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Core Wine Course (Winter Semester)

Sunday, March 11 from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm

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Every Sunday for 8 Weeks.
$889.98 - $1098.98
Core Wine Edication Courses


Out of stock!Core Program$1098 $890This ticket is for auditing our critically acclaimed wine course. This is perfect for students who are looking to attend the course purely for self-enrichment.

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Out of stock!Core Wine Course plus National Certification$1950 $1099Core Course plus Professional Certification from the National Wine School in California. This option includes national certification, rescheduling options, consulting, and access to the NWS online education center.

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Sundays, January 21st to March 11th from 3:30 to 8pm

Earn a complete wine education in a single week. The Accelerated Core Wine Course combines our Foundation and Intermediate programs into a unified wine education experience.

Plus, the Core Wine Course will save you a sizable amount of tuition. Individually, the Foundation and Intermediate programs cost hundreds of dollars more.

In the Foundation portion of the program, students will learn the techniques and master the knowledge needed to become extraordinary wine tasters. Graduates are able to identity major wine varietals in a blind tasting: a major feat for any wine professional.

In the Intermediate section, students learn about the intricacies of the ever expanding world of wine. Included in the program is the chance to master the wine styles, climates and varietals of all the major wine producing countries.

Schedule of Core Classes

Day One

Section #1 Introduction to Wine Regions
Section #2 Intro to Sensory Wine Tasting

Day Two

Section #1 France
Section #2 White Varietal Components

Day Three

Section #1 North American Wines
Section #2 Red Varietal Components

Day Four

Section #1 Australia
Section #2 Old World vs New World

Day Five

Section #1 Italy
Section #2 Varietal Fingerprint Lab

Day Six

Section #1 Spain & Portugal
Section #2 Winemaking Process

Day Seven

Section #1 South America
Section #2 Blind Tasting Class

Day Eight

Section #1 Regional Tasting Exam
Section #2 Varietal Tasting Exam


Wine Courses in Philadelphia

Wine Courses in Philadelphia

The Essential Wine Course

The Core Wine Course is the ultimate program for any aspiring somm, winemaker, or  wine enthusiast. It includes sections on viniculture and viticulture, Old World and New World wines, blind tasting, and sensory training.

For each wine region, the program covers the essential history, important varieties, and a tasting of important wine styles.

• Compatible with all sommelier qualifications

• The essential program for aspiring winemakers

• Wine enthusiasts welcomed, too.

Sommelier Pin

To qualify for your Certified Sommelier Pin, register for the National Certification option.

Would you dedicate your Sunday afternoons to the study of wine? Would you enjoy an immersive eight-week experience with our top sommelier-instructors? If so, you are in the right place

“This is the essential wine course. I loved it. ”  Barbara Evangelisti, Owner, Chesca Family Wines of Napa Valley


The CORE program covers many nuanced subjects, most of which are unavailable at any other school or any other wine course. For this reason, this is a required course for both novices and seasoned wine professionals.


“The essential wine course. Nothing else compares” Neil Ross, Head Sommelier,  Estia Restaurant Group


The CORE program includes two sections of classes every week, with a dinner break in between. The first section is titled “The Foundation Course”, and the second is called “The Intermediate Wine Course.”


In the Foundation section, we will lead you through a gauntlet of corks, and you will emerge with a sommelier’s zeal. We carefully train our students to use their senses to unravel the complex flavors of wine. The specific scents that identify grape varietals, the scents that emerge from different styles of winemaking. These are the layers of flavors that our students explore with ease.


The Intermediate section takes a panoramic view of the world’s vineyards. Every major wine region is explored: the grapes, the history, and the culture are all embraced. We feel it isn’t enough to just know the information, but to understand it in context of the world. The world of wine is interconnected in so many ways, and in this class we connect those dots.


Sommelier Certification, Level III. You can earn your sommelier certification by opting for the professional option.


Cost Savings. The Foundation and Intermediate can be taken separately. However, by registering as a bundle –and taking both sections in the same semester– you save hundreds of dollars.

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Sunday, March 11
3:30 pm to 8:00 pm
$889.98 - $1098.98
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