Since 1954 The Sommelier Society of America has offered wine education courses and sommelier training.  Founded in 1954 by four 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, The Sommelier Society of America offers 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.  Find out more About Us here

Why take our course?

•Wines  currently 18 wine producing countries of the world including business & service techniques for sommeliers are covered in one 21 week course.

•Tasting Selections  each class features at least eight hand selected unique wines; students will taste more than 140 wines.  Our Chairman, in consultation with the instructors selects exceptional wines to represent a class’ highlighted region.

•Benefits Your Career  networking while learning, students and instructors develop mutually beneficial relationships.  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 & Salesmen will benefit from a complete wine education laying the groundwork for confidence and knowledge beyond their own particular product.

•The Consumer who has a great deal of knowledge, some knowledge, even those who have been to one or two tastings, can all benefit. Regardless of one’s level of experience, there is always so much more to learn. With time, terroir changes, influenced by climate and weather conditions; tastes change; focus and fads change; the wine market changes.