Contact us for coaching and study tips for any of the following 4 certifying wine bodies. Our Sommelier has successfully passed exams in all of these organizations.
Meet Sharon Mahoney
I love to learn and have a passion for sharing my experiences with others. I have always enjoyed a glass of wine after a long day of work; however, it wasn’t until my first wine course that I was engaged to learn more! You may not be as interested in terroir or vine management as I am; however, I promise to share stories and experiences that will help you understand and appreciate what is in your glass!
The wine world is vast, and just like there are many varietals of wine, there are many certifications you can earn to enhance your knowledge. I did the research as I was starting my wine studies and decided to follow the path of BOTH the service and education side of wine and spirits.
You can learn more about my path and studies in my blog, however, I am proud to say that I am a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. A Diploma candidate through Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Upon successful completion of Diploma, I plan on enrolling in the Master of Wine program (only 450 in the world!) I am an active member of the Society of Wine Educators pursuing their certifications and enrolled with several programs through Wine Scholar Guild.
Learning is endless and for that reason, I am currently studying several additional courses with the intent to share the information in a fun and informative manner! I attend wine conferences and master classes around the world. I love to share stories from the winemakers, producers, and other educators during my sessions. From quick courses to deep dives, Events By The Glass is here for you!
My goal is to have my guests be energized and engaged with every course or event they attend. The world of wine is vast, and I encourage you to try new grape varieties and wines from around the world!
Please join me in raising a glass, share a story or two, and enjoy!! May every glass be better than the last!
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Court of Master Sommelier
The Court of Master Sommeliers was established to encourage improved standards of beverage knowledge and service in hotels and restaurants. The first successful Master Sommelier examination was held in the United Kingdom in 1969. By April 1977, the Court of Master Sommeliers was established as the premier international examining body. Though its members worldwide come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, they share a proven mastery of the art, science, and history that informs a sommelier's work.
WSET - Wine Spirit Education Trust
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust provides globally recognised education and qualifications in wines, spirits and sake, for professionals and enthusiasts.WSET provides best-in-class education and qualifications to inspire and empower the world’s wine and spirits professionals and enthusiasts. We offer a comprehensive suite of qualifications covering wines, spirits and sake.
WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.
Society of Wine Educators
The Society of Wine Educators (SWE), founded in 1977, is a membership-based nonprofit organization (501c3) focused on providing wine and spirits education along with the conferral of several certifications. The Society is internationally recognized and its programs are highly regarded for both their quality and relevance to the industry. The mission of the Society of Wine Educators is to set the standard for quality and responsible wine and spirits education and professional certification.
Wine Scholar Guild
Wine Scholar Guild is the leading provider of specialized certification programs on the wines of France, Italy and Spain with a school network spanning 30 countries and 5 continents.
They are a pioneer in online wine education; and their distance-learning platform includes hundreds of educational webinars, interactive e-learning modules, online flashcards, pronunciation exercises, and learning games.
Our community of wine professionals and committed students of wine learn from the most respected names in the industry and participate in some of the most privileged, exciting, and intellectually stimulating wine study immersion trips on the market.