College expands wine program with new courses

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The International Wine Guild is pairing with Walla Walla Community College for a new twist on the Guild’s program.

The Denver-based International Wine Guild has signed an agreement to begin teaching its programs in Walla Walla through the Center for Enology and Viticulture, according to an announcement.

The new partnership broadens Walla Walla’s educational offerings. The Center for Enology and Viticulture provides students with hands-on winemaking and viticulture training through its several acres of teaching vineyards. Students see the winemaking process through from vineyard to tasting room through the center’s state-of-the-art commercial teaching winery, College Cellars. Students are responsible for winemaking and wine-related chemistry.

The Wine Guild has had more than 3,000 graduates from all 50 states and 12 countries. Graduates work for numerous importers and distributors. It is designed to meet the needs of serious wine enthusiasts as well as those interested in a career in the wine and hospitality industries, those changing careers and those already in the industry but interested in starting their own wine-related business. It offers more than 20 professional seminars and courses.

The International Wine Guild was reportedly named one of the top five professional wine schools in the country by Food & Wine Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. It will provide sommelier education and training in all aspects of the industry through the new partnership.

For more information on the Guild, visit internationalwineguild.com.

For more information on the Center for Enology and Viticulture, visit wwcc.edu/wine or collegecellars.com.

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