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Wine Education and Certifications

American Wine Society Super Tasting Series – Level I

AWS 2021 National Conference
Atlantic City, NJ

When You’re Thirsty for Wine Knowledge

Ready for the next level of wine learning but looking for something less intense than the three-year commitment of the AWS Wine Judge Certification Program? The Super Tasting Series—Level I is a day-long beginner/intermediate wine class held each year at our national conference. It is run by credentialed, enthusiastic wine instructors with the American Wine Society. Soak up a great wine education in a fun, informative setting!

Learn about wine components, the wine aroma wheel and wine styles as you journey through multiple grape varieties and regions. And, of course, wine tastings are included. The information presented matches Jancis Robinson’s Wine Course. While not required, the book would be good to have regardless.

Pass a 50-question, multiple-choice exam to earn a certificate. Enjoy the low student/instructor ratio. Get your wine questions answered!

Class takes place 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  just prior to the start of the 2½-day AWS National Conference.

Sign up–It’s like Wine 101 on Steroids
$150 registration (AWS members only. Not a member? Join now.)

Register by contacting the national office at or 1-888-AWS-9070.

Have wine class questions? Contact Director of Education Aaron Mandel at

The enthusiasm and knowledge of the presenters made it an excellent learning experience!

–2016 participant

Great for winery and restaurant staff!

–2016 participant

American Wine Society Super Tasting Series—Level I

When You’re Thirsty for Wine Knowledge

Super Tasting Series--Level I Outline
I. Winemaking
  • a. Process for white wine
  • b. Process for red wine
  • c. Sparkling wine
  • d. Fortified wines
II. General Tasting
  • a. Tasting
    • i. How to taste
    • ii. Terms
    • iii. Aroma Wheel
III. Chardonnay
  • a. Tastes California and Burgundy (Chablis)
IV. Riesling 9:15
BREAK 9:45 - 10:00
V. Pinot Noir 10:00
VI. Merlot 10:30
VII. Sparkling
  • a. Methods of production
  • b. Champagne vs sparkling wine
LUNCH 12:00 - 1:00
VIII. Sauvignon Blanc 1:00
Wine and Food Pairing with Cabernet Sauvignon 1:30
Miscellaneous Reds
  • IX. Tempranillo
  • X. Sangiovese
  • XI. Malbec
  • XII. Review other important grape varieties or regions
BREAK 2:45 - 3:00
XIV. Sweet and Ice Wines 3:00
Wrap up, time for questions 3:45
EXAM 4:00


Contact us

American Wine Society
PO Box 889
Scranton, PA 18501
(888) 297-9070