The Somm School

In addition to teaching you how to taste and evaluate wines from around the world, the program is designed to prepare you for the Introductory and Certified examinations given by the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas®Students passing the exams are awarded the prestigious lapel pin issued by the Court designating they are a “Certified Sommelier.”

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ICC’s Intensive Sommelier Training program is intended for aspiring professionals serious about a career in wine.

In addition to teaching you how to taste and evaluate wines from around the world, the program is designed to prepare you for the Introductory and Certified examinations given by the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas®Students passing the exams are awarded the prestigious lapel pin issued by the Court designating they are a “Certified Sommelier.”

ICC is the ONLY school with 11 Master Sommeliers on its faculty
  • The first and ONLY program of its kind authorized by the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas
  • Learn from 11 Master Sommeliers (there are fewer than 250 in the world!)
  • On-site, back-to-back Intro and Certified exam seating (usually a 3 month wait between tests)
  • Taste 300+ wines from around the world, valued at more than $10,000
  • ICC’s $1 million wine theater provides the optimum environment for wine tasting
  • Go beyond the classroomexplore California’s famous wine regions including Napa Valley and Sonoma County
  • Intro and Certified Exam fees covered
  • Ongoing job placement and career support
Location, Location, Location
Our course is offered in two American wine meccas, California and New York. The Campbell, California campus is located just a short ride from America’s wine country and the San Francisco Bay Area.  With a tremendous range of wine businesses and wine lovers concentrated in just one city, the opportunities for exposure and success are endless.
Graduate fully prepared to begin a new career

The day you graduate is just the beginning. With the expertise you’ve gained—and the backing of The ICC’s reputation and expanding alumni network—you’ll have access to an exciting world of new opportunities in the wine industry.

Plus, students of the Intensive Sommelier Training program will be guaranteed a spot in the periodic Certified Sommelier exams, and also have the opportunity to take the 1st two examinations back-to-back, a privilege reserved for a select few candidates outside the ICC program.

After certification, our unparalleled career services department will assist you in finding the right position to get started on your path towards becoming a working Sommelier.

This program is a total game-changer….It is THE best way to fast-track success in a very competitive professional field.

-Jason Jacobeit – Wine Director at Bâtard

Crafted by ICC’s 11 Master Sommeliers & The Court of Master Sommeliers Americas
At the heart of The ICC Intensive Sommelier Training program, affectionately called “The Somm School”, is our exclusive arrangement with the Master Court of Sommeliers Americas and the unmatched 11 Master Sommeliers on the ICC faculty.   Learn from the masters of the craft!  This is the ONLY program approved by the Master Court of Sommeliers Americas.



Learn the basics of viticulture and oenology, gaining an understanding of the creative and business decisions made in bringing a wine to the marketplace. Explore the physiology of flavor, and learn the language of smell and taste to successfully describe and sell wine. Take steps in the fascinating field of wine and food pairing to add value to the dining experience and build a clientele. Grow your confidence in the proper service of wine, as we train you at the highest level of fine dining. As advisory and consulting skills, take hold of the issues in the business of storing, aging, and investing in, wine.


VIVE LA FRANCE! It is to the French that we tip our hats in making wine as fine as it is today. With an understanding of their appellation system – effectively a codification of knowledge generated through a millennium – you will tour the wine regions of France, both big and small. We’ll present the challenges that face each region from a variety of perspectives and lift the veil to observe the controversies and differences of opinion amongst the vignerons themselves.


Our program teaches the dichotomy between old-world and new-world sensibilities and with every vintage that message becomes more complex! Travel to ‘traditional’ new world regions, and the emerging markets- Canada and Mexico – and acclimate to the new world spirit of experimentation and What if? curiosity. Celebrate the wonderful resurgence of America as a wine-making nation in –yes! – all 50 states.


For a country whose nationhood dates back only to the 1860s, Italy has come a long way in bringing order to their ancient legacy of wine-growing. To the wine student, it can be a daunting expedition into their 20 wine regions. So take hold, and travel with us first to the historical, commercially-important hillsides – Piemonte, Toscana , the Veneto and more- after which study, we’ll venture into the underappreciated terroirs where opportunity awaits.


For two countries that both joined the European Union in 1986, the global wine approaches of Spain and Portugal couldn’t have been more different. Study these business strategies – and taste some fantastic wine! – as we travel through the historic regions of Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Xeres, and the Douro. The layers of complexity build as more recently successful regions enter the consciousness of today’s consumer: Priorato, Galicia, Rueda, Alentejo and more.


The Romans came over the Alps two thousand years ago. That is why we have the spectacular legacy of wine made in the coolest and challenging of climates. We’ll travel the great rivers: Rhine, Danube, Mosel and their tributaries to explore the sommelier fascination with the great Riesling grape and others –do not forget Tokaji! – along the way. And no wine education is complete without a focus what the Greeks have done over the last 15 years. Visit the Pelopponnese, the Aegean and return to the continent into Slovenia, Croatia and other ancient lands: all intent on making their mark in the world of wine.


The world goes round with sales and no sommelier worth her pin will let an opportunity slip by to give the guest what they want.- or don’t know they want! And they all don’t want wine! On the heels of the sommelier blossoming, there has come new-found interest in beer, cocktails and spirits – and their places at the dining room table, the library or the veranda! Take your learning to the magic of distillation, the art of spiritual elevage, the alchemical amaros and the other beautiful closes to an evening that leave us with an improved sense-of well-being.


Put the finishing touches on your palate and service skills to impress the examiners at the Certified Sommelier exam. Taste through additional grid wines (wines that could come up during blind tasting at the Certified level exam)—honing in on the exact structure and aroma/flavor profiles that make these wines distinct. Practice mock service scenarios and improve your performance while receiving crucial feedback from Master Sommeliers who have not only been in your shoes, but have also been the examiners for the Court of Master Sommeliers. Feel prepared and confident as you ready yourself for the rigorous exam administered onsite only days later.


It’s one thing to be a great blind taster – it’s another thing entirely to run a profitable $3mm beverage program. Learn the complexities of maintaining a large cellar, building a wine list, and of course, selling wine. Explore careers in wine such as distribution, wineries, restaurants and more through site visits where you can speak directly to the people working and succeeding in diverse wine careers. Gain a bird’s eye view of the industry through coverage of current events and trends in wine, and how something like an acquisition of a major brand can shift the entire world of wine. Graduate not only with the ability to taste and talk about wine, but with the tools needed to succeed in a career in wine.

The International Culinary Center® is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The full-time day program is open to enrollment by M-1 nonimmigrant students, in accordance with US Department of Education requirements.


Please note this will be the final Intensive Sommelier Training class at the California campus. Please contact the campus at +1 (866) 318-2433 or click here for more information.

Daytime – M-F – 11 Weeks
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Upcoming Classes:

04/05/2019 – $9,950

  • 11 week diploma program
  • Application fee
  • Supplies
  • “Family Meal” prepared by Culinary Students
  • Commencement Ceremony
  • On-going Career Services
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