Intro to Wine Series

ALL THE ESSENTIALS IN ONE PLACE: An entry-level dive into the basics of tasting, pairing and the world's most important wine regions. 

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” - Sydney J. Harris

Whether you're just getting started with wine or work in the industry, this series contains many useful resources that will round out your wine knowledge. San Francisco Wine School Intro Series classes are the perfect way to dip your toe into wine education and learn the basics of tasting, pairing and the world's most important regions. Start with these 8 essential classes designed for entry-level students. When you’re ready for more, dive deeper into each subject with over 75 different 2-4 hour Workshops to choose from.  Or get serious with our 15 different professional-level Certification Programs!   

Students will enjoy guided tastings of over 40 wines selected by Master Sommelier David Glancy and our Cellar Master to bring learning objectives to life and practice your tasting technique.  We love bubbles, so in-person guests often bet a bonus wine to enjoy at the start of class!

Each workshop within the full series can also be taken à la carte as a single workshop. Click on the links to learn more!

  1. Wine 101
  2. Intro to World Wines
  3. Intro to Blind Tasting
  4. Intro to Food Pairing
  5. Intro to California
  6. Intro to France
  7. Intro to Italy
  8. Intro to Spain
  9. Optional 45 Minute Exam

Want to join late or can't make one of the classes? Check out our reschedule policy.

2023 Sessions Date & Time

Session 1

Jan 25 to Mar 15

Session 2

Mar 23 to May 18

Class: 6-8pm Mar 23 - May 11
Optional Exam: 6-7pm  May 18

Session 3

Class: 6-8pm Jun 15th - Aug 3rd
Optional Exam: 6-7pm  Aug 10

Session 4

Class: 11am-1pm Sep 23rd - Nov 18th*
Optional Exam: 11am-12pm - Nov 25th

* No class on Nov 11th

Apply for scholarship by Aug 31

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 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.  

$895pp* Registration Fee Includes

  • 16 hours of live class with San Francisco Wine School's industry-leading instructors
  • Guided tasting of 6-7 wines per workshop carefully curated by Master Sommelier David Glancy
  • Tasting kit creation for online participants (delivery is available across the US for an additional fee
  • Copies of the slide presentation
  • Recording of the class session (on request)

*Installment plans available. Group rates available. Contact for more information.

The optional Intro to Wine Series exam is 45-minutes long and consists of 50 multiple choice questions. The optional exam may be taken in person at San Francisco Wine School. Online upgrades are available for an additional fee.

The Into to Wine Certificate will be issued to those individuals who achieve a score of 60 percent or higher. 

All attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

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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