The Wine Education Council (WEC) is a non-profit, educational organization that promotes the development and effectiveness of wine professionals through formal study, post-graduate training, and advanced, enrichment opportunities. Our diverse activities include the support of wine programs at institutions of higher learning, the sponsorship of specialized seminars, grants to assist publication of academic works, and the promotion of educational experiences that help students and wine professionals learn about and engage in various sectors of the wine community. Recognizing that the consumption of wine is vulnerable to abuse, we are committed to providing resources and supporting programs that promote moderate and responsible alcohol use and guard against social problems associated with inappropriate consumption.

As an environmentally and socially conscious organization, we are sensitive to the human and economic impact of wine on our community and remain dedicated to promoting within the global wine community the responsible use of the earth’s resources and the implementation of mechanisms that promote economic justice.


Lon McCain
Paul Harris
Marnie Lerner
Communications & Event Coordinator

Legal Status:  The Wine Education Council (“WEC”) was incorporated on October 9, 2014, as a Delaware nonprofit corporation, and has its principal place of business in Dallas, Texas. WEC was organized and is operated exclusively, for purposes described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The Internal Revenue Service recognizes WEC as tax-exempt under Code section 501(a) as an organization described in Code section 501(c)(3) and has classified WEC as a public charity described in Code section 509(a). As such, WEC is authorized to receive charitable contributions in support of its purposes and activities. A copy of the IRS determination letter is available upon request submitted to the Corporate Secretary, Wine Education Council, Inc., 6119 Greenville Avenue, Suite 553, Dallas, Texas 75206.