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Fall Semester Business of Wine Courses Begin at SDSU

SDSU’s College of Extended Studies will kick off the fall semester for its Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine program by offering Exploring Wine on Mondays, August 26-Sept. 30, 6-9 pm.


“Many of my students have gone on to start their own business,” said Exploring Wine instructor Lisa Redwine, the second woman in San Diego County to become an advanced sommelier, which is the second-highest distinction possible by the Court of Sommeliers.


Lori Loré and her husband Anthony are an example of what can transpire with students. They enrolled in the Business of Wine Certificate program because they wanted to open their own wine bar.


The couple now owns a business called WineSmileys. “The SDSU Business of Wine Certificate program helped us prepare to train and educate as wine professionals who offer personable and memorable wine-tasting experiences,” Lori Loré said


There is certainly need for more employees in the U.S. wine industry. According to foodrepublic.com, American wine sales have nearly doubled in this millennium which means there are more and more jobs available in the industry.


The comprehensive certificate courses offered through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies are geared for professionals and entrepreneurs in the wine, food, and hospitality fields who want to quickly expand their knowledge of wine topics. The certificate is directed to: restaurant owners and staff, winery employees, event planners, distribution and retail sales employees, wine bar owners and staff, anyone interested in moving into wine or hospitality careers, and wine enthusiasts who desire a professional level education.

“Employers in the wine industry prefer to interview job candidates who possess a solid understanding of the basics within their field,” said Joe Shapiro, dean of SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. “We continue to strive and make sure that a Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine from SDSU’s College of Extended Studies will provide our graduates with the best opportunities for employment.”

For more information on the Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine programs offered by SDSU’s College of Extended Studies, call (619) 594-1138, email mabeyta@mail.sdsu.edu or visit www.neverstoplearning.net/wine.


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