Sommelier Society of America
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The SSA Certificate Course is an intensive 20 week program rooted in the vibrant New York City wine trade. The Course covers the foundation, appreciation and business trends of the US market.

Advanced Tasting Workshop II (Five Classes)

Advanced Tasting Workshop II (Five Classes)


No two Workshops are alike.

All Workshops, focus on blind-tasting, by featuring newly selected grape varietals, producers, and regions, designed to expand wine knowledge, and palate.

Each day we will explore a wide selection of high-end wines from the world’s top growing regions. We will discuss the concept of New World vs. Old World style and how the factors of region, climate, soil, viticulture and vinification affect a wine’s various components, flavor profile and ability to age. We will also cover Commercial, Sustainable, Organic & Biodynamic Vineyard practices. Each workshop will feature wines by winemakers that industry professionals consider to be the best.

Students can prepare using the SSA Deductive Tasting Format for these exercises.

Day 1: Classic White Wines
Oak v Stainless steel

Discover White wines from classic regions around the world and learn how to distinguish the use of oak vs stainless steel, and winemaking techniques from Chablis to California Chardonnay, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to white Bordeaux.

Day 2: Classic Aromatic White Grapes
Highly Aromatic White Wines

Discover the highly aromatic white wines from classic regions around the world, recognize aromas to understand grape varietals and wine regions; Gewurtztraminer or Viognain, Riesling or Torrontés

Day 3: Thin Skinned Red Grapes
Light Color Reds

Study thin skinned red grapes from classic wine regions; they can look similar but the nose and palate is different, from a Pinot Noir to a Nebbiolo.

Day 4: Bordeaux Varietals
New World v. Old World

The Bordeaux grape varietals lead the way to some of the best wine regions around the globe. Discover the six grapes of Bordeaux from the Old World to the New World, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Carmenere and Petit Verdot.

Day 5: Put Your Senses To The Test
Can You Blind Taste?

After four intensive days, you will put your palate to test, using the SSA Deductive Tasting Format. You can do this!

Advanced Tasting Workshop | Next Session TBA

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  • Graduates* of the Sommelier Society of America’s Certificate program (*exam achievement greater than 75% recommended, but not required)
  • Those who have taken previous SSA workshops; no two workshops are alike
  • Those with course or wine tasting equivalency, and a desire to increase their overall experience


  • Develop advanced level deductive tasting skills
  • Develop and enhance tasting notes skills
  • Develop skills to analyze wines according to region, style, varietal, flavor aroma and aging potential
  • Confidence in your developed palate, knowing and defining descriptors

Class Details:

Tuition: $695.00 *
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Place: TBA
Instructor: Tali Dalbaha
Space limited to 15

* Registration for the Advanced Tasting Workshop includes all five classes. Classes may not be purchased for single session attendance.

One may register and pay by credit card through our website. If you would like to pay by check, please email us at with your request.