The Summer Accelerated Sommelier Program

Posted by Keith Wallace

This press release announced our very first Accelerated Core Wine Course, back in 2009. Since then, we have offered this program every August, with the exception of 2020. The current list of programs, both online and in-person is here: Core Wine Courses.

Start Your Wine Education Today!

July 13, 2009, Philadelphia, PA. Can you learn the skills of a wine master in a single week? If you live near Philly, you can. This August, The Wine School of Philadelphia is debuting its new high-intensity wine program – The Accelerated Core Program.

The program uses the school’s top two programs into a single immersive wine learning experience. In the mornings, students attend the Foundation Wine Certificate Program. With its emphasis on plain talk and unique teachings in sensory evaluation, this course endows students with the techniques and knowledge to become world-class wine tasters quickly, often bettering sommeliers in blind-tasting tests.

In the afternoons, the focus shifts to examining the major wine regions of the world. This is the Global Intermediate Certificate Program, which closely looks at various wine styles, wine regions, and winemaking across the globe. This concentrated section not only teaches students how to comprehend various countries’ appellations, wine laws, and terroir; it also takes a thorough approach in deciphering and reading wine labels while encouraging interactive discussions on the future of wine in the context of wine history, people, and place.

Graduates of the Accelerated Core program will earn both the Foundation and the Global Intermediate Certificates in just one week and only $640. This is remarkable since it usually takes a full half-year and $1,270 to accomplish this level of wine education.

For those students unable to attend the entire Accelerated Core Program, good news: You are still welcome to attend the Accelerated Foundation course from 10 am – 1 pm; and the Accelerated Global Intermediate course running from 2 – 5 pm.

The Accelerated Core Program, Monday – Friday, August 17 – 21

  • Foundation Program, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Intermediate/Global Wine Program, from 2:00 PM – 5 PM

With its respectable cache of instructors and its arresting approach to wine, The Wine School stands at the forefront of what has become a steadily growing field of study. The Foundation and Intermediate Programs were designed to provide a solid bedrock for anyone wanting to attain higher knowledge and appreciation of wine.

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