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. Want a competitive advantage when attending wine school? We recommend taking the online Level One Wine Course. 


Level One Wine Course. From grape to bottle to table, you will be exposed to essential wine knowledge in this online wine course. What are the nine essential grapes? How do you parse a French wine label? What is the proper way to taste wine? What are the myths that everyone believes, but shouldn’t? Can you pair a light red wine with fish? This program is not required to earn your Level Two certification. 


Foundation Wine Education Course (Level Two). 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 (Level Three). 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.

Jumpstart Your Wine Education | Priorty Placements Available

Are you ready to earn your Sommelier certification and the coveted Advanced Pin? If so, the Wine School will invest in you. We will donate over $400 towards your education within our CORE/ADV SOMM Plan.  Plus, you get priority seating in all wine courses, including sold out semesters.

Level One

Level One Certification is an Online-Only Wine Course at the National Wine School. before.  Each class can be taken at your own pace and time. We offer four semesters of online wine classes. However, if you would prefer to attend earlier than the listed start date, just simply let us know via customer support. Level One is not required to attend Level Two or Three programs. However, it is recommended for anyone who hasn’t taken wine classes. 

Level Two

Level Two Certification (the Foundation Program) is available both online and in-class.  We highly recommend the Core Progam, which bundles Level Two and Level Three. Not only do you save a significant amount of money, many of our top students opt for the Core Program.  All courses last a full semester, except for the Accelerated Summer program. 

Wine Foundation Course (Fall Semester)

Sunday, October 25 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Online Core Wine Course (Winter Semester)

Sun, January 10, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Wine Foundation Program (Winter Semester)

Sun, January 10, 2021 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Core Wine Course (Spring Semester)

Sun, April 11, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Online Core Wine Course (Spring Semester)

Sun, April 11, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Level Three

Level Three Certification is Available Both Online and In Person. All courses last a full semester, except for the Accelerated Summer program. 

Online Core Wine Course (Winter Semester)

Sun, January 10, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Intermediate Wine Program (Winter Semester)

Sun, January 10, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Core Wine Course (Spring Semester)

Sun, April 11, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Online Core Wine Course (Spring Semester)

Sun, April 11, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm

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 approved in advance by the Wine School; 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. 

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