Specialist of Texas Wine 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 with classes focused solely on Texas, taught like other major wine producing regions around the world. It is offered through the Texas Wine School in Houston, an accredited source for wine industry certification (WSET) and many regional certifications. The dates for the next scheduled sessions are: lectures on Wednesdays, September 21, 28, and October 5th and the examination on Thursday October 6th. Click here for more information and to register.
This learning and tasting intensive program features important topics critical to the success of today’s wine professionals and savvy and educated consumers that are looking for the best wines and wine values that Texas, the fifth largest wine producing state, has to offer.
This class features visits from guests actively involved in the Texas industry. Lectures, guest presentations, wine tastings (of six wines provided to you from the Texas Wine School), Q&A, and the certification examination will be provided live via secure Zoom link. This arrangement makes it possible to sit the class/exam from anywhere in the state, or anywhere else you may be located (the first Specialist of Texas Wine was certified in California this past Spring).
Your instructor is class-creator Dr. Russ Kane, award-winning Texas writer, author and naturalist, and creator of VintageTexas.com. Paid students attending the course will receive a copy of Dr. Kane’s book, “The Wineslinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine” that was made part of The Grover E. Murray Culture in the American Southwest book series. The first five students to sign up for the class will also receive Dr. Kane’s second book, “Texas Hill Country Wineries.”
The program exposes students to the unique landscapes of the major wine regions in Texas: Texas High Plains, Texas Hill Country, Texoma, Escondido Valley, and Davis Mountains AVAs, as well as non-AVA regions of East Texas and Gulf Coast.
This course will cover:
- Important characteristics of each wine region, including location, geologic history, soils, climate and leading grape varieties grown in the region,
- The evolution of Texas grape growing and winemaking from its early Spanish and immigrant European period (1600-1900) and early post-Prohibition (1940-1970) and modern periods (1970-present), with a focus on winemaking techniques and grape varieties,
- The links and contrasts between Texas wines and their old & new world counterparts through lectures and guided tastings.
The reviews of this class from students that have taken it have been overwhelmingly positive with ratings of superior to excellent on all aspects of the lectures, discussions and its materials. One of the major benefits of this class is availability of copies of the class slides and supplemental reference materials provided to students through the Texas Wine School’s Dropbox.
Sign up today, be one of the first five and obtain a second book free. Click here to register.
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News Flash – Dr. Russ Kane is currently developing the course materials for an Advanced Level 2 Specialist of Texas Wine Course that is scheduled for this Fall. It is available to students who have successfully received their Level 1 STW certification. The number of students with Level 1 certifications is now approach 200 people statewide and into Louisiana and now California.