This October, the International Culinary Center is pleased to host the Wine Scholar Guild for a first-of-its-kind boot camp offering of the Italian Wine Scholar credential program. The program serves as an advanced and comprehensive study to help master the complex wines of Italy. The Wine Scholar Guild provides specialized study & certification programs on the wines of France, Italy and Spain for the professional development of wine industry members and committed students of wine.
The Italian Wine Scholar Study and Certification program offers up-to-date, extensive and precise information on the diverse wines and wine regions of Italy. Created by native Italian, Maurizio Brioggi, (Wine Scholar Guild Education Director for Italy) with the support of the Italian wine DOC/G consortia, this specialization program is designed for all advanced students of wine, whether wine professionals or serious wine enthusiasts. The study manuals follow a regional approach with strong tie-ins to terroir and exploration of history, culture, climate, viticulture, varietals, wine making and all DOC and DOCG regulations.
Italian Wine Scholar Boot Camp: Unit 1, Northern Italy
Saturday, October 19th & 26th | 8:30am – 6:00pm
International Culinary Center
For the first time, the Italian Wine Scholar Boot Camp will provide students with the opportunity to complete Unit 1: Northern Italy of the two-unit curriculum in just two consecutive Saturday sessions on October 19 & 26. Unit 2: Central & Southern Italy will be held in the same intensive two-day format at a later date in April 2020. Other offerings of this curriculum can take up to 16 sessions to complete. Students will not only have the opportunity to complete their study in an accelerated format, but will also take the required examinations at ICC following the completion of Day 2.
Those who successfully complete the two-level curriculum and achieve a final passing score on the requisite examinations will earn the title of Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) from the Wine Scholar Guild. For industry professionals, the IWS certification provides a validation of your Italian wine expertise and enhances your resume; it also serves as a point of distinction within the wine trade. Many use the program as a resource and supplement to move toward advanced general wine study programs, including the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier examination, WSET Diploma (Level 4) and more.
Unit 1 of the Italian Wine Scholar Boot Camp will be held on Saturday October 19 & 26 from 8:30am-6:00pm, hosted at the International Culinary Center in Soho—462 Broadway, New York City. The program will be taught by Alan Tardi, renowned wine & food writer, educator and approved IWS instructor. Unit 1: Northern Italy tuition is $795 and includes two days of classroom instruction with guided tastings of representative wines, a 274-page IWS study manual, one-year access to the IWS online study program plus registration for the Part 1 exam which will be held during the final hour of the second class. The boot camp format is intended to be a review class for the Italian Wine Scholar exams—registered students will be asked to study the course materials in advance of the class (materials will be mailed to students).