Sommelier Society of America
The First Wine Teaching Institute

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The First Wine Education Organization in the U.S.


Since 1954 The Sommelier Society of America has offered wine education courses and sommelier training.

We were 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.

All of our instructors are wine professionals, consultants & sommeliers.






Robert Ross Moody

Robert Ross Moody has been working in the wine and spirits industry for over 25 years, as a consultant, journalist, importer/owner, supplier, wholesaler and retailer.

Mr. Moody, originally from San Francisco, is a resident of Greenwich Village, NYC. He became Chairman of the Sommelier Society of America in 1999. Prior to his appointment, he instructed the Italy Class for the Sommelier Certificate Course for eleven years.

As a journalist and renowned expert in Italian wines, single malt scotches and cognac, Mr. Moody has been invited to numerous international events; In 1993 The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac selected him to tour the Chateaux of Cognac; in 1998 he was invited by Produttori d’Asti Associati  to participate in “Weekend in the Vineyards of Asti” in Canelli, Italy, a seminar for worldwide wine journalists; that same year, V & S Corporation of Sweden selected him to write about a symposium of Aquavit producers.

In addition to his journalist activities, he has also lectured and consulted extensively; over one hundred single malt scotch lectures in the USA, also cognac, Tequila, rum and vodka.

Since 1992, Mr. Moody has given over one hundred lectures to over 1000 New York sommeliers on Italian wines. He was a consultant Duggan’s Distillers for over 12 years, and Campari USA for five years. An avid collector, he has a vast and unique collection of rare single malt scotches, cognacs and rums.



Director of Education

Rüdiger Eilers

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

He moved to New York in 1991, and has been in the wine business since 2001, representing a number of fine wine importers who focus on Austrian, German, and Italian wines, currently John Given Wines.

Rüdi earned a Certificate with Distinction from The Sommelier Society of America. He conducts tastings throughout the boroughs, organizes food & wine pairing dinners, frequents wine fairs throughout Austria, Germany, and Italy, and has a share in a vineyard in Piedmont, Italy, where they primarily grow the Barbera grape. Rüdi instructs several classes for the Sommelier Certificate Course including Germany, Austria & Central Europe, our three Italy classes, Southern Italy, Tuscany & Central Italy, and Piedmont & Northern Italy.



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We at SSA share your passion for wine study and tasting, and understand choosing the education path that's right for you is an important decision. That’s why we are available for consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget. A live person is always available by phone, or email us.

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