2-Day Somm: Intensive Sommelier Preparation for Wine Theory, Tasting & Service

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Program Description

This fast-paced, comprehensive 2-day intensive focuses on important foundational areas for personal and professional success including global wine theory, blind wine tasting analysis, food & wine pairing, and professional wine service techniques. Taught by Master Sommelier David Glancythis class is perfect for students studying for beginning and intermediate level sommelier exams and those who want to improve their performance on the job. Taste 30 wines throughout the program. 

Test your knowledge and preparation if you choose with 2 Exam Ad-on options.

Students looking for a slower pace, deeper study of these topics, or a more comprehensive look at all aspects of the beverage industry should consider our Somm Essentials curriculum.

Program Syllabus 

This 2-Day course can be broken into two stand-alone a la carte days, or taken as a complete program.  

Day 1: Tasting & Service Intensive

9am-11am        Blind Tasting Technique
11am-1pm        Food & Wine Pairing Lab**
1:00-1:45pm     Lunch Break - see dining options near us
1:45-5:30pm     Proper Wine, Decanting & Sparkling Techniques and Service

**Please inform us of any dietary allergies or intolerances at the time of registration so we can accommodate your needs.** 

9am-10am          Viticulture & Enology
10 - 1:15pm        White Wines of the World
1:15-2pm            Lunch Break  see dining options near us
2-5:30pm            Red Wines of the World

2022 Session Dates & Times

Session 1

Apr 25-26
Mon - Tues

Session 2

Jun 26-27
Sun - Mon

Session 3 

Jul 31-Aug 1
Sun - Mon




Both Days:  $695
Select 1 Day:  $395

Optional Exam Add-Ons 

Hospitality Beverage Specialist Certification (HBSC) Exam 

Passing this entry level online, on-demand theory exam earns Society of Wine Educators' Hospitality Beverage Specialist Certification. 

Important Note: unlike our full Somm Essentials program, the 2-Day Somm Intensive program does not include education on beer, sake, spirits, coffee, tea, & bottled water and additional self study will be required to to pass this exam. 

Cost: $195 includes Hospitality Beverage Specialist Certification (HSBC) Study Guide, Online Access to Course and Exam Fee.  Request Now

Three Part Somm Essentials Certification Exam w/ HBSC Exam

Successful completion of the following exams:
  • Part 1 - Physical Service
  • Part 2 - Food Pairing
  • Part 3 - Blind Tasting
  • Online Hospitality Beverage Specialist Certification Exam
will result in the Somm Essentials Certification.  Email help@sfwineschool.com for available exam dates.

Cost: $395 for all 3 Parts plus the HBSC Certification.  Detailed performance feedback will be provided with exam results. Request Now

Formats Available

Hybrid - Room/Zoom - NEW!

We've recently invested in some serious AV technology upgrades to create an integrated Hybrid Room/Zoom experience for all students.  Both "Roomers" and "Zoomers" are able to engage with us and each other during these live classes.  Recordings are also available after the class.  Whether you are excited to return to our beautiful venue in person with wine in your glass or are enjoying the convenience of home learning with a tasting kit, you can choose the experience that's right for YOU!  Learn more...

In-Person Location

San Francisco Wine School*
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Click for parking, public transit, dining & hotel information

*See our latest COVID Safety Information

Guided Tasting Exercises

Wine and food for food lab is included in this program.  Students will taste flights combinations selected by Master Sommelier David Glancy and our Cellar Master to bring learning objectives to life and practice your tasting techniques. 

Roomers will have wine in their glass in the classroom.  Zoomers will have tasting kits they can either pickup or have delivered for an additional fee.  View wine pickup and delivery options.


Requirements & Recommendations

All attendees must be at least 21 years of age.  We recommend students complete Wine 101, Intro to Blind Tasting, or the equivalent prior to taking this program.


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