Advanced Wine Certifications

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

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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 certification. However, students are not required to complete the Advanced Sommelier program to earn these individual world-class certifications. 

Master-Level (Level 5) Pin

Master-Level Sommelier certification is 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. One must earn the Advanced Sommelier award and complete the Master’s Thesis to achieve this award. The honor carries with it the right to the post-nominal letters of DOE.

Several agencies certify master-level sommeliers; each has its 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 provides the same national and international certification level as the Court of Master Sommeliers 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, but it’s also 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. Instead, 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.

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