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!
Want to join late or can't make one of the classes? Check out our reschedule policy.
2023 Sessions Date & Time
Jan 25 to Mar 15
Mar 23 to May 18
Class: 6-8pm Mar 23 - May 11
Optional Exam: 6-7pm May 18
Class: 6-8pm Jun 15th - Aug 3rd
Optional Exam: 6-7pm Aug 10
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...
San Francisco Wine School*
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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You will receive the zoom link and any handouts needed a few days before class via email. Check spam and contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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