Since 1954 The Sommelier Society of America has offered wine education courses and sommelier training. Founded by sommeliers dedicated to disseminating knowledge and creating a greater awareness of fine wines and spirits among those for whom wine is a pleasure and a profession.

Located in New York City at the University Club in Midtown Manhattan, where we host our signature 21 week Sommelier Certificate Course, we offer the definitive course for those seeking to advance their careers, expand their wine knowledge and prime their palates, and for passionate wine enthusiasts who desire a career change.

Why take our course?

  • Restaurant Owners, Managers, Wait-staff, Bartenders: The Sommelier Certificate Course gives the background to confidently respond to inquiries, such as “What do you recommend?”.
  • Wine Regions: 18 wine producing countries including business & service techniques.
  • Tasting Selections: each class features at least eight hand selected unique wines, tasting more than 140 wines. Our Chairman, in consultation with the instructors selects exceptional wines to represent each highlighted region.
  • Benefits Your Career: networking while learning, develop mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Instructors: All of our instructors are recognized professionals and sommeliers.
  • Personal Attention: a live person is available on a daily basis to engage in discussions on any aspect of wine education and classes. Each and every inquiry is valued and care is taken to respond with complete and detailed suggestions.

Who might take our course?

  • Restaurant Owners, Managers, Wait-staff, Bartenders: The Sommelier Certificate Course gives the background to confidently respond to inquiries, such as “What do you recommend?”.
  • Retail Owners & Managers benefit from our Sommelier Certificate Course. The knowledge and credentials obtained here enhance one’s resume and help to build one’s professional bio.
  • Distributors & Salespeople will benefit from a complete wine education laying the groundwork for confidence and knowledge beyond their own particular product.
  • The Consumer: Regardless of one’s level of experience, there is always much more to learn. Terroir changes, influenced by climate and weather; tastes and the wine market change.