Sommelier Society of America
The First Wine Teaching Institute


The Sommelier Society of America is the first professional wine and education organization in the U.S.

The Sommelier Society of America

The Sommelier Society of America (SSA) is the first professional wine organization in the US. In1954, a group of New York City restaurant workers convened at the legendary 21 Club with the goal of educating each other about the influx of fine wines flooding the city from all over the world. Comprised of veteran wine waiters from the city’s top restaurants, they were the first American sommeliers with the expertise and fluency to guide diners through the increasingly complex wine lists.

Continuing the tradition, the SSA today is a locus for top-notch wine education courses in New York City. Unlike other certification programs, the SSA course is designed for serious wine professionals who want to study the trade in one of the most thrilling and eclectic wine markets in the world.

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Robert r. moody, Chairman

Robert Moody has been in the wine and spirits industry as a consultant, journalist, importer/owner, supplier, wholesaler and retailer, in California and New York City.


rudiger eilers, director of education

Rüdiger Eilers was born in Freiburg, Germany (the home of the Gutedel grape), and grew up in Bad Godesberg, Germany (Rhine Riesling land).


dylan york, principAL

Dylan York has over 20 years experience in the food and wine industry. He is a certified sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and is WSET® Level 3 certified.