The House of Lustau Embarks on Year 2 of Certified Sherry Wine Specialist Course in the U.S. in Collaboration with House of Lustau Brand Educator, Lucas Payá

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Certified Sherry Wine Specialist Course aimed at Industry Professionals and Wine and Hospitality Schools expands in Year 2 with new updates

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This is the first and only Sherry Regulatory Body's official certification course available in the U.S. and outside of Spain

The House of Lustau, a leading producer of Sherry wines recognized for outstanding accolades, will again offer the Certified Sherry Wine Specialist (CSWS) Course this year for industry professionals -- sommeliers, bartenders, distributors, sales representatives -- and for Wine and Hospitality Schools around the U.S. with some exciting updates following an extremely effective Year 1 campaign.

“In 2017, we successfully taught and examined over 1,000 candidates, and look forward to an equivalent outcome by the end of this current year,” stated House of Lustau Brand Educator, Lucas Payá. “This is the first and only Sherry Regulatory Body's official certification course available in the U.S. and outside of Spain,” Luca Payá continued. “The program aims to fulfill a growing demand to learn about Sherry wines from the Jerez region of Spain.”

New this year, the House of Lustau will be appointing CSWS Market Brand Ambassadors chosen from a selection of top students who completed the CSWS Course in 2017 to represent the House of Lustau at events and programs throughout the U.S. in 2018.

In addition, all students who attend the House of Lustau CSWS Course in 2018 will automatically qualify for the chance to win a trip for two to Jerez, Spain to coincide with the Feria del Caballo in May 2019.

The CSWS Course provides Intermediate Level study material that has been approved by the Regulatory Council of Sherry Wines Jerez-Xérès-Sherry. Those who pass the certification, which comprises of an educational presentation, tasting and an exam throughout a 2 ½ hour course duration led by Lucas Payá, Certified Sherry Educator, will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by Cesar Saldaña, General Manager of the D.O Jerez- Xérès-Sherry Regulatory Council and House of Lustau CEO, Luis Luengo and will be recognized as a Certified Sherry Wine Specialist at the Intermediate Level. A Sherry 101 online study guide at has been created for students and members of the industry interested in preparing for the CSWS Course.

Some of the prestigious wine schools and academies that are offering the CSWS Course as part of their program curriculum include: the Wine and Spirit Archive (Portland, OR), the Napa Valley Wine Academy (Napa, CA), the San Francisco Wine School (San Francisco, CA), the Neptune Wine School (Costa Mesa, CA), the Texas Wine School (Houston, TX), the American Wine School (Chicago, IL), the American Wine School (Cleveland, OH), the Capital Wine School (Washington, DC) and the International Culinary Center (New York, NY).

To register for the CSWS Course and/or for wine academies and wine and hospitality schools interested in offering the CSWS Course to students, please contact the House of Lustau at: CSWS at

About The House of Lustau
The House of Lustau is considered a world-class benchmark for top-quality wines. Lustau’s philosophy has remained unchanged since its inception in 1896: to provide consumers with the widest and most select range of sherries, brandy, vinegars and vermouth. In 2015 Bodegas Lustau was the most awarded Spanish winery and 8th in the world.

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