Whisky SWEbinar this Friday!

whiskeyThis Friday – April 11 – at Noon Central time we will be offering the first in our series of CSS Review SWEbinars!!

The topic will be Whisky (Chapter 4 in the CSS Study Guide).

Click here for the link to the Whisky SWEbinar!

We are pleased and honored to have Barry Wiss, CSS, CWE as our presenter for this session.  Barry is the Vice President of Trade Relations for Trinchero Family Estates and serves as the Second Vice President on SWE’s Board of Directors.

Our next CSS SWEbinar will be on Tequila – offered May 11 –  and led by Gary Spadafore, CSS, CWE.

We’ll also be continuing with our CSW review sessions, and offering other Spirited SWEbinars in the future – click here for more information on our SWEbinars!

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SWEbinars Get Spirited!

whiskeyBy popular demand!

Here’s one for the cocktail crowd! Starting in April we will be offering Spirits SWEbinars designed for CSS (Certified Specialist of Spirits) Exam prep.  These sessions, covering  the material in the CSS Study guide and beyond, will be of interest to any spirits professional, mixologist,  wine lover, wine professional, or spirits enthusiast!

Our first “Spirited SWEbinar” will be offered on April 11, 2014 at 12 noon (central time). The topic will be Whisky (Chapter 4 in the CSS Study Guide).

We are pleased and honored to have Barry Wiss, CSS, CWE as our presenter for this session.  Barry is the Vice President of Trade Relations for Trinchero Family Estates and serves as the Second Vice President on SWE’s Board of Directors.

We’ll also be continuing with our CSW review sessions, and offering other Spirited SWEbinars in the future – click here for more information on our SWEbinars!

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Online CSW Review Course – Starts May 5!

wine online 8Major Announcement!!

Starting May 5, 2014…our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles, will be leading a guided, 12-week, online review course for CSW Candidates.  The course is free, but you must be a Individual Professional Member of SWE and be pre-registered in order to participate.

The course will include weekly “live online” course sessions (tentatively scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00 central), reading assignments, workbook assignments, and “check-out quizzes.”  Required textbooks include the 2014 CSW Study Guide and Workbook.

Participants will be limited to the first 100 qualified applicants, so if you are interested in this opportunity please send an email to Miss Jane at:  jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Another course will begin in August.

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What the What?

Grape Mutation DogWhat does this picture have to do with wine?

Tune into our next series of SWEbinars, beginning on March 12th to find out!!

This will be the second in our series of CSW Review sessions and will cover chapters 3 and 4 in the Study Guide – all about grape varieties and viticulture.

The dates and times are:

  • Wednesday, March 12 – 10:00 am Central Time
  • Monday, March 17 – 2:00 pm Central Time 
  • Friday, March 21 – 12 Noon Central Time

These identical sessions will cover grape varieties and viticulture – chapters 3 and 4 in the CSW Study Guide.  These sessions will be first come, first served, and each has a capacity of 100 attendees.  Suggested drink-along beverages:  Gavi di Gavi,  Pink Champagne on Ice, or Espresso.

You can find more information on the next installments of our SWEbinar series here.

You can access our SWEbinar calendar here.

If you have any questions or would like further information about our SWEbinar series, please contact our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles, at jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

SWEbinar Three-Peat!

SWEbinar by the seaDue to overwhelming demand on our second SWEbinar session, we are going to schedule one more session this Friday, February 21, at 12 Noon (central time).

The session description is as follows:

  • Join Jane Nickles, SWE’s Director of Education, for a CSW Review Session covering chapters 1 & 2 in the Study Guide. For best results, read the chapters ahead of time, come prepared with questions and comments, and get ready  to learn! Suggested drink-along beverage: Tavel for those on the East Coast, Diet Coke for those in the Central Time Zone, and Coffee for those out West. Cheers!

Please email our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles, for a link, a password, and more informaton on the session.  Jane may be reached at jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Good luck with your studies!!

 

 

By Popular Demand…Repeat SWEbinar Monday, February 17!

Portrait of a SWEbinar - West Coast Edition by Katie Hestead

Portrait of a SWEbinar – West Coast Edition by Katie Hestead

Due to very popular demand, we will be hosting a repeat session of our SWEbinar…CSW Review (chapters 1 & 2) with “Miss Jane” Nickles!

  • Monday, February 17th
  • 2:00 pm Central Time
  • Click here to logon!
  • Be sure and join early to secure your place – our web platform can only hold 100 attendees and our first session filled up fast!

This SWEbinar will be a repeat of the event we had on Wednesday, Feb 12:

  • Join Jane Nickles, SWE’s Director of Education, for a CSW Review Session covering chapters 1 & 2 in the Study Guide.  For best results, read the chapters ahead of time, come prepared with questions and comments, and get ready to learn! 
  • Suggested drink-along beverage:  Tavel for those on the East Coast, Diet Coke for those in the Central Time Zone, and Coffee for those out West. Cheers!
  • You don’t need to register in advance, just join the classroom at the designated time!
  • On Monday, February 17, 2:00 pm (Central Time) Click here to join the session
  • When joining the session, click on “enter as a guest,” type in your name or nickname, and join us!

If you’ve never attended an Adobe Connect  webinar before, you might want to click on the session link ahead of time to check out the system requirements.  Most likely, you won’t need any additional downloads, but if you plan to use a mobile device you may get better reception by using the Adobe Connect App (its free).

Click here for our current schedule of SWEbinars.

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

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SWE Mini-Conference in St. Louis!

St. LouisFebruary 28th in St. Louis, MO: We will be having a free day of seminars that will take place at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch located at 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO, 63102.  Sessions will begin at 1pm and will include:

A Snapshot of Classified Bordeaux – Presented by Paul Wagner:  Eight classified growth Bordeaux from the same vintage will clarify the remarkable difference in the seven appellations that are represented in this tasting.  It’s a chance to learn the language of Bordeaux, understand the nuances of its wines, and master the big picture of France’s most famous table wines.

The Secret Life of Pinot NoirPresented by Jane Nickles, CSS, CWE: Pinot Noir…it’s temperamental, it ripens too early, it has thin skin and it’s just plain complicated. It’s been called the heartbreak grape, and we’ve probably all been burned.  At the same time, the  delicious, haunting flavors of a good Pinot Noir – including include cherries, berries, smoke, spice, earthiness, brambles, truffles (and that’s just the beginning) – can inhabit your memory like a permanent smile. Join “Miss Jane” Nickles, CWE for a tasting of some excellent examples of this finicky wine and an exploration of the “secret life” of Pinot Noir.  

Blind TastingBlind Faith – Test Your Tasting SkillsPresented by Gary Spadafore CSS, CWE & Guy Stout CSS, CWE, MS:  Join Gary and Guy for a unique presentation that will sharpen your sensory evaluation skills. Do you feel lucky? Well, do you? Attendees will taste four white wines and four red wines and “vote” on their attributes. You will earn points for correct answers and then wager them if you want to increase your point total, all the while increasing your sensory evaluation skills. Prizes awarded for top performers.

Members can join us for an incredible day as we taste and learn about wines from around the world. To RSVP, please contact Ben Coffelt:
bcoffelt@societyofwineeducators.org .

This event is open and free to all current members of the SWE.

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Sake Event Invitation for Members in San Francisco!

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Wednesday September 25, 20132:00 – 4:00 pm

HOTEL MONACO 501 Geary StreetSan Francisco, CA 94102

Please join thirty of Japan’s premier Sake brewers for a delicious and informative tasting of over 100 of their finest bottles at the Hotel Monaco in San Francisco. 

As if that weren’t enough, we’ll also showcase some delicious Japanese foods that can revitalize your menus. The participating importers will be on hand to answer all of your questions.
      For detailed information on this exciting event, such as the list of Sakes to be poured, links for all the brewers involved, directions and   how to register, click here, or to register by email click here.
Please R.S.V.P. by noon Monday, September 16.

      Additionally, Sake Samurai Timothy Sullivan will present “How To Sell Sake” from 1–2 p.m. Space for this seminar is limited to 30 lucky attendees. Please register separately from the event for this seminarhere to ensure your seat.
      Sponsored by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

We hope to see you there!   

Sake Event Invitation for Members in Los Angeles!

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
2:00 – 5:00 pm
OLYMPIC COLLECTION
11301 Olympic Blvd. West Los Angeles, CA 90064

Please join thirty of Japan’s premier Sake brewers for a delicious and informative tasting of over 100 of their finest bottles at the Olympic Collection Banquet Hall & Conference Center in Los Angeles.

As if that weren’t enough, we’ll also showcase some delicious Japanese foods that can revitalize your menus. The participating importers will be on hand to answer
all of your questions.

For detailed information on this exciting event, such
as list of the Sakes to be poured, links for all the brewers involved, directions and how to register, visit our FACEBOOK PAGE.

Please R.S.V.P. by noon Monday, September 16.

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Additionally, Sake Samurai Timothy Sullivan will present an “Introduction to Sake and Sake Pairing” from 2–3 p.m. Space for this seminar is limited to 100 lucky attendees. Please register for this seminar separately from the event at our FACEBOOK PAGE to ensure
your seat.

Sponsored by the
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

We hope to see you there!