Adam Lapierre

Adam Lapierre is a Master of Wine based in San Francisco, CA. Beginning his career working in New York's Finger Lakes Region, Adam's interest in wine soon grew into a deep passion. After earning the Certified Sommelier designation from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Adam went on to pursue various credentials from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, earning his Diploma in Wines and Spirits in 2007. Upon entering the Master of Wine program, Adam returned to his native California to work for importer Frederick Wildman and Sons. There, Adam held numerous management roles overseeing the company's national accounts division and finally as National Sales Manager. Adam earned the Master of Wine qualification in 2013 and now works as an industry consultant, wine educator, writer and wine judge.

What is your favorite wine region to visit?
Burgundy! I love the people, the villages and the wines.

What's your most memorable wine experience?
Without getting into too many specifics, my most memorable wine experiences are a handful of long, boisterous nights filled with conversation, dancing, laughter (and often karaoke) with other wine professionals.

Why did you decide to become an instructor?
Throughout my career, teaching people about wine has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my work. I love helping to fan the sparks of interest and appreciation into full-blown passion!

What other passions beside wine do you have?
Yoga. I have a daily personal practice and teach yoga in San Francisco and beyond. Like many folks in wine business, I also love to eat, but I'm probably a bit of a black sheep since I'm vegan. This fact has opened up a whole new world to me when it comes to food and wine pairing!

Name some recent wine discoveries that you find exciting.
Most recently Cabernet Sauvignon from The Red Hills of Lake County AVA has really excited me for its balance, elegance and value.


New Year, New Courses from San Francisco Wine School

San Francisco, Calif. (January 29, 2015) - With the addition of Master of Wine Adam Lapierre to the team and three brand new programs to the schedule, San Francisco Wine School now boasts top-level educators from, and coursework for, all four major wine credentialing bodies. The School’s elite group now comprises three Master Sommeliers (Court of Master Sommeliers), three with Diplomas in Wine & Spirits (Wine & Spirits Education Trust), three Certified Wine Educators (Society of Wine Educators) and one Master of Wine (Institute of Masters of Wine).


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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