Sommelier School - Credential Program
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"Sommelier" is a job title - to get there, one needs detailed product knowledge and a credentialed resume.
SOMMELIER SCHOOL - THE CREDENTIAL PATHWAY
A great wine education is a strong foundation for any wine career or wine-savvy consumer. Each week we build a foundational bedrock of understanding and build towards world wine competency, achieved by passing this multi-week program and credential exam.
Students who have completed the structure outlined on the curriculum have achieved a better than 90% success rate and passed the challenging EXAM.
Over 1500 credentialed graduates are improving the wine world!
Enroll now to complete our program and join a growing population of wine-savvy consumers and professional trade. Graduates will receive a Junior Wine Executive (J.W.E.) credential, wall certificate, and credentials that are helpful in the application process for future placement in the wine industry, or just to impress your family and friends around the dinner table. Perhaps best of all, you’ll be in the upper 10% in wine knowledge and be conversational in wine at all future work and social occasions.
NO PRIOR WINE KNOWLEDGE IS REQUIRED; IF YOU HAVE THE MATERIALS AND TEXTBOOK WITH AS MUCH TIME FOR REVIEW AS POSSIBLE, YOU’LL HAVE THE ADVANTAGE YOU NEED FOR SUCCESS IN EACH OF THE WEEKLY SESSIONS
Culinary Institute of America’s Exploring Wine textbook (you may purchase this from us when you enroll, or you may source your own copy of the current edition)
Wine Kits - each week you will be required to secure the wine kit for class, either via pick-up or shipping/delivery. (Via our retail and restaurant partner, we can ship anywhere legal).
Hands-on tasting and instruction LIVE online via Zoom (instruction)
An introduction and exploration of tasting skills as we discuss 8-12 key wines per week and each student's purchasing project (tasting)
World wine competency (weekly quiz)
Varietal descriptions (flash cards) and homework projects
Wine laws and history (reading and comprehension)
Blind Wine Final - wines delivered with final Zoom kit for final
Credential Exam (The Beverage Aptitude Review) issuing J.W.E. Credential Certification awarded on successful completion.
Successful Certification includes: Wall Certificate, J.W.E. Credentials for your resume and lifelong satisfaction of elevating your wine ability
"I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED LAW SCHOOL AND FEEL THAT I'VE GAINED A BETTER APPRECIATION FOR WINE."
"IT WAS CHALLENGING BUT I LIKED THE EXPLANATION OF EVERY WINE, FROM SMELL, TASTE, LOOK. VERY THOROUGH."
"OPENED THE DOOR INTO AN UNDERSTANDING OF WINE AND BUILT MY CONFIDENCE TO DEVELOP MY PALATE AND TASTE PREFERENCE. GAVE ME THE PUSH I NEEDED TO PURSUE A CAREER I'VE ALWAYS WANTED IN THE WINE INDUSTRY."
"IAN AND HIS CREW ARE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND MAKE THE PROCESS/CLASS VERY ENJOYABLE."
"ABSOLUTELY ADORE THE CLASS, BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS."
If an "act of God” (a storm, power outage, a swarm of killer bees) interrupts the tasting event, there are no refunds. Your purchase of a ticket reserves your spot and due to the inherent perishable nature of our events (wines are limited and perishable) it is for these reasons (much like a concert ticket or plane ticket) that our cancellation policy must protect us from any losses. The margins we are working on are tiny and the products we provide are top quality.
SHIPPING: Any/all wine shipments are fulfilled by our licensed partner, Merchantofwine.com
One Tuition or ticket allows one viewer access to the Zoom tasting event.
Notice: Any viewer may be removed from the Zoom without any explanation - we maintain the right to terminate viewership if you are adversely impacting the experience of others.