David Glancy recognized large gaps in wine education and knew he could fill them. While European countries had established credentials, there was nothing that covered California wine in depth or the nuances of each of its varied regions. So in 2012, armed with his vast wine knowledge and teaching experience, David created the California Wine Appellation Specialist® credential which has quickly been recognized by the Wine Institute and regional winery and grower associations around the state.

Similarly, when David saw the need for more entry level, broad based beverage programs, he went on to create the Somm Essentials certification which includes blind wine tasting, fine beverage service, food and wine pairing, and vital information about production methods and styles across the entire beverage industry, including wine, spirits, beer, sake, tea, coffee, bottled water Somm Essentials serves as an important stepping-stone toward the challenging Certified Specialist of Wine exam and in preparing for the Court of Master Sommeliers’ first two levels of exams, and comparable exams from other credentialing organizations.

David Glancy has a deep history with wine education. He currently sits on the board of the Society of Wine Educators and is only one of twelve Master Sommeliers in the world to pass their rigorous Certified Wine Educator exam. He also created, managed and taught the only Certified Sommelier Program approved by Court of Master Sommeliers at the Professional Culinary Institute which has helped more than 10% of the world’s Certified Sommeliers pass the extremely challenging exam.


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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