wine certificate program

Our Wine certificate program is not only one of the best programs we offer, it’s also our favorite one to teach.  Yes, we talk fundamentals, but more than just a rote review of grapes and regions, our goal is to make wine your friend.  In this program, you’ll become familiar with what you like, but also why you like it.  In turn, you’ll know what questions to ask, what to look for on labels, and thus be able to find wines that fit your palate on a regular basis.

our program

Our wine  essentials series will give you a solid foundation to explore and enjoy wine without intimidation or hesitation. You will learn how to taste like the professionals do, focusing on all the “messages” embedded in the wine. Besides learning to identify components and flaws in any given wine, you will familiarize yourselves with all those hidden elements that separate great wines from average wines. You will be exposed to a few of the classic grape varieties of the world in order to help you sharpen your palate to develop your own wine vocabulary. Four different wines will be tasted in each class.

Take away the fear and stigma for learning more about wine and use our course to learn:

  • how wine is made, from planting the seed to cultivating the grape to refining it into wine.
  • how different varieties of wine are created and what makes each of them different.
  • how to participate in a wine tasting as an expert.
  • what to look for in a wine you are tasting.
  • how to properly store your wine (no matter the variety).
  • how to choose the proper wine for every occasion.

Using the tasting techniques learned in our Introduction to wine & wine tasting class, the classes in our Wines of the World Series will teach you how to better compare, and enjoy, wines from different regions, while discovering what makes them unique. French wines are some of the most influential in the world.  If those bottles from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, Rhone, and the Loire Valley have seemed daunting to you, we’ll provide you with the tools you need to better understand them. You’ll learn about terroir-how soil and environment affects the world famous bottles from France.  We will taste varietals from a wide range of regions, giving you the ability to compare and contrast them while judging which wines you really like, and why. Menu: You will taste four-six wines in class, and a light snack will be served.

Using the tasting techniques learned in our Wine Tasting Fundamentals class, the classes in our Wines of the World series will teach you how to better compare, and enjoy, wines from different regions, while discovering what makes them unique. Without question, Italy provides a staggering percentage of the world’s most distinctive and exalted wines. In addition, the sheer breadth of styles they produce is equally impressive. From the minerally perfumed whites of the Tre Venezie and Val d’Aosta to the dark, powerful reds of Sicily and Campania, this country continues to be a formidable force in winemaking as it has been since before Romulus and Remus first found Rome. Menu: You will taste four to six wines in class, and a light snack will be served.

Using the tasting techniques learned in our Wine Tasting Fundamentals class, the classes in our Wines of the World series will teach you how to better compare, and enjoy, wines from different regions, while discovering what makes them unique. Spain’s Tempranillo grape is on every expert’s short list of the world’s greatest varieties, and its best renditions are sourced from three Spanish regions: Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Toro. The three regions produce wines that are notably distinct in style, and this class is devoted to a survey of outstanding wines that exemplify each region’s distinctiveness. Spain alone easily fills an evening, yet Portugal, its neighbor, is equally deserving of attention. Here you will taste many full-bodied wines made from varieties both familiar and unknown. While often a bit more ‘old world’ in style, they offer an interesting counterpoint to Spain’s offerings. Menu: You will taste four to six wines in class, and a light snack will be served.

Using the tasting techniques learned in our Wine Tasting Fundamentals class, the classes in our Wines of the World series will teach you how to better compare, and enjoy, wines from different regions, while discovering what makes them unique. The Austrian and German class will showcase an understanding of wines and the regions of The Mosel, Nahe, Rheingau, Rheinhessen and Pflaz regions of Germany. For Austria the focus will be on Niederosteriech. There will be historical understanding of the area, the people that lived there and why they do what they do so well. Menu: You will taste four to six wines in class, and a light snack will be served.

Using the tasting techniques learned in our Wine Tasting Fundamentals class, the classes in our Wines of the World series will teach you how to better compare, and enjoy, wines from different regions, while discovering what makes them unique. The modern day New Zealand wine industry deserves much more than just its reputation for benchmark Sauvignon Blanc.  It displays an incredible array of wines that can impress the most discerning palates and we will walk you through six of them. In this class we’ll explore not only the famed Marlborough’s Sauvignon Blanc but everything else; from Pinot Gris to Pinot Noir, form Syrah to Bordeaux Blends. You will learn why the wines of New Zealand are distinctive for both vibrancy and intensity, and how to identify which ones you enjoy most, and why. Menu: You will taste four to six wines in class, and a light snack will be served.

Using the tasting techniques learned in our Introduction to wine & wine tasting class, the classes in our Wines of the World Series will teach you how to better compare, and enjoy, wines from different regions, while discovering what makes them unique. In this class you’ll learn why the whites and reds of South America are not only accessible from a price standpoint, but what makes them so food-friendly. Focusing primarily on Argentina and Chile, we will teach you about the diversity of wines from these two powerhouse wine nations. From Argentina you will learn and taste some of their famous Malbec, their seductively perfumed Torrontes, as well as their powerfully elegant Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.  While Chile exists in near perfect seclusion, which saved the Carmenere grape from extinction, we will explore some world-class examples of Sauvignon Blanc, seductively bright and fruity Pinot Noir from Casablanca, and much more.  Within its formidable natural boundaries there is an almost Eden-like environment for growing grapes that you’ll see evidenced in the wines you will taste in class.  You will taste four to six wines in class, and a light snack will be served.

Using the tasting techniques learned in our Introduction to wine & wine tasting class, the classes in our Wines of the World Series will teach you how to better compare, and enjoy, wines from different regions, while discovering what makes them unique. Big Cabernet and oaky Chardonnay aren’t the only wines coming out of the regions of California.  If you want to learn more about the wines growing in our own country, and be better prepared next time you tackle that mammoth wine list from California, this regional series is for you. You’ll taste wines from Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, and more as you explore how the diversity of our climate produces unbelievably good wines. Menu: You will taste four to six wines in class, and a light snack will be served.

Using the tasting techniques learned in our Introduction to wine & wine tasting class, the classes in our Wines of the World Series will teach you how to better compare, and enjoy, wines from different regions, while discovering what makes them unique. explain the different growing areas in South Africa, describing the climates, soils, histories and which grape varieties to look at from those areas. We focus on Constantia, Elgin, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Swartland, Robertson and Walker Bay. Menu: You will taste four to six wines in class, and a light snack will be served.

If a glass of bubbles puts you in the holiday mood, we’re right there with you. From Champage to Cava to Prosecco to Sparkling Wine, bubbles fit the bill for any holiday occassion (or any occassion for that matter!). We’ve designed this class to help familiarize you with the wide range of sparkling wines that are out there.  Coming from all over the world, the different varietals and styles of sparkling wine can get overwheming but, we will take time to walk you through the differences, and similarities, so that next time you’re popping a cork you’ll think about exploring all kinds of different options.   Menu: You will taste four to six different sparkling wines from around the globe.

Using the tasting techniques learned in our Wine Tasting Fundamentals class, the classes in our Wines of the World series will teach you how to better compare, and enjoy, wines from different regions, while discovering what makes them unique. Explore the World of Sweet Wines produced globally. You will delve into different styles from both old world and new world countries. You will also explore different styles such as, Vin de Liqueur (VDL), Vin Doux Naturels (VDN), Fortified, Late Harvest, Botrytis, Ice, and Solera. For each style you will learn the methods of production, and how to pair these wines with desserts, cheeses and even savory foods. Menu: You will taste four to six wines in class, and a light snack will be served.

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Flexible Course Offering

You pick the schedule. We offer several sessions

Industry Recognized course

National and global focus

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You'll have 6 months to complete the online portion.