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

HONE YOUR SOMMELIER SKILLS: Taste 24 wines over this intensive 2-day program for professionals and enthusiasts alike.

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This fast-paced, comprehensive 2-day intensive program 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 24 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 à la carte days, or taken as a complete program.  

Day 1: Tasting & Service Intensive

9am-11am        Blind Tasting Technique
11-1pm             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.** 

Day 2: World Wine Intensive 

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

Session 1

Apr 3- 4
Mon - Tues

Hybrid - Room/Zoom

We've recently invested in some serious AV technology upgrades to create an integrated Hybrid Room/Zoom experience for all students, so each individual can choose to participate in-person as a "Roomer" with wine in their glass or online as a "Zoomer" with a custom tasting kit.  Both Roomers and Zoomers have the same wines and are able to engage with us and each other during these live classes. Recordings are also available within 1 business day after the class.  Learn more...

In-Person Location

San Francisco Wine School*
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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*See our latest COVID Safety Information

Online Info

You will receive the zoom link and any handouts needed a few days before class via email. Check spam and contact help@sfwineschool.com if you have not received it within 1 business day of your class/event.

If you have a tasting kit, it may be picked up at San Francisco Wine School or delivered across the US.  Wine parameter lists are available for those participating in locations where kits cannot be delivered.   View pickup and delivery options here.

Wine lists and instructions are included in your kit.  

$795pp* Registration Fee Includes

  • 16 hours of live instruction with San Francisco Wine School's industry-leading instructors
  • Tasting of 24 wines carefully curated by Master Sommelier David Glancy
  • Tasting kit creation for online participants (delivery is available across the US for an additional fee

*Installment plans available. Group rates available for parties of 5 or more. Contact help@sfwineschool.com for more information.

Optional 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 pass this exam. 

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

Optional Three-Part Somm Essentials Certification Exam + HBSC Exam

Successful completion of the following exams:

  • Part 1 - Physical Service
  • Part 2 - Food Pairing
  • Part 3 - Blind Tasting
  • Online HSBC 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

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

Scholarships Available

Are you in need of financial assistance to pay for this program? The Glancy Wine Education Foundation assists those looking to start or advance their career in wine or hospitality with educational scholarships of 60-100% depending on your level of need. Internship opportunites are also available through San Francisco Wine School. Learn More & Apply


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