2018 SWEbinar Schedule

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Here is our current SWEbinar schedule for 2018.  Please note that we will be adding sessions as needed, so check back frequently to keep advised of all that we have going on!

Click here for information about the next SWEbinar in our series.

If you have any questions about SWEbinars, please contact our Director of Education, Jane Nickles, at jnickles@societyofwineeducators.org

Presenters:  If you hold one of SWE’s certifications (CSS, CSW, CSE, or CWE) and would like to present a SWEbinar, please contact Jane Nickles – guest presenters are always welcome! 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.

Login Instructions:  At the appointed time, just click on the link.  lease note that our sessions are offered as live, interactive events and are not recorded. 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 days 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 experiencing any kind of trouble connecting to a SWEbinar, please see our SWEbinar trouble-shooting page.
  • There is no need for a dial-in number; audio will be available via the speakers on your computer or mobile device.

February 2018:

  • Wednesday, February 21 – 7:00 pm central time: A Spirited Discussion: The Insider’s Guide to the CSS Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: This is one for the spirits crowd!! if you are interested in pursuing the CSS Certification, or just a spirits lover-bartender-mixologist-beverage aficionado that is interested in learning more about spirits and the CSS, this one-hour session is for you! Join our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles, and learn what to expect from the CSS!

March 2018:

  • Wednesday, March 7 – 7:00 pm central time: The Insider’s Guide to the CSW Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: If you are currently pursuing the CSW Certification, or considering the CSW as your next stage of professional development, this one-hour 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. 
  • Saturday, March 10 – 10:00 am central time:  A Spirited Discussion: The Insider’s Guide to the CSS Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: This is one for the spirits crowd!! if you are interested in pursuing the CSS Certification, or just a spirits lover-bartender-mixologist-beverage aficionado that is interested in learning more about spirits and the CSS, this one-hour session is for you! Join our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles, and learn what to expect from the CSS!
  • Wednesday, March 14 – 7:00 pm central time: Dishing up Dirt, Sizing up Soil – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: When we talk about wine, we talk about soil. But do we really know what soil is—what it is composed of, how we define a soil type, and how the soil affects the vine? Join us for a one-hour session on soil—we’ll discuss parent materials, particle sizes, how we define and classify soils, and how the soil impacts the vines and the grapes.
  • Saturday, March 17 – 10:00 am central time: Dishing up Dirt, Sizing up Soil – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: When we talk about wine, we talk about soil. But do we really know what soil is—what it is composed of, how we define a soil type, and how the soil affects the vine? Join us for a one-hour session on soil—we’ll discuss parent materials, particle sizes, how we define and classify soils, and how the soil impacts the vines and the grapes.

April 2018:

  • Saturday, April 7 – 10:00 am central time: The Insider’s Guide to the CSW Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: If you are currently pursuing the CSW Certification, or considering the CSW as your next stage of professional development, this one-hour 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. 
  • Wednesday, April 11 – 7:00 pm central time:  A Spirited Discussion: The Insider’s Guide to the CSS Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: This is one for the spirits crowd!! if you are interested in pursuing the CSS Certification, or just a spirits lover-bartender-mixologist-beverage aficionado that is interested in learning more about spirits and the CSS, this one-hour session is for you! Join our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles, and learn what to expect from the CSS!
  • Saturday, April 14 – 10:00 am central time:  The Wines of Australia’s Limestone Coast—a taste-along webinar presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: World-famous for its terra rosa, Australia’s Limestone Coast Zone is one of the most significant wine areas of Australia, producing some of which are the most highly acclaimed wines in the country. Join us for this one hour session as we travel to Coonawarra, Mount Benson, Mount Gambier, and the other wine regions of Australia’s Limestone Coast!
  • Wednesday, April 18 – 7:00 pm central time: The Wines of Australia’s Limestone Coast—a taste-along webinar presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: World-famous for its terra rosa, Australia’s Limestone Coast Zone is one of the most significant wine areas of Australia, producing some of which are the most highly acclaimed wines in the country. Join us for this one hour session as we travel to Coonawarra, Mount Benson, Mount Gambier, and the other wine regions of Australia’s Limestone Coast!
  • Saturday, April 21 – Certification Summit: From Salamanca to Segovia: The Wines of Castilla y León. Click here for more information on Certification Summits 

May 2018:

  • Wednesday, May 2 – 7:00 pm central time: The Insider’s Guide to the CSW Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: If you are currently pursuing the CSW Certification, or considering the CSW as your next stage of professional development, this one-hour 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. 
  • Saturday, May 12 – 10:00 am central time:  A Spirited Discussion: The Insider’s Guide to the CSS Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: This is one for the spirits crowd!! if you are interested in pursuing the CSS Certification, or just a spirits lover-bartender-mixologist-beverage aficionado that is interested in learning more about spirits and the CSS, this one-hour session is for you! Join our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles, and learn what to expect from the CSS!
  • Wednesday, May 23 – 7:00 pm central time: Let’s talk Tannat—a Taste-along webinar presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: Wine students will recognize the Tannat grape variety as the main grape of the Madiran AOC and as the super-star grape of Uruguay…but there’s more to story of Tannat! Join us for this one-hour webinar discussing the history, wines, and future of the Tannat grape.
  • Saturday, May 26 – 10:00 am central time: Let’s talk Tannat—a Taste-along webinar presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: Wine students will recognize the Tannat grape variety as the main grape of the Madiran AOC and as the super-star grape of Uruguay…but there’s more to story of Tannat! Join us for this one-hour webinar discussing the history, wines, and future of the Tannat grape.

June 2018:

  • Saturday, June 2 – 10:00 am central time: The Insider’s Guide to the CSW Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: If you are currently pursuing the CSW Certification, or considering the CSW as your next stage of professional development, this one-hour 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. 
  • Wednesday, June 6 – 7:00 pm central time:  A Spirited Discussion: The Insider’s Guide to the CSS Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: This is one for the spirits crowd!! if you are interested in pursuing the CSS Certification, or just a spirits lover-bartender-mixologist-beverage aficionado that is interested in learning more about spirits and the CSS, this one-hour session is for you! Join our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles, and learn what to expect from the CSS!
  • Wednesday, June 27 – 7:00 pm central time: The Pfalz region of Germany – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: Boasting a long wine-making tradition dating back to Roman times, the Pflaz is known for its market importance (every third bottle of wine bought in Germany is from the Pfalz), size (the second largest Anbaugebiet in Germany in terms of acreage), and a uniquely sunny climate. Join us for this one-hour session as we discuss the grapes, wines, and places of the Pflaz!
  • Saturday, June 30 – 10:00 am central time: The Pfalz region of Germany – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: Boasting a long wine-making tradition dating back to Roman times, the Pflaz is known for its market importance (every third bottle of wine bought in Germany is from the Pfalz), size (the second largest Anbaugebiet in Germany in terms of acreage), and a uniquely sunny climate. Join us for this one-hour session as we discuss the grapes, wines, and places of the Pflaz!

July 2018:

  • Saturday, July 7 – 10:00 am central time:  A Spirited Discussion: The Insider’s Guide to the CSS Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: This is one for the spirits crowd!! if you are interested in pursuing the CSS Certification, or just a spirits lover-bartender-mixologist-beverage aficionado that is interested in learning more about spirits and the CSS, this one-hour session is for you! Join our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles, and learn what to expect from the CSS!
  • Wednesday, July 11 – 7:00 pm central time: The Insider’s Guide to the CSW Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: If you are currently pursuing the CSW Certification, or considering the CSW as your next stage of professional development, this one-hour 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. 
  • Wednesday, July 25—7:00 pm central time: “Madeira Unveiled: a deep dive into the particulars of the growing region, styles, and current state of the industry—presented by Mark Rashap, CWE. This one-hur session will explore the dynamic between the 1,000 growers and 8 producers of Madeira, the grapes and where they are grown, the “Latada” system of vine training, methods of production, styles and age indication, and the future of Madeira. Mark Rashap, CWE, serves as Director of Wine Education at the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas and hosts the radio show and podcast Another Bottle Down.  Previously, Mark studied Wine Management in Buenos Aires, made wine in Washington State, trained retail staff as a corporate educator, and worked as Marketing Coordinator for the Society of Wine Educators.
  • Saturday, July 28—10:00 am central time: “Madeira Unveiled: a deep dive into the particulars of the growing region, styles, and current state of the industry—presented by Mark Rashap, CWE. This one-hur session will explore the dynamic between the 1,000 growers and 8 producers of Madeira, the grapes and where they are grown, the “Latada” system of vine training, methods of production, styles and age indication, and the future of Madeira. Mark Rashap, CWE, serves as Director of Wine Education at the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas and hosts the radio show and podcast Another Bottle Down.  Previously, Mark studied Wine Management in Buenos Aires, made wine in Washington State, trained retail staff as a corporate educator, and worked as Marketing Coordinator for the Society of Wine Educators.

September 2018:

  • Saturday, September 1 – 10:00 am central time: The Insider’s Guide to the CSW Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: If you are currently pursuing the CSW Certification, or considering the CSW as your next stage of professional development, this one-hour 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. 
  • Wednesday, September 12 – 7:00 pm central time: The Bitter Truth: A Taste-Along Webinar, presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE. A webinar about some of the most fascinating, historical, and complex spirit amari on the face of the earth—focusing on Italy. And here’s a twist: it’s a taste-along! Stay tuned for a grocery list of spirits that we’ll taste…and join us for a sweet Wednesday evening dedicated to bitters.
  • Saturday, September 15 – 10:00 am central time: The Bitter Truth: A Taste-Along Webinar, presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE. A webinar about some of the most fascinating, historical, and complex spirit amari on the face of the earth—focusing on Italy. And here’s a twist: it’s a taste-along! Stay tuned for a grocery list of spirits that we’ll taste…and join us for a sweet Saturday morning evening dedicated to bitters.
  • Wednesday, September 26 – 7: 00 pm central time: A Spirited Discussion: The Insider’s Guide to the CSS Exam – presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSE, CWE: This is one for the spirits crowd!! if you are interested in pursuing the CSS Certification, or just a spirits lover-bartender-mixologist-beverage aficionado that is interested in learning more about spirits and the CSS, this one-hour session is for you! Join our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles, and learn what to expect from the CSS!

October 2018:

  • Saturday, October 27 – 11:00 am central time (yes, 11): Road Trip through Italy – presented by Lisa Boissier, CWE. Are you up for a road trip through Italy? If so, climb aboard – Lisa Boissier, CWE  is driving! As we pull into each location, we’ll learn all about the grapes, the traditions, and the wines of each area. Who can resist?

Schedule is subject to change!

 

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  3. Paulette T. Eggers says:

    I will be joining these sessions! Thank you!

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  47. Joyce Rose says:

    GM, I am confused. I purchased the year extension under study guide 2015. I am not sure which test I will be taking FY 15 or 16. I don’t have the study guide 2016, I have study guide 15 is this a disconnect for me. Why do you recommend. Thanks

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