New Napa Valley wine program management master's degree from The Culinary Institute of America

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The Culinary Institute of America continues to expand its Napa Valley graduate-level degree programs focused on business, this time launching a master’s degree on management of wine and other beverage programs.

The Master of Professional Studies in Wine Management degree is designed to go beyond wine production, the New York-based institution announced Tuesday, appealing to professionals such as these:

Wine and spirits director

Wine retailer



Marketing specialist

Food and beverage manager

Director of hospitality


Wine writer

Beverage concierge

Special-events manager

The coursework is designed for beverage-professional advancement, aficionados seeking another career, and hospitality or culinary graduates who want to specialize in beverages, including spirits, cocktails and nonalcoholic options.

Classes will meet in the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Greystone campus. The building has two tasting theaters equipped for sensory evaluation of wines, the organization said. It has specialized cooling and air-filtration systems to ensure wines are tasted at the correct temperature with no competing aromas.

The CIA is accepting applications (800-CULINARY, for the fall 2019 inaugural class in wine management. Students must be at least 21 years old with a bachelor’s degree, preferably in hospitality management or a related field.

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