Advanced Wine Courses

Wine Certifications via the National Wine School


The Wine School of Philadelphia has teamed up with the National Wine School to offer the highest level of wine certification available in America. Classes listed on this page can be taken in conjunction with earning both advanced and master-level qualifications.


The courses listed on this page are semester-long programs intended for the top wine students in Philadelphia, DC, and New York.  Prior to attending these courses, the student should register for the Core Wine Course.


To earn the Advanced Wine Diploma, the student must satisfactorily complete four advanced wine courses.  For more information, please see the wine course overview page.



Advanced Wine Certifications

The Advanced Wine Certificate programs on this page can be taken separately or together. The student earns an advanced wine credential for each and every program they attend. To earn the coveted Advanced Sommelier, the student must complete the Core Wine Program followed by four Advanced courses.

To earn certification, the student must opt for Certification via the National Wine School when registering for class.

Spanish Wine Specialist™

Monday, June 15 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
0 Seat(s) Available
Classes are held from Monday, June 15th to July 20th from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm The transformation of the Spanish wine trade over the last twenty years has been

Wine Educator Certification and Wine Instructor Training

Monday, August 31 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
0 Seat(s) Available
August 31st to September 5th Monday – Friday, 7:30-9:30pm Saturday, 3:30-5:30pm The essential certification for anyone who needs to teach or talk about wine to an audience.  This certification from

Winemaking & Winemaker Certification

Monday, October 19 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
4 Seat(s) Available
This winemaker program has two sections. The first runs from October 19th to November 9th, 2020. The program resumes on February 15th and continues to March 8th, 2021. All classes

Food & Wine Scholar™ | Advanced Wine Course

Monday, November 23 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
0 Seat(s) Available
Mondays, November 23rd, 2020 to January 25th, 2021 from 7:30-9:30 pm No classes on December 14th or 21st. Demystify the challenge of food and beverage pairings. This wine course presents

Italian Wine Specialist™

Mon, May 3, 2021 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
3 Seat(s) Available
Classes are held every Monday evening from May 3rd to June 21st from 7:30 to 9:30 pm Advanced Wine Course on Italian Wine The Italian Wine Specialist™ is part of

Let the Wine School Invest in Your Wine Future

If you are ready to earn your Advanced Pin, then Wine School will invest in you. This payment plan gives you access to all our advanced certification programs. 

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Badge icon "Grape (5382)" provided by Giulia Bianchi, from The Noun Project under Creative Commons - Attribution (CC BY 3.0)Advanced Sommelier Certification

To earn the  Advanced Sommelier pin, the student must complete four sections of the Advanced program.  At the National Wine School, the Advanced Sommelier Certification is awarded along with the Baccalaureate Vigne et Vin. However, the BVV is awarded only to exemplary students who have earned a recommendation by a member of the National Wine School's Board of Directors. The honor carries with it the right to the post-nominal letters of BVV.

Each section of the Advanced program also comes with its own certification. Students are not required to complete the whole Advanced Sommelier program to earn these individual world-class certifications. 






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Level V Sommelier

Master-Level Sommelier certification one of the top achievements in the wine trade. At the National Wine School, the award is also known as the  Diploma Oenotropae. It is only awarded to the top 1% of sommelier candidates. To achieve this award, one must earn the Advanced Sommelier award and complete the Master's Thesis. The honor carries with it the right to the post-nominal letters of DOE.

There are several agencies that certify master-level sommeliers, each has its own trademark.   Master of Wine, Master SOMM,  Diploma Oenotrope, and  Master Sommelier all refer to the same credentials: a Level V Sommelier Certification.


California's Sommelier School

The National Wine School (NWS) is located in Los Angeles, California. The school offers the highest level of accreditation for sommeliers in America. NWS offers the same level of national and international certification as the Court of Master Sommelier and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Plus, the NWS offers professional California certification, which no other agency can offer.

Wine courses should be fun and engaging. Accreditation should be boring. It doesn't need TV shows or movies. It's about ensuring that people who earn the qualification can earn their sommelier certification, no matter where they go to school. Not only is this the right thing to do, it's the law.

The National WIne School is the highest rated sommelier school for a reason. We don't hire PR firms, and we sure don't have movies made about us. We offer industry-grade sommelier exams, accreditation, and professional certification. Our protocols are used in universities and trade schools, including some of the top wine schools in America.



Course Rescheduling

If a student cannot attend a course, they must notify us at least thirty (30) in advance prior to the start date. With due notice, the student has the following options: first, transfer the registration to another person approved in advance by the Wine School; second, receive a  non-refundable credit on account which can be applied toward another course.  At the discretion of the school, reasonable administrative costs may be deducted from the total credit. 

If a student does not give thirty days notice, a school administrator may offer a refund, at the administrator's sole discretion. The total of any refund will be no great than 25% of tuition paid, minus any class fees and reasonable administrative costs. 

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