Wine Business Opportunities Abound Through San Diego State University Certificate Program

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San Diego State University has six fall semester courses scheduled in the Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine program through its College of Extended Studies that has helped students find jobs in the wine industry.

The SDSU Business of Wine Certificate program helped prepare us as wine professionals to offer personable and memorable wine-tasting experiences.

San Diego State University has six fall semester courses scheduled in the Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine program through its College of Extended Studies that has helped students find jobs in the wine industry.

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

Lori Loré and her husband Anthony enrolled in the Business of Wine Certificate program because they wanted to open their own wine bar. As a result of completing the program, the couple now owns a business called WineSmileys.

“The SDSU Business of Wine Certificate program helped prepare us as wine professionals to offer personable and memorable wine-tasting experiences,” Lori Loré said.

Job opportunities continue to increase in the wine business. In fact, foodrepublic.com reports that American wine sales have nearly doubled in this millennium which means there is increasing work available in the industry.

In preparing students for the wine profession, the comprehensive certificate courses at SDSU 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.”

The College is an approved provider for “education to career” funding through San Diego Workforce Partnership, Military Spouse, and Veterans benefits. For more information concerning the military benefits, email mhowe(at)projects(dot)sdsu(dot)edu or call (619) 594-3047.

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