Our Mission

World-Class Wine Education and Experiences for Professionals and Enthusiasts

We strive to open up the world of wine to students everywhere, helping people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier David Glancy, we are the largest wine school in the United States offering the most thoughtful approach to wine study: respected industry Certification Programs, unique Workshops on today's most important topics, Special Events, and Private Experiences.  

David Glancy Teaching California Wine Appellation Specialist

Our Location

Our gorgeous 4,000 sq ft top floor wine education center is located directly across from City Hall in charming downtown South San Francisco. Our sunlight-filled wine education center boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, City Hall and the San Francisco Bay.  We're conveniently located 2 blocks from the brand new South San Francisco Cal Train Station near San Francisco International Airport and the 280/380/101 interchange with easy, affordable parking, surrounded by an eclectic assortment of shops and restaurants.  Take a 2 min video tour.

Building A New Kind of School

After David Glancy, MS, CWE created the groundbreaking Certified Sommelier Program at Professional Culinary Institute (now ICC) he was repeatedly asked:

As a result, David founded San Francisco Wine School in 2011. He knew these students needed a new kind of school—one that allowed students to achieve the highest level of wine certification through an accessible, modular path of study.  This modular path allows each student to create a unique educational experience to meet their goals. 

Carefully Selected Credentials

David evaluated all the wine certifications and programs in the industry and chose those created by only the most trusted, well respected sources. He also created proprietary programs and workshops to prepare students for self-study exams and enrich the educational process.

Learn how each of our programs can be used as a building block toward different career paths and certifications here

Industry Leading Instructors

We hire only the most talented and knowledgeable Instructors who know wine and know how to teach.  Our instructors have the highest credentials from all four major credentialing bodies, including:

Community Support & Resources 

We believe every student who joins us needs a community of support to succeed. 

Flexible Formats + Global Reach = Accessibility

We offer both in-person and Remote Study Options with both our live Hybrid Classes & Events as well as our expertly designed, Glancy eWine School.  Tasting kits are included for online participants in all Hybrid Classes and can be delivered across the US for an additional fee.  We provide weekday, evening, weekend and intensive formats that condense material for expedited learning.  Our Hybrid certification programs are also broken into individual workshops that may be taken a la carté, so students can select only the subjects that matter most to them.  

Our Glancy eWine School programs offer asynchronous engagement with your instructor and fellow students online, so you can study when the time is right for you.  Weekly tasting assignments, quizzes, and discussion topics keep the interaction lively as your class moves through the program together. 

Customized Education & Continued Learning

We also offer corporate training, public events & appearances and private events at our gorgeous 4,000 square foot Wine Education Center, online and around the world.