Core Wine Program

From the Critically Acclaimed Wine Educators in Philadelphia

If you are ready to take the first big step into the world of wine, you are on the right page. Our semester long programs are the highest rated in the country, earning a whopping 96 point rating from SOMM.


We  recommend students take both Foundation and Intermediate wine courses. You can take them separately, but if you register for the CORE program, you can take them in the same semester.  That said, If you can only take one program, it should be the Foundation.


Foundation Wine Education Course. 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.


Intermediate Wine Education Course. In a whirlwind of a semester, the secrets of the global wine society are unlocked. Students learn about the wine styles, varietals, and winemaking techniques of all the important wine producing countries. Upon completion of the program, graduates have a working knowledge of the types and styles of wine available throughout the world: our students become masters of the global vineyard.

Core Wine Courses

All Core wine courses last a full semester, except for Summer accelerated programs.

Core Wine Course (Fall Semester)

Sunday, October 28 from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm
0 Seat(s) Available

Intermediate Course (Fall Semester)

Sunday, October 28 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
0 Seat(s) Available

Wine Foundation Course (Fall Semester)

Sunday, October 28 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
0 Seat(s) Available

Intermediate Wine Program (Winter Semester)

Sun, January 6, 2019 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
0 Seat(s) Available

Core Wine Course (Winter Semester)

Sun, January 6, 2019 from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm
0 Seat(s) Available

Wine Foundation Program (Winter Semester)

Sun, January 6, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
0 Seat(s) Available

Core Wine Course (Spring Semester)

Sun, March 10, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm
20 Seat(s) Available

Accelerated Core Wine Course (Summer)

Mon, August 12, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm
17 Seat(s) Available
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Super-charge your palate and learn how to taste like a master sommelier. The patent-pending approach to wine tasting is nothing less than exhilarating.

  • National Wine School
  • Level 2 Certification
  • Top Rated on SOMM
  • A Core Program
  • One Semester

You will save hundreds of dollars if you register for the Core Program, which includes the Foundation and the Intermediate wine courses in a single semester.

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The entire world of wine in a single semester. All major wine regions and grape varietals are covered in this exhaustive overview of modern winemaking. 

  • National Wine School
  • Level 3 Certification
  • Top Rated on SOMM
  • A Core Program
  • One Semester

Professional certification comes with the most up-to-date reading material available in the wine trade. Only students and graduates of the program have access.

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Earn your Advanced Somm pin in one year. Rigorous and engaging, each semester comes with its own world-class certification at no additional charge. 

  • 5 Professional Certifications
  • Advanced Sommelier Pin
  • Top Rated on SOMM
  • National Wine School
  • Four Semesters

Advanced program students are eligible for one-on-one counseling from the executive director of the school. This often results in great new opportunities.

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Only the top tier of Advanced Sommeliers in America are invited into the Master Wine Program. A six-month program guided by your professional mentor. 

  • Personal Mentorship
  • Master Somm Pin
  • Top Rated on SOMM
  • National Wine School
  • Master Thesis Required

There are five names for the same certification: Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, Master Somm, Diploma Enotropae, and Level IV Sommelier.

Wine Tasting Classes

Core Wine Education Courses

The Core includes two  separate wine courses:  the Foundation and the Intermediate programs. They are the essential wine courses for a well-rounded education. They can be taken in tandem (this is known as “taking the Core”) or in two separate semesters.

Our programs are compatible with all major sommelier certifications. Our wine education programs are the highest rated in the country.  For further details, please check out the Wine Course Overview page.

“Top Wine Education Classes in the Country”

The Core Wine Education Program

The Core program includes both the Foundation and Intermediate program. This allows the student to earn their sommelier certificate from the National Wine School in a single semester.

Foundation Wine Course

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


Intermediate Wine Course

  • North America
  • Australia
  • South America
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • France

You are lucky to have the Wine School of Philadelphia.

Andrea Immer-Robinson

Master Sommelier

I highly recommend the Wine School programs. I graduated from their Advanced program.

Dusan Vranic

Sommelier, Riverpark NYC

I got my start at the Wine School of Philadelphia.  You can’t go wrong, either.

Daniel Brennan

Winemaker, Decibel Wines

national wine schoolThe National Wine School is a professional sommelier certification agency  located in Los Angeles, California. They test and certify sommeliers at three levels: sommelier, advanced sommelier and  master-level sommelier.

For  sommelier certification, students must pass both the Level II and Level III exams.  They do not have to be taken in chronological order: the student can take the Level III before taking the Level II, is they so desire.  For an independent overview of wine certifications  check out SOMM.

Our Foundation is rated as a Level II wine education program and the Intermediate is rated as a Level III.  Students have the option of taking them one at a time, or both in one semester. The CORE program allows you to take both programs, along with a significant cost savings.

Certification is not mandatory. Students at the Wine School of Philadelphia can opt for any of our wine education courses without certification, at a substantial cost savings.




Course Rescheduling

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; 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.