Somm Essentials Service & Tasting Exam

About the Somm Essentials Exam

There are three parts to the Somm Essentials Exam. Students must pass all three parts to earn their Somm Essentials Certificate.

  • Theory: The Hospitality Beverage Specialist Credential exam from the Society of Wine Educators represents the theory portion of the Sommelier Essentials exam and is taken online. Students who pass this portion will earn the Hospitality/Beverage Specialist Credential.

  • Service: Students will be tested on service and wine pairing though a hands-on practical examination.  

  • Tasting: Students will blind taste 2 wines and provide a written analysis.

The Theory Exam is taken online at a time that is convenient for you. We strongly recommend taking the Service and Tasting Exams in-person, however an Online Exam Upgrade is available for an additional fee.  Online Service Exam students must supply their own service equipment. Please email for additional information

This exam is included as part of our Somm Essentials program or may be taken individually a la carté for individual feedback when preparing for sommelier certification examsExam 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.

In-Person Location

San Francisco Wine School*
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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All attendees must be at least 21 years of age