Welcome to our online wine school! Our programming ranges from two-hour virtual tasting classes to a full-year sommelier certification course. These classes are taught by the very same sommelier-instructors that run our courses in our brick-and-mortar school. So come and learn from the best in a fun and low-stress environment.

Online Sommelier Course

attending an online sommelier course

Earn your sommelier pin online. First offered nationwide in 2020, The National Wine School developed these online sommelier courses from the ground up to be interactive and compelling. From the comfort of your home, you will be tasting your way towards your sommelier pin. These online courses are offered in conjunction with the National Wine School.

When registering for these online sommelier programs, you will be automatically registered. Therefore, you can start attending classes immediately! All you have to do is open the confirmation email from the National Wine School. If you want to register another person for a course, you must purchase a gift certificate for the amount of the program.

Online Core Program with Sommelier Pin

This includes the entire Core Program (Level One to Level Three). Earn your sommelier pin online at a dramatic discount.

Individual Online Courses

online sommelier course

Pick and choose the online sommelier course you are looking for, from Level One to Level Three. However, we strongly recommend starting with Level One, as that is required to earn your certification.

Introductory Wine Course

Core Wine Courses

*All three programs (L1-L3) are required for the sommelier pin when taking the program online.

Sample Online Sommelier Class

Here is our fearless leader running the L2 wine course for the National Wine School!

Free Virtual Tasting Classes

Become a Member of Our Wine Club!

Virtual Tasting Classes

Our online wine tastings are fun and engaging and an incredible value. At our online wine classes, you spend an hour or more learning about wine. Our professors are some of the most kind, charismatic and intelligent people in the wine trade. They are an excellent option for those looking to do a virtual happy hour with wine lovers!

Become a member!

Become a member of the Wine School for just $20/month, and you can attend all our live-streamed classes! While we used to offer this service to everyone for $20/class, we have opted to make this part of our members’ portfolio of exclusive events. To join this fantastic community of wine lovers, go here to enroll: Wine School Membership.

Online Wine Tastings

Students are encouraged to pop open a bottle of wine during class if the bottle reflects the class theme, all the better! Afterward, we will open the floor to you and all attending students. You will be free to chat, talk about the wines you’ve tasted.

We are on the East Coast, so class times are listed in Eastern Standard Time. We will give everyone five minutes to get situated before we start the class.

Classes are a fun one-hour event designed for self-edification and are not professional wine certifications.

Invitations are sent out the morning of the class at 10 am. If you don’t get your invite, please check your spam!

Virtual Wine Tastings

Our wine classes are some of the most compelling and fun virtual wine tastings available. Spend an hour with one of the top sommelier-instructors in the world!  The only thing virtual is the internet connection separating you from the action.

Virtual Happy Hour!

Our virtual wine classes are an innovative way to hang with friends online and learn about wine.  There is plenty of opportunities to socialize during these online wine tastings! So come with a few friends, and expect to meet some interesting new people, too!

About Us

National Wine School

The Online Wine School is available to you in partnership with the National Wine School (NWS). While NWS has offered a gauntlet of online material and coursework since 2007, it has always supplemented in-class education. As a result, the programs to be released are stand-alone and differ in significant ways from traditional wine courses. We love the NWS because its online wine courses are geared toward the entire wine trade. Their certifications are earned by winemakers, importers, wine traders, educators,  start-up founders, and sommeliers.

These programs are part of the National Wine School’s professional certification programming. You can now earn your sommelier certification up to the master level online. Pricing is discounted between 50 to 75% –for the same program and certification– than through any other wine school or university. A significant amount of the intellectual property behind national sommelier certification is owned by Keith Wallace, the founder of the Wine School of Philadelphia.

This is the first time in history that students can earn a nationally recognized sommelier certification entirely online. The National Wine School underwrites our online wine certification programs. These online programs are run through their national testing centers in California and Delaware. Certifications currently available include L1, L2, L3, and L4. In many ways, this is the very first virtual wine school in America!

This is also the first time our students can take classes via the National Wine School’s site. Before offering online wine courses, NWS only worked with select colleges and universities to distribute asynchronous online content for educational use.

Wine School of Philadelphia

Get your sommelier on with these online wine classes.  We offer a wide variety of courses: From Wine 101 to the always popular Bordeaux class. We also provide pairing classes, including our classic food & wine pairing class. In addition, stay tuned for our online cooking classes and even a beer brewing class.

For those looking to earn sommelier certifications, we will be offering a selection of online wine courses run by the National Wine School in California. These are some of the best online wine courses ever produced.

I cannot express how impressed I am with these online wine classes. As someone who is firmly rooted in the brick-and-mortar, I didn’t expect to ever green-light a project like this. This is one of those moments I am glad to be proven wrong.  The one-hour classes are seamless and informative. I love the fact that students can chat with the instructors while the class is ongoing.  Very well done and very intuitive for the students.

Keith Wallace, Founder

Our online wine classes use the free app Zoom to stream classes. If you do not have a copy of this software, you can download it here: https://zoom.us/download.

All students will have access to our live class feed. Admission will be granted on the day of the class.

The class will include a wine talk, tasting notes, and a presentation. During the lecture, you can ask questions by using the “chat” section of Zoom.

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