This course prepares the student for Sommelier Certificate level of knowledge and includes wines and all beverages. Individuals learn to be capable of creating world class wine program & completing restaurant beverage staff training.

Theoretical Knowledge, Practical Service, Sensory Evaluation & Technical Tasting

We offer multiple levels of Wine Course Certification programs. Courses locations include our Lincoln Road Campus, Miami Beach, City Series in San Francisco, Vineyard Series at Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley, CA and Napa Valley, CA as well as Immersion Courses available throughout the USA.

Our Wine School focuses on the practical aspects of enjoying wine. A premium selection of wines from around the world will be tasted in each course, offering a broad introduction to all wines. Many wines are tasted blind to make learning both interactive and fun. Courses include theoretical knowledge, practical service, sensory evaluation through professional technical tasting with master aroma kits, food and wine pairing, deciphering wine labels, sabering and more..

Upon successful completion of the course a two-part test is given to the students.

  • Part one is a one (1) hour written multiple choice and essay type test covering wine theory and practical wine service.
  • Part two  is a written double-blind tasting examination by the USSA board of examiners covering the techniques taught in the course. 

Students scoring a combined 70% grade will receive their USSA intermediate Sommelier Certificate.

Materials Included:

  • USSA Foundation / Intermediate Sommelier Certificate Notebook USSA Foundation / Intermediate Sommelier Certificate
  • Module Notebook USSA Foundation / Intermediate Sommelier Beverage Notebook (spirits, beer, coffee, tea, cigars)
  • USSA Master Tasting Templates  two-sided laminated 11" x 17" guides
  • Brochures & booklets from the trade commissions of the major wine producing regions of the world
  • World Wine Atlas, Newest Edition, Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson, Pdf files, DVDs, and more

Course includes:

  • History of wine from ancient to modern times
  • Varietal Component Wine Tastings with Le Nez du Vin 54 Master Aroma Kit – Master Blind Tasting Techniques & Sensory Evaluation Viticulture – All the facts on how wine is “grown” in the vineyards Vinification From grape to glass
  • Winemaker decisions after harvest Taste & study your way through the major wine producing regions around the world
  • Learn all about the (3) three wine styles: Sparkling, still or light & fortified
  • Food & wine pairings pair (11) eleven different foods with the (5) five most popular wine varietals
  • The Art of the Sabreur: learn to saber the top of a Champagne bottle with a sword
  • Tasting Glasses: glasses for all varietals!
  • Taste over 100+ different premium labels from all over the world with master tasters

This course prepares the student to become knowledgeable in all the major wine regions of the world. Wine tasting techniques are taught using your sense of sight, smell and taste to develop an initial and then final conclusion as to where the wine comes from.

It also requires you to develop an evaluation technique to describe which grape varietal(s) are used by the wine makers and be able to explain some of the techniques used to vinify the wine. Tastings include up to 100+ wines. These wines are tasted in special Riedel Crystal tasting glasses.

Each tasting is led by leading certified wine experts.

Syllabus for Wine School CS Level

Sunday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Course Orientation

  • Books and materials distributed
  • History
  • Sensory Evaluation with Le Nez Du Vin
  • Introduction to grape varietal selections
  • Practical Service

Monday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Old World

Wines of France ◦Champagne, Sparkling Wines & Sabering

  • Bordeaux
  • Burgundy
  • Alsace
  • Loire Valley
  • Rhône Valley
  • Languedoc & Roussillon
  • Provence
  • Southwest

Tuesday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Old World

  • Italy
  • North
  • Central
  • South

Other EU Countries

  • Spain & Portugal
  • Germany & Austria

Wednesday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
New World

North America

  • United States
  • Canada & Mexico


  • Australia
  • New Zealan


  • South Africa

Thursday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
New World, Fortified, Spirits

South America

  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • Uruguay

Fortified Wines

  • Port
  • Sherry
  • Madeira
  • Marsala
  • Vin Doux Naturel
  • Spirits
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • Menu Management
  • Training

Friday 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
CS Examination

  • Written
  • Technical Tasting