Sommelier Society of America
The First Wine Education Organization

Sommelier Society of America Certificate Course Schedule

SSA Certificate Course has two sessions per year; Fall / Winter beginning the in September, and Spring / Summer beginning in March. Please call or email us for specific dates.

Sommelier Certificate Course
Syllabus & Schedule Fall 2019 - Day and Evening Sessions*

Week 1: Business and Service - Sept 10th

This initial class is the core and foundation that covers issues concerning the business aspects of the wine industry as well as the basic services that the Sommelier must know. In addition we outline the role of the Sommelier regarding purchasing, storage, temperatures and glassware. We also cover legal aspects of this highly regulated industry.

Week 2: Components of Wine & Tasting - Sept 17th

This session focuses on identifying the components of wine (for example acids, tannins) and understanding what they contribute and how they affect taste.

Week 3: ViTiculture, Vinification and Cooperage - Sept 24th

This third foundation class focuses on grape growing and work in the vineyard, wine making and work in the wine cellar as well as oak aging and it's effect on wine. Eight wines will be tasted.

Week 4: Loire & Alsace - OCt 1st

In this class we cover all major appellations, grape varieties, wine trends and vintages from the Loire Valley and Alsace. Eight wines will be tasted.

Week 5: Rhone Valley, Provence and Beaujolais - oct 8th

Focus on the Rhône Valley, Provence and Beaujolais regions. Eight wines will be tasted.

Week 6: Southwestern france - oct 15th

Focus on the Languedoc-Roussillon and the Sud-Ouest regions. Eight wines will be tasted.

Week 7: Burgundy - oct 22nd

In this class we cover the world renowned Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from Chablis to the Cote d'Or as well as the Cote Chalonais and Macon. As well as the Gamays of Beaujolais. Eight wines will be tasted.

Week 8: Bordeaux - oct 29th

In this class we cover the major appellations, grape varieties, wine trends and vintages of both left bank and right bank Bordeaux. Eight wines will be tasted.

Week 9: Champagne - nov 5th

This class is dedicated to one region and one style of wine: Champagne. A standout wine that deserves to be covered on its own. Eight Champagnes will be tasted.

Week 10: Southern Italy & its Islands - nov 12th

Introduction into Italian wine laws, appellations and understanding Italian wine labels. We are beginning our Italian wine journey with the southern regions of Campagna, Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Eight wines will be tasted.

Week 11: Tuscany & Central Italy - nov 19th

Our wine journey continues with a focus on the fine wines of Tuscany. In this special region old world classics meet some of the world’s most favorite modern wines. Also included are the fine wines of Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo, the Marche and Emilia-Romagna. Eight wines will be tasted.

Week 12: Piedmont & Northern Italy - nov 26th

In our third class on Italy we explore the Italian the power house regions of Piedmont and Veneto, which boast an abundance of world famous DOCG wines. We also explore the northern regions of Lombardy, Friuli, Trentino-Alto Adige. Eight wines will be tasted.

Week 13: Germany and Austria - dec 3rd

This class covers some of the greatest cool climate wines the world has to offer. Meet Riesling at home and all it’s exciting siblings. Also covered will be the Central European wine producing countries of Austria and Hungary. Eight wines will be tasted.

Week 14: Spain - dec 10th

In this class we cover all major appellations, grape varieties, wine trends and vintages of Spain and its truly amazing whites, reds and sparking wines. Eight wines will be tasted.

Week 15: Portugal & Eastern Mediterranean - dec 17th

This class will cover Portugal and its remarkable wines as well as some of the world's oldest wine producing regions in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece, Lebanon and Israel. Eight wines will be tasted.

Christmas ~ New Years Hiatus 2019-2020

Week 16: Fortified Wines - JAN 7th

The focus of this class is the world of Fortified Wines including the world famous Port, Sherry and Madeira wines. Eight fortified wines will be tasted.

Week 17: Southern Hemisphere - jan 14th

In this class we cover all major appellations, grape varieties, wine trends and vintages of Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Eight wines will be tasted.

Week 18: California - jan 21st

In this class we cover all major appellations (AVAs), grape varieties, wine trends and vintages of the largest wine producing state in the US. Eight wines will be tasted.

Week 19: Pacific Northwest & New York State - jan 28th

In this class we cover all major appellations, grape varieties, wine trends and vintages of Oregon, Washington State and New York State. Eight wines will be tasted.

Week 20: Deductive Tasting - feb 4th

In this unique class all eight wines are blind-tasted. You will use your tasting grid and deductive skills to identify those wines.

Week 21: The Final Examination - feb 11th

The Sommelier Certificate Course Final Examination includes all topics covered during the twenty weeks and three blind tastings

*class order is subject to change