Unlike botany professors, sommeliers can make grapevines seem cool, and they’re fun to drink with during class. Become a savvy wine expert with this Groupon.
$1,399 for a Six-Day Viti-Vini Immersion Course ($3,000 Value)
- Classes held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
- Comprehensive final exam held on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Tuition includes one-year American Sommelier membership, certificate of completion, the American Sommelier silver pin, and a custom-made glassware-carrying kit that includes four Schott Zwiesel glasses
- Lunch provided during each session<p>
Upon registration in the six-day Viti-Vini Immersion Course, students receive a reading list and sample quiz, along with guidelines for proper preparation. Each standard class day features in-depth lectures broken down by region and accompanied by specific wines to help illustrate key points. The first 30 minutes of classes on Tuesday–Friday will begin with a quiz based on the lesson material from the previous day, and the last 30 minutes of each session are devoted to group discussion and review. Prior to the comprehensive final exam on Saturday, one afternoon during the week will include a class field trip to local Moraga vineyard and winery.<p>
American Sommelier unites consumers and professionals under the same vine-strung banner with a lineup of educational courses and monthly seminars, all with the goal to improve the community's understanding and appreciation for wine. In addition to its comprehensive curriculum, the association is also home to the Best Sommelier in America competition and an expansive selection of services that include job-placement assistance, insider wine tours, and cellar consultations. This combination of resources serves to create a forum where wine enthusiasts can assemble and discuss their passion as peers, much like the Founding Fathers did at their macaroni-and-cheese roundtables.