Certification Programs

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

For individuals new to wine study, this qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, and make food and wine pairings. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.
To review the program specification for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, please click the following link

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine

This qualification is intended for beginners wishing to learn about a wide range of wines or those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce. Through a combination of tasting and theory, you’ll explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.
To review the program specification for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, please click the following link


The following workshops are regularly offered in our classroom setting and are additionally available offsite for businesses and home events.

Decoding French Wine

Decoding French Wine is a beginner to intermediate wine lover’s workshop designed to navigate through the world of French wine. Covering the prominent areas of Bordeaux, Loire, Burgundy, Alsace, Rhone, Champagne, Provence and the Langeudoc-Roussillon, students will taste their way through each region as they learn about geography, history and practices within each of these designated areas.

Decoding Italian Wine

Decoding Italian Wine offers an simple approach to navigating through the complexities of Italian wine. Discover information about the history and major regional breakdowns of Italian wine designations. Learn how to read Italian wine labels and discuss how Italian wines are classified as you taste your way through the workshop. A panel of eight Italian wines are included with this workshop.

Decoding Spanish Wine

Wine lovers everywhere are starting to realize what the pros have known for some time: Spain delivers some of the world’s highest-quality wines. In this workshop, students will learn about the different types of grapes used in Spanish wines, along with the classifications listed on the bottle. Students will gain an understanding of the main regions producing wine and how their culture and methods differ as they taste their way through the wines of each region. This workshop includes a tasting panel of eight Spanish wines

Godforsaken Grapes

Get to know some of the lesser known grape varietals of the world in this slightly adventurous wine workshop, Godforsaken Grapes. Learn about the history, geography and in some cases, oddities of several fantastic, yet unfashionable wines as you taste your way from Jura to Slovenia to Uruguay and onward. Program includes a tasting panel of eight unique wines.

Wine & Cheese Pairing 101

For this workshop, students will enjoy a selection of wine and cheese pairings from the foremost master of cheese in the country, Max McCalman. During this workshop, you will enjoy a tasting and detailed information about the history, production and unique flavor of eight of the world’s finest cheeses, as well as a tasting of the best accompanying wine pairing.

Wine Tasting 101

Wine best reveals itself when approached systematically. Learn the wine tasting tricks of the trade sommeliers use in The Somm School’s Wine Tasting 101. During this program, students will learn to evaluate the appearance, aromatic and flavor characteristics of wine as well as develop skills on how to assess varietal and quality conclusions. Program includes a tasting panel of eight varying varietals, systematic guideline material and De Long’s Wine Tasting Notebook for at-home documentation and tasting practice.
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“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.”

― W.C. Fields, circa 1930’s