The Certified Sherry Wine Specialist Course program and certification consists of a 2.5-hour class that includes the following:
– Instruction on the history, geography, climate, viticulture, wine making, and wine styles. Students will also learn about food pairings, and the best ways to serve Sherry.
– A tasting of six wines which illuminate all the basic styles of Sherry including Finos, Amontillados, Olorosos, and Sweets
– A 28-question graded test at the conclusion of the course. The award of Certified Sherry Wine Specialist will be given to those with a passing score of 20 or above. This Certificate of Achievement will be signed by both Lustau’s CEO and César Saldaña, Director of the Regulatory Council of Jerez. A Certificate of Recognition will be issued to those that do not achieve the passing grade. Students may retake the exam at a later date and there are no restrictions as to how many times they may take the exam.
All members of House of Wine receive a plethora of benefits included discounted classes, wine purchases, priority access event registration and special member only events.