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 Glancy, this 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.
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**
1:45-5:30pm 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
2-5:30pm Red Wines of the World
2021 Session Dates & Times
Both Days: $595
Select 1 Day: $365
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.
$195 includes Hospitality Beverage Specialist Certification (HSBC) Study Guide, Online Access to Course and Exam Fee
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 or are enjoying the convenience of home learning, you can choose the experience that's right for YOU! Learn more...
San Francisco Wine School*
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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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.