September 02, 2014


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Phyllis Festinger
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Hours: 9a - 5p EST


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United States Sommelier Association Wine Schools


        Advanced Sommelier Certificate Immersion Course


                              Vineyard Series ~ Harvest 2014


               Join us for this truly unique, highly professional, one of a kind experience!

                                  Sunday, September 21 to Saturday, September 27, 2014

                                                Click Here to Preview the Advanced Sommelier Certificate Course


 The courses offer vineyard excursions with viticulturists & vineyard managers, winemaker led barrel tastings, see the 2014 Harvest first hand, learn how to evaluate over 120+ premium wines with component double blind tastings, food & wine pairing, theory, practical service & more.


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                  Click here to view Chardonnay grapes being brought in at Harvest 2013

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Advanced Level ~ ACS / Vineyard Tours, Winery Visits in Livermore and Napa Valleys

Classes: Sunday Orientation 4:00p to 7:00p l Mon - Thurs: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm l Friday: Napa Excursion l Saturday 11am-1pm (ACS Exam) 

Contact Phyllis Festinger at 954.437.0449 or


Tuition, books, Napa Valley Excursion, Vineyard Tours, 125+ labels tasted,

Wente Vineyards Catered Lunches Available*, Optional Hotel Package Available with Shuttle service- Limited Rooms*


STUDENT Registration Tuition: $800.00

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*WENTE VINEYARDS 5-Star Restaurant, Vineyard Series Catering 

Wine Paired Lunches & Afternoon Breakouts M-TH: $95.00

                                                                        Highly recommended!

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*HOTEL PLAN September 21-27, 2014

Quality Inn & Suites ( 3/4 Star, Choice Hotel Group), Livermore, CA

Costs: $79.10+ daily ( 6 nights) spacious king size bed rooms, very limited availability

Rooms includes: Wente shuttle service, complimentary wifi, HBO/Satellite TV, microwave, refrig., study desk

gym, pool, full hot breakfast buffet with eggs, meats, assorted breads, cereals, fresh waffles, yogurt, fruits, more.

Great location in upscale Livermore, near vineyards, tasting rooms, etc. 

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Wente Vineyards, Livermore, California 94550 / Tuesday, September 23, 12pm to 3pm / Limited Availability

Sparkling wine lunch, seminar, wine tasting, books and materials: $ 59.00 inclusive

Join us for this comprehensive wine experience. The afternoon features a wine paired lunch with sabered sparkling wines.

Then followed by a 1 to 2 hour wine boot camp styled seminar on the wines of the world renowned Medoc Region of Bordeaux.

Home to the five classifications of family of wines covering the wines of the Cabernet Sauvigon family including

Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere.

The class covers information from beginner to in depth level of knowledge. 


12:00 PM  to 1:00 PM - Wente Vineyards Country Buffet 

Wente Vineyards: Cresta Blanca Event Center, 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA 94550

1:00 PM to 2:30-3:00 PM - Medoc Seminar, Tasting and Video Presentation

Component tastings from the regions of St. Estephe, Pauillac, St. Julien, Margaux, Listrac, Moulis, Medoc, Haut-Medoc

For More information or to register click below or direct please contact:

Phyllis Festinger. Association Management / Professional Functions

Mail to: l Call: 954-437-0449

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Wine School & Certificate Programs


Theoretical Knowledge, Practical Service

  Sensory Evaluation & Technical Tasting


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 Courses cover:



  • History of wine ~ from ancient to modern times
  • Varietal Component Wine Tastings with Le Nez du Vin 54 Master Aroma Kit
  • Master Blind Tasting ~ Techniques & Sensory Evaluation
  • Viticulture ~ All the facts on how wine is "grown" in the vineyards
  • Vinification ~ From grape to glass. Winemaker decisions after harvest
  • Taste & study your way through the major wine producing regions around the world
  • Learn all about the (3) three wine styles ~ Sparkling, still or light & fortified
  • Blending wines ~ overview
  • Food & wine pairings ~ pair (11) eleven different foods with the (5) five most popular wine varietals
  • The Art of the Sabreur ~ learn to saber the top of a Champagne bottle with a sword
  • Riedel Vinum Series Tasting Glasses ~ world class tasting glasses
  • Taste 100+ different premium labels from all over the world with master tasters
  • Certificate Exam upon completion


    Registration and Membership


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     Sommelier Certificate Immersion Course 

      Vineyard Series Winery Campus, California 

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                     August 17-22 l Sunday to Friday

       Location: Wente Vineyards, Livermore, CA

      Course Level: Foundation; Novice to Immediate

         Contact: Phyllis Festinger at 954.437.0449


                 Over 100 premium wine labels tasted


            Tuition, Course Materials, Books & More

                                 ~ Cost $750 ~

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                            USSA Membership

                      Annual Membership includes:

                        Certificate of Membership,

                          Membership Lapel Pin

                  Special Events, Networking, and

                              Tasting Invitations


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