Martignetti Companies is the official testing center for the Society of Wine Educators
, one of the preeminent certifying bodies in the field of wine education.
The Society of Wine Educators was founded in 1974 by wine professionals at UC Davis. A non-profit educational organization with the mission of advancing wine education through professional development and certification, the organization has grown to over 2,600 members in 13 different countries with headquarters in Washington D.C.
The Society of Wine Educators currently has three different levels of certification, the CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine), CSS (Certified Specialist of Spirits) and the CWE (Certified Wine Educator). Opportunities to take these exams in Massachusetts occur twice a year at the Martignetti Companies Facility in Norwood and are administered by Len Presutti, who is a Certified Wine Educator.
The Certified Specialist of Wine designation is attained by taking a multiple choice exam which comes entirely from the extensive and often updated Society published Study Guide. The Certified Wine Educator exam questions can come from any published source. In addition, it also involves an essay as well as a practical tasting section session, which consists of wine identification as well as the recognition of specific wine faults.
Please refer to our wine education classes schedule for test dates.
The Society also hosts a yearly conference (the 2011 conference held August 3rd and 4th at Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island) with seminars conducted by Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and various wine luminaries.