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Wine Certification Students Score Perfect Pass Rate

Aug. 13, 2010

        All 12 students in Anne Arundel Community College’s new international wine certification class passed the exam for a 100 percent first-time pass rate.

        The Wine and Spirits Education Trust is awarding the students its Intermediate Certificate (Level 2) in Wine and Spirits for their achievement. The class for wine lovers, wine enthusiasts and hospitality industry workers advanced participants’ knowledge of international wines and spirits in addition to providing the professional credential. Classes met in a café-style demonstration room for lectures, discussions, tasting of eight to 10 wines and light refreshments.

        Registration is under way for the next course in the certification series, “International Wine Certification – Part 2” (CUL 392). This 11-session course, which runs Sept. 20-Nov. 29 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, includes lecture and tasting of eight to 10 wines; you must be age 21 or older to enroll. Participants will develop analytical tasting skills for the next exam and learn about the factors that influence the wine’s style, quality and prices.

        Leading the class is The Wine Coach® Laurie Forster of Easton, award-winning author of “The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine” and a trained professional sommelier. She has earned an advanced certificate with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, is working toward certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers and has trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley.

        The wine certifications are offered through AACC’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute. HCAT also offers certification classes in food sanitation and bartending. For information, call 410-777-7073, e-mail or visit