Congratulations to six JUSTIN staffers, who recently passed the Certified Specialist of Wine exam! On December 17, 2010, the JUSTIN team gathered on our Wishing Well patio to take a test on material that some had been studying for months.
To become a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), one must study a 214-page Society of Wine Educators CSW Study guide and pass a 100-question, multiple-choice, cumulative exam. To become certified is “to recognize a high standard of academic wine knowledge and the mastery of key elements within the world of wine and vine as determined by a team of wine industry educators.”
For nine months leading up to the exam, the JUSTIN team met for bi-weekly study groups, where they discussed winemaking regions, wine production, grape growing, varietal characteristics, wine service, wine chemistry, and wine laws. In addition to studying the material, the study groups conducted tastings of wines from all over the world.
“Not only does this add credibility to the knowledgeable and wonderful staff in the tasting room,” said Tasting Room Manager Seth Engel, “it is a coveted title to carry with them for the rest of their lives.”
The JUSTIN crew is never done learning. Chris and Brian are studying for their Level 1 Introductory Sommelier Exam as well as the Cicerone Certified Beer Server Exam, and Jim is studying to become a Level 3 Advanced Sommelier. Several employees who already have their Level 1 Sommelier certification are working toward Level 2, Certified Sommelier.
Join us in our tasting room for an educational tasting experience!
The JUSTIN Tasting Room is open from 10am-5pm daily. We recommend arriving no later than 4:30pm in order to get the full tasting experience. Please call the tasting room at 805-238-6932 ex. 3211 with any questions.