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Foundation Course, Spring Semester

Sundays, April 24th to June 19th from 4 pm – 6:00 pm. There will be no class on Mother’s Day. see all

Sunday, June 5 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Foundation Wine Course

Sundays, April 24th to June 19th from 4 pm – 6:00 pm. There will be no class on Mother’s Day.

The world of wine is built on the foundation of taste. The top professionals in the food, wine, and hospitality industries understand this: the committed student of wine must learn this. To stand tall in the wine world, the student must learn to unravel the hidden flavors of wine and speak the language of the senses. The Foundation Course offers Level Two Certification and is part of the National Wine School’s Core Sommelier Certification program.

Free Access to National Wine School Content

As our student, you get free access to the NWS online program. The programs are well-produced and years ahead of all other virtual sommelier certifications available.

Online Sommelier Course from the National Wine School

“The Wine School is a great place to build knowledge and pursue your passion.”

Jonathan Newman, Wine Enthusiast Man of the year & former Chairman of the PLCB

Most wine enthusiasts remain tourists of the grape: they drink and enjoy without ever knowing the greater joys hidden just below the surface. The Foundation Course is your key to unlocking that world. With it, you just may be able to turn a mere hobby into a deeply passionate and highly creative calling.

“The Foundation program is truly a unique and enjoyable learning experience… it is the only chemistry class you will fall in love with.”

Bob Pigeon, Executive Editor of De Capo Press.

In a single semester, students will learn the techniques and knowledge to become extraordinary wine tasters. Graduates are able to identify major wine varietals in a blind tasting: a skill many seasoned sommeliers cannot accomplish.

Foundation Wine Course Contents:

  • The Science of Wine
  • Understanding White Wines
  • Old World and New World Styles
  • Understanding Red Wines
  • Wine Components
  • Introduction to Winemaking
  • Blind Tasting

After our eight-week program, you will be taught to taste wine with higher proficiency than most sommeliers. The final exam of this program is a series of blind tastings along with a multiple-choice exam. It is expected that our graduates will be able to identify the varietal, style, and region of every wine presented in the blind tasting. We currently have a 91% pass rate. At-home study prior to both the written exam and blind tasting is highly recommended.


There are no prior requirements to attend this wine diploma program. The program is designed to be accessible to anyone. Taking the Level One Wine Course is optional.

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