Wine School to Offer Sommelier Certification

The Wine School of Philadelphia is opening registration for its fall semester. The school is offering its full range of classes, from the Foundation to Advanced certification programs. With one big difference: those attending in this fall will be eligible for Sommelier certifications.

“Sommelier certification will be available to our  students this autumn,” says Philip Brandeis of the Wine School. “Students will have to complete a total of six sections of the Advanced program to qualify for the exam.”

The school currently has a base of 50 students in academic programs. Professional certification is offered via the National Wine School in California. Once those students complete their Fall programs, they will have the opportunity to gain Sommelier credentials as well as the school’s two year Diploma Oenotropae.

“In Pennsylvania, there is no such thing as a sommelier degree. As a school, we can only offer professional steward and butler credentials,” says Mr. Brandeis. “That is why we go through California to offer all professional wine certification, including sommelier certification.”

Sommelier certification will require a 4 hour exam and a blind tasting of 8 wines. The certification exam is not affiliated with the Court of Master Sommeliers, the Wine and Spirits Education Trust or the Society of Wine Educators.

“There are a number of sommelier certifications in the world.” says Philip. “Many of them are amazing programs. We are not trying to compete with them. Our students have asked us to offer this type of certification for years. The big difference between our programs and theirs is we aren’t focused exclusively on the restaurant trade. Sommeliers are becoming important in the wine trade, in places far outside the dining rooms of four star hotels.”

The Wine School is located in the Rittenhouse neighborhood in Philadelphia’s Center City District. The School’s home is a historic brownstone mansion with a long history in the wine trade: before it was a school, the building was home to Wine Spectator’s original publishing company, Running Press. 

The school was founded in 2001 as a consulting firm for the wine trade. It opened it’s doors to the public soon after and has been offering classes and credentials to wine lovers for over a decade.

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