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Winery Series August 17-22 at Wente Vineyards CS Immersion
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Winery Series August 17-22 at Wente Vineyards CS Immersion

Price per Unit (piece): $750.00

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Winery & Harvest Campus (CS) Immersion Certified Sommelier Course


The Ultimate Wine Class Experience held at the World Famous Wente Vineyards, Livermore, California

Special Vineyard Inn Hotel & Meal Package Available


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Wente Vineyards Family Estates

Sunday 17-August, 2014 to Friday 22-August, 2014


Course Cost: $750 includes tuition, books and materials

Wente Vineyards Restaurant Catered Lunch & Snacks M-TH: $100*

For More Information or to Register Click Below

To speak with our our administrator Phyllis Festinger

Email: or or

Direct - USSA WS Administrator: 954-437-0449

Direct - USSA Corporate Offices: 786.497.1854


Phyllis Festinger, Administration


Very limited seating for this course.



Recommended for novices to intermediate level of wine and spirits knowledge.


Field Trip:  

Vineyard Tour with Viticulturist / Vineyard Manager l Winery Tour and Tasting


Ideal for students whom would like to complete their certification over a shorter period of time

and those who do not live within the vicinity of the schools,

or who reside outside of the US.


Six-day course includes:

  • 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
  • Food & wine pairings ~ pair 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 Tasting Glasses ~ world class tasting glasses
  • Taste 100+ different premium labels from all over the world with master tasters
  • Special Wente Vineyards Restaurant Catered Lunch Monday to Thursday (4 days) with afternoon snack*

This course prepares the student to become knowledgeable in all the major wine regions of the world. Wine tasting techniques are taught using your sense of sight, smell and taste to develop an initial and then final conclusion as to where the wine comes from. It also requires you to develop an evaluation technique to describe which grape varietal(s) the wine makers use and be able to explain some of the techniques used to vinify the wine.


Tastings include between 100+ wines. These wines are tasted in special Riedel Crystal Vinum series tasting glasses.

Leading wine makers or certified wine experts lead each tasting.


Upon successful completion of the course a two-part test is given to the students on Friday 22-August 10:30am to 12:30pm. Students wishing to get results that day can check out of hotel and break until 2:30pm for results and exit interviews.


Part one of the test is a (1) hour written multiple choice and essay type test covering wine theory and practical wine service. Part two is a written double-blind tasting examination by the USSA board of examiners covering the techniques taught in the course.


Students scoring a 70% grade on each segment will receive their USSA Intermediate Sommelier Certificate.


Tuition Costs: $750.00

Catered Lunch & Snacks by Wente Vineyards Catering $100*

Optional Hotel and Transfers Package: Inquire 




Your room reservation includes:


Transfer, hotel to Wente Vineyards Classroom; continental (danish, juice, coffee) breakfast from 6am daily,

seasonal pool, Microwave Oven, Mini-Fridge, Cable TV with HBO, Complimentary Wireless Internet,

study desk with lamp, more.


Check In Sunday 3pm and Check Out Friday 11 am 18-23 May, 2013 / 6 days / 5 nights


Wente Vineyards, Food & Wine Garden Lunches Al Fresco Mon-Thurs*


Materials & books inclusive:

  • · USSA Foundation / Intermediate Sommelier Certificate Notebook
  • · USSA Foundation / Intermediate Sommelier Beverage Notebook (spirits, beer, coffee, tea, cigars)
  • · USSA Tasting Templates ~ laminated 11" x 17" guides
  • · POS Brochures & booklets
  • · World Wine Atlas 7th Edition, Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson
  •  · Pdf files, DVDs, and more

Last Updated: Thursday, 21 August 2014 06:15