Southern Wines and Spir­its of Ne­vada Opens Unique Bev­er­age Learn­ing Cen­ter

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Acad­emy of Bev­er­age and Fine Ser­vices Learn­ing Cen­ter “Raises the Bar” on Ed­u­ca­tion

Las Vegas will re­in­force its place as the cen­ter of in­no­va­tion and ed­u­ca­tion in the bev­er­age world when Southern Wine and Spir­its of Ne­vada an­nounces the launch of the Acad­emy of Bev­er­ages and Fine Ser­vice’s new Learn­ing Cen­ter.

Housed in a cus­tom-built space wor­thy of any of the Strip’s finest bars and lounges, the world’s most ad­vanced bev­er­age train­ing fa­cil­ity was cre­ated by the world renowned de­sign firm Tal De­sign. The look, style and cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy all com­ple­ment each other, cap­tur­ing the vi­sion of Mr. Larry Ruvo, Se­nior Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Southern Wine and Spir­its of Ne­vada. “The bev­er­age in­dus­try is con­stantly evolv­ing to be at the fore­front of style and tastes, and we are con­stantly step­ping up the ways we ed­u­cate and in­form those who will be the face of our in­dus­try,” said Mr. Ruvo. “Just as Las Vegas is a world­class des­ti­na­tion, this fa­cil­ity en­sures that Las Vegas will con­tinue be the world stan­dard for the bev­er­age in­dus­try.”

The Learn­ing Cen­ter was de­signed with the in­put of Francesco Lafran­coni, cre­ator of the Southern Wine and Spir­its of Ne­vada’s Spir­its and Mixology Pro­gram. One of the few of its kind in the world, the Pro­gram has boasted over 1000 grad­u­ates since 2000 who have been taught their craft by some of the world’s lead­ing bev­er­age au­thor­i­ties. Ac­tively teach­ing at the Learn­ing Cen­ter with Lafran­coni will be Cicerone Beer ex­pert Sam Merritt, Mas­ter Som­me­lier Joseph Phillips, and Level Three Sake Som­me­lier and Mas­ter Som­me­lier Luis De San­tos. Also on of­fer will be a rare Cer­ti­fied Barista Pro­gram. The Cen­ter also ben­e­fits from the ex­per­tise of Southern Wine and Spir­its ex­perts like Livio Lauro, Se­nior Di­rec­tor of Sales for Spir­its, Mas­ter Som­me­lier Ira Har­mon and Mas­ter Mixol­o­gists and Spir­its Ed­u­ca­tors James Starkus, Max Solano and Jair Bustil­los.

Francesco’s in­put and ex­pe­ri­ence are seen in the beau­ti­ful stain­less steel work sta­tions, built in a unique, com­pletely er­gonomic “race­track” de­sign for speed, ef­fi­ciency and ease of move­ment, cur­rently be­ing patented. All tast­ing sur­faces are Led-equipped to help stu­dents cap­ture the true color of the bev­er­age. Over a dozen mood light set­tings repli­cate for learn­ers var­i­ous hos­pi­tal­ity en­vi­ron­ments. The en­tire space is fully in­te­grated with a host of im­pres­sive au­dio and vis­ual tools that also en­able re­mote learn­ing and stream­ing of a va­ri­ety of classes and events.

The Acad­emy Learn­ing Cen­ter is bound to quickly be­come a lead­ing draw for bev­er­age and hos­pi­tal­ity pro­fes­sion­als from around the world. As part of Southern Wines and Spir­its com­mit­ment to ed­u­ca­tion, the Acad­emy of Bev­er­ages and Fine Ser­vice’s Learn­ing Cen­ter will be avail­able to host sup­plier, trade and con­sumer events that cre­ate unique value for sup­pli­ers and part­ners to fur­ther in­cen­tivize their brands with Southern Wine and Spir­its. All im­ages credit to Southern Wines and Spir­its of Ne­vada.

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