I’m hoping to enroll in a semester this coming January, but I am uncertain about which course would be right for me.
Is there a syllabus available or the option of sitting in on a class? I’ve been working closely with wine for several years
and so I feel as though I could probably skip the core class, but am uncertain. I also find that the option to actually
speak to someone about giving in upwards of a thousand dollars towards a course is not possible extraordinarily annoying.
I might have just answered my own question,
- David Plant asked 4 years ago
- last edited 4 years ago
There are parameters to the programs we teach, and they are not for everyone. Once you have read this, you should be able to make up your own mind if the Wine School of Philadelphia is a good fit for you.
Which Wine Course?
Everyone starts with either the Foundation or Core, especially for people who have been in the wine trade for a few years.
As a rule, folks coming to us from the wine trade –especially anyone involved wine sales of any sort– have to be re-taught from the ground up. Typically their knowledge is mostly a blend of half truths and hearsay.
Even though I was named one of the top sommeliers in Philly, I always point out that my MS is not short for Master Sommelier but Master of Science. You learn from scientists not salespeople here.
Customer Support at the Wine School
Like most people, I am very good at certain things, and I am horrible at others. I am really good at running a wine school. I really am not good on the phone. I am probably the best you will ever experience in the later, and the worst at the former. Since I am the founder of the school, that means that pretty much everyone follows my lead.
If you ask a question in a public setting (like this forum) you will get a very detailed and honest response from myself or one of my instructors. The skills that make us the best wine school don’t translate to being good at customer support via phone.
The option for us to was to either offer support via this forum or hire someone to do customer support. Hiring someone would mean doubling the cost of our wine course and classes.
We used to offer phone support. About 5 years ago, we calculated that about 5% of our student base took about 85% of our customer support time. Switching to a forum was beneficial to majority of our students, as we can spend more time with them individually.
Are the Wine Courses Expensive?
While spending upwards of $1,200 is nothing to sneeze at, the price is ridiculously low for what you get. I have been a University professor, and have designed wine programs for three universities. All of them cost 400% more and offered less than what is offered at the Wine School.
I would understand being uncertain about spending $$$ on an unknown. However, we are an established school with a long track record. We have been in existence for 15 years, which makes us one of the oldest wine schools in the US. Also, we are one of only two brick-and-mortar wine schools outside of California. Finally, We have been written up in many publications and our graduates are legion.
Google “Wine School” and “Keith Wallace” and you’ll have plenty to read and consider.
(PS, this is not a copy-and-paste response. When you come to class, the guy who wrote this will be your teacher.)