Better understand and appreciate fine spirits with this introductory, professional caliber Fine Spirits Seminar.
You will develop a basic knowledge of fine spirits terms and concepts, production techniques, technical and description evaluation by doing neat and straight tasting.
- Taste 23+ fine spirits, including Scotch, Irish Whiskey, Bourbon, Vodka, European Brandies, Tequila, Mescal and Sotol
- Learn about the distilation process – which varies with each form of spirit
- Receive 120 pages of educational material designed specifically for this seminar
- Earn a diploma, IWSG membership card and IWSG membership pin
This is not a mixology seminar – it is a technical seminar to learn about fine spirits (consumed neat or straight).
Depending upon your background and professional needs, we offer the option of earning a Fine Spirits Sommelier award diploma (for the professional) or a Fine Spirits Connoisseur award diploma (for the enthusiast).
What type of people have completed the fine spirits seminar?
This Fine Spirits Seminar can be taken for personal enrichment or professional certification, and has been taken by Executive Chefs, Sous Chefs, Banquet Chefs, Chefs, Cooks, Restaurant Owners, Importers, Distributors, Wine Buyers, Appraisers, Retail Liquor Store Staff and Owners, Sommeliers, Waitstaff, Meeting and Banquet Planners, Convention Managers, Catering Directors, Hospitality Managers, Doctors, Lawyers, Real Estate Brokers, Bankers, Culinary Students, and anyone interested in fine spirits!
If you are interested in joining the Guild and becoming a professional in the industry or a serious enthusiast then this is a seminar that should meet some of your needs
Registration and Cancellation Policy:
You must register for courses through the International Wine and Spirits Guild. Online registration closes 2 days prior to the courses start date. If you need to register after the close date, please contact the International Wine and Spirits Guild at 303-296-3966 and we will determine if we have space or the student materials. Often we do, so please call.
Because our courses are extremely expensive to produce, a cancellation by a student within ten (10) days of the start of the course would result in a non-refundable fee of $2095.00. A student cancelling three (3) days prior to the start of a course will mean a forfeiture of the entire registration fees. There is a $250 fee for transferring from one course to another. If you transfer from one seminar to another you will still owe $2095 for the course to which you are transferring. If we cancel a seminar course because of insufficient registration and move you to another course there are no transfer costs.
It is highly recommended that you register early, your credit card will not be charged until ten days in advance of the course. We must have a minimum students registered in order to form a course. If you are traveling from out of town to attend, please do not make travel arrangements until two weeks in advance of the course.