider’s Guide to the CSS Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSS, CWE – This year, we’ve published a new CSS Study Guide and it’s a whole new world for the CSS! Join our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles, and learn what to expect from the new CSS!

computer outside 13SWE’s SWEbinar series is unique in that it is offered free-of-charge, and open to the public! We also try to accommodate all schedules by offering sessions on weekdays and weekends, as well as daytime and evening hours. If you have a topic you would like to see addressed, or a time-of-day that would work for you, please let our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles know via email at jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Login Instructions: At the appointed time, just click on the link. There is no need to register in advance. Links will be attached to the date and time announcement of each session in the list below and will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date.

When the SWE Adobe Connect homepage appears, click on “enter as a guest,” type in your name, and click “enter room.” Remember that each session is limited to 100 attendees, and that several of our past sessions have reached capacity. We are hoping to avoid this issue in the future by offering more SWEbinars, but its still a good idea to log on early!

  • If you have never attended an Adobe Connect event before, it is also a good idea to test your connection ahead of time (just click on the link).
  • If you are having any trouble with your Adobe Connect connection, please see our SWEbinar Trouble-shooting page.

Links:

  • Saturday, April 4th –10:00 am central time: WOW: The Wines of Washington State – presented by Sam Schmitt, CSW. (Link will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date/time.)
  • Wednesday, April 8th, at 7:00 pm central time – Repeat performance of  WOW: The Wines of Washington State – presented by Sam Schmitt, CSW. (Link will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date/time.)
  • computer outside 14Friday, April 17th – 12 Noon Central Time –  The Insider’s Guide to the CSW Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSS, CWE  (Link will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date/time.)
  • Friday, April 24th – 12 Noon central time – “Kings and Queens of the Old World – Discovering Character in 8 Iconic Appellations” – presented by Joey Kleinhans, CSW (Link will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date/time.)
  • Saturday, April 25th – 10:00 am central time – The Insider’s Guide to the CSS Exam (Link will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date/time.)

Presenters:  If you hold one of SWE’s certifications (CSS, CSW, or CWE) and would like to present a SWEbinar, we would love to host you! Our one requirement regarding subject matter is that your topic be of interest to those people who are studying for one of our certifications – our SWEbinar program is intended to help our candidates with exam preparation

If  you would like to pitch an idea for a guest blog post, or you would like to present a SWEbinar, please contact Jane Nickles, CWE, our Director of Education and Certification, at jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Click here for the 2015 SWEbinar Schedule

 

Friday SWEbinar: Cold as Ice!

Vineyards at the Gray Monk Estate Winery in the Okanagan Valley

Vineyards at the Gray Monk Estate Winery in the Okanagan Valley

This Friday – March 27th, 2015 at 12 Noon central time – we will be offering a new SWEbinar: Cold as Ice  – Myths and Realities of Canadian Wine. This session will be presented by Jordan Cowe, CWE. Jordan is a a newly-minted CWE based in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Session Synopsis: Think of a description of Canadian wine regions in your mind. Were dry deserts, big red wines, or Napa Valley heat levels even a consideration? No? Well – they should be – and it’s time to find out why! Take a journey across this not-so-frozen country and learn about the unique micro-climates that dot this extreme landscape from cool, sparkling-focused Nova Scotia to the humid, heat-drenched summers of Southern Ontario and on to the desert-like conditions in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley!

We’ll take a look at the geography, viticultural practices and winemaking techniques used to make wines in this country of extremes. Learn about current issues facing this developing wine culture as it tries to grow and enter a world market that knows it only for Icewine.

JordanOur guest presenter, Jordan Cowe, CWE is a sommelier and wine educator in Canada’s largest wine region. Based in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Jordan teaches courses for sommeliers, wine professionals and consumers alike with the goal of instilling a more relaxed approach to wine. With a strong passion and connection to the Canadian wine industry Jordan would be happy to help address any specific topics of interests; he can be contacted at jdcowe@wineeh.ca  with any questions or suggestions.

SWE’s SWEbinar series is unique in that it is offered free-of-charge, and open to the public! We also try to accomodate all schedules by offering sessions on weekdays and weekends, as well as daytime and evening hours. If you have a topic you would like to see addressed, or a time-of-day that would work for you, please let our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles, know via email at jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Login Instructions: At the appointed time, just click here. There is no need to register in advance. Link will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date.

Spring SWEbinarWhen the SWE Adobe Connect homepage appears, click on “enter as a guest,” type in your name, and click “enter room.” Remember that each session is limited to 100 attendees, and that several of our past sessions have reached capacity. We are hoping to avoid this issue in the future by offering more SWEbinars, but its still a good idea to log on early!

  • If you have never attended an Adobe Connect event before, it is also a good idea to test your connection ahead of time (just click on the link).
  • If you are having any trouble with your Adobe Connect connection, please see our SWEbinar Trouble-shooting page.

 Link: Friday, March 27th at 12 noon central time-Cold as Ice – Myths and Realities of Canadian Wine – 12 Noon central time (Link will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date/time.) 

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Nickles: jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Click here for the 2015 SWEbinar Calendar

Are you interested in being a guest blogger or a guest SWEbinar presenter for SWE?  Click here for more information!

March 2015 SWEbinars!

March 2015 SWEbinars

Spring SWEbinarWe have some exciting things planned for our March 2015 SWEbinar program!

  • Cold as Ice – Myths and Realities of Canadian Wine, presented by Jordan Cowe, CWE. Think of a description of Canadian wine regions in your mind. Were Deserts, Big Reds or Napa Valley heat levels even a consideration? No? Well – they should be – and it’s time to find out why! Take a journey across this not-so-frozen country and learn about the unique micro climates that dot this extreme landscape from cool, sparkling-focused Nova Scotia to the humid, heat-drenched summers of Southern Ontario and on to the desert- like conditions in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley! We’ll take a look at the geography, viticultural practices and winemaking techniques used to make wines in this country of extremes. Learn about current issues facing this developing wine culture as it tries to grow and enter a world market that knows it only for Icewine. Jordan Cowe is a sommelier and wine educator in Canada’s largest wine region. Based in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Jordan teaches courses for sommeliers, wine professionals and consumers alike with the goal of instilling a more relaxed approach to wine. With a strong passion and connection to the Canadian wine industry Jordan would be happy to help address any specific topics of interests; he can be contacted at jdcowe@wineeh.ca  with any questions or suggestions. “Cold as Ice” will be presented on Friday, March 27th at 12 noon central time.
  • We will also be offering another monthly installment of our popular “Insider’s Guide to the CSW Exam.”  If you are currently pursuing the CSW Certification, or considering the CSW as your next stage of professional development, this session is for you! This online workshop will cover all aspects of the CSW, including what the test covers, how difficult the test is, what type of questions to expect, the resources available to students, and how long SWE recommends for study before sitting the exam. The Insider’s Guide to the CSW Exam will be offered on Saturday, March 14th – 10:00 am central time.
  • In honor of the recent publication of our 2015 Certified Specialist of Spirits Study Guide, we will be offering – now once-a-month – an “Insider’s Guide to the CSS Exam.” This too will become a monthly installment. If you have questions about the CSS Exam, have just started the to study, or are still a cocktail-enthusiast who is “thinking about” getting certified, you’ll find the answers to all your questions at the “Insider’s Guide”! The Insider’s Guide to the CSS Exam will run on Wednesday, March 18th at 7:00 pm central time. 

SWEbinar streetSWE’s SWEbinar series is unique in that it is offered free-of-charge, and open to the public! We also try to accomodate all schedules by offering sessions on weekdays and weekends, as well as daytime and evening hours. If you have a topic you would like to see addressed, or a time-of-day that would work for you, please let our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles know via email at jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

 

Login Instructions: At the appointed time, just click on the link. There is no need to register in advance. Links will be attached to the date and time announcement of each session in the list below and will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date.

When the SWE Adobe Connect homepage appears, click on “enter as a guest,” type in your name, and click “enter room.” Remember that each session is limited to 100 attendees, and that several of our past sessions have reached capacity. We are hoping to avoid this issue in the future by offering more SWEbinars, but its still a good idea to log on early!

  • If you have never attended an Adobe Connect event before, it is also a good idea to test your connection ahead of time (just click on the link).
  • If you are having any trouble with your Adobe Connect connection, please see our SWEbinar Trouble-shooting page.

 Links: SWEbinars for March 2015

  • Saturday, March 14th – 10:00 am central time – the Insider’s Guide to the CSW (Wine) Exam (Link will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date/time.) 
  • Wednesday, March 18th at 7:00 pm central time – the Insider’s Guide to the CSS (Spirits) Exam(Link will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date/time.) 
  • Friday, March 27th at 12 noon central time-Cold as Ice – Myths and Realities of Canadian Wine (Link will go “live” a few hours before the scheduled date/time.) 

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Nickles: jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Click here for the 2015 SWEbinar Calendar

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