Coming to Class (Ticket Protocols)

The school has earned its reputation as the top wine school in America. To keep the magic alive, there are a few things you need to know before attending a class.

We have four simple requirements.

  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Attend in groups of four or smaller.
  • Arrive at least 7 minutes before class starts
  • Be open to the experience.

We strongly recommend the following.

  • Bring bottled water.
  • Arrive 15-20 minutes early.
  • Do not wear perfume or cologne.
    Porter du parfum à l’école du vin est impoli.

The following are prohibited.

  • Arriving at the start of class or later.
  • Attending with a group larger than four, even if purchased separately.
  • Arriving intoxicated.
  • Bringing food into the school.
  • All types of bigotry.

For more information, the following guide can assist you.

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Vaccinated Students

  • You will be required to show proof of vaccination before entering the school.
  • Arrive 10 minutes ahead of the class start time.

Unvaccinated Students

If anyone in your group is unvaccinated, you MUST contact us via our ticket system at least three days before the class. Except for medical exemptions, we do not allow unvaccinated students into our classrooms. Therefore, any unvaccinated student is required to do the following:

  • Contact us a minimum of three days ahead.
  • Arrive 30 minutes ahead of the class start time.
  • A COVID test will be administered at the school (BYO or $50 fee)
  • Only a negative test administered at the school is permissible for entry.
  • The absence of COVID symptoms such as fever, coughing, anosmia, or low blood oxygen levels.
  • A liability waiver.
  • Wear a new NIOSH-Approved N95 mask for the entirety of the class.
  • They will not be allowed to eat or drink in the classroom.

Safety Protocols

The school uses state-of-the-art air sanitization and sensors to keep our students safe.

  • HEPA Air Filtration
  • UV Air Sterilization
  • MERV 13 Air Scrubbers
  • Air Quality Sensors

Large Groups

Purchasing seats for groups larger than four people violates the purchase terms, even when purchased separately. Let’s be very clear: large groups are just mobs that are happy to ruin the experience for individuals. We protect the vulnerable. Therefore, we do everything humanly possible to prevent large groups from purchasing seats.

If you show up in a large group, we reserve the right to do any of the following:

  • Deny entry for any reason.
  • Add a violation fee of $900 for groups of five to six and $1600 for groups of seven or more.
  • Seated the group in the back of the classroom.
  • Require the group to wear N95 masks during class, regardless of vaccine status.
  • Remove the group’s glassware before class.
  • Remove the group from the classroom for any reason.
  • No matter what the instructor chooses, there will be no refunds allowed.

What you can do to fix the issue

  • Reduce the number of your group to four.
  • Contact us a minimum of 3 days before the class.
  • Let us know how large a group you had and how many remain.
  • We will try to sell those remaining seats for you.
  • You will not be refunded or compensated for those excess tickets.
  • However, we will issue you reschedule codes for the value of what we sold those tickets for.

3 thoughts on “Coming to Class (Ticket Protocols)”

  1. We are both vaccinated and will HAPPILY bring our vaccine cards. Thank you for doing all you are doing to ensure we are as safe as possible!

    I visited SA in June/July of 2018 and LOVED their wines. We are very excited to attend this class/tasting!

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