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Accelerated Intermediate Course

Mon, August 7, 2023 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Intermediate Wine Course


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The Intermediate (L3) Wine Course

The Accelerated Intermediate Wine Course (L3) offers industry professionals and wine enthusiasts the opportunity to understand the world of wine in an immersive and comprehensive environment. This wine course runs from August 7th to August 12th. Classes are held Monday to Friday from 6:30 to 8 pm. The final exam is on Saturday at 2 pm.

About the Instructor

As Director of Wine Education for the Wine School of Philadelphia, Alana Zerbe oversees this remarkable program. With a career spanning over 15 years in the wine trade, Zerbe brings a wealth of expertise from her extensive experience at wineries, wine schools, and restaurants.

In this program, she brings her students into a transformative educational experience, deepening their love for wine and widening their perspective. For those eager to explore the world’s vineyards, the Intermediate Wine Course (L3) offers an unparalleled opportunity to uncover the secrets and stories within each glass.

It is due to the Wine School of Philadelphia that I attended and graduated from the School for Oenology and Viticulture at the University of California at Davis.

Jenny Schultz, Napa Valley Winemaker


Students must complete the Foundation program (L2) as a prerequisite, providing them with a solid understanding of wine’s fundamentals. For a comprehensive education journey, participants can choose the Core program, which combines the Intermediate and Foundation courses.

The Wine Course

This course explores the macro-aspects of wine by examining the major wine regions and grape varieties. The Intermediate Wine Course is a  comprehensive look at the diverse wine landscapes that shape the industry today: this includes vineyards in France, Italy, Spain, and Australia, as well as emerging wine scenes in New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, and the United States.

The topics covered in this accelerated program are history, viticulture, winemaking, and tasting and evaluating wines. Students will develop a nuanced understanding of each wine region’s characteristics and nuances through engaging lectures, interactive tastings, and hands-on activities. To earn your sommelier pin, you must complete this program and the Foundation,

About The National Wine School

Among the top sommelier accreditation programs in the United States, National Wine School (NWS) offers the Intermediate Wine Course (L3) as part of its professional programming. As America’s fastest-growing program, the NWS has gained a reputation as the top choice for restaurateurs, winemakers, and sommeliers. This course is accredited by the National Wine School.

About The Wine School of Philadelphia

In an era in which the wine industry is evolving, the Wine School of Philadelphia is the vanguard. SOMM has named the Wine School of Philadelphia the best wine school in the United States. With a commitment to excellence and a passionate faculty of wine professionals, the school continues to shape the next generation of wine connoisseurs.

109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
(215) 965-1514
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