The New Year is the perfect time to start new hobbies, and this year is the perfect year to begin a wine class! There are plenty of courses to choose from but first decide whether you are just interested in learning the fundamentals of wine and how to taste for fun or if you’d like to try something a bit more serious to get certified.
Wine & Spirit Education Trust | WSET
The WSET course certification is for students who not only want a deep dive into the world of wine, but would like a certification to show for it. With classes in New York, New Jersey, Dallas, Philadelphia and worldwide, the WSET offer various level courses so you can decide how far you want to go in your studies. It is an internationally recognized certification, ideal for those who want to go abroad to study even further!
Culinary Institute of America | CIA
This reputable school offers both beginner workshops and more advanced learning for wine enthusiasts, so you can choose from a weekend course or a 30-week program for certification. With branches in New York, California, Texas and even Singapore the Culinary Institute is a great way to learn about wine from the pros.
United States Sommelier Association
If you want to go the whole 9 yards and get your sommelier certification, the United States Sommelier Association is your school of choice. Located in Miami, Florida, California, this comprehensive course will train you in theory, tasting and give you practical knowledge for a full overview of wine.
International Culinary Center
Faculty at the school boasts 11 master sommeliers so you are sure to get professional training at the International Culinary Center. Located in New York and California, the curriculum is approved by the Master Court of Sommeliers Americas. Ideal for anyone who wants to pursue a profession in the field or simply wants a deep understanding of wine. Before doing a bit more research, understand why you would like to take a wine course, and how much time and money you would like to invest in it. This will help you understand which course suits you best.