Coffees, Teas & Bottled Waters of the World

NOT JUST WINE PART I: Broaden your beverage skills with a deep dive into coffee, tea and water. This workshop also includes 2 practice blind wines in preparation for the Somm Essentials Exam.

Let's explore the history and growing regions of the world for both coffee and tea then delve into the cultivation of each, the roasting of coffee and the drying of tea. Different plant varieties and styles of both are covered in detail. Environmental issues, service, and flavor profiles of both are also discussed.

For bottled water we look at the sources, labeling, and differences in mineral content and its impact on the wines we might be drinking alongside our water.

We'll also learn about the structure and trends of the beverage industry and its segments and discover recent changes in consumer tastes and buying habits. 

When class is held in-person we taste the 5 major categories of tea. Both in-class or online receive 2 practice wines for those preparing for the Somm Essentials tasting exam and it's a bonus for others.

This workshop may be taken as part of our Somm Essentials program or individually a la carté. Your workshop fees can be applied to the cost of the program tuition if you would like to continue on. Payment plans are available for the full series.

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.  

$145pp Registration Fee Includes

  • 3 hours of live class with San Francisco Wine School's industry-leading instructors
  • Guided tasting of a variety of teas and waters as well as 2 wines 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)

All attendees must be at least 21 years of age.