It's Official, San Francisco Wine School is Open...! Open...! Open...!

When planning our Grand Opening Extravaganza, we thought big. From November 6th through 12th, our Wine Education Center was filled with people checking out the beautiful new space for the first time, tasting, learning, networking, and celebrating. With 7 Days, 10 events, and 400 people, our Grand Opening was nothing short of amazing.

Here’s a recap video one of our students did covering the Ribbon Cutting and Open House.  Check it out for an insider look at some of our festivities.

Our Ribbon Cutting was a momentous occasion attended by many members of the South San Francisco government and The Chamber of Commerce, along with friends, students, and our extended San Francisco Wine School family.  After being presented with the 
California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, school owners and managing partners Kristin Campbell and David Glancy delivered sentimental speeches.  Glancy then performed a picture-perfect sabering of an icy magnum of Paillard Champagne before a riveted crowd.  

Our Interactive Viewing of the movie 'Somm' on Friday night was great fun as we watched and paused periodically for anecdotes and tidbits from stars of the movie DLynn Proctor and Reggie Narito.  W
e tasted wines from the movie and compared their bouquets with a freshly cut garden hose, Grandma’s purse and a freshly opened can of tennis balls just as the Somms in the movie picked out these descriptors.  We snacked on three kinds of gourmet popcorn and sliders to celebrate our first, good old-fashioned movie night.

On Saturday, November 7th, more than 150 people came through our Grand Tasting and Open House and visited tables representing each of our programs.  Guests tasted wines and enjoyed cheese and accoutrements at our French, Italian, California, and Global Wines tables as they engaged with instructors and learned about our course offerings.  We also held service and tasting demos before an audience to introduce them to our Somm Essentials curriculum.  Attendees were also able explore private event and corporate training possibilities as they saw the center in action. Our gorgeous space took quite well to being filled with wine, cheer and bustling conversation.

On Wednesday and Thursday, attendees of our two Industry Talks were educated by panelists with diverse experience in each subject.  Moderated by David Glancy, MS, 
How to Build a Successful Wine Program panelists included top Somms of San Francisco: Haley Guild Moore of the Stock and Bones Group, Rob Renteria of La Folie, Petra Polakovicova of Epic Steak, and Christopher Gaither of Gary Danko. Clarifying Credential Blur, also moderated by Glancy, featured panelists Tim Gaiser, MS, Tim Marson, MW and WSET Diplomas Michael Perry and Fred Swan. Their perspectives helped illuminate each of these often-misunderstood topics. 

Our promotional Grand Opening Series of workshops included Beer & Sake, Wines of Germany and Eastern Europe, Red Wines of Southern Italy, and Bordeaux.  These were sellouts, attended by first time and repeat students, making themselves at home in our new space.  

Thank you so much for supporting our Grand Opening at San Francisco Wine School! We couldn't have done it without you!

See more images of our space and the festivities below:




 Welcome to San Francisco Wine School!
Welcome to San Francisco Wine School!

Cheese and Champagne for our Grand Tasting

Our view of South San Francisco City Hall by Night

Certificate of Recognition from Assemblyman Kevin Mullen

Learn about our Private Events and Corporate Training

Guests enjoying Wine, Bites, and Conversation at the Grand Tasting

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San Francisco Wine School strives to open up the world of wine to serious students and enthusiasts everywhere while helping people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school in the U.S., offering the most thoughtful approach to wine study. Their inspired educational programs and workshops are taught in their state of the art wine education & events center and their cutting edge virtual classroom by industry-leading instructors from all major educational disciplines. San Francisco Wine School’s curriculum features the best content in the business: expert course materials, carefully conceived wine flights, and in-depth blind tasting exercises designed to engage students, illuminate course content and enhance learning. Their brand new sunlight-filled wine education & events center is conveniently located just 5 minutes from San Francisco International Airport and boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall arched windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, South San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Bay, making it the perfect place to enjoy classes, industry seminars and tastings and host a wide variety of private events—from serious educational programs for wine/hospitality industry staff to team-building and other fun, social, private events for wine enthusiasts.

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