Conference Preview: The Art and Science of Bourbon Whiskey

John Breckon, CSS

John Breckon, CSS

Today we have a Conference Preview from John Breckon, CSS, and Cameron Bogue. John and Cameron will be giving their session, The Art and Science of Bourbon Whiskey, on Friday, August 15th at 1:15 pm. Read on for John’s preview of the session…it sounds like a riot, and I – for one – will be there! 

Read on to hear what John and Cameron have to say about their session…

Cameron Bogue, "The Other"

Cameron Bogue, “The Other”

When you love bourbon you jump at opportunities to share your passion and “ah-hem” have a little taste with friends.  So when the Society of Wine Educators asked their CSS alumni to speak with some of their peeps we said “hell yeah!”  We’re Bourbon-loving hospitality professionals that love to share our passion for Bourbon with the unsuspecting public.

One of us, John Breckon, CSS, passionately represents, educates, and promotes Brown-Forman spirits.

The “other,” Cameron Bogue, is a veteran in the bar industry…Cameron’s career began last century tending bar in Whistler, BC, Canada. His passion for adventure led him across the globe discovering new bar techniques, flavors, and reinvigorating his desire to create delicious new cocktails.

John and Cameron -  "The Fabulous Bourbon Boys"

John and Cameron – “The Fabulous Bourbon Boys”

Given the current New World/Old world whisky/whiskey craze, we thought we’d have some fun and present the “ying and yang’ of bourbon whiskey to you all. We call our presentation “The Art and Science of Bourbon.”

This is an educational and fun seminar that will expand your knowledge of Bourbon, distinguish the legends and lore and allow you to have a taste of Woodford Reserve bourbon neat, stirred, and as James Bond prefers…shaken.

Cameron will present these three different drink expressions/styles so your palate can experience and explore the wonderful range of flavors and mouth-feel that this awesome spirit can deliver…Bourbon-licious!

We hope to see you there, cheers!

For more information on SWE’s 38th Annual Conference, click here.

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Next SWEbinar: Wednesday, May 14th!

French Wine StoreAre you crazy?  That’s what everyone asked me when I told them I was offering a one-hour SWEbinar on the wines of France (Chapter 9 in the CSW Study Guide). It’s a good question, and I agree – it would be crazy to try and cover the wines of France in an hour. So perhaps it would be best to describe this session as an overview on the wines of France, some background information that might help you understand the overall subject of the wines of France and – the most valuable part of the session, in my opinon – some advice on how to study the wines of France.

If a CSW exam is in your future, or you are just interested in how to study the wines of France, be sure and join us for our next SWEbinar – offered for free and open to the public – on Wednesday, May 14th at 10:00 am (central time).

Suggested drink-along beverages include Pouilly-Fumé, Diet Coke, Red Bull and Espresso!!

Please note that Miss Jane has a handout for this session, so if you plan on attending and would like one, please send her an email at: jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Logon Instructions:  At the appointed time, just click on the link below.  When the SWE Adobe Connect homepage appears, click on “enter as a guest,” type in your name, and click “enter room.”

You do not need to sign up or register for this event ahead of time, however, keep in mind 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 it is 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.

Wednesday, May 14 – 1o:oo am Central Time – CSW Chapter 9 – The Wines of France – hosted by Jane A. Nickles, CSS, CWE

Click here for the 2014 SWEbinar Calendar

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

 

 

We are live at Pearson Vue Testing Centers!

Pearson is aliveAfter months of preparation, SWE is pleased to announce that our CSS and CSW Exams are ready, published, and awaiting candidates at Pearson Testing Centers worldwide!

Candidates have begun receiving their authorization emails and can now make appointments for the CSS and CWE exams at the testing center of their choice. The first exams are scheduled for 9:00 am on Monday, May 5th. (I have an appointment for the CSW Exam on Wednesday, May 7th at 10:00 am, at a Pearson Vue Testing Center two miles from my house – I’d better start studying now.)

With each new purchase of a CSS or CSW Exam through the SWE website, candidates will receive an “authorization to test” email from Pearson Vue. Candidates may then use this letter, and the “Candidate ID number” it contains, to make an appointment at a Pearson Vue Center for their exam. If you have previously purchased your exam, and would like to test at Pearson, please email Ben Coffelt of the SWE Home Office and he will arrange to have the information sent to you.

Click here for the SWE “Landing Page” on Pearson Vue’s website.  You’ll find all the information you need to locate a testing center near year, make an appointment, and prepare for your exam on SWE’s landing page.

Click here for a step-by-step visual guide to How to sign up for a Pearson Vue Exam-SWE .

If you have any questions or comments concerning the CSS and CSW Exams at Pearson Vue Testing Centers, please contact Jane A. Nickles, our Director of Education, at jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org.

Good luck with your studies!

Insider Wines of the Côte d’Or

Pommard BurgundyWould you like to be an expert on the wines of Burgundy? If you said yes, it might be a lost cause! Not to dash anyone’s hopes, but according to Don Kinnan, CSS, CWE, no one is really an expert on Burgundy – its just far too complex!

I won’t confuse you all by calling Don a Burgundy expert, but he certainly is a wonderful and knowledgable Burgundy educator. Don was generous enough to share with us his recent presentation, given to the “World of Pinot Noir” conference held this year in Santa Barbara. I’ve listened to it several times and learned something every time!

In your (perhaps hopeless?) quest to become an authority on Burgundy, keep an eye and ear out for the following interesting tidbits about the insider wines of the Côte-d’Or. These are the points that really stood out to me!

  • Marsannay is the northernmost village appellation in the Côte-d’Or, and the only Burgundy appellation which includes red, white, and rosé wines in its village-level AOC.
  • Clos NapoleonFixin is considered to be the “little brother” to Gevry-Chambertin, and has a unique connection to Napoleon.  The Premier Cru vineyard “Clos Napoleon” is named for the Emperor, and the region boasts a a museum as well as a sculpture in his honor. The connection is due to the previous owner of the vineyard, Claude Noisot, who as an Officer in the Imperial Guard accompanied Napoleon to the Island of Elba.
  • Santenay, located at the far south end of the Côte-d’Or, is known for its use of the “Cordon de Royat” vine training system, used to restrain the vigor of a clone of Pinot Noir unique to the region known as “Pinot fin de Santenay.”

Click here to view Don’s power point presentation on Slide Share.

Click here to listen to the first half of the presentation, and click here to listen to the second half, both courtesy of Grape Radio.

Don KinnanDonald P. Kinnan, CSS, CWE has been in the fine wine trade for over 30 years.  In 1985, after a successful military career, he joined Kobrand Corporation as a sales manager and, in 1992 was promoted to Director of Education.  As such he was responsible for Kobrand’s wine and spirits education programs nationwide for over 20 years.

Don is a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Wine Educators and currently serves on the organization’s Executive Committee.

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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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