Our Core Wine Course has earned an unparalleled reputation across America. A surprisingly large number of students say the program is a singular, life-changing experience for them.
Over the years, many schools have tried to replicate our wine courses without success. The envy has gotten a bit uncomfortable, to be honest. So we feel it’s time to share our trade secrets.
First of all, wine education is not just for sommeliers. Nearly half our students attend the Core wine course to pursue their passion. Second, education is like a great wine: the magic comes from skill, experience, and age. Here’s what it takes to make a great wine course.
This is what we call the 100-20 framework.
It takes practice to make a great wine taster. Don’t be cheap! Students need to know the difference between mediocre and fine wine.
50 Wine Regions
Cover at least 50 wine regions during class. Students need to know the entire world of wine, not just Napa and Bordeaux.
40 Hours of Education
Devote at least 40 hours of classroom hours to your students, even if some of those hours have to be online.
30 Years’ Experience
Devote two talented instructors with a combined 30 years of experience. Real-world experience is always best.
A classroom with an average of 20 students will make the experience better for everyone involved. A diverse student base is vital!
More of the Secret Sauce
Safe Against Any Virus
We run a Medical Grade H14 HyperHEPA system for immunodeficient students in our classrooms. Our Swiss-made system filters ultrafine particles down to 0.003 microns, 10x smaller than any virus.
Open for All
The school has been a haven for all wine lovers, regardless of creed, color, sexual orientation, economics, or politics, for over twenty years. Our students include PHDs and GEDS, CEOs and social activists, vegans, and BBQ pitmasters. Oh, and a bunch of winemakers and sommeliers, too.
A Sommelier Pin without Baggage
Our programs are backed by the National Wine School (NWS). Due to the ethical questions surrounding the Court of Master Sommeliers, we reject their certifications and methodologies. We encourage you to do the same. We believe NWS is a superior educational platform that offers the same level of certification.