We strive to open up the world of wine to serious wine students everywhere. We help 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 country offering the most thorough approach to wine study.  

David Glancy Teaching California Wine Appellation Specialist

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

  • What certifications do I need to stay competitive?
  • Which credentialing bodies are most respected in the industry?
  • What’s the smartest way to prepare for exams?
  • Who are the best instructors?
  • Should I study and work at the same time?

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. 

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, helping students pass 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

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:

  • Master Sommelier Diplomas from Court of Master Sommeliers
  • Diploma in Wine & Spirits from Wine & Spirits Education Trust
  • Certified Wine Educators from Society of Wine Educators
  • Master of Wine from Institute of Masters of Wine


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

Flexible formats

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.


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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