San Francisco Wine School is working hard to bring all relevant professional credential programs under one roof. We also conduct individual classes, workshops, corporate training and private events. All of our offerings are designed to aid you on the job and help prepare you for exams with Masters of Wine, Court of Master Sommeliers, Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Society of Wine Educators and others. Enthusiasts outside of the wine industry also find our classes to be fun and informative.

We currently offer the following professional credential programs:

Somm Essentials – the perfect program for students starting out in the food & beverage industry or looking to polish their skills or broaden their skill base.

Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) - our own prep course for the Society of Wine Educators’ (SWE) notoriously difficult exam. Our interactive online program launches October 2014, sign up to hear the announcement.

French Wine Scholar (FWS) - We are the exclusive Bay Area provider for the French Wine Society’s respected and rigorous credential program.

Italian Wine Professional (IWP) – Italian Wine Central’s flagship credential designed for those who work in retail, restaurant, import, and distribution roles, but also appropriate for wine writers, educators, and avid connoisseurs who wish to increase their knowledge of Italian wine.

California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS)® - our own credential series, created by Master Sommelier David Glancy, is available as a 9 week in-class program, a traveling 3-day intensive, or an interactive online course.

See our full schedule for dates, times & locations. More credential programs and partnerships are coming soon. Sign-up for announcements.


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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