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Certification Classes for Wine/Food Professionals Return to Asheville in August, Including a New Spanish Wine Essentials Course

MWWine School offers core wine certification classes and new Spanish curriculum to fast track students’ understanding of wine 

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Asheville, NC – June 5, 2024 – MWWine School today announced new dates for wine certification courses in Asheville, including the Wine Scholar Guild’s brand new Spanish Wine Essentials, which takes a deep dive into the world of Spanish wine and WSET Level 1 and 2 Award in Wines, which are among the most prestigious wine industry qualifications in the world. The classes offer something for everyone from beginners to connoisseurs, and wine and food industry professionals.


MWWine School which offers the classes in partnership with Metro Wines/Asheville School of Wine, first offered classes in Asheville in August of 2022 and has helped well over 100 Asheville wine lovers expand their wine knowledge, and wine industry professionals achieve their certifications.


“My favorite wine people are my wine students and I have found Asheville wine students to be among the most enthusiastic I have ever taught,” said Melanie Webber, Director of MWWine School. “And in addition to teaching WSET 1 & 2, I can’t wait to further ignite interest in Spain’s wine regions with Spanish Wine Essentials, and share some of the wine world’s best kept wine secrets with my students.”

Wine tasting in WSET certification class inAsheville

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines on August 4th is a beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career, pursuing an interest in wine and/or working in the hospitality industry and includes tasting of 11 wines.  Click here for more information and to register


WSET Level 2 Award in Wines (a three-day course including the exam) takes place on August 5th, 6th and 12th. The classes offer foundational principles for wine tasting and wine and food pairing, as well as key knowledge about winemaking, viticulture, and the wine regions of the world and tasting of over 30 wines. Click here for more information and to register


Spanish Wine Essentials, held on August 11th and 13th presents the often-complex world of Spanish wine in an accessible and engaging way; highlighting “need to know” regions, grape varieties and wine styles and includes the tasting of over 25 Spanish wines. Students explore the culture, cuisines, history, viticulture and winemaking principles behind the most influential wine regions in the world while gaining industry-recognized certifications. It includes a detailed book, rich with photographs, maps, illustrations and infographics to optimize learning and one-year access to WSG’s e-learning platform. Upon passing the exam, students receive the WSG Essentials certificate. Click here for more information and to register


All classes are taught by Melanie Webber, Director of MWWine School. Webber holds the globally-recognized WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine and Spirits, as well as WSG’s Spanish Wine Scholar and French Wine Scholar certifications. She is also an adjunct wine studies professor at College of the Canyons, and has traveled the world visiting wine regions to gather knowledge to share with her students, and writes about wine at her BottlePoet blog.


WSET works with a network of over 800 course providers from around the world. The MWWine School is one of those and is rigorously checked to ensure that the highest standards of teaching required to enable students to pass their WSET qualifications are delivered. WSET courses offer the most complete learning opportunity – from basic level to advanced – available anywhere in the U.S.


MWWine School is on a mission to help wine professionals and wine enthusiasts increase their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the wines of the world.  Dedicated to sharing the joy of wine discovery with a ‘no-snobs-allowed’ approach, MWWine School helps students find, develop and broaden their wine palates in a systematic, dynamic, and fun way. By offering some of the industry’s – and the world’s – most respected and most rewarding certification courses, MWWine School brings greater knowledge, tasting discipline and perspective about the constantly evolving wine universe to the wine industry. With the goal of enhancing the wine experience of wine enthusiasts, wine professionals, food and wine service personnel and, by extension, their customers, MWWine School offers wine certification classes, tasting workshops and wine seminars in Paso Robles, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Asheville, NC and virtually across the wine-a-verse. MWWine School is an Approved Program Provider for the globally recognized Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certifications in Asheville and in San Luis Obispo County.  It is also a Wine Scholar Guild Approved Program Provider for Spanish Wine Scholar and French Wine Scholar certification curriculums.


The Asheville School of Wine was founded in 2014 by Gina Trippi, John Kerr, Kendal Klein, and Andy Hale at Metro Wines. The goal is to educate, inspire and encourage knowledge of wine in Asheville, and to help make it a worldwide culinary destination. ASW aims to provide the citizens of Asheville with the tools to become educated and knowledgeable consumers of wine, as well as giving the food and beverage professionals the skills to provide world class service and increase their tip percentages. Asheville School of Wine has partnered with MWWine School to expand their offerings, qualifications and curriculum.


About WSET:

WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) is the largest global provider of wine, spirits and sake qualifications. Set up in 1969, and recognised by the awarding body Ofqual, the organization has awarded nearly one million individuals with a qualification since its inception. The courses are open to both industry professionals and interested enthusiasts who can take them across four levels, from one-day beginner to expert level diploma. Available in more than 15 languages and over 70 countries, their qualifications have a strong reputation worldwide as the industry standard for knowledge. In the last academic year (2021/22) more than 115,000 candidates sat for a WSET qualification. Follow on Twitter @WSETglobal


Media contact:

Elizabeth Johnson, elizabeth(at)mwebbcom(dot)com, 213-713-4865

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