The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has created a new accredited 30-week  wine and beverage certificate program for 2010, at Greystone, the school's Napa Valley campus.

The Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program (AWBP) will advance a student's professional skills in the wine and beverage sector. An AWBP certificate will position graduates to pursue career opportunities in numerous segments of the food and beverage industry. "A deep understanding of wine, beer, spirits – even coffee and tea – is vital to career success in the foodservice and hospitality fields," said Adam Busby, CMC and Director of Education at CIA Greystone.

The program will impart knowledge and skills related to sensory evaluation, flavor dynamics, cellar management, and mixology. Food and beverage pairing, service, and hospitality are major components of the eight-month curriculum. "AWBP students will graduate with a wine and beverage education on par with those skills learned by the CIA's culinary students," continued Busby.

The program launches in September 2010 at the CIA's Greystone campus in St. Helena, CA.  Program enrollees must have a bachelor's or associate degree in hospitality management, culinary arts management, or a related field. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. For more information about the AWBP, visit  or call 1-800-CULINARY.