Intermediate Blind Tasting

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Intermediate Blind Tasting


THE ULTIMATE IN SENSORY TRAINING:  An intensive program to prepare for mid-level blind tasting exams 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. Tastings will focus on structure, varietal markers and regional markers.

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Syllabus Overview
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2018 SESSION DATES & TIMES

Session 1 
January 27 - 28, 2018
9:00am - 5:30pm Monday, Tuesday
Session 2 April 22 - 24, 2018 10am - 3:30pm Sunday - Tuesday
Session 3 August 25 - 26, 2018
9:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday, Sunday

 

LOCATION

San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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SYLLABUS OVERVIEW

  • Component Tasting: Structure
    Learn to accurately assess acid, tannin, sugar and alcohol as Master Sommelier David Glancy leads you through a tasting of 16 carefully manipulated wines to help you clearly delineate the different levels of each. This workshop is fun for novice-intermediate tasters and an important tune up for advanced tasters.

  • Component Tasting: Aroma
    Learn to tune up your senses as you identify specific smells and tastes of various fruit, spice, herb and other elements as you blindly identify them in 12 carefully controlled sample wines. This is a far more effective approach than commercially available wine aroma kits made with essential oils that are not consumable or in a wine solution. This workshop is fun for novice-intermediate tasters and an important tune up for advanced tasters.

  • Faults & Imbalances
    In this workshop, Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, David Glancy helps students learn and practice flaw identification using the Society of Wine Educators’ Faults and Imbalances Exam with the same samples and ratios presented for the Certified Wine Educator level. Master Glancy will also teach students exam preparation and test-taking strategies to help students work smarter not harder.

  • Varietal Profiling: Whites
    Master Sommelier David Glancy will coach students to develop their own varietal markers for the most important international white grape varieties. 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.

  • Varietal Profiling: Reds
    Master Sommelier David Glancy will coach students to develop their own varietal markers for the most important international red grape varieties. 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.

  • Conclusions: Tasting & Testing Techniques
    In this workshop, Master Sommelier David Glancy guides students to work the deductive tasting grid against the clock. Students will continue to practice their improved blind tasting skills and develop discipline to analyze every wine in the same manner every time.  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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