COVID-19 Information

In order help keep our staff and students healthy during this uncertain time of COVID-19, San Francisco Wine School has implemented the following practices and policies in accordance with the California State and San Mateo County guidelines

San Mateo County Status

San Mateo County is currently under a Regional Stay at Home Order imposed by the State of California.  

The school is open Mon - Fri 10a-5p to basic school support operations and distance learning.  In-person appointments may be requested to pickup wine and other class materials. Students may reach us at 650-763-1324 and  

All Classes & Events Are Being Conducted in Webinar Format

During this time, all classes and events will be conducted in live webinar format unless otherwise indicated.  All webinar participants will receive pdf handouts, wine lists, and a calendar invitation to attend the webinar with login details.  Wine tasting kits are included with most classes. 

 See information about Wine Tasting for Classes & Events below. 

Most Exams Are Conducted Online 

Most exams will be conducted online at this time, however certain exams may be deferred or conducted in-person when they don't have an online option and will not exceed our 25% capacity limit.  They will also only be conducted with the following precautions:

Please note that we expect exam sizes to be much smaller than our 25% capacity allows, however gatherings of any size will pose a heightened risk of COVID-19 transmission, and that older adults and individuals with existing health conditions are at particularly serious risk if they contract COVID-19 and should not attend.

Wine Tastings for Classes & Events

Full price Webinar/Webcast participants will receive wine tasting kits that may be picked up free of charge and used during the live class or with the class recording.  Delivery to 43 states is available for an extra fee.  Please see our wine pickup and delivery options for details and recommended register by dates.

Students may also skip the wine tasting or select their own wines for tasting in class and save 40% on these WEBONLY workshops .  Please allow at least 1 business day prior to the start of class for us to process new WEBONLY registrations and provide you with class materials.  

When participating in wine tastings during in-person exams, classes and events, we ask that masks remain on at all times except while actively tasting.  

Rescheduling Policy

Most class recordings are available should you need to miss class and may be requested by contacting  

View our Cancellation, Reschedule and Refund Policy

Mandatory Reschedule If You’re Sick or Exposed

To help our staff and guests stay healthy and to help our classes continue to run smoothly, we ask that if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the prior 14 days, please:

All rescheduling and distance learning options will be made available to you, so that you can continue your studies when you are ready.

Our Commitment to Health and Cleanliness

Things to Bring With You

Face Coverings are mandatory anywhere in our building.  If you do not have one with you, you may purchase one for a $15 fee prior to entering the school.  

While all of these items remain available for your use, we encourage guests to bring items that make them feel safe to class including:

Health & Safety Concerns

If you have additional questions or concerns over any of our health and safety practices, please email Thanks very much for your cooperation and understanding during this challenging time for us all.