Comprehensive Wine Course
Learn to sip like a Somm in ICC’s Comprehensive Wine Course, intended for wine aficionados looking to take their wine knowledge and tasting skills to the next level. With lessons, tastings, and instruction developed from our Intensive Sommelier Training program, ICC offers the most in-depth wine training available to the amateur, but passionate wine lover.
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THE ICC ADVANTAGE:
Learn to sip like a Somm in ICC’s Comprehensive Wine Course, intended for wine aficionados looking to take their wine knowledge and tasting skills to the next level. With lessons, tastings, and instruction developed from our Intensive Sommelier Training program, ICC offers the most in-depth wine training available to the amateur, but passionate wine lover. You’ll learn from the same instructors, try the same wines*, and enjoy learning in the same environment as our professional wine students. Enjoy a more liberal schedule and no grading, providing you the flexibility to train and taste like a sommelier without the rigor of our career-focused Intensive Sommelier Training program.
- Learn from 11 Master Sommeliers (there are fewer than 250 in the world!)
- 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 classroom—explore a California winery during your class field trip
The Capital Of Wine
Our course is offered in America’s wine mecca, California. Our campus, located in Campbell, is surrounded by the Santa Cruz Mountain, Santa Clara Valley, Livermore Valley and San Francsico Bay AVA’s. Napa, Sonoma, and Paso Robles are all a weekend trip away. Immerse yourself in the vineyards and wineries that put California wine on the world wine map.
*wines are subject to change base on availability, but same quality and tasting objectives will be met.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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.
BEER & SPIRITS
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.
Classes start year-round
06/28/2017 – $6,750
12/20/2017 – $6,750
Financial Aid & Scholarships Available To Those Who Qualify
- Application fee, books and supplies
- “Family meal” prepared by Culinary students
- Field Trip to a California Winery
Classes start year-round
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Courses Covered: Culinary, Pastry, Italian, Sommelier
Courses Covered: Culinary, Pastry, Italian