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Advanced Blind Tasting


THE ULTIMATE IN SENSORY TRAINING: An intensive program to prepare for upper-level blind tasting exams or competitions and bring your tasting skills to the next level.

Developed by Master Sommelier David Glancy, this program is designed to enhance your blind wine analysis techniques like never before! Serious enthusiasts and professional wine students will sharpen their ability to assess structure and identify aromas. In addition, students will taste classic wines from around the world to hone varietal and regional identification skills. Drills will include an emphasis on focus, timing, descriptions and conclusions.

Session Dates & Times
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Syllabus Overview
Requirements

2018 SESSION DATES & TIMES

Session 1 
February 10 - 11, 2018
9:00am - 5:30pm Saturday, Sunday
Session 2 June 11 - 13, 2018 10am - 3:30pm Monday - Wednesday
Session 3 September 23 - 25, 2018
10am - 3:30pm
Sunday - Tuesday

 

LOCATION

San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Click for parking and public transportation information

 

SYLLABUS OVERVIEW

  • High Acid, Unoaked Whites

    Hone your identification skills with Master Sommelier David Glancy as you tackle challenging flights of both neutral white wines and intensely herbal whites to discover and profile the similarities and differences in the varietals. Global wine regions are also considered as Master Glancy helps you decipher the differences between regional and varietal influences.

  • Aromatic Whites
    Master Sommelier David Glancy will help you discover to how identify and profile the similarities and differences of aromatic dry to off-dry white wines in the most challenging flights. Global wine regions are also considered as Master Glancy helps you decipher the differences between regional and varietal influences.
  • Thin-Skinned Reds
    Master Sommelier David Glancy will help you discover to how identify and profile the similarities and differences of wines from thin-skinned grapes in the most challenging flights. Global wine regions are also considered as Master Glancy helps you decipher the differences between regional and varietal influences.
  • Thick-Skinned Reds

    Master Sommelier David Glancy helps students tackle the most challenging flights of wines from thick-skinned red grapes. Explore examples from jammy to tannic to identify the similarities and differences in each grape and discuss the major regions globally and as you learn to decipher the differences in regional versus varietal identity.

  • Bubbles, Botrytis & Fortified Wines
    Master Sommelier David Glancy helps students tackle the most challenging flights of sparkling wines, fortified wines and non-fortified dessert wines. Learn to identify the similarities and differences in each wine and discuss the major regions and styles globally. Decipher what differences are derived from grape variety, terroir, vineyard practices, winemaking or aging.

  • Timing & Technique Drills
    In this workshop, Master Sommelier David Glancy guides students to be fast, fluid tasters. Students will continue to practice their improved blind tasting skills using various techniques and drills to sharpen their focus and improve their timing.  Master Glancy will also teach students exam preparation and test-taking strategies to help students work smarter not harder. 

REQUIREMENTS
All attendees must be 21+ years

Intermediate wine theory and blind tasting experience are recommended for this program. We encourage beginning wine students to take Somm Essentials or a blind tasting workshop prior to enrolling in this Program.
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ABOUT

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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