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Become Fluent in Italian Wine: A 9-week program to help students attain a deep understanding of Italian wine that can immediately impact their career.

Italian Wine Professional (IWP) provides students with a more thoughtful approach to the world of Italian wine than any other program currently available. With over 3,000 grape varietals, over 400 DOCs and DOCGs, constantly changing labeling laws, and nuanced sub-regions, Italian wine is a notoriously difficult region to teach, study, and master.

In IWP, students will receive 27 hours of in-depth instruction with carefully thought-out tasting exercises to bring learning objectives to life. The program goes one step further by adding organizational and immersion techniques to help students internalize the most relevant information, covering material that is essential to today's wine professionals.

  • History, climate, major grape varieties and their main growing regions
  • Italian wine labeling conventions and how they fit into EU law
  • Italy's most important denominations that are widely available in the U.S.
  • Latest ideas on Italian wine & food pairing
  • Strategies for presenting and selling Italian wines in restaurants and retail
  • Approaches for creating compelling wine lists that showcase Italian wine
  • Pronunciation and vocabulary to help students converse professionally 
  • Memorization and comprehension aids for fluency in all wine topics
  • Class presentation to challenge students to internalize and play back their knowledge

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Guided Blind Wine Tasting Exercises
Syllabus Overview
About the Certification & Exam
Enrollment includes
What is the class project?


Session 1 
January 23 - April 3, 2017
**No class 2/20**
6pm - 9pm Mondays
Session 2 September 11 - November 13, 2017 6pm - 9pm Mondays


San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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Students will taste over 65 Italian wines to help enhance learning.  All wines are selected by Master Sommelier David Glancy and our instructors to represent a broad sampling of the classic wines of Italy.  See sample wine list.

Italian Wine Professional consists of 9 three-hour classes. Each class within the full program can be taken as a single workshop.  Click the links to learn more!


Italian Wine Professional is a certification offered by Italian Wine Central. Italian Wine Central was launched in January 2014 and is quickly gaining traction among insider wine education circles as the most up-to-date resource on Italian wine.

Geralyn Brostrom, is the creator of Italian Wine Professional, the Italian Wine Central co-founder and the former Director of Education for the Society of Wine Educators. She has a background in adult educational techniques and nearly a decade of experience in the Italian wine import business.

The Italian Wine Professional Exam will be taken online within six months of the conclusion of the course.  All students who achieve a passing score on the test and agree to the terms of accreditation, will be designated an Italian Wine Professional and will be able to use the postnominal, IWP.  Students who deliver a class project need to score a minimum of 80% including their project.  Students not delivering a class project need to score a minimum of 85%.  

A list of active IWP individuals are listed on the Italian Wine Central website. Under the terms of accreditation, certificate holders will retain the right to use the IWP title and postnominal indefinitely, provided they: (1) maintain their membership in the Italian Wine Central Community so they continue to receive news and updates, (2) complete at least one continuing education seminar approved by Italian Wine Central every five years.

  • Exam Fees
  • San Francisco Wine School Water Bottle
  • Certificate upon successful completion


All attendees must be 21+ years



In addition to classroom attendance, students wishing to achieve the credential are strongly encouraged to complete a class project. The project segment is designed to simulate a typical short presentation a wine professional might need to give to customers about an important wine style, wine region, or other topic. It can also focus on the type of information a consumer might need to make an informed purchase. The projects' approach is flexible and can be as traditional or creative as desired, ranging from a brief talk to a multimedia presentation to a written synopsis.  Many students have commented that the presentation day was one of the highlights of the course and added depth to their learning experience.


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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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