Native Spanish-speakers are the backbone of the restaurant business - kitchens have long provided entry-level jobs and a career path for immigrants. Lately, more and more restaurants fill the front of the house staff with Spanish-speakers diligently learning English. Perhaps aware of this and other demographic trends, NYC's International Wine Center (IWC) will soon start offering the first Spanish-language wine certificate course in the U.S.
The course is an eight-week program covering the major grape varieties and wine regions of the world as well as the fundamentals of grapegrowing and winemaking, and it includes a final examination. The instruction, course materials and exam are all in Spanish.
Students who successfully complete the course will earn the WSET Intermediate Certificate in Wines and Spirits, an internationally-recognized credential awarded by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the world’s largest wine educational organization.
“Considering the important role that Spanish-speaking individuals play in the wine, food and hospitality trade in New York City, it is only appropriate that a serious wine program be available to them in their native language,” says Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW, executive director of WSET programs in the U.S. and president of IWC.