October SWEbinar Schedule

October 1, 2014


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Below is our current SWEbinar schedule for October 2014.  Please note that we will be adding sessions as needed. Please click here for more information and for LOGIN instructions.

October  2014:

    • Saturday, October  11, 10:00 am Central Time - Greywacke and Gravels – The Unique Terroir of New Zealand, presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSW, CWE.  Join SWE’s Director of Education, “Miss Jane” Nickles, CWE, on a journey through the unique landscape of New Zealand. We’ll learn how this country – despite being rather a rather recent entry on the world wide wine scene – is known for its remarkable terroir. From soils known as Grewacke and Gimblett Gravels, to the Southern Alps and the “roaring forties,” all the way down to the world’s southernmost vineyards, “Middle Earth” has a lot going for it!


    • Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 pm Central Time -Greywacke and Gravels – the Unique Terroir of New Zealand, presented by Jane A. Nickles, CSW, CWE. Join SWE’s Director of Education, “Miss Jane” Nickles, CWE, on a journey through the unique landscape of New Zealand. We’ll learn how this country – despite being rather a rather recent entry on the world wide wine scene – is known for its remarkable terroir. From soils known as Grewacke and Gimblett Gravels, to the Southern Alps and the “roaring forties,” all the way down to the world’s southernmost vineyards, “Middle Earth” has a lot going for it!


  • Saturday, October 25th – 10:00 am central time:  Insider’s Guide to the CSW Exam: Back by popular demand…in October we are once again offering our very special session titled “The Insider’s Guide to the CSW.” If you are currently pursuing the CSW Certification, or considering the CSW as your next stage of professional development, this 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. This session is led by Jane A. Nickles, CSS, CWE (SWE’s Director of Education). You will have a chance to ask any and all questions about the CSW – she’ll answer just about any questions save for “what are the answers?”

*Schedule is subject to change and limited to 100 attendees!
If you have any questions about SWEbinars, please contact our Director of Education, Jane Nickles, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Friday SWEbinar: Insider’s Guide to the CSW Exam

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

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Friday, September 26th – 12 Noon Central Time – Insider’s Guide to the CSW Exam: 
Back by popular demand…in September we are once again offering our very special session titled “The Insider’s Guide to the CSW.” If you are currently pursuing the CSW Certification, or considering the CSW as your next stage of professional development, this 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. This session is led by Jane A. Nickles, CSS, CWE (SWE’s Director of Education). You will have a chance to ask any and all questions about the CSW – she’ll answer just about any questions save for “what are the answers?”

*Schedule is subject to change and limited to 100 attendees!
If you have any questions about SWEbinars, please contact our Director of Education, Jane Nickles, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
SWE Wine Maps 2015

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

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Moon Mountain? Terrasses du Larzac? Find these new wine regions - and more - in the 2015 versions of SWE's wine and spirits maps! The 2015 maps are new, revised and totally updated for 2015, and make a great study tool for those of you preparing for the CSW, CWE, or any other wine certifications.

 
Saturday SWEbinar: How (Wine) Cool R U?

September 9, 2014

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This Saturday – September 13th at 10:00 am Central Time – we have a rare sighting of a Saturday SWEbinar!

This session, entitled “How (Wine) Cool R U?” has something for everybody – so if you are part of the CSS, CSW, or CWE crowd (or even just thinking about it) – please join us!

"How (Wine) Cool R U?” and will test your savvy – and tell the story behind some of the latest revisions, changes, and upheavals in the wine and spirits industry. It’s a perfect chance to see how well you are keeping up with the world of wine, and ideal for the CSW, CWE, or CSS aspirant. “How (Wine) Cool R U?” will be offered on Saturday, September 13that 10:00, and again on Tuesday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm (all times central).

SWE’s SWEbinar series is unique in that it is offered free-of-charge, and open to the public! We also try to accomodate all schedules by offering sessions on weekdays and weekends, as well as daytime and evening hours. If you have a topic you would like to see addressed, or a time-of-day that would work for you, please let our Director of Education, Jane A. Nickles know via email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Click here for more information and Logon instructions!

 
September SWEbinar Schedule

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014


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Below is our current SWEbinar schedule for September 2014.  Please note that we will be adding sessions as needed. Please click here for more information and for LOGIN instructions.

September  2014:  
  • Saturday, September 13th, 10:00 am central time - How (Wine) Cool are You? This session will present an overview of some of the recent changes to the world of wine and spirits. It’s a perfect chance to see how well you are keeping up with the world of wine and spirits! This session is ideal for the CSW, CSS, or CWE crowd!

 

  • Tuesday, September 23rd, 7:00 pm central time - How (Wine) Cool are You? This session will present an overview of some of the recent changes to the world of wine and spirits. It’s a perfect chance to see how well you are keeping up with the world of wine and spirits. This session is ideal for the CSW, CSS, or CWE crowd!

 

  • Friday, September 26th – 12 Noon Central Time – Insider’s Guide to the CSW Exam: Back by popular demand…in September we are once again offering our very special session titled “The Insider’s Guide to the CSW.” If you are currently pursuing the CSW Certification, or considering the CSW as your next stage of professional development, this 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. This session is led by Jane A. Nickles, CSS, CWE (SWE’s Director of Education). You will have a chance to ask any and all questions about the CSW – she’ll answer just about any questions save for “what are the answers?”

*Schedule is subject to change and limited to 100 attendees!
If you have any questions about SWEbinars, please contact our Director of Education, Jane Nickles, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
SWE Wine & Spirits Quiz iOS App

AUGUST 29, 2014


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Have you seen our new App?

The Society of Wine Educators is delighted to announce the creation of its new mobile app, SWE Wine and Spirits Quiz, for iOS devices, which will further the message of the Society by providing entertaining and educational wine and spirits quizzes. And its free!

The App includes 500 original study questions/ The questions on levels 1-5 are based on the 2014/2015 editions of SWE's Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) Study Guides, while the higher levels are a perfect study tool for those seeking the Certified Wine Educator (CWE) or other higher level wine and spirits certifications.

Click here to downloand the App

*The App is currently available for the iPhone and iPad. An Android version is being developed currently, and will be available in a month.
 
The Book of New Zealand Wine

August 20, 2014

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During his presentation at Conference, David Strada, Marketing Manager of the New Zealand Winegrowers mentioned that a new resource, the 50-page “Book of New Zealand Wines” would be available to attendees. The-Book-of-New-Zealand-Wine-NZWG.pdf
 
2014 Scholarship Winners

August 19, 2014

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1.  Mark Brown                                  Napa Valley College
2.  Michael Pierce                              Yavapai College 
3.  Ellen Jannik                                  University of Houston, Conrad Hilton School
4.  Evaline Lacasse                             University of New Hampshire, P. Paul School of Business
5.  Kelsey Wonsavage                         Culinary Institute of America
6.  Jeff Lolli                                       Widener University, Hospitality
7.  Taylor Mahoney                             Penn State University
8.  Allison Hanik                                 University of Delaware, Alfred Lerner
9.  Valerie Crumpston                         University of South Carolina, Hospitality
10. Rebekah Smith                              Perdue University, Hospitality
11. Daniel Bendell                              Oklahoma State University
12. Jessica Gordon                             University of Nevada
13. Meridith O’Malley                         Cornell University, Hotel Admin.
14. Julian Abel                                   Florida State University
15. Cortessa Major                              Florida International University
16. Jennifer Purcell                            Culinary Institute of America
17. Ryan Spicer                                   California Polytechnic State Univeristy
18. Rebecca Terry                               Johnson and Wales University                           



The Society of Wine Educator offers one Certified Specialist of Wine Scholarship per year to a qualified student studying wine at a hospitality or culinary school.  Be in touch with the scholarship committee, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , if you would like more information about nominating a school for consideration in the program. 



 
 
CSW Online Review Courses!

July 3, 2014

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The first two sections of our CSW Online Review Class have been wildly successful and filled to the brim! If you’ve been trying to get into a class, now is your chance - Jane Nickles, SWE’s Director of Education, will be starting a new section of the CSW Review Class Online on September 8, 2014 (with a one-week break in November). The regularly scheduled weekly webinar sessions will run on Monday mornings and evenings.  
 
This guided, 12-module class is offered free of charge to Professional Members of SWE who have a valid CSW Exam credit.  If you are interested please send Miss Jane an email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it !
 
Letter From The President

JUNE 4, 2012

Dear Fellow Members,

It is an honor to serve as your President. I wish to thank my predecessor, Guy Stout M.S. CWE, and fellow board members for their commitment of time and energy which has helped shape the Society into what it is today. We are all living in a time of change and uncertainty which provides both opportunities and challenges. The same is true for the SWE, though it is with confidence that I state that while we are seizing new opportunities to enhance our credibility and visibility in the wine and spirits’ education marketplace, we are also dissipating the uncertainties by building upon the strong foundation to make our society both viable and preeminently successful. I look forward to seeing many of you at our Seattle Conference in August, which will no doubt build upon the success and accolades of last year’s Orlando Conference, and look to hearing from you, fellow members, on how to continue to build upon our success. Thank you for the trust you have placed in me for this leadership role. I raise my glass to all of you for Wine, Wit and Wisdom.

Sincerely,
Edward M. Korry CHE. CSS, CWE 

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