Wine Education Classes

Martignetti Companies is pleased to provide a series of wine education classes to its employees and trade professionals. Led by our Corporate Wine Educator, Len Presutti (CWE), these courses and certification are designed to further empower our team, supplier partners, retail store and retaurant owners and their employees, regardless of their current wine industry knowledge.

Below is a summary of our different course levels and certifications. Please contact your Martignetti Sales Representative concerning participation.

Wine Basics Course

The purpose of the Basics Class is to make one totally wine literate. Although no prior knowledge is required, virtually every aspect of wine will be discussed, with an eye to sales and marketing. This course has eight sessions, each consisting of an hour long exploration of a wine related subject such as wine and food matching, viticulture, and restaurant wait staff training, as well as in-depth discussions on specific wine regions followed a wine tasting from that region.

All classes are two hours in length,start promptly at 6:30PM at the Martignetti Companies offices in Norwood (975 University Avenue, Norwood, MA) and are taught by our Corporate Wine Educator, Len Presutti, CWE (Certified Wine Educator, Society of Wine Educators).

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Collegiate Wine Course

This course is specially designed for those who have completed the Wine Basics class and have a desire to expand and update their knowledge. We will use the excellent Exploring Wine 3rd Edition, an 800 page tomb recently updated. We will use this text as a springboard to launch into discussions of major wine regions and topics.

Classes will meet no more than once a month and be approximately two and a half hours in duration.

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Advanced Wine Course

This is the highest level wine class offered at the Martignetti Companies. A prerequisite is a strong command of basic wine knowledge and broad tasting experience. A major feature of the class is the blind tasting component. This consists of the group tasting in total silence followed by everyone, in turn, describing their thought processes and conclusions of the wine tasted. The result (over time) is a dramatic sharpening of one's tasting skills. No prior blind tasting experience is necessary. The entire first class will be devoted to the methodology of blind tasting.

The other main component is directed self study, involving the extensive reading of a number of text books (including Terroir, an exploration of the geology of the major wine producing regions of France). Due to the time required to prepare for each class, we only meet once a month.


Required Reading:

Biodynamic Wine, Demystified, by Nicolas Joly
The New France; A Complete Guide to Contemporary French Wine, by Andrew Jefford
The World Atlas of Wine (Sixth Edition), by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson
Terrior: The Role of Geology, Climate and Culture in the Making of Wine, by James E. Wilson

Suggested Reading

Essential Winetasting, by Michael Schuster
To Your Health… The Science of Healthy Drinking, by Gene Ford
Understanding Wine Technology; The Science of Wine Explained, by David Bird (Chartered Chemist and Master of Wine)

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Certified Specialist of Wine Study Course

The Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) Exam is a rigorous exam, which tests a candidate's wine knowledge and mastery of key elements within the worlds of viticulture and wine production. This certification is widely recognized and regarded by the international wine and spirits industry.

This six-session study course is designed to prepare you for the CSW Exam, which consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. All question content is drawn exclusively from the CSW Study Guide, which is the only required reading for this course. The study courses are held in the Martignetti Companies offices in Norwood and Holyoke. CSW Certification is granted by the Society of Wine Educators, one of the preeminent certifying bodies in the field of wine education for which Martignetti Companies is the official testing center in Massachusetts.

Although study courses are currently only offered for the CSW exam, the Society of Wine Educators has three different levels of certification, the CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine), CSS (Certified Specialist of Spirits) and the CWE (Certified Wine Educator). Opportunities to take any of these exams in Massachusetts occur twice a year at the Martignetti Companies Facility in Norwood.

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