American Wine Expert™ | Online

Become an Expert on American Wine

An essential course for anyone who drinks, buys or sells wine in the U.S.

American Wine Expert

American Wine Expert™ | Online

Become an expert on the largest wine region you’ve never studied.

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INTERMEDIATE

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9 HOURS

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AWE CERTIFICATION

Think you know American wine? Think again.

Until now, U.S. wine regions have been a footnote in formal wine education…being reduced to either California or Oregon. We want to change that.

Did you know?

There are award-winning wines across the country. New York, Michigan, Texas, Idaho are just a few examples of states with up-and-coming appellations

Wine grapes are being grown in virtually every state. From muggy Virginia to frigid Michigan to arid Texas, American winemakers are showing “true grit” in viticulture.

American wine is a big deal. America is the 4th largest producer in the world, and 2 out of 3 bottles American wine drinkers consume are made in the U.S.

The FIRST and ONLY professional certification of its kind

Looking for reliable, up-to-date information on the wine regions of the United States but coming up short?

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Become an expert on the largest wine region you’ve never studied.

Most professional certifications focus on other global wine regions, or only mention America’s West Coast. However, there are exceptional AVAs in every region of the U.S.

We designed the American Wine Expert™ to provide all the information you need to truly be an expert in American wines. The enthusiast will find it fascinating; the professional will find it essential for marketing and selling wine in the U.S.

Deepen your understanding of American wine with Master of Wine Peter Marks, the 10th American to pass the rigorous MW certification. 

By the end of the course, you’ll have a full understanding of:

  • U.S. Climate, Geography, and Wine regions
  • U.S. Grape Species & Varieties
  • U.S. Wine Laws, Critical Industry Trends and Statistics
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American Wine Expert™

Background

About America

California

California Appellations

Other U.S. Appellations

The Rest of America

WHY ONLINE & WHY WITH US?

Engaging Online Content + Experts to Answer Your Questions

Our courses are developed by leading wine professionals to provide relevant educational content you won’t find anywhere else. Have questions? Pick up the phone and call us! We’re always here to help.

American Wine Expert includes 9 hours of training, divided into 24 appetizer-sized lessons and videos, plus an All-American wine kit.

Online Wine Academy™ Student Portal Get access to live webinars, plus a video library to further hone your skills and expand your knowledge.

NVWA Student-Only Community Ask questions and get answers with NVWA certified experts. Plus, engage with our +4,000 community.

INTRODUCING

Your Wine Guide for American Wine Expert™

Peter Marks

NVWA Partner, Master of Wine, WSET-Certified, Instructor

Peter Marks, MW is an internationally respected wine industry consultant and educator based in the Napa Valley.

  • The 10th American to earn Master of Wine designation
  • The first American to receive the Madame Bollinger Foundation Award (the MW candidate with the highest blind tasting score)
  • 20+ years in wine education with industry leading companies such as Constellation Brands and COPIA

JUST 3 SIMPLE STEPS TO

Become a Confident Wine Authority

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BUY THE COURSE

You'll receive a Welcome Email with everything you need to access our proprietary learning platform, community and course materials.

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WATCH THE MODULES

Dive into your materials whenever you’re ready -- this course is 100% online and self-paced.

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SAVOR YOUR SUCCESS

Toast your accomplishment with a deeper appreciation and understanding of what’s in the glass!

Frequently Asked Questions

THE NITTY GRITTY

Students will gain immediate access to the online course and will have twelve months of access. This allows students to learn at their own pace. The class also contains videos, interactive feedback quizzes, up-to-date industry statistics, practice exam and graded final exam.

This course is designed to be 100% self-paced, and as such, does not have a live instructor; however, our education team is available to assist you with any questions during your studies.

The course includes a 12-bottle wine tasting kit designed to accompany the course and is accompanied by tasting exercises you can do on your own.

Students who score 80% or higher on their Final exam will be awarded their AWE certificate and can proudly display the AWE designation after their name. Earning this credential will set you apart in the increasingly competitive wine industry and help you guide your customers through the complex and rapidly changing American wine landscape.

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This program offers the only comprehensive, up-to-date, and professional education 100% focused on the wine regions of the United States. The material presented in this course is not available from any other source and does not have the marketing slant that most materials from regional associations have. The topics in this course will deepen your knowledge and critical understanding of the American wine landscape and are essential to the success of any serious wine student.

Key detail about the American Wine Expert™ (AWE) online course:

  • 100% Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 24/7 Availability
  • 12-months of access from the time of registration
  • Start your course anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly

The extensive online study resource will empower students to learn and gain a profound working knowledge of the complex and diverse world of American wine.

The diverse range of wine-growing regions, climates, grape varieties and wine styles of the United States has, up until now, been mostly overlooked by global wine certification bodies, often just a footnote in their programs.  Both Italy and France both have internationally recognized certification programs, but total import wines from all countries only represent 26% of consumption in the U.S. However, 74% of all wine consumed domestically is produced in the U.S.! To address the lack of a dedicated program on the wines and winemaking regions of America, we have designed a specialized program that serves as the resources and formal education program for anyone looking to specialize in American wines. For wine students to be versed in the most important domestic segment, American wines, and to fully tap into a growing demand for wine, they need to have access to top-quality education on domestic wines.

Topics Covered:

  • U.S. Wine Industry numbers/statistics
  • U.S. Climate and Geography
  • U.S. History & Milestones of Wine Industry
  • U.S. Wine Laws
  • U.S. Grape Species & Varieties
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Sonoma
  • Other Northern California Appellations
  • Central Coast Appellations
  • Central Valley Appellations
  • Southern California Appellations
  • Washington Appellations
  • Oregon Appellations
  • Other Northwest Appellations
  • New York Appellations
  • Pennsylvania
  • The Mid-Atlantic Region & New England
  • Virginia
  • The Southeast
  • The Midwest
  • Texas & The Rest of the West
  • Practice Exam
  • AWE certification Exam

STUDY MATERIALS  FOR EACH UNIT INCLUDES:

  • Learning objectives for each region
  • Online video
  • Interactive maps
  • Interactive online study modules for each region
  • Online quizzes and learning assignments for self-evaluation

ENROLLMENT INCLUDES:

  • Exam Fees & Registration
  • American Wine Expert™ Online Course
  • AWE Certificate upon successful passing of the final exam.

REQUIREMENTS:

No prior wine education is necessary; however, we encourage first-time wine students to take our Wine 101 Foundation Online wine course before enrolling in this program.

Subject

Wine

Knowledge Level

Intermediate, Advanced

Certification

American Wine Studies, Napa Valley Wine Academy

Region of Study

USA

Course Type

Enthusiast, Professional

Course Format

Online Course

Location

Wine Kit Option

No Wine Kit, With Wine Kit

Want to know if this program is right for you?

Schedule a call to speak with one of our WSET diploma series experts.

How We’re Different

We’re Premier, not Pretentious

We design our programs for students, not snobs. We know wines are complex, but believe wine education should be approachable and fun.
(There’s a reason our unique approach is winning awards.)
WSET Educator of the Year 2016

AWARD WINNING!

WSET Educator of the Year 2019
Helping enthusiasts and professionals become confident wine authorities.

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