NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--International Wine Center (IWC) today announced the beginning of its operations as a registered Career School newly approved by the NY State Education Department (NYSED). IWC’s wine and spirits courses are still open to any students interested in serious and challenging study, but are now newly recognized as professional training for individuals in the wine and spirits trade, or those wishing to enter that sector.
Four levels of study are currently available at IWC. The NYSED-approved curriculum encompasses the programs of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the world’s largest wine educational organization. IWC remains the official U.S. headquarters of WSET. The courses are a progression, beginning with WSET Level 1 – Foundation, an introductory course to wine. WSET Level 2 – Intermediate, includes both a wine course and a spirits program. Level 3 – Advanced and Level 4 – Diploma follow; the three upper levels cover the entire world of wine including viticulture, vinification, and appellation labeling laws, as well as wine-tasting technique and in several cases, spirits training. To view a list of available classes or to learn how to register as a student at IWC, please visit www.internationalwinecenter.com/registration.
“At IWC, we strive to prepare aspiring industry professionals for any eventual employment opportunity,” said Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW, President of International Wine Center. “Our courses provide a vitally necessary world view, with each course level covering more depth than the previous one. Our graduates leave IWC with a thorough knowledge base of all the world’s major wine and spirits types and wine and spirits regions — along with internationally-recognized wine and spirits credentials.”
International Wine Center is one of the most established, reputable and prestigious wine and spirits educational centers in the country, having been in operation continually since 1982. Nearly thirty percent of the 38 Masters of Wine (MWs) resident in the U.S. have studied at International Wine Center. International Wine Center Instructors all hold the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits, several are MWs, and all are now credentialed with the New York State Education Department.
International Wine Center is located in the heart of Manhattan at 350 Seventh Avenue in New York City. For more information, please visit www.internationalwinecenter.com.
About International Wine Center
International Wine Center (IWC) opened its doors in New York City in 1982. Through a variety of courses, wine-tasting programs and seminars, IWC has helped many thousands of wine professionals and wine lovers increase their wine knowledge. In 1994, IWC became the first organization in the U.S. to offer the programs of the prestigious Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®) and in 2003, IWC became the U.S. Headquarters of that organization. In New York City, more than 280 IWC students have achieved the WSET Diploma in Wines & Spirits, WSET’s highest qualification, which is the traditional pre-requisite for those who wish to become Master of Wine students. In 2015, IWC became licensed by the New York State Education Department as a Private Career School. IWC’s intention is to promote independent-minded wine study and responsible enjoyment, devoid of promotional interest. IWC’s offices and modern, comfortable classrooms are at 350 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. For more information, please visit www.internationalwinecenter.com.
About Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Wine & Spirit Education Trust is the largest global provider of qualifications in the field of wines and spirits. WSET qualifications are formally recognized by the UK Government and have a strong reputation worldwide. In the last academic year (2014/15) 61,452 people sat for a WSET qualification. Qualifications are available in 19 languages and 66 countries, and are open both to industry professionals and interested enthusiasts. Since 1969 more than half a million individuals have completed a WSET qualification. For more information about WSET, please visit www.WSETglobal.com.