Intensive Sommelier Training: California
"This program is a total game-changer... It is THE best way to fast-track success in a very competitive professional field." – Jason Jacobeit, ICC grad and Wine Director, Bâtard
THE SOMM SCHOOL
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."
WHAT MAKES THIS PROGRAM DIFFERENT?
- 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 classroom—explore California's famous wine regions including Napa Valley and Sonoma County
- Intro and Certified Exam fees covered
- Ongoing job placement and career support
ICC Sommelier Training In the News
The Rise of the Asian-American Sommelier, NBC News
Growing Number of Women Filling Sommelier Ranks, Associated Press
- 10 weeks (day) or 17 weeks (evening) diploma program
- Application fee, books and supplies
- "Family meal” prepared by Culinary students
- Online Culinary Business workshops (optional)
- Carnegie Hall commencement
- Career Services counseling
Nearby housing is offered at both campuses. Housing fees are separate from the cost of program tuition.
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You’ll learn the basics of grape growing and winemaking, and get an overview of the major wine regions of the world. Explore the physiology of taste, and learn how to taste and blind-taste wines. Assess and discuss wines, grasping how to evaluate flavor characteristics and identify flaws in a way that’s thorough and informational. Discuss proper cellar conditions and the effects of aging wine. You’ll practice basic service techniques, such as decanting red wines and presenting sparkling wines.
WINES OF FRANCE
In this unit, you’ll be introduced to the major wine regions of France: Alsace, Loire Valley, Burgundy, Rhone, Provence, Languedoc, Roussillon, Southwest, Jura, Savoie, Bordeaux and Champagne. Explore the unique climates, cuisine, wine customs and wine styles of France. Understand French wine quality levels, regulations, labeling.
NEW-WORLD WINE REGIONS
Discover the history of production in the United States, as well as laws specific to American producers. Then, examine the major wine regions of California, Oregon and Washington (and touch on the diverse offerings from the other 47 states). From there, you’ll explore the rest of North, Central and South America, from Canada to Mexico to Chile and Argentina. Finally, you’ll study the wines of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
WINES OF ITALY
Become acclimated to the regions, climates, wine styles and cuisines of Italy on this all-encompassing tasting tour. Explore Piedmont in northern Italy, Tuscany in the central region, and, finally, southern Italy and its surrounding islands. Along the way, you’ll learn all about the other regions of the country—their grapes, labeling and more.
WINES OF THE IBERIAN PENINSULA
The Iberian Peninsula is home to the wines of Spain and Portugal. In this unit, students receive a top-line of the quality levels of each country’s wines, along with more details about their regulatory systems, grapes and characteristic styles. In Spain, you’ll explore Sherry, Rioja, Ribera Del Duero, Navarra, Priorat, Rueda, Rias, Baixas and more. In Portugal, tastings will include Port, Madeira, Douro, Bairrada, Setubal and Vinho Verde, among others.
WINES OF GERMANY AND EASTERN EUROPE
You’ll begin with an overview of the region’s geography. From there you’ll focus primarily on Germany, learning about the grapes of the various regions, laws and wine styles. Conclude with an exploration of the wines of Austria, Hungary and Greece.
BEERS & SPIRITS
Since sommeliers must also have a strong understanding of beers and spirits, this in-depth unit begins with a review of the production methods, terms and styles of beer. You’ll then learn about the distillation process and discuss a variety of spirits, including whiskies, brandies and liqueurs. The unit concludes with a sparkling wine service exam.
WINE PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
Learn to create a winning wine program, with special focus on menu conception, wine list pricing and variety, as well as creative marketing strategies. You will also learn management principles, including beverage cost control, vendor relations, cellar management and beverage law. The unit concludes with a practical decanting wine service exam and, the option to take the on-site Court of Master Sommeliers' Introductory and Certified Sommelier Examinations.