NASA Intensive Four Day Italian Wine Specialist Provides Certification Opportunity for Both Professionals and Wine Enthusiasts

JQI LogoDiego Meraviglia, Vice President and Director of Education of the North American Sommelier Association (NASA) and Gold-Pin Sommelier, returns to Miami to head the Southeastern US presentation of the Italian Wine Immersion Course. Designed for either wine enthusiasts or professionals, the classes deeply and fully explore all 20 wine regions of Italy, their wine laws, regulations, grape varietals, traditions, trends, history, and a brief overview of the cuisine and culture.

“This course is an intensive 4 day camp that will take you from almost ‘0’ to a high level of knowledge in Italian wine, culminating in an internationally recognized certificate and title,” commented Meraviglia, who currently resides in California, but was born (surrounded by wine) in Piemonte, Italy.

Just Quality Importer Inc., a wine Italian wine distribution company located in Miami Beach, brought the first Southeastern presentation of the NASA course to South Florida last October.

“The course will be fundamentally the same,” explains Meraviglia. “But there will be updates on a few changes that took place in Italy recently such as Chianti Classico etc. If people felt they did not take away enough the first time, they can definitely benefit from another run.” Meraviglia earned 5th Place at the World Wide Sommelier competition held by the Worldwide Sommelier Association – the largest association of Sommeliers with over 100,000 members.

The 4 day course plus certification exam is produced by NASA and sponsored by Just Quality Importer Inc. (Miami Beach.) Classes begin on March 30, 2014 at the Big Fish Restaurant located in Miami’s Upper Eastside and continue March 31st, April 1st and 2nd, and conclude with an exam on May 4th.

The cost is $650.00 and includes all texts, wine colors charts, tastings that cover 30 wines representing all Italian wine regions, and a NASA promotional membership.

Italian Wine Specialist Immersion Course

March 30-31, April 1-2, 2014

Exam: Sunday, May 4, 2014

Classes Start at 9:30 a.m.

The Big Fish Restaurant

620 NE 78th St. Miami, FL 33138

$650.00 per person

Advance Registration Required:

For information, call: 305.244.8272 or email


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