Wine Education Institute

Wine Education Institute

14697 Delaware St #1000 Westminster Colorado USA

About

The Institute, located just north of Denver, Colorado in Westminster, is a professional wine and spirits education center, which provides courses and sommelier certifications for Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Society of Wine Educators (SWE), and the Wine Scholar Guild. Classes are held multiple times a year at various locations in the Denver metro area. They also offer to run programming at private locations, as well.

About The Wine Education Institute

Jessica Fialkovich founded the Wine Education Institute. Jessica remains on the Board of Directors and is a highly regarded wine consultant, preferred speaker, and educator.

Jessica is an Associate of the Institute of Wine and Spirits, holding the Level 4 (Diploma) certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. In addition, Jessica holds certification from the Society of Wine Educators (CSW). Jessica has been a member of the wine industry since 2009 in retail, consulting, education, and online marketing.

Barney Treadway is the president of WEI. He has created and managed restaurants and other small businesses for the past twenty years. A perennial bootstrapper, he’s done everything from layout and design, concept design, construction oversight, daily operations, keeping the books, writing custom software, purchasing, pricing, and more. His deep and ongoing ties to the restaurant industry provide a natural symbiosis with the ongoing growth and evolution of Wine Education Institute.

Ed Martin is the lead instructor, a Denver native, who came to the world of wine attracted by its historical geography and cultural relevance. He has been in the wine business for the last 12 years. He kept coming back to wine and wine education through several job configurations (with brief stints in banking, riding a pedicab, and making specialty epoxies). He kept coming back to wine and wine education. Ed has worked in restaurants, in small and large retail capacities, sales and distribution, managed operations for fine dining restaurants, and worked harvest with a family-owned winery in Fiddletown, CA.

Wine Education Institute
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Name: Wine Education Institute

Description: Denver region affiliate wine school which offers multiple certifications with a focus on restaurant employment.

Price range: $250 - $900

Payment accepted: Credit Card

Currencies accepted: USD

Address: 14697 Delaware St #1000, Westminster, CO 80023

Telephone: (720) 507-8466

3.5

SOMM Review

This school is a vendor for multiple wine certifications, including the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Wine Scholar Guild, and Society of Wine Educators. The school is hosted by a restaurant (currently Bitto Bistro) and does not have its own facilities.  The quality of instruction is uneven and leans heavily on PowerPoint presentations. 

  • Accreditation
    (3.5)
  • Sommelier Certification
    (3.5)
  • Wine Trade Certification
    (3.5)
  • Quality of Instruction
    (3.5)

Pros

Multiple Certifications

Cons

Not a brick and mortar school

Uneven Instruction

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3.5 (2 votes)
Wine Education Institute