NOTE: This is a new upcoming Specialist of Texas Wine Class from Texas Wine School. Register now to assure that you receive your wines in time for the first class (click here).

Specialist of Texas Wine Certification Course Now Live on Zoom: Learn the inside stories on Texas wines, their history, and how to pick the best. Take the class given by Russ Kane, aka Doc Russ, Texas Wineslinger, the Man who wrote the book on Texas wines and get a copy of the book, too! Now, the class it taught live via Zoom and available anywhere in the state (or on the planet). Stay safe and hone your skills for Texas wines.

Dr. Russ, Texas Wineslinger

The Specialist of Texas Wine certification is a first-of-its-kind program that offers a comprehensive series of classes featuring the unique wines and wine regions of Texas. Never before has there been a wine program focused solely on Texas and their place in the global wine world.

The next class will be held on sequential Wednesday evenings (May 26th, June 2nd & 9th), with the certification exam on Thursday, June 11th, all accessible live via Zoom. Register now to assure that you receive your wines in time for the first class.

Your instructor is Dr. Russ Kane, award-winning Texas writer, author, wine aficionado, and naturalist. Paid Students attending the course will receive a copy of Dr. Kane’s book, “The Wineslinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine” included in the book series, Grover E. Murray Culture in the American Southwest. The class also features lectures from guest presenters actively involved in Texas wineries (subject to availability).

Enroll online now through The Texas Wine school to secure your place in the class (click here) – 

Certification student (planning to take the exam) $275 plus wine shipping
Auditing student (not planning to take the exam) $205 plus wine shipping

If you don’t know who these people are and what they’ve done, you really need to take this class!

The program exposes students to unique winescapes, climate, and geography of the major wine regions in Texas: Texas High Plains, Texas Hill Country (and sub-AVAs), Texoma, Escondido Valley, and Davis Mountains AVAs, as well as non-AVA regions of East Texas and Gulf Coast. This learning and tasting intensive program features topics (including Texas’s new proposed labeling laws) that are important to the success of today’s wine professionals and savvy consumers that are looking for the best wines and wine values that Texas has to offer.

This course will cover:

  1. Details of each wine region, including location, geologic history, geography, soils, climate, and leading grape varieties grown in the region
  2. The evolution of Texas winemaking from its early Spanish and immigrant European period (1600-1800) and early post-Prohibition (1940-1990) and modern period (1990-present), with a focus on winemaking techniques and grape varieties
  3. The links and contrasts between Texas wines and their old & new world counterparts through lectures and guided tastings.
Passing students get a certificate and a “Specialist of Texas Wine” lapel pin

The guided tastings will include a selection of six bottles of Texas wine sent to students from the school for the modest additional cost to cover the shipping method of your choice. These tastings will help students understand the distinctions of wines from selected Texas regions and grape varieties and their attributes versus their counterparts in the American and global wine world.

The program concludes with an opportunity to test your knowledge of Texas wines, history, regions, grape varieties, and laws on an exam. The Specialist of Texas Wine credential and lapel pin will be awarded to those that pass the rigorous exam at the end of the three classes with a score of 80% or higher.

Course Outline
Lecture 1 – Introduction to the industry, geology/soils, climate, and comparison to other wine regions
Lecture 2 – Texas AVA details and labeling of Texas wine
Lecture 3 – History and evolution of Texas wine industry and wine styles

The three lectures will be given over three online classes per the schedule indicated above.

Jim Evans and Gene Estes from Lost Oak Winery enjoying Texas wine. And, you can, too
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