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Our Mission

Providing 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

Creating 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 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

Talented, Knowledgeable Instructors

We hire only the best 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 remote study options with weekly tasting assignments and virtual-classroom interaction and intensive programs that condense material for expedited learning.  Our certification programs are also broken into single workshops that may be taken individually, so students can select only the subjects that matter most to them.  We also offer corporate training, public events & appearances and private events at our gorgeous 4,000 square foot Wine Education Center and around the world.