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San Francisco Wine School

San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school in the U.S., offering a comprehensive approach to wine study. With a state-of-the-art facility and industry-leading instructors, they provide educational programs and workshops for serious students and wine enthusiasts to advance their careers or pursue their passions.

San Francisco Wine School

Upcoming Classes at San Francisco Wine School

  • Tasting, Chemistry & Flaws

    Master the art of wine tasting with this sensory evaluation workshop, where you'll learn to identify flavors, aromas, and characteristics. Students will also learn to detect winemaking flaws. Enhance your wine-tasting skills and knowledge through guided blind tastings of six wines.

    Next start date: Sunday, Mar 3rd, 1–4pm Pacific Time
    Price: $160
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  • Sonoma County Wine

    Discover the distinct and diverse wines of Sonoma County, the neighbor to Napa, in this dynamic workshop. Gain the essential knowledge to appreciate Sonoma County's impact on the wine market and explore its reputation and distinction. This workshop is part of the California Wine Appellation Specialist® program.

    Next start date: Monday, Feb 26th, 6–9pm Pacific Time
    Price: $160
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  • Intro to California Wines

    Embark on a flavorful journey through California's renowned wine regions and discover the diversity and excellence of the state's finest wines. Indulge in a curated selection of 6 wines as we explore the grapes and styles that make California a global wine powerhouse. Join us for an unforgettable tasting experience at the forefront of the wine world.

    Next start date: Thursday, Feb 22nd, 6–8pm Pacific Time
    Price: $135
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  • Intro to Italian Wines

    Discover the diverse flavors and rich heritage of Italian wines in this captivating seminar. From the iconic Barolo of Piedmont to the renowned Brunello of Tuscany, uncover the top regions and appellations that have put Italy on the global wine map. Taste six wines as we delve into the grapes and styles that make Italian wines truly exceptional.

    Next start date: Thursday, Mar 7th, 6–8pm Pacific Time
    Price: $135
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  • Santa Cruz, Livermore & Lodi

    Explore the hidden gems of California wine regions with this workshop that takes you on a virtual journey from the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains to the captivating landscapes of Livermore Valley and Lodi. Discover the unique terroir and climate that create the perfect conditions for exceptional wine production. Tasting kits are available for an immersive experience.

    Next start date: Monday, Mar 4th, 6–9pm Pacific Time
    Price: $160
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  • Wine Service Techniques

    Discover the art of impeccable wine service with an attitude at the prestigious San Francisco Wine School. From sommelier conduct to the mechanics of service, this course showcases standard wine service, decanting, Champagne service, and tray service, with an emphasis on responsible alcohol service. Explore tools, service temperatures, and tackle challenging scenarios in this comprehensive workshop.

    Next start date: Sunday, Mar 10th, 1–4pm Pacific Time
    Price: $160
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  • Monterey & San Benito

    Explore the captivating coastline of Big Sur, the charming village of Carmel, and the world-renowned Pebble Beach golf courses in this captivating course. Delve into the unique wines and distinctive AVAs of Monterey and San Benito, as we navigate through the Thermal Rainbow, Blue Grand Canyon, and Santa Lucia Highlands. Immerse yourself in the rich flavors and complexities of these remarkable wine regions.

    Next start date: Monday, Mar 11th, 6–9pm Pacific Time
    Price: $160
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  • Intro to French Wines

    Discover the renowned wines of France as we delve into the top regions and appellations. Uncover the secrets of Champagne, Burgundy, and Bordeaux, and savor the diversity of France's greatest wines in this immersive seminar. Join us as we uncork the essence of French winemaking.

    Next start date: Thursday, Feb 29th, 6–8pm Pacific Time
    Price: $135
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  • Wine List Development

    Learn how to design a profitable wine program that meets your restaurant's unique needs and maintains your concept or niche identity at San Francisco Wine School. Explore decisions involving sales goals, service goals, size, scope, structure, selection, and pricing. This workshop is part of the Wine Program Management certificate program.

    Next start date: Monday, Mar 4th, 10am–1pm Pacific Time
    Price: $145
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  • Viticulture & Enology

    Master the art of winemaking and vineyard management at the renowned San Francisco Wine School. From understanding the vine's annual cycle to exploring sustainable viticultural practices, this workshop offers a comprehensive education in the world of viticulture and enology. Experience the complexities of winemaking through a curated selection of exquisite wines.

    Next start date: Sunday, Mar 17th, 1–4pm Pacific Time
    Price: $160
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  • Wines of Paso Robles & The Rest of San Luis Obispo

    Explore the vibrant wines of California's fastest-growing region, known for its Cabernet, Zinfandel, and Rhone-style wines. Discover the unique characteristics of Paso Robles, Edna Valley, and Arroyo Grande in this essential workshop for wine professionals. Taste and learn about 6-8 wines related to the curriculum.

    Next start date: Monday, Mar 18th, 6–9pm Pacific Time
    Price: $160
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  • Wines of Paso Robles & The Rest of San Luis Obispo

    Discover the fastest-growing wine region in California, known for its exceptional Cabernet, Zinfandel, and Rhone-style wines. Gain expert knowledge on the primary grapes, climate, and AVAs of Paso Robles, as well as the unique qualities of Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande. Expand your wine education with this essential workshop.

    Next start date: Monday, Mar 18th, 6–9pm Pacific Time
    Price: $160
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  • Beverage Cost Control

    Learn the keys to managing alcoholic beverage costs and maximizing profit at San Francisco Wine School's cost control workshop. Explore inventory management and uncover causes of shrinkage in this essential workshop for wine industry professionals.

    Next start date: Monday, Mar 11th, 10am–1pm Pacific Time
    Price: $145
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  • Wines of Northern France

    Explore the cool climates, grapes, and wine styles of France's northern regions. Discover the secrets of Champagne, Alsace, Loire, and Burgundy in this immersive workshop that will take your wine knowledge to the next level. Tasting sessions included.

    Next start date: Thursday, Apr 18th, 6–9pm Pacific Time
    Price: $160
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  • Blind Wine Tasting: Structure

    Refine your wine-tasting skills and learn to accurately assess the key elements of wine with San Francisco Wine School's Blind Wine Tasting workshop. Led by industry-leading instructors, you'll have the opportunity to sample carefully manipulated wines and clearly distinguish their different levels of acid, tannin, sugar, and alcohol. Perfect for both novice and advanced tasters, this workshop offers a fun and educational experience.

    Next start date: Tuesday, Mar 5th, 6–8:30pm Pacific Time
    Price: $165
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  • Blind Wine Tasting: Structure

    Hone your palate and refine your wine-tasting skills with experienced instructors at San Francisco Wine School. Delve into the nuances of acid, tannin, sugar, and alcohol as you sample a selection of carefully curated wines. Perfect for both novice and advanced tasters, this workshop is an essential step in your journey to becoming a wine connoisseur.

    Next start date: Tuesday, Mar 5th, 6–8:30pm Pacific Time
    Price: $165
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  • Varietal Profiling: Blind Tasting White Wines

    Develop your varietal markers for international white grape varieties in this workshop led by industry-leading instructors at San Francisco Wine School. Discover the similarities and differences in varietals while deciphering the influences of global wine regions. Tasting kits are available for delivery or pickup.

    Next start date: Tuesday, Mar 26th, 6–8:30pm Pacific Time
    Price: $165
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  • Wine 101

    Discover the secrets of wine with our comprehensive workshop at San Francisco Wine School. Uncover the art of winemaking, learn how to decode labels, and master the art of wine tasting and food pairing. Expand your knowledge and indulge your senses in this immersive experience.

    Next start date: Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 6–8pm Pacific Time
    Price: $135
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  • Cool Climate Wines of the World

    Unveil the global secrets of crisp wines from cool climates as you embark on a guided tasting journey. Explore the nuances of Old World vs New World wines and discover the elegance of cool climate grapes like Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc. Join us for an unforgettable experience in the world of cool-climate wines.

    Next start date: Sunday, Mar 24th, 1–4pm Pacific Time
    Price: $160
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  • Intro to Spanish Wines

    Discover the allure and diversity of Spain's greatest wines in this seminar at San Francisco Wine School. Taste six wines and learn about the top regions and appellations that make Spanish wine a global powerhouse. Whether you're a wine enthusiast or a credential seeker, this workshop is not to be missed.

    Next start date: Thursday, Mar 14th, 6–8pm Pacific Time
    Price: $135
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415 Grand Ave Ste 301, San Francisco, California 94080
San Francisco Wine School
Downtown South San Francisco
415 Grand Ave Ste 301
San Francisco, California 94080

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Our gorgeous new 4,000 sq ft top floor wine education center is located directly across from City Hall in charming downtown South San Francisco. Our sunlight-filled wine education center boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, City Hall and the San Francisco Bay. South San Francisco is 9 miles from downtown San Francisco, conveniently located next to San Francisco International Airport and the 280/380/101 interchange halfway between the airport and the former Candlestick Park. San Francisco Wine School is located downtown just blocks from Highway 101 at the intersection of Grand Ave and Maple Ave.

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Description

San Francisco Wine School strives to open up the world of wine to serious students and enthusiasts everywhere while helping people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school in the U.S., offering the most thoughtful approach to wine study. Their inspired educational programs and workshops are taught in their state of the art wine education & events center and their cutting edge virtual classroom by industry-leading instructors from all major educational disciplines.

San Francisco Wine School’s curriculum features the best content in the business: expert course materials, carefully conceived wine flights, and in-depth blind tasting exercises designed to engage students, illuminate course content and enhance learning. Their brand new sunlight-filled wine education & events center is conveniently located just 5 minutes from San Francisco International Airport and boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall arched windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, South San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Bay, making it the perfect place to enjoy classes, industry seminars and tastings and host a wide variety of private events—from serious educational programs for wine/hospitality industry staff to team-building and other fun, social, private events for wine enthusiasts.

Our Vision

We strive to open up the world of wine to serious wine students everywhere. We help people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier David Glancy, we are the largest wine school in the country offering the most thorough approach to wine study.


Reviews of San Francisco Wine School

( 4.5-star rating across 13 reviews)
  • Wine 101

    Reviewed by Brooke S. on 1/25/2021
    We had a super fun time during this course! Great instructor and lots of fun!
  • Wine 101

    Reviewed by Sherry K. on 1/25/2021
    Class itself was really good and enjoyable. Instructor was superb and fun. Pre-class instructions were a bit too much and not very clear. (Too many emails, too much info but also a bit unclear about what wines were required and how to get them in hand for those viewing out of SF area).
  • 2-Day Somm Intensive: Theory, Tasting & Service

    Reviewed by Emma M. on 5/21/2019
    Great overview of everything there is to know about wine
  • Wine 101

    Reviewed by Margaret Y. on 1/4/2019
    The class was more interesting than I had thought it would be. It was informative, the drinking was fun & I learned a more sophisticated way of describing the quality of wine. A lot of information was given during that 2-hour span & I got more intrigued with wine than ever before. It was a very interesting & highly recommended lesson for all wine drinkers.
  • California Wine Appellation Specialist Intensive

    Reviewed by Derek P on 4/3/2018
    I just completed the three-day intensive course on California and was very pleased. We tasted over 68 wines and received many hours of in-depth information on a wide variety of topics related to California wine. The information was presented very clearly and the study book was consistent and easy to follow. David's inside knowledge of the wine industry, as well as his significant experience as a wine professional, enhanced the blind tastings and the lecture alike. His skills as a group educator are also excellent, so the sessions were all very engaging. The guest lecturers also had outstanding credentials, so we were able to get multiple viewpoints on the state of the industry. I took the course in DC, so the selection of wines from certain regions was limited. However, this was not at all detrimental to my experience. The student levels ranged from enthusiast to professional with both groups receiving the right level of attention throughout the course. Lastly, Kristen and Alex handled the administrative and organizational components professionally. I have no complaints and would recommend the SF Wine School, and this course, without reservation.
  • California Wine Appellation Specialist Intensive

    Reviewed by Ray O on 4/3/2018
    The CWAS course was fantastic! There was so much to learn and so many wines to experience. The instructors were outstanding, animated informative and fun. The course offered a wealth of information and was a truly remarkable validation of California's varied terroir. No question this was one of the best classes I have taken. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to gain a greater appreciation of California wine.
  • California Wine Appellation Specialist Intensive

    Reviewed by Alison on 4/3/2018
    CWAS is a complete program covering all California Appellations in a detailed and structured form. This intensive class is excellent for every wine passionate, from the industry or not, that would like to excel in this sector. All the teachers are professionals and succeed on transmitting their passion to every student. The online and in class material provided is very useful. Furthermore, the class animated by the special guests! I highly recommend San Francisco Wine School for all the wine lovers!
  • Rosé Wines of the World (Materials for Shipment)

    Reviewed by Francine L. on 12/20/2023
  • Wines of North America (Materials for Shipment)

    Reviewed by Sharon D. on 12/11/2023
  • Champagne and other Sparkling Wines of the World (Materials for Shipment)

    Reviewed by Sharon D. on 12/10/2023
  • Wines of Spain, Portugal & Greece

    Reviewed by Sharon D. on 11/27/2023
  • Intro to California Wines

    Anonymous review on 12/9/2022
  • Warm Climate Wines of the World

    Anonymous review on 3/20/2022
  • Blind Wine Tasting: Aromas

    Anonymous review on 3/8/2022
  • Wines of Northern France

    Reviewed by Elizabeth B. on 2/5/2022
  • Intro to Italian Wines

    Anonymous review on 12/23/2021

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