This certificate program focuses on learning the techniques involved in becoming a Sommelier. A Sommelier works in the dining aspects of the beverage industry including pairing food with wine, beer, spirits and other beverages along with managing the beverage component of a dining establishment. This certificate covers beverage and food pairing, wine service techniques and beverage management, cost and pricing structures, developing beverage lists, and includes a professional tasting component to cover wine, beer, spirits and other beverages. Graduates are prepared for food and beverage related careers in the dining and hospitality industry. Students will be expected to spend significant amounts of time outside the classroom working on projects, field trips and assignments.
Students must be 18 years of age to apply for the certificate. It should be understood that all classroom courses involving tasting will require students to taste spit (Washington State legislation RCW 66.20.010 (12) a-f).
Global Wine Studies (GWS) course tuition is the same as the regular CWU tuition for undergraduates. Some courses have lab fees to cover additional costs.