The United States Wine Educators, Wine Education & Sommelier Training course is an in-depth study of wine focusing on winemaking practices, grapes and regions. The course also includes training in wine tasting, wine service, food and wine pairing, industry discussions, guest speakers and field trips.
The course covers general winemaking and transitions into what affect and differences winemakers may do to influence the finished wine. Prominent varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon will be studied from the vineyard to the winery. Major regions of the world will be broken down and examined by looking at categories like climate and soil within the region. Students will taste over 10 wines per session to learn about varietal and regional standards while learning to examine wine in blind tasting format. Students will be trained daily on wine service for both still and sparkling wines. Food and wine pairing is studied in theory and brought to life with a few days of student wine and cheese pairings. Daily discussions about what is currently trending in the wine industry opens students eyes into aspects of the industry they never knew existed. Professionals working in the wine industry will be brought in to discuss their point of view of what they see in the market. Field trips are used to introduce students to the career opportunities in the world of wine.
The Wine Education & Sommelier Training course meets 13 times, one time per week for 7 hours.
The course finishes with a 3-part examination testing the students in written, essay and blind tasting format.
The Wine Education & Sommelier Training course is open to anyone. Whether you are a wine professional looking to hone your skills, considering a career change, or a wine enthusiast that just wants to learn more about what they love, this class is for you. Although extremely challenging, the course starts without any prerequisite wine knowledge needed.