Advanced Wine Certifications

The Wine School of Philadelphia has teamed up with the National Wine School to offer the highest level of sommelier certification available in America. Classes listed on this page can be taken in conjunction with earning both advanced and master-level qualifications. Prior to attending these courses, the student should register for the Core Wine Course.

To earn the Advanced Sommelier Pin, the student must satisfactorily complete four advanced wine courses, which includes our winemaking course

Food & Wine Scholar™ | Advanced Wine Course

Monday, November 30 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
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 ... Read moreFood & Wine Scholar™ | Advanced Wine Course

Master of French Wine (Online)

Thu, January 7, 2021 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Thursdays, January 7th to February 25th This is a synchronous online wine course. Classes happen online and offline simultaneously. Online students have the same ... Read moreMaster of French Wine (Online)

Master of French Wine

Thu, January 14, 2021 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Thursdays, January 7th to February 25th For centuries, France has long been the world’s greatest wine-producing country. Its wines are the global gold standard, prized ... Read moreMaster of French Wine

Advanced Mediterranean

Wed, April 21, 2021 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wines of the Mediterranean Islands Some of the most ancient of wine civilizations thrived within the Mediterranean Islands. These islands are now being re-discovered by ... Read moreAdvanced Mediterranean

Italian Wine Specialist™

Mon, May 3, 2021 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
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 ... Read moreItalian Wine Specialist™

Wine Instructor Training

Mon, August 23, 2021 from 7:30 pm to Sat, August 28, 2021 from 9:30 pm
The essential certification for anyone who needs to teach or talk about wine to an audience.  This certification from the National Wine School is mission-critical ... Read moreWine Instructor Training

Master in American Wine, Independent Study

Thu, September 30, 2021
This program offers the rare opportunity to work one-on-one with the founder of the Wine School.  The program is designed to make a lasting positive ... Read moreMaster in American Wine, Independent Study

The Winemaking Class

Mon, October 25, 2021 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
There is a $100 supply fee for this program. From crushing grapes to bottling wine, this essential winemaking course enables the winemaker to make informed ... Read moreThe Winemaking Class

Food & Wine Scholar™

Mon, December 27, 2021 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Demystify the challenge of food and beverage pairings. This wine course presents a practical, user-friendly approach grounded in understanding the direct relationships and reactions between ... Read moreFood & Wine Scholar™

Spanish Wine Specialist™

Mon, April 11, 2022 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
The transformation of the Spanish wine trade over the last twenty years has been astonishing. From a state of decay, it has re-invented itself with amazing ... Read moreSpanish Wine Specialist™

Thank you for giving me the knowledge and confidence to work and thrive in the industry. It has been a dream come true to be able to sell wines that I’m truly passionate about and I couldn’t have done it without the Wine School of Philadelphia!  Seriously, thank you!

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. 

Advanced Sommelier Pin
Advanced Sommelier Pin

Advanced (Level 4) Sommelier Pin

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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Master (Level 5) Sommelier Pin

Master (Level 5) Sommelier Pin

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 5 Sommelier Certification.


National Wine School

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.

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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