The International Wine & Spirits Guild (commonly called the International Wine Guild) was established to encourage study to develop technical understanding and increased knowledge of wine at three levels: Level 1: Fundamental, Level 2: Intermediate, and Level 3 Advanced or Master. In addition, if you are an individual with a passion for wine, there are seminars and courses explicitly designed to increase your wine knowledge and tasting skills.
The Guild is dedicated to fostering wine education at the highest levels and helping everyone increase and expand their knowledge and understanding of wine. To become a Guild member, you must complete either the Level 1 Guild Wine Seminar or the Level 2 Advanced Wine Course. The Guild also teaches numerous wine classes for the general public.
The school was founded in 1997 by Claude and Sherrie Robbins in Boulder, Colorado. IWG is a family-owned company in the best sense of the word.
Like the Court of Master Sommeliers and some of the larger Wine & Spirit Education Trust franchises, the Guild offers certification programs in several locations. Along with programs in Denver, CO, they offer wine courses in Mississippi, Arizona, and Tennessee.
International Wine and Spirits Guild, Inc. is legitimate. According to the Colorado Secretary of State database, the school’s corporate filings in Colorado date back to 2016, and before that, it was simply listed as a trade name. To verify, you can review account #20161275667
Under the provisions of Colorado’s Private Vocational School Act of 1975, the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education serves as the approval agency for private vocational schools. The school claimed to be both state-sanctioned and state-accredited, but we did not find them listed in the Colorado school database of private vocational schools. This does not mean they are not a sanctioned school, as states are reluctant to list wine-related schools, but students may need to request proof that their certifications are state-sanctioned.
Only wished they offered sommelier pins like the Master Sommeliers and the National Wine School!