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Continuing Education

Sommelier Classes, Levels & Certifications

Our Wine Professional Program is designed for certification seeking individuals who are looking to solidify their foundational and/or advanced knowledge and skills while validating their existing wine and beverage capabilities. We take a dynamic, learner-centered approach that involves a contemporary-driven and rigorous curriculum for the wine and beverage enthusiast and food and beverage professionals. Participants are engaged in relevant content, including exercises and exhaustive tastings that challenge them to acquire a complex skill-set that they can put into practice. Included at each level is a food pairing component that expands the participants knowledge and skills relative to pairing wine with food.

Individuals that should participate include:

  • Wine enthusiasts, students and entry-level individuals starting out in the food and beverage industry
  • Wine merchants, vendors, distributors, etc.
  • Restaurant professionals (F&B directors, wine managers, sommeliers) who want to be sommelier certified

Contact taste@kendall.edu or call 312.752.2206 for more information.


FOUNDATION LEVEL I – WINE APPRENTICE

DESCRIPTION:

This foundational course provides broad-based wine training. It is designed for the serious beverage enthusiast and those in entry-level food and beverage positions within the larger scope of the hospitality industry. Upon successful completion of Level I participants will have an understanding of the important contributors and events in the evolution and development of the wine industry, knowledge of the main categories and styles of wines, recognition of the 30 key grape varietals and understanding to complete the four-step tasting technique used to assess and evaluate wine. Also covered are the practical aspects of food and wine parings, storage techniques and the basics of wine service.

COST:

$775 pp (TASTE members receive a 10% discount). Includes all tastings and course materials including a copy of the primary textbook, “The Essentials of Wine with Food Pairing Techniques” by John Laloganes.

COMPLETION:

Upon successful completion of the requirements in this course, the participant will be awarded the Wine Apprentice Certification.

Foundation Level I – Wine Apprentice Register
July 24, 2017 Register
September 12, 2017 Register
October 23, 2017 Register

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL II – WINE STEWARD

DESCRIPTION:

This intermediate course builds upon the students introductory knowledge and skill of wine through applying greater depth and critical thinking skills as it relates to sensory analysis, wine and food pairing, sparkling and fortified wine while being immersed into the most significant “New and Old World” wine producing locations. This course explores the New World and Old World wine regions by looking at the impact of geological events, the importance of topographical markers and the influence of climatic factors and vinification techniques on the grapes and ultimately the wine in the glass.

This class is designed for those who have successfully fulfilled all requirements from the Wine Apprentice Level I.

COST:

$1,320 (TASTE members receive a 10% discount). Includes all tastings and course materials including a copy of the primary textbook, “The Essentials of Wine with Food Pairing Techniques” by John Laloganes.

COMPLETION:

Upon successful completion of the requirements in this course, the participant will be awarded the Wine Steward Certification.

Intermediate Level II – Wine Steward Register
October 9, 2017 Register

ADVANCED LEVEL III – SOMMELIER

DESCRIPTION:

Twenty five weeks of 125 total hours of hands-on instruction and assessment. Upon successful completion of the requirements in this course, the participant will be awarded the Wine Sommelier Certification.

This class is designed for those who have successfully fulfilled all requirements from the Intermediate Level II – Wine Steward program.

COST:

$3,499 (TASTE members receive a 10% discount). Includes all tastings and course materials including a copy of the primary textbook, “The World of Atlas Wine, 7th Edition” by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson.

COMPLETION:

Upon successful completion of the requirements in this course, the participant will be awarded the Sommelier Certification.

Advanced Level III – Sommelier Register
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