CIA program celebrates anniversary

2014-08-04T14:48:00Z 2014-08-06T12:48:07Z CIA program celebrates anniversaryTIFFANY VAN GORDER Napa Valley Register

CIA program celebrates anniversary

Now in its fifth year, the Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program (AWBP) is a 30-week-long accredited graduate level certificate program that complements the renowned culinary and continuing wine education programs at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

The first of its kind in the United States, this program is designed for college graduates who are hoping to accelerate their career in the restaurant, hotel or wine industry, by getting an experienced, intensive, practical look at wine and beverages. The program hopes to become a certified graduate level credit program in 2015, making it the first program offered by the CIA to receive this status.

In addition to wine, students study all types of beverages from beer to water to coffee to tea to spirits, as well as culinary techniques and front of the house restaurant operations.

The program culminates with case study projects that present real life scenarios and problem solving for its students. Taught by Master Sommelier Bob Bath and renowned San Francisco Advanced Sommelier Christie Dufault, the program also features more than 60 other notable guest speakers.

For more information about the program, go to

— Tiffany van Gorder

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