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Posted 12 July 2006 - 08:11 AM

World’s Most Recognized Wine Certification Program Now Available in Portland

The Wine and Spirit Archive is excited to bring the internationally-recognized wine certification program of The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to Oregon. The WSET program is the world’s most recognized and most respected wine certification program and is currently offered at 250 sites in 35 countries. The WSET Certificate Programs are increasingly recognized as essential credentials for those working in the global wine industry; graduates include some of the top wine professionals and educators in the world. Further, The WSET programs are considered the foundation and starting point for those seeking to become a Master of Wine (MW).

This rigorous and comprehensive certification program is ideal for wine industry professionals, those seeking to enter the trade, as well as enthusiasts seeking to expand their knowledge of wine and spirits. Courses are taught at the Intermediate and Advanced levels; both levels explore the world’s major wine regions, principles of viticulture and vinification, and sensory assessment of wines through class lecture and discussion, outside reading of course texts, and wine tasting. Both courses culminate in a certification exam in the last week of class

The Intermediate Certificate – the program’s first level – includes eight weeks of instruction and requires no previous wine education or experience. Intermediate Certification classes will be held on Monday nights, beginning September 11, 2006 and will be taught at The Food Innovation Center, 1207 NW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon. The Advanced Certificate – the program’s second level – is appropriate for individuals who have completed the Intermediate Course or those with significant wine knowledge and experience. This course involves 16 weeks of instruction and will be offered in Spring 2007.

The Wine and Spirit Archive continues to offer recreational wine, spirit and cocktail classes. Our Introduction to Wine series teaches students to identify wine qualities from basics such as acidity and tannin to more complicated concepts such as oakiness, grassiness, differences in old and new world wines, and the impact of climate on wine aromas and flavors.

Our Mixology Series and Classic Cocktail Series teach students about the building blocks of cocktails (spirits, liqueurs, syrups, fruit juices, bitters) and how to use classic cocktail formulas to combine these ingredients and create original mixed drinks.

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Professional Wine Certification Courses begin September 2006
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