Capstone California Wines Education Program offers four levels of comprehensive study on Californian wines

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Introductory Level 1 | 6 Hours | 8 wines guided tasting session | €75-

The Introductory Level 1 covers six hours of wine curriculum, beginning with major eras in the history of California wine, including the Mission era, post-Gold Rush, Prohibition, and modern times. Level 1 candidates will: 

  • Learn how California’s geography, the Pacific Ocean and mountain ranges affect viticulture and wine styles.
  • Acquire fundamental knowledge of grape-growing practices and the specifics of viticulture compared to other agriculture, including the ability to identify and describe the important grape varieties grown in California.
  • Receive an introduction to the American Viticultural Area (AVA) system, including the world-famous AVAs of Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Santa Barbara County.
  • Explore California’s iconic wineries, such as Ridge Vineyards, Frog’s Leap Winery and Robert Mondavi Winery.
  • Learn about the key statistics for California wine in global production, consumption and exports.
  • During our included guided tastings, we will feature 8 wines matching the AVA’s and grape varieties from the course material.
  • The course can be followed almost entirely online except for the classroom tasting.
  • The course is divided into 11 chapters, each concluded with a test and concluded with a final exam.
  •  you can register by clicking the button below and register. You will then receive an invoice from Edwines School and an access code to get started directly online on the Capstone California website.
Please note that we will organize the tastings for Level 2 in the fall, as of September 2021 on.

Intermediate Level 2 | 20 Hours | 16 wines guided tasting session | €125

The Intermediate Level 2 course builds on Level 1 with 20 hours of curriculum and an additional tasting component. For theory, students will cover important events in California’s wine history timeline and identify key figures who helped shaped the state’s wine industry, as well as: 

  • Learn about important geographical factors in major California regions such as rivers, dry creeks and important mountain ranges including the Coastal Range, Mayacamas Mountains, the Vaca Range and Santa Cruz Mountains. 
  • Take a deeper look at seven of California’s key grape varieties by exploring the growing regions where they are grown and their distinctive taste profiles.
  • Build understanding about the annual life cycle of the vine and related terms including: flowering, bud break, véraison, trellising, pruning, green harvest, harvest timing and more.
  • Learn winemaking fundamentals and explore cooperage variations (French vs. American vs. other European oak) and how wine style is affected by oak selection.
  • Delve deeper into historic AVAs in Lodi and the Sacramento Delta, Mendocino County, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, Monterey County and Santa Cruz Mountains.
  • During our included guided tastings, we will feature 16 wines matching the AVA’s and grape varieties from the course material.
  • The course can be followed almost entirely online except for the classroom tasting.
  • The course is divided into 11 chapters, each concluded with a test and concluded with a final exam.
  •  you can register by clicking the button below and register. You will then receive an invoice from Edwines School and an access code to get started directly online on the Capstone California website.
Please note that we will organize the tastings for Level 2 in the fall, as of September 2021 on.
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Edwin Raben
Edwin Raben is een bevlogen wijnliefhebber en eigenaar van Edwines.com. Hij heeft ruime ervaring in de horeca waar hij als kok begon. Werkte als sommelier bij toprestaurants als Lauswolt, La Rive (Amstel Hotel) , de Zwethheul, Landgoed Wolfslaar (waar hij mede-eigenaar was) en de Echoput. Hij werd 4 keer bekroond als beste sommelier van Nederland tussen 1996 en tot 2006 en heeft ons land vertegenwoordigd op internationale podia. In 1997 werd hij 3e tijdens de wereldkampioenschappen voor sommeliers in Parijs. Hij is zeer veelzijdig (koffieproever, lid van Epe Bier Collectief, waterkenner) en heeft een wijnwebwinkel met bijzondere wijnen (Edwines.com), is public speaker, werkt voor vele wijnpromotiebureaus (Bordeaux, Médoc, Alsace, France Vin, New Zealand en vele andere) en schrijft columns voor diverse bladen. Hij is bovendien een veelgevraagd spreker voor seminars, trainingen en cursussen. In 2018 startte hij zijn eigen WSET Edwines School. Als voormalig voorzitter van het Nederlands Gilde van Sommelier en lid van het ASI Examen Committee kent hij de Internationale sommelierwereld als geen ander.
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