Nick Petrone, Graduate of ICC CA’s Intensive Sommelier Training Program

“I chose ICC because it is the only course of its type endorsed by the Court Of Master Sommeliers and instructed by Master Sommeliers. After a 20 plus year career in the military I wanted to do something totally different.  I have many friends in the wine industry and have been passionate about wine for many years. My experience as a student at ICC has been great.  My class had a wide range of people from varied backgrounds.  We all had our interest in wine in common and leaned on each other to ensure our success in the program.  I definitely made some friends in class that I know I will keep in contact with for years to come.

My military experience has definitely made me a better student.  The military is training you all the time.  Preparing you to be better at your current job or teaching you new skills to enable you to do other things.  The ability to adapt and learn new things is part of the military and definitely helped for this course. My advice for veterans pursuing a career in wine is to consider the ICC as an option.  I think you will find it has so much to offer.  They have been supportive and very easy to work with.

I used my post 9/11 GI Bill® benefit to attend ICC CA. “

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