olive oil sommelier

Developed in partnership with the Olive Oil Times Education Lab, ICC’s Olive Oil Sommelier Certification program offers groundbreaking education in the diverse world of olive oil. Created for aspiring olive oil sommeliers, this cutting-edge five-day certification course brings together the world’s foremost olive oil experts and educators for lessons spanning production, quality management and advanced sensory assessment. Throughout the 35-hour course, you’ll taste samples of oils from around the world through interactive tasting sessions designed to develop sensory memory, while examining olive oil defects and quality characteristics.

The course begins by examining the history and cultivation of the olive tree, delving into harvest and the methods used in olive oil production. You’ll explore olive oil chemistry, testing methods and quality standards. With an emphasis on building advanced sensory assessment techniques, you’ll sample olive oils through instructional tasting exercises. Then you’ll put what you’ve learned into action—participating in formal proficiency testing and selective trials to identify cultivars, the presence and degree of defect, and quality characteristics.

Executive Director, Olive Oil Sommelier Certification program: Curtis Cord, publisher of Olive Oil Times and president of the New York International Olive Oil Competition.

  • Olive tree history, cultivation and harvesting
  • Production, processing and olive oil chemistry
  • Olive oil grades and standards
  • Advanced sensory assessment and tasting techniques
  • Food pairing
  • Shelf-life and quality management
  • Olive cultivars and terroir
  • Olive oil defects and positive attributes
  • Organic farming and biodiversity
  • Advanced milling techniques and filtering
  • Regional sensorial characteristics of monocultivar oils
  • Application fee
  • Books and supplies
  • Certified cobalt tasting glass
  • Certificate of completion at course end
About Olive Oil Times Education Lab:

The Olive Oil Times Education Lab supports projects that foster a greater understanding of olive oil through collaborative initiatives with partner organizations. Olive Oil Times is an independent online publication, and the leading source of olive oil industry news and information.

Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 888.324.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.