Tasting, Chemistry, and Flaws

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So how do you evaluate a glass of wine? Wine education begins with this fundamental question. In this foundational wine tasting, chemistry and flaws (or faults) class, you'll learn deductive blind tasting technique and wine analysis vocabulary that will aid your ability to communicate and understand wine descriptors and more easily understand wines of the world for years to come. Major emphasis will be placed on assessing a wine's structure (sugar, acid, tannin and body) and identifying the climate and grapes from these clues. Wine's chemical composition will also be studied along with common flaws (or faults) found in wines and their origins. As part of this workshop, you'll taste 6 wines related to the curriculum.

This workshop is the first part of our Certified Specialist of Wine program, but can be taken as a la carté.  If you would like to continue on with the program, your workshop fee will be applied to your program tuition and payment plans are available. 

This workshop is also offered through our Somm Essentials program.  Check for additional dates and times.  


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 or are enjoying the convenience of home learning, 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
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Guided Tasting Exercises

Students will enjoy 6 or more guided tastings selected by Master Sommelier David Glancy and our Cellar Master to bring learning objectives to life and practice your tasting techniques. 

Roomers will taste 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.

Those who would like to attend workshops online and forgo the wine tastings can apply SKIPTHEWINE at checkout to many online workshops for 40% off.  SEE ALL WEBONLY WORKSHOPS


All attendees must be 21+ years 


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